"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


L. Frank Baum - love and kindness

"If we used money to buy things with, instead of love and kindness and the desire to please one another, then we should be no better than the rest of the world." ~L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Celine Armstrong - children to teach adults

"Children aren't concerned with things like race, religion, or politics. All they care about is playing and having fun and maybe getting a treat before bed. We look at children as people we need to teach and who need to learn about the world. But children also have many things to teach adults." ~Celine Armstrong (Chicken Soup for the Soul Blog)



"Not failure, but low aim, is crime." ~J.R. Lowell



"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



"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead." ~Louisa May Alcott

"How do we develop a culture of responsibility and accountability - amidst the prevailing culture of opportunism, populism, papogi-ism and in the face of competing claims of various other 'isms'? After the euphoria of Pope Francis' visit, it seems that aspirations of positive, emotive, and accountable change have just dissipated into thin bubbles of air. It seems that both institutional and behavioral change are a long way to go - and would remain an aspiration than reality." ~Imelda Deinla

“Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations and small needs.” ~H. Stein

“What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one's life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment." ~Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day fom Everyman's Library

"Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities." ~Sue Ebaugh

"Your aspirations are your possibilities." ~Dr. Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Amalu - shame

"There is no shame in having fallen. Nor any shame in being born into a lowly estate. There is only shame in not struggling to rise. And also shame for not wishing to attain the better. Or not dreaming about it and praying for it." ~Samuel Amalu


"If you discipline yourself today, you'll enjoy your life more tomorrow." ~Vicki Hitzges

"It takes a disciplined person to listen to convictions which are different from their own." ~Dorothy Fuldman

"Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is difficult to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline." ~William L Shirer

"Photography is inherently an analytic discipline. Where a painter starts with a blank canvas and builds a picture, a photographer starts with the messiness of the world and selects a picture." ~Stephen Shore

"Productivity isn't magic. It's discipline." ~Darren Hardy

"Though life has its disciplines and duties, it also offers us many breaks and pleasant interludes to which we should be truly grateful." ~Francis Gay, TFBFG1984

"Without discipline, there is no life at all." ~Katharine Hepburn

"You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life." ~James G. Bilkey

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James G. Bilkey - life

"You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life." ~James G. Bilkey


"I don't think that talent or gift, if such things exist, has anything to do with what the final receipts will be. My notion is that anyone who speaks, by reason of that speech, has prospects of achieving important imaginative writing. I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead old-fashioned notions of perseverance, application and industry...It comes down in every instance to this dualism between what one wants and what one may be afraid to have." ~Gordon Lish

"I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature." ~John Rockefeller

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other." ~Walter Elliot

"The world creates moments causing us to gasp in awe – a moment quickly passing. Most transient of all when the light conspires with water for a perfect reflection. These reflections will normally dissolve unshared. We simply stare out at that panorama, sublimely at peace. Sometimes by luck or perseverance the artist captures what is seen. The personal becomes universal. And the transient becomes enduring." ~Julia Langford,

"To create real change in this world, you have to have a VISION, and you have to have enormous perseverance. You've got to be too stupid to quit. " ~Marguerite Sallee

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." ~Thomas F. Buxton

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Quotes from IRONCHEF

"A person experiences a very strong intuitive impression when another deserves trust, respect and love. Trust those intuitive impulses and proceed one step at a time exercising caution." ~Ironchef, rsvp

"Create your own destiny, find your song and experience bliss. On the journey, if you encounter a person willing to experience part of your adventure, your song, and your bliss that is a bonus." ~Ironchef, rsvp

"During my journey through life, I found good and bad in all classes of people. Part of the life journey responsibility is identifying, exposing charlatans and protecting the innocent and vulnerable." ~Ironchef, rsvp

"On the journey through life, singles find partners possessing the same ethical and moral values, build the stable infrastructure required to support life, and share the life journey together." ~Itonchef, rsvp

"People are very resourceful and creative. They usually find a path to suit them." ~Ironchef, rsvp

"Regardless where a person resides on this planet, people with high ethical and moral standards aspire to improve living conditions for themselves, immediate family and inspire their local community." ~Ironchef, RSVP

"We are all products of life experiences." ~Ironchef, rsvp

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Quotes on DIGNITY

"Any necessary work that pays an honest wage carries its own honor and dignity." ~W. Kelly Griffith

"Dignity is not negotiable. Dignity is the honor of the family." ~Vartan Gregorian

"God gives inner strength and dignity that frees our spirit from the cage of our frustrations so we can live with our limitations and see opportunities beyond our limitations." ~Malcolm Rankin, Faith and Life, Central West Observer

"Not by charity or by sympathy, but through hard work and integrity we shall strive for one dignity." ~Ankur Kala

"The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And the story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity." ~Helen Hayes

"There, burying each gloomy thought, each sad reflection in the hearse of dissipation, [we] lost the remembrance of our woes, our cruel misfortunes, our agonising sorrows—and graciously permitted them to glide along the stream of reviving comfort, blown by the gentle gale of new born hopes till they reposed in the bosom of oblivion—then—no! 'tis impossible! this style is too great, too sublime to be supported with proper dignity—the sublime and beautiful how charmingly blended!" ~Frances Burney

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Nestor Gallardo - love defines

"Love means the warmth of the sun, the aroma of a rose, the breeze of the sea, but as you can see it never means the same for anyone. Love acquires its true meaning by experiencing it for the first time because only then can you define it." ~Nestor Gallardo


Kate Beckinsale - apprentice

"When I first started working, I was very aware of the fact that I'd been to university ... So when I started working, I'd started working quite young, I felt like it was important to treat myself kind of like an apprentice and do as many different types of things as I could." ~Kate Beckinsale

A THOUGHT TO PONDER: animal versus mankind from AD Williams

"The hardest animal to love is mankind." ~A.D. Williams


Richard Baxter - wit

“An ounce of wit is worth a pound of sorrow.” ~Richard Baxter


Jose Ma. Montelibano - what's wrong is wrong

"There is no lesser evil, no mortal or venial sin. A little wrong is the beginning of a bigger wrong, the angry thought the beginning of a violent act, the insult a preface for a slap." ~Jose Ma. Montelibano, Inquirer, 22 April 2016 on partisan election

Paul Brandt - limit

"Don't tell me the sky's the limit. There's footprints on the moon." ~Paul Brandt

Marilyn von Savant - condition

“Being defeated is only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” ~Marilyn von Savant


TODAY's INSPIRATION: with love and compassion

"I'm sure that we have all encountered individuals whose behaviour has been toxic to us. Make sure that the circle you keep nurtures you, uplifts you and cares for your well being as much as their own. Be aware of the energy that others bring with them. We aren't here to change people, and unfortunately some folks just don't seem to want to change themselves. Set and maintain boundaries, and focus on taking good care of yourself. If a person’s toxic behaviour doesn’t change, or if your relationship with them is just too toxic for you, send them forward in life with love and compassion. Then, move forward with your own!" ~Teresa, The road to ME

Joyce Cary - gift of God

"I look at life as a gift of God. Now that he wants it back I have no right to complain." ~Joyce Cary

John Hall - Tomorrow

"The day slipped fast ...you helped a single person of the many that you passed; You closed your eyes in slumber, Our Creator quietly said; "You have earned one more tomorrow by what you have done today" ~John Hall from the poem "Its Day's End"

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Facing challenges

"We don't grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges." ~from Live a Happy Wise Life

Judith Encabo Manabilang - travel

"The beauty of travel is you get to immerse with the culture and art." ~Judith Encabo Manabilang



Quotes on TRUST

"Trust, but verify." ~Ronald Reagan

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"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts." ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Cesar Chavez - culture

"Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures." ~Cesar Chavez


Calvin S. Hall - truth

"Effective thinking consists of being able to arrive at the truth; truth being defined as that which exists." ~Calvin S. Hall


Bruce Feirstein - success

"The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." ~Bruce Feirstein

Evel Knievel - enjoy life

"I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could." ~Evel Knievel from Tim Cox Fine Art's


"There are faults we would fain pardon." ~Anon

Ken Kesey on Ecology

“Take what you can use and let the rest go by” ~Ken Kesey on Ecology


Muriel Spark - cat

“If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat.” ~Muriel Spark


Christian Nevell Bovee - make way

"We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us." ~Christian Nevell Bovee


Charles W. Chestnutt - unlearned

"Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned." ~Charles W. Chesnutt


Xochitl Garza - traveler

“Traveler there is no trail you blaze the trail as you travel.” ~Xochitl Garza

Emily P. Bissell - thoughts

"Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind." ~Emily P. Bissell


Quotes on WINDOWS

"A window—it’s more entertaining than TV. Just ask a cat looking out, or a man looking in on a life he desires." ~Jarod Kintz

"Fear leads to death as the window to the courtyard. Jump!" ~Grigoris Deoudis

"I came from a broken home. My bedroom window was cracked." ~Jarod Kintz

"I’ll leave the door unlocked. Be sure to ring the doorbell before you climb in through the window." ~Jarod Kintz

"If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade." ~Thomas J. Peters

"Set wide the window. Let me drink the day." ~Edith Wharton

"The faithful man perceives nothing less than opportunity in difficulties. Flowing through his spine, faith and courage work together: Such a man does not fear losing his life, thus he will risk losing it at times in order to empower it. By this he actually values his life more than the man who fears losing his life. It is much like leaping from a window in order to avoid a fire yet in that most crucial moment knowing that God will appear to catch you." ~Criss Jami

"The sides of buildings should be like the tops of lakes. I’d fish through your window hoping to catch a smile." ~Jarod Kintz

"The water trapped in my window makes it like an aquarium—which makes me the fish." ~Jarod Kintz

"Why watch reality TV when I can just open my blinds and look out my window to all the reality I can handle?" ~Jarod Kintz

"You have the nicest window, you know? None of the others can even compete. It´s not flashy like the others, or bleary – your window gives of this nice, quiet light." ~Banana Yoshimoto

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Andoni Garcia - mind

"When I lost my mind I found myself, it is the best thing I've lost so far." ~Andoni Garcia


Banana Yoshimoto - window

"You have the nicest window, you know? None of the others can even compete. It´s not flashy like the others, or bleary – your window gives of this nice, quiet light." ~Banana Yoshimoto

PICK of the DAY : faithfulness

"The faithful man perceives nothing less than opportunity in difficulties. Flowing through his spine, faith and courage work together: Such a man does not fear losing his life, thus he will risk losing it at times in order to empower it. By this he actually values his life more than the man who fears losing his life. It is much like leaping from a window in order to avoid a fire yet in that most crucial moment knowing that God will appear to catch you." ~Criss Jami


Today's INSPIRATION from Osho

"Many of our problems are just there because we have never looked at them, never focused our eyes on them to figure out what they are. Give life to things which are beautiful. Don't give life to ugly things. You don't have much time, much energy to waste. With such a small life, with such a small energy source, it is simply stupid to waste it in sadness, in anger, in hatred, in jealousy. Use it in love, use it in some creative act, use it in friendship, use it in meditation: Do something with your energy which takes you higher. And the higher you go, the more energy sources become available to you. It is in your hands." ‪~Osho‬

Quotes From Free Dictionary

"We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves." ~Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Conrad Hall - imperfection

"There is a kind of beauty in imperfection." ~Conrad Hall

John Schaar - future

"The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found, but made." ~John Schaar


Stanley McChrystal - Leaders

"Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure." ~Stanley McChrystal

Albert Pike - immortal

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." ~Albert Pike


FEATURED POST: from Abeer Fahim on Strong Women

"All strong women I know have one thing in common: They know the difference between 'being kind' and 'being used'. They are not afraid to be kind to those who are not kind to them because they know where to draw the line. They understand that it takes strength to be kind. And they believe that they can give kindness to any person on any day without losing any part of themselves." ~Abeer Fahim


Bryan Procter - a string without discord

"The sweetest noise on earth, a woman’s tongue; A string which hath no discord." ~Bryan Procter

Jennifer Benson Schuldt - deliverer

"In dark times, it's comforting to remember that God is our deliverer. He is always at work on our behalf, even if we can't see what He is doing." ~Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Today's INSPIRATION from Our Daily Bread

"Times of trouble are times of trusting." ~Our Daily Bread

Sarah McCrum - lighthouse

"A good lighthouse is not a candle flickering in the breeze, ready to go out at the slightest. of gust. It is a lighthouse, built on rock-solid foundation, able to handle the full impact of biggest waves and keep on shining in the dark." ~Sarah McCrum (from FB post of Glenn Geronimo)


John Russell Hayes - garden of olden time

"O for a garden of the olden time where none but long familiar flowers grow." ~John Russell Hayes