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Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit.

Being concerned about others does not mean you forgo fulfilling your own needs, but that if you do help others there is mutual benefit. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? The quote starts out by reminding us that being concerned with others, and the action implied therein, isn’t supposed to be to the exclusion […]

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The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other.

The more we are concerned for the well-being of others, the closer we will feel to each other. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? He has many quotes about our relationship within the greater humanity, but this one is about our connection to our neighbor, our friend, and even our enemy. To me, this […]

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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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Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be.

Not only is your happiness and welfare related to others, but the more you help them, the happier you will be. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This is a fundamental truth in life. If you think about some of your happiest moments in life, rarely are they solely about you. Even when you win […]

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Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington What does that mean? As is so often is the case, this Twitter friendly quote is just part of a longer quote. This is a slightly longer version of the quote: “In meeting men, in many places, I have […]

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When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength.

When you concern yourself with others, you naturally develop a sense of self-confidence. To help others takes courage and inner strength. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote has an interesting way of looking at self-confidence. We normally think of self-confidence coming from accomplishing things, things we can see and measure. Ran a mile? Yep! […]

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Human happiness depends on taking others into account.

Human happiness depends on taking others into account. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this quote talks about two things at the same time. First, it addresses our personal happiness. It also addresses the happiness of all human-kind at the same time. I read this quote to say that our personal happiness, as a human […]

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If we can cultivate a concern for others, keeping in mind the oneness of humanity, we can build a more compassionate world.

If we can cultivate a concern for others, keeping in mind the oneness of humanity, we can build a more compassionate world. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about how we might build a more compassionate world. It starts with the oneness of humanity. We are all one group, one people, one […]

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The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi What does that mean? This quote, by a well known American Football coach, is all about motivation, and if you have enough of it or not. In the sport, […]

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When I wake in the morning, I make a wish to be useful to others.

When I wake in the morning, I make a wish to be useful to others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is a desire to be helpful, to assist others. I don’t think it means to be at the mercy of the whims of others. I don’t think the activities should be degrading, […]

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Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation.

Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? In the last two weeks, we discussed how concern for others helped quell anger inside ourselves, and how concern for others could help us make our corner of the world a more […]

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Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.

Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you. – Cynthia Kersey also listed as Oscar Wilde What does that mean? This is one approach to the age old question of how do you get confidence when you don’t have any at the beginning? The answer, […]

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Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson What does that mean? This is an interesting quote due to the metaphor it uses. Happiness as a potion, a liquid like perfume, to be poured out onto another. It has a certain ring to it, […]

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The human capacity to care for others isn’t something trivial or something to be taken for granted. Rather it is something we should cherish.

The human capacity to care for others isn’t something trivial or something to be taken for granted. Rather it is something we should cherish. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? This quote is about the gentle side of human nature. It urges us to cherish the ability we have to care for others. It asks us […]

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Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. – Muhammad Ali What does that mean? Service to others is a great idea. I’m not talking about “Would you like fries with that?” but actually doing something that helps other people with their lives. Helping someone learn to read. Helping […]

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