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The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness.

The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? How happy are powerful people? How many have had no regrets on their death beds? How many rich people spend more time getting more, or protecting what they have, than they spend enjoying it? How many of them […]

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If you serve others as fully as you can, what you do will be a source of inner joy.

If you serve others as fully as you can, what you do will be a source of inner joy. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a fairly straight forward quote. It urges us to take some time and help others. Specifically it urges us to serve others as fully as possible. To me, that […]

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Generate great compassion, and you become a friend to the world.

Generate great compassion, and you become a friend to the world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a quote that is interesting to me, as the person who said it, lives it. He spends a great deal of his time being compassionate, and also spends time inspiring others to be compassionate. These actions […]

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Just as we need good physical health we also need strength of mind to ensure our well-being; and we develop it by cultivating ethics.

Just as we need good physical health we also need strength of mind to ensure our well-being; and we develop it by cultivating ethics. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts with the discussion of a simple truth, saying that most of us recognize that it is necessary to keep our bodies in […]

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After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.

After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box. – Italian Proverb What does that mean? In the literal sense, it means that when you’re done playing chess, all the pieces go back in the same box, no matter how lofty or lowly their position was in the game, no matter […]

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Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? In this statement to the Princes of Renaissance Italy, the point is that their subjects are fairly simple folk. Their primary focus is their needs, such as food, […]

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I never admire another’s fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own

I never admire another’s fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote says that you can admire the fortune (the possessions) of someone else. It is understood that humans do that. It’s OK to window shop, to admire or like the shiny things in someone […]

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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time. – Goethe What does that mean? To me, this quote talks about preparation, planning, and foresight. Or more precisely, the complete lack of it. If you had been doing […]

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Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? To me this speaks to the root of charity, and charity is part of giving with love. We all have areas where we have more than we need, and areas where […]

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If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. – Henry Ford What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly short quote. The full quote is : “If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve […]

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More gold has been mined from…

More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the Earth. – Napoleon Hill What does that mean? I’d heard this stated as “there was more wealth in one grave-yard than all the gold-mines of the planet.”  Not the buried loot, but the ideas left unexploited, hidden, held secret […]

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By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.

By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. – Democritus What does that mean? Once again, we start with a quote that has been translated from another language, and many liberties will be taken by this author as to what might have been the meaning behind the original words, as translated by another.  Your […]

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Its amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.

Its amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry S. Truman What does that mean? One of the things that seems to matter to important people, is the very status of being a very important person.  Tautological, yes, but true.  To some people, the idea that someone […]

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