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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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Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic.

Everyone wants to lead a happy life, a meaningful life. In order to fulfill this goal our practice should be realistic. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I believe every goal can be achieved, eventually, there are limits to what can be done in the time available to us. To me, this quote says […]

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I cannot tell you that I lose nothing, but whatever I do lose I can tell you how and why the loss occurred.

I cannot tell you that I lose nothing, but whatever I do lose I can tell you how and why the loss occurred. – Seneca What does that mean? In the original text, he is moving between discussing the value of time and money, but the title of the section is on saving time. In […]

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No man can swim ashore and take his baggage with him.

No man can swim ashore and take his baggage with him. – Seneca What does that mean? While this quote has a slightly different meaning in the context of the letter to Lucilius, the basic topic was the of the futility of half-measures. The image of someone swimming to shore from a sinking boat trying […]

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Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things.

Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. – Cicero What does that mean? A treasury is the place where you keep your treasures, all those things you value. The quote says, in part, that that is one of the jobs of our memory. It also says that our memory is the guardian of […]

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Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want.

Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want. – Jean Vanier What does that mean? This is an interesting quote to consider for a control freak. You want to believe that you have some control in your life, and to an extent […]

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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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Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.

Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world. – Nelson Mandela and Joel A. Barker What does that mean? This quote apparently has some dispute regarding the proper attribution. Regardless of who said it, I believe it is an interesting quote […]

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There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these. – Michael Nolan What does that mean? To me, the quote is about having ADD. Everything around me is shiny. Everything around me catches my eye. If I don’t keep it together, I get side tracked […]

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The beginning is the most important part of the work.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato What does that mean? The wikiquote translation of the quote is “the beginning in every task is the chief thing” which I consider to be close enough to be the same thing. This quote is accurate in so many ways, it’s hard to know […]

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By changing nothing, nothing changes.

By changing nothing, nothing changes. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This quote is about procrastination, and what results from doing nothing. I imagine every one of us have something we wish we’d started last year. A diet, started last year, could mean everything from better health to a new wardrobe by now. A savings […]

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Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different? – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This is about things moving slowly but relentlessly. A day doesn’t seem very long, but changes do happen. Each day, a little different. A little bit of drift this way or that. […]

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We are more often frightened than hurt: and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

We are more often frightened than hurt: and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. – Seneca What does that mean? Given that this is October, and the scariest night of the year is just a few weeks away, this is a very appropriate quote. This is what being frightened is all about, for those who […]

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Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. – Napoleon Bonaparte and Andrew Jackson What does that mean? Put another way, there’s a time to cut bait, and a time to fish. You can only prepare for so long. Beyond a certain point, it becomes pointless. It […]

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Every path has its puddle.

Every path has its puddle. – English Proverb What does that mean? To me, this is a fairly good represen-tation of life in general. We all travel down our path. We often come to forks or intersections among the paths. Choosing which path to take next is a complex one, involving many variables. Yes, there […]

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