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Be here now. Be somewhere else later. Is that so complicated?

Be here now. Be somewhere else later. Is that so complicated? – David Bader What does that mean? This quote is about the fundamentals of Zen, at least as I understand it. Being present. Where are you and where is your mind, your focus and your energy? This quote reminds us to be here in […]

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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.

To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? To me, and my understanding of Stoicism, a closer translation of problem might well be puzzle or challenge. Stoics take the world as it is, and try to deal with it with the minimum fuss. Life, […]

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Ability without honor is useless.

Ability without honor is useless. – Cicero What does that mean? A similar quote is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said “Ability without honor has no value,” so it appears to be a popular thought. Ability, in this quote, is talking about the capacity to do something. It doesn’t matter how impressive it is, […]

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If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better.

If tragedy strikes, don’t lose hope. Transform it into an opportunity to make things better. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a great quote about our attitude. Bad things happen to good people. But what do we do when things go badly for us? Some lose hope, others use the event as […]

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As one falling headlong has no control over his body… so with the mind when it plunges into anger, love or the other passions.

As one falling headlong has no control over his body… so with the mind when it plunges into anger, love or the other passions. – Seneca What does that mean? While the quote is from a section where he discusses anger in specific, this passage, and quote, talks about the power of strong emotions or […]

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Disaster is Virtue’s opportunity.

Disaster is Virtue’s opportunity. – Seneca What does that mean? Also translated as Calamity is Virtue’s opportunity, it is a call to us to not shrink from the unpleasant things which fall our way in life. This quote is a call to bear what-ever happens, and to encourage others as well. Without a change in […]

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It would help if there were greater understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem.

It would help if there were greater understanding that anger never helps to solve a problem. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote, to me, is about the futility of anger. Anger is many things to many people, but it is rarely useful in solving problems. More precisely, if anger is used in the […]

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Today, let us wish each other a Happy New Year, but also that we may make it meaningful.

Today, let us wish each other a Happy New Year, but also that we may make it meaningful. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? OK, so I’m a little bit behind the times. I even missed my Three Year Anniversary for my blog, which happened at the beginning of this month. Such is life. But […]

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We cannot change the past, but we can reshape the future. Young people have the opportunity to create a happier, better future.

We cannot change the past, but we can reshape the future. Young people have the opportunity to create a happier, better future. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a nice, simple, honest quote. Clean and refreshing. What is done is done. That’s how it starts. The past is what it is. All we can […]

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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. – Seneca What does that mean? At best, this quote is a very loose translation of him quoting something said by someone else. However, despite its questionable pedigree,  I believe this is a worthy quote, so let’s examine it. People like to say they got lucky. And […]

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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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