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Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.

Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart. – Seneca What does that mean? This is a translator’s version of “And so each man will find in his own breast the fault which he censures in another.” Yet, however one chooses to word it, the blame or fault […]

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It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.

It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it. – Epictetus What does that mean? He might have had an ulterior motive for this quote, presuming he actually said it, given he was lame or injured and used a crutch or walking aid […]

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Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, & share your passion with them.

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people. Ask the next person you see what their passion is, & share your passion with them. – HOLSTEE What does that mean? As is so often the case, this Twitter-friendly quote is just a small excerpt from a longer quote, which paraphrases the middle third of […]

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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder What does that mean? That is profound. It posits that there is one time when we are truly alive, and feel the full vigor and vibrancy of the life of the world around us. The […]

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If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? – Confucius What does that mean? To me, this quote isn’t about the fear of a tiger eating you, but about the much more insidious fears we have. The fear of not having […]

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Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. – attributed to J. Isham (no known bio) What does that mean? We all listen to others, in some form or another. The only question is why do we listen? Sometimes it is the story being told […]

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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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Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.

Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away. – Oscar Hammerstein II What does that mean? This is another Twitter-shortened quote. The whole quote is as follows: “A bell is not a bell till you ring it. A song is not a song till you sing it. […]

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Stimulate the heart to love, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord.

Stimulate the heart to love, and all other virtues will rise of their own accord. – W. T. Ussery This is a thinly sourced quote, apparently from a book titled Sermons, from the Baptist Publishing Company, Nashville, Tennessee, from 1912. I still don’t have a bio for him. Does anyone have any information on him? […]

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Love is when you don’t have to be with another person to touch their heart!

Love is when you don’t have to be with another person to touch their heart! – Torquato Tasso What does that mean? Most of us have been there. Even if it is from loss, perhaps the passing of a beloved grandparent, we feel them in our heart, even though they are not there. While this quote […]

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No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about the end of excuses. “I couldn’t help myself.” Or “I knew it was wrong, but I was over-whelmed and did it anyway.” These are the excuses of people […]

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For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. – Judy Garland What does that mean? Trying to logically explain a quote about love… This is going to be fun! What the quote is saying is that there is a special connection […]

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Kindness and a good heart are the underlying foundation for success in this life and making progress on the spiritual path.

Kindness and a good heart are the underlying foundation for success in this life and making progress on the spiritual path. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Kindness is often described as being friendly, generous, sympathetic, humane, and/or tolerant. That sounds like a nice thing to have someone say about you, doesn’t it? Having a good […]

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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. – Oscar Wilde What does that mean? A garden with all the flowers dead. That sounds bleak. Then add a lack of sunshine, and it becomes truly dreary. That is the closest match that the quote could […]

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One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.

One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry What does that mean? This is an interesting part of the book “The Little Prince,” where the Prince was crying about his rose, and is talking with his new friend the fox. The Prince is sad because he […]

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