"Where there is peace, God is." ~George Herbert

"Carve your blessings in stone." ~Anon
"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~William Penn
"Dictum sapienti sat est - A word to a wise person is sufficient." ~Cicero Ovid Seneca


Owen Feltham - humanity

“Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment." ~Owen Feltham on Zeal

Henry Home - bread for the poor

“Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.” ~Henry Home on Luxury

Jovybev Aquino Quotes

"Old stars fade away but new stars take their place and shine ever so brightly!" ~Jovybev Aquino

"The sentiments of one person echoes the sentiments of the multitude. Our nation is transforming before our very eyes. We are experiencing a rebirth and I'm damn proud to be a part of it with all of you!" ~Jovybev Aquino

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Live Justly - seek justice

"We can't seek justice for the poor, if we don't know who they are." ~Live Justly (Micah Challenge)


George Daniel Anos Quotes

"For behind every face is an epic, it sits there waiting for the right time to be told. So that it could have a life of its own, perch on the hearts of those who think themselves too victimized that they couldn't even smell the roses anymore,..." ~George Daniel Anos, The Humans of PMMA

"Someday, when great things has come to pass in the reshaping of a nation for so long shorn and shaven its full potential, allowing it at last to soar to heights it once thought elusive, we’ll all look back. The secret of starry nights is that it is magic in itself, a promise of spell binding beauty when darkness tries to swallow our part of the world. It is also when the most intimate and secret tendrils that curl through our minds become awash with the glow of starlight, some twining around the songs and tributes (or in this modern times, posts) that lifted our spirits. No wonder that the Greeks, on these warm and tender and diamond studded nights, named many constellations after their heroes. They didn’t forget the stars of course, immortalizing them with the characters worthy of the heroic standards of their days too. These twinkling lights deserve it, for theirs is the promise that after the dazzle of the sun flaming red then dying at the end of the day, the canvass of the night holds promise for a sight that is balm for soul." ~George Daniel Anos, The 89th Constellation, 13 February 2017 via collective.com.ph

"... someday when the era of the Eagle of the South comes to an end, ushering forth a new Philippines where ‘hope’, ‘change’, and ‘awakening’ falls easy from everyone’s lips, when the despair that has shackled the powerless and the disinherited vanishes, the heroes of that period will be inevitably immortalized as well. And when, as a part of the poem by Walter de La Mare goes:” silence surged softly backward when the plunging hoofs were gone,” these warriors, whose selfless and courageous dedication in the forefront of the battles that won the war, will earn their rightful place. Ever so brightly will they blaze in the grand pantheon of stars marking a nation’s historic turning point. From there, they will grace the night sky above an archipelago of seven thousand one hundred seven islands given a chance of rebirth, all because one man took it upon himself to spend his twilight years to, in borrowing from the words of Sir Mark Lopez, “with uncanny and unorthodox ways, unburden a nation.”
And that is why all of them will make up the brilliance of a constellation that will bear the name:

The 89th Constellation: A tribute to the 13 Filipino FB Social Media bloggers lead by Thinking Pinoy on their historic visit to President RR Duterte in Malacanang Palace, his staunch supporters. (February 2017)
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Dr. Ethel Pineda Quotes

Social graces defined:
"Social graces," good manners and right conduct do not work as veneers. They go hand in hand with genuine concern for people.

Social grace is not ......, sugar-coating words that ingratiate. It is knowing what is right, and acting on it without calling attention to one's self.

Social grace is knowing one's proper place. Not coveting power. Not plotting for failure of someone who was given the trust and mandate by the majority. It is honoring the will of the people." ~Dr. Ethel Pineda
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Bill George - Leadership

"Leadership is not about people following you, but in empowering them to lead." ~Bill George

Hamza Yusef - humility

".. a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant." ~Hamza Yusef

David Mamet - imagination

“It's a question of what you might do in your wildest imagination, not what you might do because you are bound by the strictures of polite behaviour. We don't want our writing to be bound by that. We'd like our stories to be greatly expressive of our fantasy life.” ~David Mamet

Krizette Laureta Chu Quotes

"But hope springs eternal, and although an imperceptible concept, nothing is stronger than hope." ~Krizette Laureta Chu

"..... Duterte is just a symbol of our hopes and our dreams--and men have been fighting for their hopes and dreams forever. Duterte is an idea as much as he is a living, breathing thing. And ideas don't die, and hope is hard to extinguish." ~Krizette Laureta Chu

"For those who had a miserable one today, find strength in the assurance that it will be wonderful for you too. Maybe not today, maybe not next year, but it will come. It may not be with the people around you now, but someday you will find the people who will give you joy and peace and a sense of belongingness.........In the meantime, savor the day for what it is: A celebration--and a promise of--hope and renewal." ~Krizette Laureta Chu

"He inspires devotion, and unlike any Philippine president before him, he inspires us to want to, and hope for, change." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, on President Duterte

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Diego Franco - make a difference

"Leaders lead, builders build but volunteers work for free to make things happen and thus MAKE A DIFFERENCE. ..." ~Diego Franco, 6 January 2017

Van Wilder

"Worrying is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere." ~Van Wilder

Darwin Cañete Quotes

"A lawyer boasting about the ability to debate is like a sprinter boasting he could walk." ~Darwin Cañete

"The best trial lawyers I ever saw were not debaters. They were readers. They were questioners. They were writers. They did not rely on tricks of language but on depth of knowledge on the issues they were litigating." ~Darwin Cañete

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Jojo A. Robles - new allies

"I haven't switched sides. I just found new allies." ~Jojo A. Robles, FB

Rona Berg - a little powder

“What makes us truly beautiful is born well below the surface: a gleam in our eye, an ear-to-ear grin, a bounce in our step. But sometimes a little powder doesn't hurt.” ~Rona Berg


Guy Gavriel Kay - paths

"There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk." ~Guy Gavriel Kay


Rey Joseph Nieto Quotes

"... ang hirap naman ibenta ng inner beauty." ~RJ Nieto, 11 February 2016

"Holding a degree proves that a person is schooled, but not necessarily educated." ~R Joseph Nieto (aka Thinking Pinoy)

"On Rody Duterte's shoulders is the future of 100 million human beings, and the least I can do is help him laugh." ~RJ Nieto

"The future of my people is more important than your megalomaniacal ambitions.
I fought tooth and nail to have the government that I want. Now that I have it, why would I let you take that away from me? Dream on." ~Thinking Pinoy on #LeniLeaks, January 8, 2017

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Quotes from Ruby Ricafrente

"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact." ~William James

"Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing." ~Dr. Ravi Zacharias

"Being positive won't guarantee you'll succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won't." ~Jon Gordon

"It's not how busy you are doing God's work. The question is - are you doing what He really wanted you to do?" ~Arlene Sy

"Trying to figure out what to do with God's overflowing blessings? Share it!" ~Alyssa Almendral

"When you are in a storm, remember that the rough weather won't last forever." ~Joyce Meyer

"You may have a lot of connections, but you will only find pure joy if you are connected to the One True God." ~Shekinah Bongco

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Trixie Cruz-Angeles Quotes

"It's not easy to educate people about the value of what we were born into and what our ancestors passed onto us We take things around us for granted. Slowly though we are starting to realize how important their value is." ~Trixie Cruz-Angeles, NCCA Legal Counsel, Philipine Identity Keeper

"Myth clothes many things." ~Trixie Cruz-Angeles

".... we need the distance of time before we declare heroes. One needs to be out of the era when memories are fresh and biases rule." ~Trixie Cruz-Angeles

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Tova Leigh Quotes

"I know we can't protect our kids from everything, but there is no reason why we can't all try to make the world a better place for them to grow up in." ~Tova Leigh on Bullying

"It's crucial that we teach our children how to express themselves in a respectful manner, and the only way we can do that is by setting an example." ~Tova Leigh, My Thoughts about Stuff, FB

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Noel Tan - Faith


Billy Flynn - good and strong

"Raise good men. Raise strong women. Please. The world needs them, now more than ever." ~Billy Flynn (from Nicer Down Under, FB)



"Begin each day of the New Year with caring in your soul, goodness in your heart, and peace in your mind. A great year will follow." ~A.D. Williams


THOUGHT FOR TODAY: act of kindness

"Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness that come from a pure place are the ones that last forever in the hearts of others." ~Robert Clancy


Nicole Reed - direct path

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us” ~Nicole Reed

THOUGHT For TODAY: opinion

"In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane" ~Mark Twain


Arnel Patawaran Quotes

"I wanted a man who by inspiration alone could transfer the power to make this country proud again from the hands of the few to the hands of the many. I wanted a man who could re-ignite the Filipino in us or at least make us care enough that a few rich men (and their families and friends and employees) do not a country make." ~Arnel Patawaran, FB, 17 December 2016

"I wanted a man who could move this country, who could make the people of this country realize what they deserved, what was in their rights to achieve, a man who could say, 'I don't care what you think, I'll do what I think is best. I may be wrong, if I am, so sue me!" ~Arnel Patawaran, 17 December 2016

"We have always known what is wrong with our country, but our leaders lacked not the knowhow, not the expertise, not the wisdom, not the right words or gestures, not the personal charm, but the political will, the willingness to be lynched, unliked, insulted by the forces that have ruled this country for centuries." ~Arnel Patawaran, 17 December 2016

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Dawn Fraser - excellence

"The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself." ~Dawn Fraser


George Christensen Quotes

"It is clear that we need strength to tackle our drug problem here in the West. So instead of the colonial-style sneering at Duterte and the Philippines, perhaps we can learn from them." ~George Christensen, Australian Politician, chairman of the Australia-Philippine Network

"It's so typical of the West to sneer the actions of what they see as "small brown folk on the other side of the world." ~George Christensen, chairman of the Australia-Philippine Network

"Philippines has a problem that has taken its toll on families and relationships and on communities and barangays. The problem has led to theft, violence and death over many years. And it's a problem that has helped keep so many Filipinos further entrenched in a poverty so deep it is hard for Westerners to imagine." ~George Christensen, chairman of the Australia-Philippine Network

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Alan Dershowitz - freedom of speech

"Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent." ~Alan Dershowitz

Murray McCully Quotes

“He’s a tough guy but he was warm, courteous and actually quite charming." ~Murray McCully, NZ Foreign Minister. (New Zealand Herald, 23 November 2016) on meeting Pres. RR Duterte during his overnight stop-over in Auckland.

“He doesn’t beat around the bush. He has got quite firm views and he expresses them, and very colourfully." ~Murray McCully, NZ Foreign Minister, on Pres. RR Duterte, 23 November 2016 during overnight stop over in Auckland NZ

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Lorraine Marie T. Badoy Quotes

"And we are asked to be cunning, to keep our wits about us and to be so much more than we've been when we were told we weren't worth incorruptible public officials who got things done. (Remember those dark, dreary days when we had corruption practically coming out of our noses?)" ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, 14 December 2016

"I never thought I’d see the day when a Philippine president would be this simple." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on meeting Pres. RR Duterte, FB, 8 December 2016

"Life has a dark underbelly and this dark underbelly asks that we be dark ourselves and to be cunning. To practice sleight of hand with those who have dealt us a rotten hand. It won’t do to be the wide-eyed, buttoned up marm who insists that rules –of etiquette, of protocol, of civil society etc etc–be followed even when we deal with low lives." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, Heart To Heart Talk, 12 January 2017 (from Digongmylabs blog)

"... stop fanning on anyone. And start seeing yourself as ........ THE agent of change—as your own savior." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 18, 2016

"The ironies of our day --and its paradoxes too---will teach us so much and will most probably guide us to where it is we must go. Because I am convinced, these are crucial days our country is going through." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, 14 December 2016

"Today was a good day for me. I got to be up close and personal with the President—a highly vilified man (vilified by elitists mostly, that’s what) and yet, too, one of the most beloved presidents this country has ever had. And I got to give him OUR message of gratitude and support........In the end, history will be the final judge of this man. I pray he turns out to be the transformational leader we all want so badly for him to be." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on meeting Pres. RR Duterte, FB, 8 December 2016

"We must never lose our humanity—our ability to feel the pain of others even as we must never succumb to simplistic readings of what really is a highly complicated situation. " ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, 22 December 2016

"We would be the kind of people we were always meant to be--- forward looking, courageous, compassionate, critical thinkers. A people who forge their own destiny." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 18, 2016

"What you have in mind is the strengthening of our country’s democratic processes and at the heart of all of this is the empowered citizen. And that would be YOU." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 18, 2016

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Enoch Powell - History

“History is littered with the wars everybody knew could never happen.” ~Enoch Powell

Sue Monk Kidd - give way

“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.” ~Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Monette Hernandez - dignity of the Filipino

"My pride as a Filipino has always been there, but it lay dormant. It sparked from time to time but it lay buried under the colonial persona that loved everything American. Who would have thought that a septuagenarian, a foul-mouthed Bisaya, a maong-corduroy loving small-time mayor will be the one to fire up that dormant nationalism and finally make me truly proud that I am a Filipino and yes, there is such a thing as the dignity of the Filipino people." ~Monette Hernandez, FB, 31 October 2016 via Sass Rogando Sassot

Quotes From Get Real Philippines

"...it is easy to ignore a living quiet achiever. That is because the Philippines is a noisy shallow human cesspool — full of characters in the trade of brokering flawed arguments and irrelevant information." ~Benigno O From GetRealPhilippines dot com

"The foundation of a society built on the notion of 'human rights' consists of foresight, consistency, and scientific reasoning — all anathema to the Filipino cultural archetype. For the Filipino, human rights is, quite simply, too hard." ~Benigno O, Get Real Post, FB

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Dag Hammarskjöld - insight

“Openness to life grants a swift insight — like a flash of lightning — into the life situation of others. A must: to force the problem from its emotional sting into a clearly conceived intellectual form — and act accordingly." ~Dag Hammarskjöld, Diplomat

Angela Barnard - Kindness

"Kindness is like butter. It works best when you spread it around." ~Angela Barnard



"One day religions will disappear, but God will not." ~A.D. Williams

Jim Carrey - the answer

"I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they dreamed of, so they will know that it's not the answer." ~Jim Carrey

From OUR DAILY BREAD - reaching out

"In reaching out to others, we rely not on ourselves but on the strength of our God. Where has God placed you to serve? How are you being faithful?" ~from OUR DAILY BREAD

Adam Houlahan - silence

"Listen to the silence. The universe will answer all of your questions." ~Adam Houlahan

Judy Taguiwalo Quotes

"Children in conflict with the law need proper care, they should not be put in jails where they are exposed to abuses and the influence of hardened criminals." ~Judy Taguiwalo, DSWD Secretary, FB Philippines

“It is important to act immediately for the welfare and safety of the children. Every child on the street is vulnerable to life-threatening risks. We cannot let them think that asking for alms or caroling on the streets is normal." ~Judy Taguiwalo, DSWD Secretary

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Lloyd Alexander - adventure

"Keep reading. It's one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have." ~Lloyd Alexander

Ralph Lauren - dreams

"I don't design clothes. I design dreams." ~Ralph Lauren


William Gibson - self-esteem

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ~William Gibson


Peter Counsell Quotes

"A camping spot becomes special when you want to return again and again." ~Peter Counsell, from the beachside campsite, Durras Park North

"Falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves makes for a relaxing getaway." ~Peter Counsell

"True camping is having plenty of bush around you, being woken up in the morning by a chorus of kookaburras, or being disturbed at night by possums searching for food." ~Peter Counsell

Source: Australian Geographic, FB, November 2016

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Henry Parkes - PEACE

"Surely what the Americans had done by war, the Australians could bring about in peace." ~Henry Parkes

(During his long political career, Parkes represented nine different electorates, several in rural areas, including from 1882 to 1884, the seat of Tenterfield. Now he was looking for an opportunity to breathe new life into the campaign for federation.At a banquet held in the Tenterfield School of Arts, Parkes made the case for a national government for the colonies of Australia and New Zealand).

Source: State Records NSW, FB

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: from Osho - journey of life

"You have to save yourself from so many good-intentioned people, do-gooders, who are constantly advising you to be this, to be that. Listen to them, thank them. They don´t mean any harm — but harm is what happens. You just listen to your own heart. That is your only teacher. In the real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher." ~Osho


Inspirational: from Positive Minds

"The most beautiful people you'll ever meet aren't always the ones who catch your eyes first. No, the most beautiful are the ones that can never be figured out. The one you could talk with for many hours and still have a million things to ask. The people who have mind so lovely and special, you can help but fall in love with them." ~Positive Minds