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What does it mean to be slandered? Stand by a stone and slander it. If a man listens like a stone, what effect has the slanderer?

What does it mean to be slandered? Stand by a stone and slander it. If a man listens like a stone, what effect has the slanderer? – Epictetus What does that mean? This quote is part of a longer discussion regarding why people do seemingly senseless things, specifically to squeeze into a play to get […]

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Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt What does that mean? This is a quote, taken from a speech by a sitting American President, so I hope you can understand his focus on Americans. This longer version of the quote is from […]

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If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. – Epictetus What does that mean? This is a classic of introspection. It says that people will speak ill of you. It’s going to happen. Unless you’re really young, it’s probably already happened, right? The quote […]

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Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. – Robert Heinlein What does that mean? This is a great quote from one of the great Giants in the Science Fiction Genre. The interesting thing to me is that the best authors (of any genre) seem to be the best […]

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It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a classic quote, and explains the futility of comparing yourself to others. Yes, we need a yard-stick against which to measure ourselves, but trying to “keep up with the […]

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I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man.

I shall never allow myself to stoop so low as to hate any man. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? This is something he said a lot. It has been recorded in slight variants, including substituting ‘permit’ for ‘allow’ as well as “I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate […]

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Drugs are in every walk of life – doctors, lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM, teenagers on the street, teenagers in school.

Drugs are in every walk of life – doctors, lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM, teenagers on the street, teenagers in school. – Smokey Robinson What does that mean? This is the witness of human nature by a Rock and Roll, as well as Rhythm and Blues legend. He’s seen it all, the highs […]

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If you conduct your life on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence.

If you conduct your life on the basis of truth and honesty, it gives you a sense of satisfaction and self-confidence. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Let’s start by looking at this from the other direction. What satisfaction do you get from telling a lie, or being dishonest? Perhaps there’s a momentary thrill of not […]

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Warm-heartedness reinforces our self-confidence – giving us not a blind confidence, but a sense of confidence based on reason.

Warm-heartedness reinforces our self-confidence – giving us not a blind confidence, but a sense of confidence based on reason.– Dalai Lama What does that mean? Warm-heartedness, to me, is a form of self-confidence. It is a statement of having a trust in ourselves that is so great that we are willing and able to go beyond […]

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Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? While the translation I used wasn’t exactly the same, it’s close enough for what we are doing. This quote was from The Prince, where the author is giving advice for how a Prince should craft his […]

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt What does that mean? This is a quote about the author’s definition of happiness. The quote says that the joy of achievement is one pathway to happiness. How do you feel when you achieve something? It tends to help […]

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Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? This quote states that everyone who has been declared a Saint was, at one time, something less than saintly. This is a word of encouragement, that every person who has been made a saint was once a normal […]

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A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. – Mark Twain What does that mean? This quote is talking about a basic function of our minds. We cannot be comfortable without our own mind being comfortable. We are what we think, and this quote is simply pointing this out. If we are uncomfortable in […]

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Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are

Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are. – Malcolm Forbes What does that mean? To me, this quote is full of fairly straight forward advice. The quote works from both a time perspective and an energy perspective. If you are busy keeping track of […]

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To see the right and not to do it is cowardice

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice. ~ Confucius What does that mean? To me, this quote sounds a little clunky. I presume it has to do with how and when it was translated. I would reword it to say “To see and know what the correct thing to do is […]

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