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These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us.

These individuals have riches just as we say that we “have a fever” when really the fever has us. – Seneca What does that mean? As frequently happens, the Twitter quote is just a tiny bit of the full quote. In context, the quote makes a bit more sense: “For as far as those persons are […]

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Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display?

Why do I not seek some real good; one which I could feel, not one which I could display? – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is kind of hard to understand on it’s own, as the context is stripped by Twitter’s 140 limit. A longer version starts with the quote and continues: “These things that […]

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In order to derive the maximum benefit the wise thing is to take care of others.

In order to derive the maximum benefit the wise thing is to take care of others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I was unable to find the context for this quote, so I will presume that the quote is about the difference, and the conflict, between selfish and selfless. We all have wants and needs. […]

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Person who chases two rabbits catches neither.

Person who chases two rabbits catches neither. – Confucius or Romanian Proverb What does that mean? I was surprised that I hadn’t covered this quote yet, when I tried to reference this quote in a recent blog, but couldn’t. The reason might have been the attribution, given by many as Confucius, but only sourced to a […]

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Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. – Cicero What does that mean? This quote is about the motivation and underlying reason why people pursue philosophy. And, quite simply, it is, as the quote says, the simple love of wisdom. Wisdom is defined at theFreeDictionary.com as “The ability to discern or judge what is true, […]

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A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.

A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it. – Albert Einstein What does that mean? This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, but probably isn’t true. However, I believe that it is still an interesting quote nonetheless. The quote is about the three stages of learning, clueless, cleverness, and wisdom. The clueless people […]

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We naturally have self-interest but it should be wise rather than foolish self-interest by taking others needs into account as well as ours.

We naturally have self-interest but it should be wise rather than foolish self-interest by taking others needs into account as well as ours. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? I like this quote, as it acknowledges a basic human behavior, yet implores us to try to use it for the good of all. What do I […]

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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson What does that mean? This is another one of those classic quotes. Short but sweet, and exactly on point. This quote starts by saying what we all know. “Knowledge comes” it says. Knowledge is everywhere. We learn all kinds of things, or at least we are exposed to […]

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There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about what the author of the quote thinks is one of the most admirable traits a person can demonstrate. Specifically, he admires those who can bear unhappiness […]

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By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. – Charles Wadsworth What does that mean? I can imagine this being said with a bit of a wry smile. While my parents were fairly old when they had me, and I waited even longer […]

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Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply. – Euripides What does that mean? This quote is kind of short and out of context. That makes it very dependent on the situation. What I have experienced (from both sides of the quote) is that often times offering advice simply leads to an argument. You have a suggestion, a […]

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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? Consider what the opposite would be like. Imagine a ruler who ruled with an iron fist, what would that be like? Even at the level of a city or town council, that’s not going to work out very will, will […]

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Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive.

Men become wise just as they become rich, more by what they save than by what they receive. – Wilbur Wright What does that mean? This quote makes an interesting analogy between riches and wisdom. The quote says we become wise in the same manner as we become rich. How do we become rich? The tweet says […]

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There is a difference between knowing the path & walking the path.

There is a difference between knowing the path & walking the path. – Morpheus What does that mean? This is a modern version of a very old quote. The basics of the quote is twofold. It is one thing to know the path to take. It is another thing to actually walk that path. How many […]

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We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right. – Seneca What does that mean? This is an interesting viewpoint, one which probably isn’t immediately apparent to most of us. The quote states that in adversity, we gain wisdom more readily than in times of prosperity. I believe that this is true, because […]

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