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He who has great power should use it lightly.

He who has great power should use it lightly. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is from a play by Seneca, wherein the Greek heroes Pyrrhus (son of Achilles) and Agamemnon are discussing the fate (death) of a prisoner. Pyrrhus says no law forbids it, but Agamemnon cautions that the victor should be […]

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To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. – Saint Augustine What does that mean? This is an interesting quote. Can you do just a little? Do you know what is the correct amount for you, and for the situation? Conversely, do you avoid the issue altogether and simply abstain? But is your will-power […]

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Each man, in corrupting others, corrupts himself.

Each man, in corrupting others, corrupts himself. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is part of a larger discussion of patterns of corruption. It talks about how entire communities and even countries have a pattern of what is acceptable. That pattern is usually impressed on the population as they grow up. They become […]

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The talk of the ignorant is like the rumblings which issue from the belly.

The talk of the ignorant is like the rumblings which issue from the belly. – Demetrius the Cynic What does that mean? I like this quote. It is one of the snarkier bits of Ancient Wisdom with which I have ever had the pleasure to be acquainted. Can you feel the burn? I’m glad I […]

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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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First we make our habits, then our habits make us.

First we make our habits, then our habits make us. – Charles C. Noble What does that mean? This is another excellent chiasmus. It reminds us of the power of repeated actions, of our habits and what they can do to us, or for us. It starts with the obvious. We do things over and over, […]

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Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. – Unknown What does that mean? I like this quote; it is so sassy! I could have sworn this was a quote from Mae West or one of her contem-poraries. But all the sourcing I have seen says that it is unknown. For those who don’t […]

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Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them.

Running away from your problems is a race you will never win, so just face them head on, and overcome them. – Unknown What does that mean? I’ve heard a number of variants on this one, but the most common has been “you can’t outrun trouble.” And even as fast as I once was, it’s always […]

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It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. – Epictetus What does that mean? I like this quote. It has an interesting perspective on things, and that is what the quote is all about. Someone shouts an insult at you, and you believe […]

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A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness.

A person who practices compassion and forgiveness has great inner strength, whereas aggression is usually a sign of weakness. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Anyone who has been in the school yard knows of this, even if they never thought of it in this manner. This is a fairly common truth in life, which probably […]

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Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill.

Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. – Jim Rohn What does that mean? There is a longer version of this quote (see confirmation section at the bottom of the post), but for the purposes of this post, I will confine myself to this portion of the quote. It talks about the marketplace, and […]

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All cruelty springs from weakness.

All cruelty springs from weakness. – Seneca What does that mean? The quote is also translated as: “All savageness is a sign of weakness.” In either case, the source, in the end, is weakness. Weakness of mind, weakness of spirit, weakness of character, it all ends badly. Whether you chose to label the behavior of someone lashing […]

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When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. – Confucius What does that mean? This is an interesting quote about trying to master yourself by interaction with other people. It is the second half of a longer quote, often stated as: “When we see men of worth, we should […]

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We feel most small, we feel most challenged when we’re only focusing on ourselves.

We feel most small, we feel most challenged when we’re only focusing on ourselves. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote caught my attention as it reminded me of some of the discussions on one of my other posts. Some of them were feeling very sorry for themselves, and that was a big part […]

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Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our daily lives.

Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our daily lives. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about our negative emotions and impulses. It asks us if we’ve monitored them, and asks what we’re going to do […]

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