"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

1/6/17

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


1/2/17

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)

1/1/17

THOUGHT TO PONDER: NEW YEAR

"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

12/29/16

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

12/26/16

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

12/22/16

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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12/20/16

Dawn Fraser - excellence

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

12/19/16

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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12/18/16

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

"... 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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12/16/16

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

12/8/16

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Religion

"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

12/1/16

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

11/30/16

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

Henry Steele Commager - history

"For a people to be without history, or to be ignorant of its history, is as for a man to be without memory - condemned forever to make the same discoveries that have been made in the past, invent the same techniques, wrestle with the same problems, commit the same errors; and condemned, too, to forfeit the rich pleasures of recollection. Indeed, just as it is difficult to imagine history without civilization, so it is difficult to imagine civilization without history." ~Henry Steele Commager(1965), American Historian

Claro M. Recto, Jr Quotes


"Nationalism is nourished by a sense of history. It is of its essence to know profoundly the past, so that we may be in complete openness with the men who made that history and in intimate communion with their thoughts, their deeds and their noble lives." ~Claro M. Recto, Jr (8 February 1890-1960 - National Historical Commission of the Philippines)

"Sentimentalism and emotionalism should not play a part in international relations. It is folly to expect any nation to ever sacrifice its welfare and security to pure idealism or to sentimental attachments. As Filipinos, we must look out for ourselves, because no one else will. That is the essence of our independence.” ~Senator Claro M. Recto

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Bruce Villafuerte Rivera Quotes


"I live in the Philippines not Metro Manila." ~Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, GRPundit, November 30, 2016 GRPundit

"Ordinary citizens who cannot afford to control a media company, influence people, create powerful organizations or lobby to hate. But we can feel their pulse. They are no longer buying all the information you were once feeding them." ~Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, November 30, 2016 GRPundit

"The rich do not feel the gains of this administration because to the bubble of Metro Manila, it is all discomfort. They will not feel the drop in criminality kasi walang snatcher sa Forbes Park. They will not feel efficient governance kasi may pumipila sa kanila para kumuha ng lisensya sa LTO. They will not feel the good effects of lowered corruption kasi kahit nung una, priority sila sa infrastructure. They will not notice how ordinary citizens feel special because they are now the ones who are taken in the same genus as ordinary citizens." ~Bruce Villafuerte Rivera, November 30, 2016, GRPundit

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11/29/16

Dr. Delmar Topinio Taclibon - sovereign nation

"From 1898 to 1946, is inscribed in World History as an epoch of the United States of America’s Hegemony in the Philippines; from 1946 to 2016, the American Empire extended their colonial control and command over our leaders and people until such time that a “Moro/Indio” President emerged and reverberated the naked truth to the whole wide world about the atrocities, human rights violations and exploitations done to us by our supposed protector and big brother – which is a fallacy leading to hoax. Enough is enough; we should now be free from the bondage of foreign oppression and so from the trammels of our development as a sovereign nation. Now we are free!" ~Dr. Delmar Topinio Taclibon, Ph D (Oct 30, 2016)

Stanley Abram KARNOW - bewildered identity

"The United States of America should be blamed for remoulding the Filipinos in their own ‘Image’ and depriving them of their ‘Soul’ – an experience that have left the ‘Bewildered’ about their ‘Identity.’ “They (Filipinos) are Asian People not Asian in the eyes of their fellow Asians. Not Western in the eyes of the West.” ~Stanley Abram KARNOW, In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines

Van Ybiernas Quotes


"Rizal's role in history is his efforts to endow the country with a firm sense of nationhood. The retraction, if genuine, will NOT change that." ~Van Ybiernas, on Rizal Course: Using Rizal's life, works and writings TO STRENGTHEN THE FILIPINO YOUTH'S NATIONALISM. November 28, 2016

"True historians are fair, not blind." ~Van Ybiernas, 28 November 2016

"Truth cannot be suppressed, especially in this day and age where access to information is dispersed and uncontrollable. ... do not let the loud voices of the vociferous drown out your own voice. Do not out-shout them. There is no need to shout back. But do not let them drown out your own voice. .......In time, all of our voices will be heard." ~Van Ybiernas, FB, November 28, 2016 on the topic of Rizal

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A THOUGHT TO PONDER: Self-control by Nelson Mandela

"He had caused me to violate my self-control and I considered that a defeat at the hands of my opponent." ~Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom, talking about a prison warder, 1994, LivingTheLegacy

Josh Cyganik - respect

"I am not a hero. I was raised to respect the people who came before you, to help others out who don’t have much." ~Josh Cyganik (, a Union Pacific railroad inspector) On A guy heard teens laughing at a 75-year-old man's house. Source: Bright Side, FB

11/28/16

Jim Dongiapon - IMPOSED TRUTH

"The reason why foreigners have a hard time understanding our President and the situation of our country is that we have a lot of spin doctors here who feed the imposed truth to the international media." ~Jim Dongiapon, FB on mainstream media

Carlos Munda Quotes


"Duterte's message of a public servant actually serving the public resonates, not just among Filipinos, but with every woking-class person anywhere in the world. Because it is a concept that they understand – an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. The President has always said that he will do what he has been paid to do, which is to fix the problems of the Philippines. He never wanted to run, but since the people elected him, then he will just have to faithfully perform the job of the President of the Philippines." ~Carlos Munda, MindaNation: Duterte is one of us, that’s why we love him (And they hate him, because he will never be like them), 10 September 2016

Sadly this pragmatic, no-nonsense approach to leadership can never be understood nor appreciated by those who are used to sophistication and finesse. For them appearance is worth more than substance and Duterte’s crass behavior is a sure sign of low-breeding, stupidity, ignorance, and a thousand other snide remarks that all add up to one thing – he is not sosyal enough to suit their tastes." ~Carlos Munda, MindaNation: Duterte is one of us, that’s why we love him (And they hate him, because he will never be like them), 10 September 2016

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Charles Englund - EFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT

"Nobody seems to recognize that the root of the divide is more due to different political priorities. Why are we always talking at cross purposes? Because at the top of your list are EJKs and the burial of Marcos at Libingan. At the top of my list is a move toward efficient and effective government, one that is sincere in its service to the people. I am for tax reform, higher fiscal spending and opening up to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). I believe what Lee Kuan Yew said about the Philippines is true: that the US-style setup of government has failed us even before Marcos tried to change it, and I believe we should move to a parliamentary and federalist system. We need to break up our huge archipelagic country into more manageable and governable federal states. I am concerned that the corruption we have always seen in Philippine politics may have links to drugs—narcopolitics, in other words. I am for peace in Mindanao and a tough stance on terrorists and outlaws. I feel all these things are closer to happening with this administration. Duterte gets all of this and is the best chance we have had since...forever." ~Charles Englund, FB, 2016

Alexander von Humboldt - worldview

"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world." ~Alexander von Humboldt

Yukio Mishima - dignity of life

"We tend to suffer from the illusion that we are capable of dying for a belief or theory. ... that even in merciless death, a futile death that knows neither flower nor fruit has dignity as the death of a human being. If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death? No death may be called futile." ~Yukio Mishima on Hagakure : The Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan (1977)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Immaterial treasures

“With a keen appreciation for the immaterial treasures that bring us closer to God, let us continue to pursue an agenda for genuine change that will be for the best interest of our people. I hope that we cherish with fondness, love and gratitude the spiritual inheritance left by our ancestors and loved ones on their special day." ~Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Philippines, November 1, 2016

Susan Boyle - anonymity

“When you’re famous, you give up your anonymity. It comes with the territory really." ~Susan Boyle on her new album A Wonderful World, November 25, 2016

Steve Wentworth Quotes


"Never laugh at anyone's misfortune, because one day, you may find yourself in exactly the same situation." ~Steve Wentworth

"Why do some people hurt you and then act like you hurt them? ~Steve Wentworth

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11/25/16

J.A. Shedd - Thanksgiving

"He who thanks but with the lips Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving Comes from the heart."
~J.A. Shedd

Rocky Gonzalez Quotes


"From being washed out and threadbare because of corruption, PDu30 and his administration weave new and positive stories into our collective national experience. We are the thread that will limn the Philippine tapestry with brighter images and themes." ~Rocky Gonzalez, MindaNation (November 24, 2016)

"The moral fabric of society has been well worn by the personal interests, greed and politics of the people who are supposed to guide and protect us like the government, the military and police, and the church." ~Rocky Gonzalez, 24 November 2016

"The present president is besieged by the woes and worries cultivated by his calloused predecessor. He must weed out the narcotics trade and their protectors, thieves in every level and branch of government, corruption, apathy and a degenerated sense of sovereignty. He cuts through every single one of these obstacles with a strong link to the past but with a clear view of tomorrow. These difficulties which beset him may be too much for one man to handle but he chooses to do it." ~Rocky Gonzales, 28 December 2016, Duterte: A Present President, Huftington Post

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John Griffith - signs and sounds

"But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called -- called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come." ~from THE CALL OF THE WILD (1903) by John Griffith

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Mankind

"The only animal that harbors hate is mankind." ~A.D. Williams