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If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.

If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience. – William James What does that mean? This quote is part of a larger discussion of the way we make decisions and determine what we think is good for us or the proper way to live. This quote specifically says that […]

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Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. – Saint Thomas Aquinas What does that mean? To me, this quote is about the difference between sense (sensations), and reason (logic). Living according to sense is about feelings, and the sensations which provide pleasure. This is, according to the quote’s observation of the […]

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Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. – Cicero What does that mean? Excess is often synonymous with too much of something. But you can also have an excess of caution, or in other words, you can also have too little of something. The quote asks us to consider a middle path, […]

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To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? This is an interesting quote. Can you do just a little? Do you know what is the correct amount for you, and for the situation? Conversely, do you avoid the issue altogether and simply abstain? But is your will-power […]

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Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.

Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness. – Seneca What does that mean? I think this is a great topic for the weekend, don’t you? We all have our issues and our troubles in life. For those who have an issue with substance abuse, that can be real trouble. That said, a glass of wine with a […]

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Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity.

Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is about the individual, and how individuals interact. At one end, if everyone indulged in unrestrained desires and greed, everything would be a mess. At the other end, if […]

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It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.

It ain’t bragging if you can back it up. – Dizzy Dean What does that mean? As there is pride, there is also confidence. And with pride, there can be a good and useful version of confidence, as well as an unhelpful version. In the case of this quote, the old term bragging is used to […]

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These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us. – Seneca What does that mean? As frequently happens, the Twitter quote is just a tiny bit of the full quote. In context, the quote makes a bit more sense: “For as far as those persons are […]

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero What does that mean? Needless to say, this quote is from the days before the iPhone, computers, cars, and all that tech stuff that most of us can’t imagine living without. In that simpler time, some outdoor work, tending to […]

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The only way you get that fat off is to eat less and exercise more.

The only way you get that fat off is to eat less and exercise more. – Jack LaLanne What does that mean? This is something so many people around me don’t seem to be able to grasp. While there are a myriad of reasons (and even more excuses) for why someone is overweight, ultimately, it’s a […]

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Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss. – Epicurus What does that mean? I love this quote, as it is all about attachment and the fear of loss. If you are desperate to keep what you have, what do you really have? If this fear […]

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Sunshine all the time makes a desert.

Sunshine all the time makes a desert. – Arab Proverb What does that mean? This is a fairly straight forward quote. If all you have is sunshine, you’re going to have problems with plants life. Water, in the form of rain, is necessary for them to live. Rain, which comes from clouds, sometimes blot out […]

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The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. – Sydney J. Harris What does that mean? Boy, do I feel this one today! I have so much to do, and no where near enough time in which to do it. But that’s exactly when you need to slow down and relax. […]

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Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.

Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty. – Henry Martyn Robert What does that mean? This quote is from the guy who wrote Robert’s Rules of Order. It was patterned after the way Congress was run, but adapted for use […]

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When neither their property nor their honor is touched the marjority of men live content.

When neither their property nor their honor is touched the majority of men live content. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote excerpt : “It makes him hated above all things, as I have said, to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects, from both of […]

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