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Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. – Thomas Merton What does that mean? It’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day. Those who have someone rejoice that fact and those who do not lament it. But that’s not the […]

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Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? What is it with us, that we pursue happiness in so many of the wrong ways? To be happy should be easy, simple and not even remotely confusing. Yet somehow, we manage […]

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It’s the quality of books, not the quantity, that matters. Careful selections benefit; great and varied assortments serve only for delight.

It’s the quality of books, not the quantity, that matters. Careful selections benefit; great and varied assortments serve only for delight. – Seneca What does that mean? This was a very interesting post to me, given my love for books. The quote is one about the difference between quality and quantity. The quote doesn’t say […]

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We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.

We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them. – Rousseau What does that mean? This quote interested me as I was taught this way as a child. Books to read, ideas and demon-strations provided, but not actually taught to me. For a kid with curiosity, that was certainly the […]

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One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself.

One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself. – Nelson Mandela What does that mean? The basis of this quote is something which I have firmly believed for quite some time, having tried to change myself a few times over the years. In the mean time, I […]

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No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfill our goal.

No matter what our motivation may be, if we are not realistic we will not fulfill our goal. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Ah, the age old battle between reality and idealism. We all want something, and much of it is idealistic to some extent. The question is how realistic are they? It isn’t […]

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No person is free who is not master of himself.

No person is free who is not master of himself. – Pythagoras What does that mean? This quote is usually attributed to Epictetus, but found in works attributed to Pythagoras, and stated as: “None can be free who is a slave to, and ruled by, his passions.” That makes the usual quote a little easier […]

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Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, & a hard-to-find alloy called guts.

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, & a hard-to-find alloy called guts. – Dan Gable What does that mean? With the Winter 2014 Olympics in the news, it seems fitting to have the words of a Gold Medal winner (wrestling, 1972 Munich) as the blog post for today. This quote, […]

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Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, & share your passion with them.

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, & share your passion with them. – HOLSTEE What does that mean? As is so often the case, this Twitter-friendly quote is just a small excerpt from a longer quote, which paraphrases the middle third of […]

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain What does that mean? While this has not been definitively sourced to the late, great Mark Twain, I believe that it is a great thought. Until we are born, there isn’t much to […]

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The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.

The more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? A slightly more complete version of the quote is as follows: My love as deep [as the sea]; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite. While this is […]

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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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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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Take away love, and our earth is a tomb.

Take away love, and our earth is a tomb. – Robert Browning A tomb, as you probably know, is a place where the dead are placed. And without passion, our lives would be as dull and dreary as the lives of the dead. I guess that would make us Zombies, which would fit, wouldn’t it? Imagine, […]

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Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman What does that mean? There is a slightly longer version of this quote, which I greatly prefer. It starts with an extra sentence, and is as follows: “I have come to learn […]

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