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Pay more attention to compassion and you’ll find you’re happier. It’s that practical and simple.

Pay more attention to compassion and you’ll find you’re happier. It’s that practical and simple. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? While I will acknowledge that some people are wired differently, this is the truth for the greater portion of humanity. Happiness, the emotion, has many sources, most of which are temporary at best. […]

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Luck is probability taken personally.

Luck is probability taken personally. – Penn Jillette, who attributes this quote to Chip Denman What does that mean? Think about that for a moment. Were you lucky, or did statistics simply favor you that one time? Or, perhaps, for several times in a row? Is that really luck, or are you reading more into […]

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Today, let us wish each other a Happy New Year, but also that we may make it meaningful.

Today, let us wish each other a Happy New Year, but also that we may make it meaningful. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? OK, so I’m a little bit behind the times. I even missed my Three Year Anniversary for my blog, which happened at the beginning of this month. Such is life. But […]

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There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living.

There is nothing the busy man is less busied with than living. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is part of a larger paper, in which he is describing the difficulties in being too busy to breathe and enjoy life in the present. He talks about how a busy mind cannot delve deeply […]

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Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity.

Because of the risks involved in indulging in unrestrained desire and greed we need to cultivate contentment and simplicity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is about the individual, and how individuals interact. At one end, if everyone indulged in unrestrained desires and greed, everything would be a mess. At the other end, if […]

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If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.

If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. – John Irving What does that mean? We each have this life of ours to live. We have the ability to make choices (I won’t get into free will here). Our lives are largely […]

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What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat.

What nature requires is obtainable, and within easy reach. It is for the superfluous we sweat. – Seneca What does that mean? This one is so true, it almost hurts. It is especially this time of year, when it is all too easy to get caught up in materialism or consumerism. Do you require a big […]

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When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu What does that mean? Once again, we have another Twitter-friendly shortened quote. The more complete version is “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs […]

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. – Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is all about the circle of life, and the circular nature of our lives. Things start, things end. The end of one thing leads to the beginning of another. This quote states it from the opposite […]

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If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~ Cicero What does that mean? Needless to say, this quote is from the days before the iPhone, computers, cars, and all that tech stuff that most of us can’t imagine living without. In that simpler time, some outdoor work, tending to […]

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Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss. – Epicurus What does that mean? I love this quote, as it is all about attachment and the fear of loss. If you are desperate to keep what you have, what do you really have? If this fear […]

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius What does that mean? This quote hit me pretty hard, once I started thinking about it. What if it didn’t matter what kind of car you drove. What if it didn’t matter how nice your house was, so long as it was functional? […]

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If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.

If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? This is Sir Winston at his finest. It is part of a longer quote, which goes into detail as to how to properly use a pile driver to make your point. […]

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates What does that mean? To me, this saying has real meaning.  I tend to be overly busy, with too many projects working at the same time.  It’s kind of like the saying about taking time to smell the roses.  If you’re too busy, you don’t see […]

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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? To me, it talks about the straight forward answer.  E=mc2.  Simple, elegant and still holding true over a century later.  Some less esoteric examples?  Water flows downhill : gravity.  Hot air rises : density.  Light going […]

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