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Examine men’s ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue.

Examine men’s ruling principles, even those of the wise, what kind of things they avoid, and what kind they pursue. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? To me, this is about choosing friends, acquaintances and associates. It asks who they are, and by extension, if they are the kind of people you want to […]

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The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds.

The quality of our actions, whether they are positive or negative, depends on our motivation. This is why we have to transform our minds. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? All that we do are our actions. We do this, we do that. We do it because we want to or believe that we […]

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Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. – William Penn What does that mean? Time. You never know how much you have, but yet we still waste it. There are only so many hours in each week, yet still we waste several of them. Time is something we cannot get back, […]

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What is permissible is not always honorable.

What is permissible is not always honorable. – Cicero What does that mean? As many large societies are based on laws, we tend to focus on what is permissible and what is proscribed, without much thought in regards to why. Yet all groups within any society have things they adhere to because of their beliefs […]

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A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men.

A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men – English Proverb   What does that mean? Also seen as “worth 10 pressed men” and other numeric ratios. A ‘press gang’ was a term for people conscripted, usually informally, by military units to do work for them. While technically legal, formalities were often ignored in the interest […]

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Price your anger so expensive until no one can pay to see it.

Price your anger so expensive until no one can pay to see it. – HereTheQuotess What does that mean? There are times when others push us towards anger. In my opinion, this quote is asking us to raise the price of our anger. Not in a sense of increasing the repercussions or the cost of […]

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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? In the longer version of the quote, the balance between giving and taking is mentioned, as well as a direction for the giving (that what you make and give not to […]

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States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.

States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. – Plato What does that mean? Consider your national identity. It might not be true for you, but at one point it was a sufficiently common trait to label a whole group. But the state, being a group of people, will reflect their common […]

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Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. – Plato What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about knowledge and how it is applied. It is in the application that knowledge becomes evil or virtuous. Some of the same chemicals used to kill and maim millions in World War One are now […]

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I never spend a day in idleness. I set aside even part of the night for study.

I never spend a day in idleness. I set aside even part of the night for study. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is from a longer passage in which he talks about his dedication to his art, and more importantly, why he does so. He talks about withdrawing from the business of […]

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We all need basic human values rooted in trust and affection.

We all need basic human values rooted in trust and affection. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote starts by stating that we all have needs. The basic needs are for human values. These values are rooted or based in trust an affection. Unless you are doing far better than most of us, […]

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We must design education that provides for both knowledge and a healthy mind, creating a sense of compassion that responds to all humanity.

We must design education that provides for both knowledge and a healthy mind, creating a sense of compassion that responds to all humanity. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Education is the term we use to describe how we instill the values of the present generation into the next generation. That is simple enough. […]

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Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man; it made him one.

Philosophy did not find Plato already a noble man; it made him one. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a neat quote, as it gives us a thought on what the study of Philosophy can do for a person. In this case, Plato is the subject of interest. According to the quote, other […]

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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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We need values based on common sense, experience and scientific findings, what I refer to as secular ethics.

We need values based on common sense, experience and scientific findings, what I refer to as secular ethics. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, coming from a person considered very spiritual. It is the practical side of ethics. No theory, no belief, just rock solid ethics. Many religious based ethics […]

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