"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


Nicholas Cage - Understanding

"Understanding is deeper than knowledge. There are many who know you but very few who understand you." ~Nicholas Cage ‪


Cathy Myors - tourism

"This Country is losing identity and culture and turning into a pack of dogs. What's the point of people visiting Australia as a tourist now? To see a Rock and the weather?" ~ Cathy Myors on current events (FB Nov 2015 related to Paris attack)


Mark Sutton - do what is best

"It's not selfish to do what is best for you." ~Mark Sutton


Tali Sharot - progress

"To make any kind of progress, we need to imagine a different reality and believe it's possible." ~Tali Sharot


Eleni Gabre-Madhin - ambition

"We spend most of our lives cutting down our ambitions because the world has told us to think small. Dreams express what your soul is telling you, as crazy as your dream might seem - even to you - I don't care; you have to let that out." ~Eleni Gabre-Madhin



"Turn the page and begin a new chapter." ~Zig Ziglar


Linda Ellerbee - change

"What I like most about change is that it's a synonym for 'hope'. If you're taking a risk, what you are really saying is, "I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it." ~Linda Ellerbee



Radclyffe Hall - sands of convention

“The world hid its head in the sands of convention, so that by seeing nothing it might avoid Truth.” ~Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness


Doris Mortman - contentment

"Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have." ~Doris Mortman



Barbara Pletcher - winners

"The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." ~Barbara Pletcher


Kathryn Schulz - miracle

"The miracle in your mind isn't that you can see the world as it is. It's that you can see the world as it isn't." ~Kathryn Schulz


Bill Mycoskie - people

"No matter how convenient it is for us to reach out to people remotely, sometimes the most important task is to show up in person." ~Bill Mycoskie


Madeline Bridges - world

"Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you." ~Madeline Bridges


Michael Gabellini - embrace

"Light, air, sound. In every space, it's how you embrace those things." ~Michael Gabellini



"Do not give up. Even when others do not understand. Even when you feel alone with your dreams. Even when the vision gets a little blurred... Your steps are ordered, and you are destined for greatness. You are stronger than your mind can conceive, everything you need lies within." ~LaKesha Womack


William Bernbach - idea

“An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.” ~William Bernbach on Talent



"It is vital that our youth lead the efforts to create the conditions in which our people can sleep peacefully at night and our children can go to school without fear." ~Nelson Mandela upon receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, 30 May 1998, Living The Legacy‬

"Today's youth are in touch with technology, but they have lost touch with nature." ~A.D. Williams

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Judaism 101 - warming hearts

"When you warm other people’s hearts, you remain warm yourself. When you seek to support, encourage and inspire others; then you discover support, encouragement and inspiration in your own life as well.” ~Judaism 101(based on the story of Yankel on Holocaust)

Sydney Heritage Fleet - Sydney Harbour

"Imagine the sound of the wind flapping the sails. Or breathing the marine fresh air of the wonder big blue. Or taking in the city skyline sight from a different angle. ~Sydney Heritage Fleet


Nigella Lawson Quotes

Laduree Cafe with Lily
19 November 2015

"Food should always be pleasurable." ~Nigella Lawson

“What and how we cook can make our lives easier, make us feel better and more alive”. ~Nigella Lawson

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Horace Greely - Fame

“Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.” ~Horace Greely

W. S. Ross - rock and rule

"For the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." ~W. S. Ross

Jon Katz.- friendship

“I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” ~Jon Katz

Yoshiaki Yamashita - mind and hand

“The technique and mind are just like the front and back of one’s hand, meaning they are very closely related.” ~Yoshiaki Yamashita
on Judo


Lawrence K. Fish - explore

"Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life." ~Lawrence K. Fish

Rebecca Falls - listen

“One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.” ~Rebecca Falls on Inspirational

Lin-chi - doors

“The real being, with no status, is always going in and out through the doors of your face.” ~Lin-chi


PEARL OF WISDOM: From a Mother to a Daughter

Note: I read this divinely penned letter of a mother to a daughter who is engaged to be married. In most eastern culture, we have this tradition of offering pre-nuptial counselling to children who are set to get married by the parents. This open letter is full of love and wisdom where our young generation can glean inspiration from. As I was reading this, I was deeply moved and wish someone had given me the same indepth advice before I got married. It's so compelling that with the writer's permission and blessing, you my readers will also allow me to share this with you.


Dear Girl,

I cannot advice you on relationships or marriage. There are those who are wiser than me who can and will. Perhaps advice you more than you want to hear.

What I want to tell you is how to keep your relationship to yourself intact and beautiful. Here is the thing, no matter how lovely the marriage or relationship, there comes a time when you miss being with yourself. And then you will be restless, agitated, worried. You may then get upset or sad or angry at your partner.

The root is you did not nourish yourself. And how can you do that?

No matter how much in love you are, no matter how fantastic the honeymoon, take time to practice silence and solitude. In silence, you will come to rest by your side, to sleep with the spirit of your being, to love the person you are.

Pour on yourself kindness for days are not always the same. You may be hurt or you may hurt someone. Teach yourself the art of being water—flowing always. Move on.

Fertilize yourself with confidence. For when confidence is gone, the soil of your being goes limp. How do you do that? Keep challenging yourself with new tasks, new pursuits or increase complexity of whatever you are doing. Put yourself in difficult situations and practice unraveling it. And appreciate yourself when you succeed and forgive when you don’t and try again.

Give yourself the sunlight of love. Your partner may not be always able to do that. They are also on a journey. Learn the art of hugging yourself, to give yourself a treat, to make yourself feel special, to tease and frolic with yourself. And know that is often enough, no matter what others say.

Teach yourself the courage to stand up. If you are mistreated, discriminated, muted, erased, violated, do not be afraid to stand and speak up. Yes, you won’t be liked for that. But if you don’t do it, you won’t like yourself for long. And when you don’t like yourself, you will be restless and upset and sad and agitated.

And if perchance things go south, and you are uncomfortable and unsafe, if I am alive, find me. Don’t suffer it alone.

But for now, my dear, practice silence and solitude, so you may come to rest by your side, to sleep with the spirit of your being, to love the person you are.

And through that walk with your partner, grounded and in joy.

Blessings of Peace always,

17 November 2015

Source: FB

David Vox - solidarity

"I would love if we had a world icon as an option, so we could stand in solidarity. Not to a specific country, religion, race or sexuality-- But to humanity as one." ~David Vox


Maxine Hong Kingston - be creative

“In a time of destruction, create something: a poem, a parade, a community, a school, a vow, a moral principle; one peaceful movement." ~Maxine Hong Kingston



Susanne Csongor - home designing

“I mix anything and everything. If it looks good, makes sense, and has integrity to it, it doesn’t need a provenance. I respond to the form, shape, and beauty of it.” ~Susanne Csongor, Designer, Traditional Home


Lassana Diarra - on unity

"In this climate of terror, it is important for all of us who are representatives of our country and its diversity to speak and remain united against a horror that has no colour, no religion." ~Lassana Diarra, France midfielder, Guardian Australia (16 Nov 2015)


Tiani Barber - part of the solution

"You can't strike out against terrorism with one sword and stab another minority with another sword. Bigotry and hypocrisy is not attractive, nor is it going to solve the world's problems. All acts of terrorism are as bad as the next. Whether it's extremist or bureaucratic western wars, terrorism is terrorism. If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." ~Tiani Barber, FB 2015


Leah C. Dancel on Photography

"Photography in its amateurish sense is my Poetry through images." ~Leah C. Dancel, 12 November 2015



Bernard Wiiliams - sunrise

"There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope." ~Bernard Williams


Quotes of the ANONS Part 2

"Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined." ~Anon

"Everyone has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were." ~Anon

"If someone comes into your life and has a positive impact on you, be thankful that your paths crossed. And even if they can’t stay for some reason, be thankful that somehow they brought joy into your life, even if it was just for a short while. Life is change. People come and go, some stay, some don’t and that’s okay. Remember the good times and smile that it happened." ~Anon

“If you want breakfast in bed, then start sleeping in the kitchen.” ~Anon

"Joy is portable bring it with you." ~Anon

"Live life to express, not to impress." ~Anon

“None but a mule denies his family.” ~Anon

"Not flesh of my flesh,
nor bone of my bone,
and yet miraculous my own.
Never forget for a single minute, you didn't grow under my heart, but in it."

"Say how you feel, leave the job you hate, find your passion, love with every ounce of your bones, stand up for things that matter, don't settle, don't apologize for who you are. Be brave." ~Anon

"Self-care is not selfish, you cannot serve from an empty vessel." ~Anon

"The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them." ~Anon

"The hardest walk is walking alone. But if you let it, it's the walk that can make you the strongest." ~Anon

"Today is the day that you become the person that you were always meant to be. That can’t happen if you have baggage. Leave the past. You have a chance to restart, and all you have to do is forget all the bad things that you did, all the things that has happened to you, and just move forward." ~Anon

"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion." ~Anon

"Your heart is a muscle, so exercise by loving more." ~Anon

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Jeffrey Stepakoff - fragrance

"A good fragrance is really a powerful cocktail of memories and emotion." ~Jeffrey Stepakoff


Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Summer

"Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside of me." ~Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Clarence Day - curiosity

“Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.” ~Clarence Day


Jennifer Edwards - beauty of life

"The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change so that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger but in wisdom, understanding and love." ~Jennifer Edwards


Michael Kewley - experience

"Happiness is the experience of mind when there is no presence of fear." ~Michael Kewley


Dan.Gilbert Quotes


"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished." ~Dan Gilbert

"Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others." ~Dan Gilbert

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Brianna West - time

”There is no designated time for anything in your life. You don’t have to have your first kiss at any certain time, you don’t have to get married in your 20′s and you don’t have to do anything just because other people think it’s best. In fact, you will be much better off if you just do what your heart says. The day you stop caring what other people think is the day their opinions don’t mean anything, because you’re not there to give them weight.” ~Brianna West



"In the end…It’s not about who broke your heart. It’s about who mended it. It’s not about the times you put your self esteem in the hands of others. But instead, the days where you knew your worth. It’s not about those who let you down, but rather those who always held you up.

It’s not about the many people who desired you. It’s about the ones that valued you. In the end it’s not about all the times you were called beautiful, it’s about all the days you felt it." ~Anon

Carol McCall - LISTEN

"Listen, there's a world waiting to be heard." ~Carol McCall


Dawn Haehl - relationship

"So many people stay stuck in a horrible or unloving relationship for the sad sake they are afraid of change and afraid of being alone. It takes courage to stand alone; it takes strength. Loveless relationships only hurt people. Move on. Happiness is in our mind and in our soul, and is to be shared with those who deserve us — not ones who disrespect and hurt us. Make good decisions. Make it work or make an exit. Don't live in misery." ~Dawn Haehl



Marie Rutkoski - freedom

"Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous." ~Marie Rutkoski


Geanini Barbeli - life

“While I breath, I hope.” ~Geanini Barbeli


Yannick Murphy - thrill

"I should have known I was never lost at all but just letting myself enjoy the thrill of fear, a thing that seemed to be alive." ~Yannick Murphy


Rowan Swan - Poverty

“Poverty within is as dangerous as poverty without.” ~Rowan Swan