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The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. – Seneca What does that mean? There are always troubles in our lives. We are all, at times, great. And we all have the opportunity to be brave at some point. Together, it is an awesome sight to see. When adversity […]

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Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome.

Fear that makes us run from a mad dog is useful and necessary, whereas fear rooted in mistrust is unhelpful and needs to be overcome. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about fear. It differentiates fear based on a real and possible danger from that which is based primarily on […]

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Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W. T. Purkiser What does that mean? In the USA, this will post on Thanksgiving day. Initially it was the celebration of actually having survived the year, with enough food to last the winter. Since then […]

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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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To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? Another classically brief quote. But it is packed with meaning. It is talking about revenge and how to best achieve it. However, it doesn’t say to serve it cold, or when they aren’t looking for it. The quote is about restraint. […]

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Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. What does that mean? This quote is about the difference between giving and getting. As kids, I imagine most of us liked one a whole lot more than the other. But how has that changed as we have […]

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Thousands of candles can be lit from a single one, and its life will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single one, and its life will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. – Buddha What does that mean? This quote reminds us that there are two kinds of things in the universe. The stuff you lose when you give it away, and the stuff which […]

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A man should be upright, not be kept upright.

A man should be upright, not be kept upright. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? At it’s heart, this quote is about a person and their character. It is a reminder that what we are on the inside is what we are seen as by others on the outside. The quote is usually interpreted […]

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Life is an echo. What you send out comes back.

Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. – Zig Ziglar What does that mean? This is a neat quote, and it is a twitter-friendly version of a longer quote, which goes like this: “Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow you reap. What you give you get. […]

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We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. – Martin Luther King, Jr What does that mean? This quote is about the totality of humanity. While it was spoken specifically about the racial divide then present in the United States of America, I believe it also applies to all of us. […]

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There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.

There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse. – Seneca What does that mean? The first thing to acknowledge with this quote is that there are people to whom this does not apply. People with broken spirits or minds can do terrible things, and think […]

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Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, because I have seen it in action. It says that when we do something, there are consequences. These consequences spread like the ripples from a […]

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There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about what the author of the quote thinks is one of the most admirable traits a person can demonstrate. Specifically, he admires those who can bear unhappiness […]

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Gratitude is heaven itself.

Gratitude is heaven itself. – William Blake What does that mean? I have seen this quote also attributed to Laura Huxley (as well as to her husband, author Aldous Huxley), Matt Cutts and others. Of the list of people to whom this quote is attributed, William Blake is the oldest, and I believe therefore likely to […]

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere! – Martin Luther King Jr. What does that mean? This quote makes an obvious point, but too many people don’t understand it. When an injustice is done to one person, everyone else has to wonder what it would take for that same injustice to be done to me. Sadly, that is […]

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