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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. – William Penn What does that mean? Time. You never know how much you have, but yet we still waste it. There are only so many hours in each week, yet still we waste several of them. Time is something we cannot get back, […]

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Wisdom and Folly are taking opposite sides. Which shall I join?

Wisdom and Folly are taking opposite sides. Which shall I join? – Seneca What does that mean? In the letter from which this quote is taken, Seneca is discussing the difference between Stoics and others when it comes to defining man and friend. To a Stoic, all of humanity is a friend, as the motivation […]

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When you face problems in your lives, don’t resort to the use of force, try to employ dialogue to find a solution.

When you face problems in your lives, don’t resort to the use of force, try to employ dialogue to find a solution. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Everyone faces issues or problems at some point in their life. The question is what do you do when you find yourself in such a situation. […]

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Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Not because they are nice, but because you are.

Treat everyone with kindness and respect. Not because they are nice, but because you are. – Unknown What does that mean? If we waited until others were nice to us before we are nice to them, it might be a long wait. Especially if they are waiting for us to be nice to them first. […]

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We need a sense of belonging to one humanity, respecting the rights and views of others.

We need a sense of belonging to one humanity, respecting the rights and views of others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote is about not being a jerk. On the individual level, this is especially important. Being human often means having to decide what is important. It’s easy to choose […]

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Despite the superficial differences between us, we need to have a sense that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family.

Despite the superficial differences between us, we need to have a sense that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote acknowledges that there are differences between each of us. Both as individuals, and as groups. Different DNA at the base of it all, and then […]

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Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.

Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money. – Anonymous What does that mean? This one hits consumerism below the belt. This quote is a call-out to all those who pride themselves in what they have acquired. It asks them to take […]

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You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. – Sam Keen What does that mean? This quote is widely circulated, and in minor variations. I like this one the best: “We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person […]

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To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.

To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard often misattributed to Aristotle What does that mean? This quote is often misattributed to Aristotle, but is actually by writer Elbert Hubbard, from his book “John North Willys” : “Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you’ll never be criticized.“ This is the […]

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My heart is ever at your service.

My heart is ever at your service. – William Shakespeare What does that mean? In the play, the words are spoken by Captain Alcibiades, who first pleads for Timon’s life, then (having been banished from Athens for trying save Timon) later revenges himself on those who exiled him, and conspired against Timon. (Timon of Athens [date uncertain, […]

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By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. – Charles Wadsworth What does that mean? I can imagine this being said with a bit of a wry smile. While my parents were fairly old when they had me, and I waited even longer […]

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Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love, first in moral excellence, and first in generosity.

Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love, first in moral excellence, and first in generosity. – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly version of a quote. A more complete version of it is: “We all have the drum major instinct. […]

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Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment.

Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This quote is also frequently seen as “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he […]

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Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that.

Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote answers the problem it poses by stating the opposites for each of the deficiencies. Anger can be countered with affection. Hatred can be countered with concern. Jealousy can be countered with respect. Each […]

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In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing. – Mignon McLaughlin What does that mean? It means love is Non-Euclidean (that’s a math joke, for those who don’t get the reference). That said, what the quote is talking about is how love doesn’t follow the normal rules of […]

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