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Cultivating inner discipline is something that takes time; expecting rapid results is simply a sign of impatience.

Cultivating inner discipline is something that takes time; expecting rapid results is simply a sign of impatience. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? How many times have you become frustrated because you caught yourself doing something, even though you knew better? That is the heart of this quote. We all have things about us that […]

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Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss What does that mean? Dr Seuss had a certain way with words, didn’t he? “Be who you are” is how the quote starts out. It sounds so simple. After all, who […]

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The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.

The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? Here, the word ‘vulgar’ is used to imply a lack of refinement and sophistication in the people making up the bulk of the population. Restating the quote, it becomes “The unsophisticated people are always […]

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Genius is eternal patience.

Genius is eternal patience. – Michelangelo What does that mean? Patience. Waiting, working, thinking, perfecting. That is the key element of genius. It’s not a quick thing. It takes as long as it takes, and genius will take the time necessary to craft the finest results the world has seen. No short cuts, no slap-dash work. […]

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If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is an old translation which I’d like to make sound a little more modern: “If your friend wrongs you, don’t focus on their wrong-doing, instead focus on the […]

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Silence is one of the great arts of conversation

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation. – Cicero What does that mean? To me, it basically says “Shut up already!” We know that you can’t have a conversation with both (or all) of the people talking at the same time. So somehow we have to take turns. There are some social conventions […]

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Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Les Brown What does that mean? To me, this is about being kind, but with a very broad target, and thinking far into the future. Trees take a fairly long time to be useful. Even the quick growing trees […]

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson What does that mean? Here, the emphasis isn’t on enjoying collecting of the results at the end, but in the joy of getting things started. The form is agricultural, and notes that it takes time to […]

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In situations that are difficult and challenging, patience helps maintain your will power and can sustain you.

In situations that are difficult and challenging, patience helps maintain your will power and can sustain you. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Life is difficult and challenging. But sometimes things are more difficult and challenging than others. In this quote, he urges us to use patience in these trying times. The use of […]

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We should value our enemies because they provide us with unique opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and forbearance.

We should value our enemies because they provide us with unique opportunities to practice patience, tolerance and forbearance. –  Dalai Lama What does that mean? He is asking us to consider the benefits of having someone who opposes you (I dislike the term ‘enemy’). It might be the mean kids(s) at school, a sibling (or two), or your boss. […]

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Only the inner protection of patience…

Only the inner protection of patience can keep us from experiencing the turmoil of negative thoughts and emotions. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Have you ever seen the commercials or videos where someone is standing still and everything is moving around them at super fast speed? That is what this quote reminds me of. Patience brings a […]

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda What does that mean? The full quote is “The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”  I had never […]

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Once a word leaves your mouth, you cannot chase it back even with the swiftest horse.

Once a word leaves your mouth, you cannot chase it back even with the swiftest horse. – Chinese Proverbs What does that mean? To me, the quote is saying that something that is said, cannot be un-said.  If you say it, type it, post it, e-mail it or even think it too loudly, the deed […]

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You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher.

You won’t help shoots grow by pulling them up higher. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? Shoots, being a term for young plants, need to grow to be useful.  So the sooner they grow tall, the sooner you get to harvest them.  However, as this saying states, pulling on them doesn’t make them taller, […]

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