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Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit.

Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts out by reminding us that being concerned with others, and the action implied therein, isn’t supposed to be to the exclusion […]

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Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you.

Be proud of who you are and not ashamed of how someone else sees you. – Unknown What does that mean? This is a quote I wish I’d heard more of when I was little. It’s reassuring and hopeful for all those who aren’t the same as everyone else. It is a reminder for all […]

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The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.

The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? He has many quotes about our relationship within the greater humanity, but this one is about our connection to our neighbor, our friend, and even our enemy. To me, this […]

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Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be.

Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a fundamental truth in life. If you think about some of your happiest moments in life, rarely are they solely about you. Even when you win […]

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Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display? – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is kind of hard to understand on it’s own, as the context is stripped by Twitter’s 140 limit. A longer version starts with the quote and continues: “These things that […]

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I feel that each of us has the potential to make some contribution and together, working with a clear aim, we can change our world.

I feel that each of us has the potential to make some contribution and together, working with a clear aim, we can change our world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is a great quote, and says quite a bit in just a few words. It starts by saying we all matter, we […]

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Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.

Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? There is a longer version of this quote (see confirmation section at the bottom of the post), but for the purposes of this post, I will confine myself to this portion of the quote. It talks about the marketplace, and […]

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Serving and helping others out of compassion is non-violence in action.

Serving and helping others out of compassion is non-violence in action. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote defines non-violence in terms of compassion. Non-violence includes a lack of aggression and a lack of ill will. It precludes deliberate actions which harm others or causes them pain and anguish. Service to others, and helping […]

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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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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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There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes. – William J. Brennan, Jr. What does that mean? Have you ever thought, or heard someone say, that a job is beneath them? It could be cleaning an icky mess, or some other form of manual labor. It might be something that is considered beneath their station, or […]

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Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.

Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. – Martin Luther King, Jr What does that mean? A slightly longer version is as follows: “Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service… You only need a heart full of grace and […]

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It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.

It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me. – Franz Liszt What does that mean? This is a great quote, one that inspires us to leave the world a better place than when we arrived, and to assist others as best […]

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More important than being loved is to love.

More important than being loved is to love. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Loving, or the act of giving love away to another, is a very powerful force. Receiving love is also powerful, but it relies on others to act in a loving manner towards you. To me, this quote is all about the power […]

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Even a small experience of altruism brings a measure of mental peace right away.

Even a small experience of altruism brings a measure of mental peace right away. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is talking about the link between altruism and mental peace. It says that when you do nice things for other people, you tend to feel better about yourself. Part of what makes it work, […]

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