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The most important things in life aren’t things.

The most important things in life aren’t things. – Anthony J. DeAngelo What does that mean? Think for a moment about what is most important to you. How many of them were things, rather than people or ideals? Did your cell phone, your car, your house, your job, or some other ‘thing’ make the list? If […]

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The quality of everything we do: our physical actions, our verbal actions, and even our mental actions, depends on our motivation.

The quality of everything we do: our physical actions, our verbal actions, and even our mental actions, depends on our motivation. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is very close to a principal I have found very useful. This quote says that the quality, or value of all that we do depends on our […]

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If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself.

If you focus only on yourself and neglect others, you will lose; but you will gain if you value others as much as you cherish yourself. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote reminds me of the basic plot of the book ‘A Christmas Carol’ by English author Charles Dickens. At the beginning of that story, […]

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The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is a quote, once again, that was directed at a Prince or ruler of a City State. It deals with the all too familiar situation where a promise made has been […]

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We often talk about moral values, justice and trust, but the important thing is to put them into effect in our everyday lives.

We often talk about moral values, justice and trust, but the important thing is to put them into effect in our everyday lives. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote, to me, is another of the ‘actions speak louder than words’ kind. It mentions that many people talk about values like justice and trust. That […]

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If the work is worthwhile, then whether we can complete it or not, it’s worth making the attempt. That’s why courage is important.

If the work is worthwhile, then whether we can complete it or not, it’s worth making the attempt. That’s why courage is important. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? World peace. The end of Hunger. The Cure for All Diseases. Noble causes each, but each of these will take generations to achieve (at the rate we […]

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In our quest for happiness and the avoidance of suffering, I believe we are all fundamentally the same, and therefore equal.

In our quest for happiness and the avoidance of suffering, I believe we are all fundamentally the same, and therefore equal. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? We are all equal in a couple ways, and unequal in plenty of others. We all have exactly the same number of hours in the day. We are all […]

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Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become.

Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Wow, you’d think he’d been reading my posts or something. I could go the route of vanity and claim that great minds think alike. But somehow, I doubt he is copying […]

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Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research.

Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research. ~ Wilson Mizner What does that mean? Also quoted as “If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.” and sometimes attributed to John Burke. And with the right accent, it almost sounds Russian… This is the age old challenge […]

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Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung What does that mean? When we look inside our heart, our true self awakens. Until then, our true self is hidden, and we follow with our groups. Our family, our […]

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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. – Socrates What does that mean? In the age of Botox and plastic surgery, Beauty can be a much longer-lived tyranny than Socrates first believed. 8) This saying is particularly interesting to me, as I believe this had different meanings to Men and Women.  To Men, I believe the tyranny […]

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The root of joy is gratefulness… For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.

The root of joy is gratefulness… For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. – Brother David Steindl-Rast What does that mean? To me, it means most people have it backwards.  We are generally grateful for something joyous, rather than taking joy in a situation that we […]

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