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


Francisco Amoy - simple leaf

"A simple leaf for me is God's handiwork with its intricate mechanism to feed the world." ~Francisco Amoy, FB, 23 May 2016

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: personal growth

"Your comfort zone is anything that keeps you at a low level of anxiety. But, stepping out of your comfort zone can lead you to personal growth, causes your comfort zone to grow, and helps you learn." ~Daily Blessings from My Heart

Noah Webster - responsibility

"When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility and he betrays the interest of his country." ~Noah Webster

Emmanuel (Manny) Piñol Quotes

"... effective governance actually is just a simple combination of inspiration and imagination." ~Manny Pinol, May 2016

"I have long believed that governance is all about people: Identify the problems confronting your people, find solutions to their problems and implement those solutions to improve their lives. These are the basic governance rules which I follow." ~Emmanuel (Manny) Piñol, former Governor of Cotabato 2016
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Lance Secretan - power

"The power of a compelling cause rests in the soul of its Creator, because a cause springs from the soul. It is a spiritual statement from one soul that cannot be the result of many. It comes from a deep place of knowing, some conviction that a richly imagined future could in some way, dramatically and positively, change the world." ~Lance Secretan, author “Inspirational Leadership”

Russell Lynes - with candour

"It is always well to accept your own shortcomings with candor, but to regard those of your friends with polite incredulity." ~Russell Lynes

Julius Bate - mission

"He who wishes to fulfill his mission in the world must be a man of one idea, that is, of one great overmastering purpose, overshadowing all his aims, and guiding and controlling his entire life." ~Julius Bate

Priti Shaw - existence

"Sometimes it feels good that some people fail to notice our existence around them. It's when we realise we are more important to ourselves than they are to us. There's nothing bitter in this realisation. Just a realisation that what we have is more precious than what we don't." ~Priti Shaw FB

T.T. Munger - success

"Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success." ~T.T. Munger

Stuart Wilde - custodian

"People are the custodians of the world’s wealth; if you want them to hand some over to you, you have to be nice to people!" ~Stuart Wilde

Jonathan Grieves-Smith - music

"I love the way the musical material in Handel’s Dixit Dominus talks - hectoring, asking, answering, arguing, agreeing, shouting, whispering; and how its musical characters walk in to scenes, trip, run, stride out, sit down and become quiet." ~Jonathan Grieves-Smith – guest conductor for our upcoming Dixit Dominus performance (20 May 2016)


TODAY's INSPIRATION: whispers of wisdom

"We are touched by others for different reasons. Some for their whispers of wisdom, a few to make our souls dance. And then there are those special ones who etch themselves so deep within our hearts, we are forever changed.." ~Garden of Grace

Elinor Smith - make things happen

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." ~Elinor Smith

Eleanor Farjeon - Love

"Love has no uttermost, as the stars have no number and the sea no rest." ~Eleanor Farjeon


Martin Heidegger - language

"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, when in fact language remains the master of man." ~Martin Heidegger

Tim Tebow - heart

"I've always been attracted to girls whose hearts are the biggest thing about them." ~Tim Tebow, philanthropist

Gerard Weston - education

"True education should include pointing people to where the most important truths are found." ~Gerard Weston, LCG

Samia Al Sayed - breadwinners

“Syrian women have become the sole breadwinners of their families. There is a strong need for women to lead and become self-sufficient. They have to learn new skills and open small workshops in the form of private businesses and work from home. I strongly believe that sustainable business and micro financing are necessities for women and powerful means of employment to thrive." ~Samia Al Sayed from World Pulse

Simon Sinek - skills

"You don't hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills." ~Simon Sinek


Josephine Preston Peabody - success

"One never learns by success. Success is the plateau that one rests upon to take breath and look down from upon the straight and difficult path, but one does not climb upon a plateau." ~Josephine Preston Peabody


Quotes on MOTHERS

"MOTHER...the greatest unconditional and infinite love we will ever experience in our existence..." ~GB Life
"A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them." ~Anon

"A mother has a backbone made of steel and a heart made of gold." ~Mar Razalan "Dewdrops"

"In honour of this special day (8 May 2016), we would like to thank all mothers around the world for the spectacular job they do. As warm and nurturing as a cup of tea, there is no better medicine than a mother's love! Happy Mother's Day!" ~Dilmah Tea

"It takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child and someone special to love someone more than herself." ~Lilly

"Mothers are like glue. Even when you can't see them, they're still holding the family together." ~Susan Gale

"My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune." ~Anon

"My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled." ~Carly Fiorina

"Next to God, the mother's power for good is the strongest known on earth." ~E.G. White

"Regardless of whether you are famous or not, you will never have a bigger fan than your mother." ~Linda

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom." ~Henry Ward Beecher

"The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found." ~Calvin Trillin

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"You hear my pain when everyone else goes deaf
You always make smile when I think I can't.
You listen to my secrets and make them yours.
You give me a hug when I can't find my voice.
You wipe away the tears that the world makes me weep.
You mean more to me than you'll ever know.

You're my best friend.
You're my guardian angel.
You're my mum!"
- DemonicAngel08

Source: The Best Mother's Day Quotes

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Jane Goh quotes

"Being an entrepreneur is a tremendous risk — there are long hours, huge financial burdens, and heaps of uncertainty. But for female entrepreneurs, the risks are even greater." ~Jane Goh from Word Pulse

"Work hard and have persistence. That is more than half the battle won." ~Jane Goh

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Maria Flynn - best friend

"Learn to let silence be your comfortable best friend." ~Maria Flynn

Ben Oliver - blazing flame

"Love is like a blazing flame, golden and full of warmth." ~Ben Oliver


Mariel Mae Dancel Quotes

"The universe gives all the signs we need to know, it's time to start a new day." ~Mhiel Dancel

"The world is a much better place because of you. You are our home and our light." ~Mariel Mae Dancel on Mother's Day 2016

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Magnolia Maymaru Quotes

"I want to do it for young people all over Australia. That means black and white." ~Magnolia Maymaru

"The main reason why I agreed to do it is that I don't want to do it just for myself, I want to do it for young people all over Australia. That means black or white. I grew up both ways, the Yolngu way, and the balanda way, which is the white man's way, the western way."'Magnolia Maymuru 


(Maminydjama Maymuru is set to make history this year when she becomes the first Aboriginal woman to represent the Northern Territory at Miss World Australia.)

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Bill Shorten Quotes

"Australia cannot be an innovation unless it is an education nation." ~Bill Shorten, ALP PM Candidate 2 July 2016 Election Campaign

"Australia does not have to choose between a growing economy and great schools." ~Bill Shorten, ALP

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Noni Hazlehurst Quotes

"I fear that our hearts are growing cold," ~Noni Hazlehurst

"The great thing about glaciers … if you're not on them, you go under. I've been riding that glacier for 40 years. And I'm staying on top of it." ~Noni Hazlehurst, Logie 2016 Hall of Fame

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Paul Boose - Forgiveness

"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." ~Paul Boose (from Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Laurie Matthew - racing tide

"I have to find a place to hide
An island in the sea
Surrounded by a racing tide
Where I can live with me."
~Laurie Matthew

Martin Niemoller - speak up

"If you allow them to oppress your fellow man and you do not speak up, you will be the next one to be oppressed." ~Martin Niemoller, a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken critic of Hitler and spent the last years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Daniel H. Wilson - doorway

"In the future, when Microsoft leaves a security-flaw in their code it won't mean that somebody hacks your computer. It will mean that somebody takes control of your servant robot and it stands in your bedroom doorway sharpening a knife and watching you sleep." ~Daniel H. Wilson

James Beard - bread and butter

"Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!" ~James Beard

Thomas Keller - recipe

"A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe." ~Thomas Keller

Luciano Pavarotti - eating

"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating." ~Luciano Pavarotti


Louise Marie Henderson - solitude

"The quietness and the solitude strengthens and calms me at the same time." ~Louise Marie Henderson


Thomas Bastard - sheep

“A black sheep is a biting beast.” ~Thomas Bastard


Adrienne von Speyr - humble plea

"Grace can find a foothold in every humble plea." ~Adrienne von Speyr

Edith Schaeffer - hidden art

"I would define 'hidden art' as the art found in the ordinary areas of everyday life. Each person has, I believe, some talent which is unfulfilled in some hidden area of his being -- a talent which could be expressed and developed." ~Edith Schaeffer, Author, 1971

Jenny Brown - people in need

"It’s heartwarming to see people go above and beyond for others in need." ~Jenny Brown (an inspiring story of Greg Smith helping a homeless woman, Amy Joe shared on FB by Chicken Soup for the Soul).

Megumi Yamaguchi - on becoming strong

“The biggest thing I learned is how to feel, recognize, and follow the Spirit’s promptings. I also learned that when people know they are children of God, they become really strong.” —Megumi Yamaguchi, Nagoya, Japan

David Hockney - artist

"What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought." ~David Hockney

Sid Apolinario - great player

"A great chess player will never reveal his next move 'til the opponent concede." ~Sid Apolinario (source: The Most Brilliant Strategy of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Exposed!)

Samuel Hahnemann - physician's mission

"The physician's high and only mission is to restore the sick to health." ~Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843)


Wilfred A. Patterson - open hands

"Take a look at those two open hands of yours. They are tools with which to serve, make friends, and reach out for the best in life. Open hands open the way to achievement. Put them to work today." ~Wilfred A. Patterson

J. Hawes - what wrought wonders

"You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be something in the world, and you will be something. “I cannot,” never accomplished anything; “I will try,” has wrought wonders." ~J. Hawes

William DeMille - bite and chew

"I have always admired the ability to bite off more than one can chew and then chew it." ~William DeMille


Catherine Bowen - growing older

"I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little more as I grow older." ~Catherine Bowen

Donald G. Mitchell - ambition

"Ambition is the spur that makes man struggle with destiny. It is heaven’s own incentive to make purpose great and achievement greater." ~Donald G. Mitchell

Margaret Guenther - friends

"We all need friends with whom we can speak of our deepest concerns, and who do not fear to speak the truth in love to us." ~Margaret Guenther