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In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.

In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. – János Arany What does that mean? This quote is from a poet and writer of ballads in Hungary in the 1800s. Given the way poets tend to write things, this makes perfect sense. Many things are impossible, given our present knowledge and technology. But dreams are not […]

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I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning What does that mean? This is a quote often used to woo a lover, or to smooth things over with a loved one after an issue has been resolved. However, again, I believe […]

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Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. – attributed to J. Isham (no known bio) What does that mean? We all listen to others, in some form or another. The only question is why do we listen? Sometimes it is the story being told […]

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Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is about the motivation and underlying reason why people pursue philosophy. And, quite simply, it is, as the quote says, the simple love of wisdom. Wisdom is defined at theFreeDictionary.com as “The ability to discern or judge what is true, […]

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Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. – Oliver Wendel Holmes What does that mean? This is another romantic quote which I believe can also be applied to other situations in our lives. As we have discussed before, the word “love” has a very wide range of meanings. Yes, I believe that […]

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Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto.

Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto. – Lope de Vega What does that mean? A concerto is music played by a soloist (or group of soloists) and a small orchestra. This allows for a great deal of interplay between both the soloist(s) and the orchestra. Doing so in a random manner would lead to […]

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To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. – Karen Sunde What does that mean? I find this to be a very interesting quote. It doesn’t (by itself) state that it is specifically about romantic love, although it isn’t difficult to come to that conclusion. Yet I firmly believe that it can be applied to […]

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Among human beings trust comes about, not from expressions of wealth or fame, but from our showing affection.

Among human beings trust comes about, not from expressions of wealth or fame, but from our showing affection. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about trust, and how we go about earning it. Animals may have a different method, but for we humans, it is pretty straight forward. The quote lists a few […]

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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? Many aspects of our life and our actions are linked. This quote describes how kindness impacts our lives in many different ways. It starts by drawing a comparison between kind words, and the building […]

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Control thy passions lest they take vengeance on thee.

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance on thee. – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is about passions and how too much of a good thing can be a real problem for some people. The quote urges us to control our passions. That is, to reign them in, and to not let them rule […]

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When we develop care and concern by thinking of others not as ‘them’ but ‘us’, there is no room for bullying, exploitation or deceit.

When we develop care and concern by thinking of others not as ‘them’ but ‘us’, there is no room for bullying, exploitation or deceit. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another ‘Big Family’ quote. It starts by urging us to develop more care and concern for others. The quote implores us to think of […]

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If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever.

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever. – Alfred Lord Tennyson What does that mean? While I couldn’t find the book or poem this is from, nor the words missing from the middle, if the BBC says it’s one of Tennyson’s best quotes, it can’t […]

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Give what you can, share what you have, and receive the love and kindness returned with a open heart, a smile and a kind word.

Give what you can, share what you have, and receive the love and kindness returned with a open heart, a smile and a kind word. – Mala Shah What does that mean? This appears to be an original quote from MDS, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful, or any less impactful. It’s a sentence my […]

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Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. – Oliver Wendell Holmes What does that mean? This quote is, to me, about the difference between a physical location and an emotion. The quote says that where we love, that is our home. Put another way : “Home is where the […]

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Peace can only be achieved through non-violence. This is something we have to train and educate our children to put into effect.

Peace can only be achieved through non-violence. This is something we have to train and educate our children to put into effect. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, because talks about the history of mankind and the inability of violence to settle differences. This is with one exception: the wars which […]

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