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The events of life bear most harshly upon the inexperienced; the yoke is heavy to the tender neck.

The events of life bear most harshly upon the inexperienced; the yoke is heavy to the tender neck. – Seneca What does that mean? This is another great quote, but which had to be trimmed substantially in order to fit on Twitter. Based on a slightly different translation, a longer version is: “Cruel fortune bears […]

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Be who you are & feel the love of all those who accept you for your true essence!

Be who you are & feel the love of all those who accept you for your true essence! – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is a great quote, as it is all about being authentic. You have to be who you are. You can’t be someone else, even if you wanted to. It […]

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I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.

I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others. – Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi What does that mean? I like this quote, because I don’t like others prying into my business. Usually people who ignore this quote are busy-bodies and a bit […]

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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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Each moment of the happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life.

Each moment of the happy lover’s hour is worth an age of dull and common life. – Aphra Behn What does that mean? I laughed when I saw this quote. I know that this applies to loves other than romantic, which is the root of the quote. There have been times when my computer has been called […]

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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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When we develop care and concern by thinking of others not as ‘them’ but ‘us’, there is no room for bullying, exploitation or deceit.

When we develop care and concern by thinking of others not as ‘them’ but ‘us’, there is no room for bullying, exploitation or deceit. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is another ‘Big Family’ quote. It starts by urging us to develop more care and concern for others. The quote implores us to think of […]

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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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All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one. – Alexandre Dumas (father, son) What does that mean? There seems to be some confusion as to which Alexandre Dumas is the author of this quote, the father or the son. However, either way, it is quite an interesting quote. Generalizations are very broad statements, covering whole groups of people or […]

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Human happiness depends on taking others into account.

Human happiness depends on taking others into account. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote talks about two things at the same time. First, it addresses our personal happiness. It also addresses the happiness of all human-kind at the same time. I read this quote to say that our personal happiness, as a human […]

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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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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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Education is the way to achieve far-reaching results, it is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society.

Education is the way to achieve far-reaching results, it is the proper way to promote compassion and tolerance in society. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts out discussing education as a great way to achieve long lasting and far reaching results. A formal education system allows a society to reach pretty much everyone […]

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It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious.

It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are either charming or tedious. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? There are many ways to divide people. By the color of their skin. By the value of their character. By their level adherence to our beliefs (good vs bad). By their ethnic or […]

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It is the soul they see, not the color of the skin.

It is the soul they see, not the color of the skin.  – Sissieretta Jones What does that mean? I saw an interesting quote on twitter which was very close to this, and started digging. I found the following long version of the quote in a bio page, and used the last bit as the quote […]

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