"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

"Words pulsate in the veins of my pen"™Leah C. Dancel


Lynette F McDermott Quotes

From The Author

"It was through my maternal aunt that I learned of our connection to the First Fleet." ~Lynette F McDermott

"Many things happened on our journey that were almost inexplicable and at times we wondered what 'supernatural' forces were leading us." ~ Lynette F McDermott

"Writing Garth has been a compulsion, a pleasure and a challenge. It has indeed been a labour of love. And it is true, whilst we speak of them... they live on." ~Lynette F McDermott



"And Susannah thought, 'when love comes from some unearthly place, when it comes from a place where forces unseen bring two people together, it has an unstoppable force, stronger than anything that can be seen or touched, stronger than our mortal shells, the kind of love that transcends matter and time, this is our love.'" ~Some Unearthly Place, 29 May 2016 (GARTH)

"In the days when his flesh had burned with pain, she had cared for him with such genuine devotion he had been moved by her and from this his love had grown. Now, each night when she gently massaged lotion into his back and sang with a voice so sweet he felt sure it came from God himself, he was full of adoration for her. He recognised the bond they now shared, a bond forged from the love and tenderness of a woman who would not be beaten down by circumstance." ~Forged from love and tenderness, 22 May 2016 (GARTH)

“I knew that others had faced the noose for crimes less than this. I’d always heard talk of God and the hereafter. I don’t think I am scared of death. I didn’t think so at the time. I thought if I am to die and meet my God and if He is merciful He would not judge me harshly. If He was all knowing as they preached, then He we would know I only took what was fair. No, it was not death, it is not death I fear Ed, it is having this life taken from me.” ~It is not death I fear, May 18, 2016 (GARTH)

"Susannah marvelled at them, they were creatures of the sunlight. They wore skin as gold as honey and grew taller and stronger than would have been allowed by the fetid air and lack of food in London. They were blessed as any children could be. They frolicked in the open air, on a spot on the planet that tilted at just the right angle to the sun, delivering to them a temperate climate, free of the bitter cold of the place from where Susannah had come. There was so much joy in watching their happiness; in those moments, there was nothing that could bring her greater delight." ~Creatures of the Sun, 15 May 2016 (Of Angels and Eagles)

Source: Facebook by Permission

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Leah Hager Cohen - morning

"There is nowhere morning does not go." ~Leah Hager Cohen

Pink Martini - listen

"Take it slow, rest your head upon the grass and listen." ~Pink Martini


Thomas Berry - universe

"The universe is composed of subjects to be communed with, not objects to be exploited. Everything has its own voice. Thunder and lightening and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees, -- all these have voices, and they constitute a community of existence that is profoundly related." ~Thomas Berry, 1914

Ben Hogan - fairway of life

"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round." ~Ben Hogan

Rachel Ann Nunes - as long as you live

“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.” - Rachel Ann Nunes


Mariana Fulger - wisdom

"Wisdom lightens the foreheads, the eyes, and the souls – savagery, fangs and fists." ~Mariana Fulger


A Spiritual Journey - beacon

"God's light is a beacon in a world lost in darkness." ~A Spiritual Journey

Jada Berglund - canvas

"The sky is a canvas, so paint your own life." ~Jada Berglund

Hugh Macleod - voice

"Part of being a Master is learning how to sing in nobody's voice but your own." ~Hugh Macleod

Yuichiru Miura - dream

"If you have a dream, never give up! Dreams do come true." ~Yuichiru Miura


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

"Ang gulay, lalo na pulang kamatis, pampahaba ng buhay." ~Manny Piñol

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

"Go quietly into the night Mr. President and don’t worry about us. We will be able to handle ourselves and we will certainly survive the hardships." ~Manny Piñol on BA III

"...how a cussing rural mayor has metamorphmosed into a leader the rest of the world would listen to." ~Manny Piñol on PRRDuterte at ASEAN Summit in Vietnam, November 2017

"I almost could not believe that the boy who had to dig holes in a rubber plantation during the summer break in school to earn money for his allowance would be in a table where the men and women who will steer the country for the next six years were also seated." ~Manny Piñol (First Cabinet Meeting: Feeling Small Beside Giants in Governance, June 1, 2016)

"I felt small beside the President and the members of the Cabinet but I am sure that my heart is just as big as theirs." ~Manny Piñol

"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

"...I thanked my father and my mother for moulding me and my brothers into what we are today." ~Manny Piñol (First Cabinet Meeting: Feeling Small Beside Giants in Governance, June 1, 2016)

"I thanked my God for guiding me all my life, for caring for me even when I doubted Him and for lifting me up when I was down."~Manny Piñol (First Cabinet Meeting: Feeling Small Beside Giants in Governance, June 1, 2016)

"Sometimes we are just too busy and preoccupied with material things that we cannot appreciate the Divine message. Most of the time we rue over what we have failed to achieve rather than appreciate the many good things that we enjoy in life." ~Manny Pinol, November 9, 2012 (The Miracle of Red Tomatoes)

"The proof of the pudding is not in the talking but in the eating." ~Manny Piñol, October 28, 2016 while in Canada

"They have turned a blind eye and refused to listen to the sights and sounds of changes and allowed hatred and envy to consume them....... I was told once that there are three places people's end up when they die: Good people go to heaven, the bad ones go to hell but those who are consumed with hatred and envy are thrown into a lake of human wastes where they have to tiptoe to avoid ingesting it...... That's a horrible fate." ~Manny Piñol, October 24, 2016

"We will hitch our stars on this man who you say is a threat to democracy because he speaks our language, he expresses our anger and he understands our dreams." ~Manny Piñol on RRD

"When a child learns to walk, it's a miracle.
When the flowers' bloom, it's a miracle.
When a new day dawns, it's a miracle."
~Manny Pinol, 10 November 2012


"The Miracle of the Red Tomato."

"Who made that lone tomato plant grow among the Suntan flowers?
Who made that tomato bear fruit?
Who made sure that the tomato's fruits would be red ripe
Only God could have done things in perfect harmony and in perfect timing."
~Manny Pinol

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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 Quotes

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

"The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking." ~Martin Heidegger

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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 Quotes

"When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” ~Simon Sinek

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

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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"

“A mother is the truest friend we have when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity.” ~Washington Irving

"A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy - the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love." ~Thomas C Haliburton

"Appreciate the food your mother cooks for you. Some don't have food others don't have mothers." ~from The Law of Attraction

"Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours: it wanders wherever your children do." ~Joy of Mom

"I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me." ~Antonio Villaraigosa

"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 is the Mothers, not the Warriors, who create a people and guide their destiny." ~Sioux

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

"Life doesn't come with a manual. It comes with a mother." ~Anon

"Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like." ~Arnold Bennett

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

"Motherhood gives you the strength and power to push through life!" ~from A Mom's Life Uncut

"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

"Our mothers give us life, listen to us and are always there for us." ~from Nametests

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

“Some of my earliest and fondest memories of my mother are of her kneeling at the side of per bed every night and praying. As a child, I would always get very close to her as she prayed. I would put my ear as close as I could to her mouth and try my best to hear what she was saying to God, but I never could make out the words. Today, being married to an addict myself, I'm pretty sure I know exactly what she was praying.” ~Barbara Bice, Just Right

"Sometimes, when you're in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her." ~Anon, on Mother

"Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who NEVER GIVE UP, despite the struggles." ~Sharon Jaynes

"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

"To a mother, a child is everything, but to a child, parents are only a link in the chain of their existence." ~Felix Ortega


“I will teach my daughter to color outside the lines, to make mistakes, to take risks, and not be afraid to fail. I will teach her that even when the world tries to knock her down the best revenge is getting up and forging ahead. I will teach her to be brave enough to be different, to stand up for what's right. To never quiet her voice to make someone else feel comfortable. Because no one remembers the person that fits in. It's the one who stands out that people won't be able to forget.” ~Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

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"I know I'm a good mother.
I care and I dare.
I care enough to let you go,
But I dare enough to follow you."
~Maya Angelou


"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 Quotes

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

"Strong people can shake, but never collapse. And once the hurt passes, more strength comes." ~Maria Flynn

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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 Quotes

"Tears, gets you in the heart and soul." ~Louise Henderson

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

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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

James Russell Lowell Quotes

“Fate loves the fearless.” ~James Russell Lowell

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

"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning." ~James Russell Lowell

"Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do that day, which must be done, whether you like it or not." ~James Russell Lowell

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Robert Tew - take a break

"Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone, to experience, appreciate and love yourself." ~Robert Tew

L. Frank Baum Quotes

"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)

"It is kindness that makes one strong and brave; and so we are kind to our prisoners." ~L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

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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)



“Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim” ~Graham Greene

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

"People do not wander around and then find themselves at the top of Mount Everest. You will hit what you aim at. If you aim at nothing you will hit it every time." ~Zig Ziglar



"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

"Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade." ~Maxi Foreman

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." ~Helen Keller



"A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires." ~H.W. Beecher

"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

"It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutified his nature and quenched the spirit of immortality which is his portion." ~Southey

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

"True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others." ~Alek Wek

"What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?" ~Rose Kennedy

“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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"Choosing goals that are important to you is one of the most essential things you can do in order to live your dreams." ~Les Brown

"Goals and dreams may not be realized. But the effort that is that matters." ~Manuel Valdez (Valdez Butchii)

"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

"It is the Mothers, not the Warriors, who create a people and guide their destiny." ~Sioux

"Our purpose is simple - to love. To love each other, to love all life, and to love our earth." ~A.D. Williams

"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

"Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning." ~Anon

"Sport has the power to overcome old divisions and create the bond of common aspirations." ~Nelson Mandela speaking during a Banquet for the African Cup of Nations, South Africa, 1 March 1996, LTL

"The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise." ~Maya Angelou

"The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder–a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you." ~Carlyle

"To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment." ~Steve Maraboli

"Unity is oneness in purpose, not sameness of persons." ~Tony Evans

“When someone seeks, then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.” ~Hermann Hesse

"When two sides rally around a common goal, the human spirit takes over and miracles happen." ~Rafael Alunan III, 26 July 2017

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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


"As future leaders there are certain responsibilities which we expect you to observe. One of these is utmost discipline. If you are not disciplined, you can never win our confidence." ~Nelson Mandela in an Address to the Youth, South Africa, 13 April 1990, LTL

"Discipline harnesses the mind and strengthens the spirit. We must pray, meditate, and conduct our lives in a disciplined manner. When we are disciplined, we are not easily led off the path that leads toward our good." ~ Iyanla Vanzant

"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


“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.” ~Samuel Johnson on Diligence

"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

‪"If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend." ~Joseph Addison‬

"Industry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield." ~Benjamin Franklin

"Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth." ~Julie Andrews

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

"Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible." ~Earl of Chesterfield

"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

“I cannot be part of a world ...
Where men dress their wives as prostitutes by showing everything that should be cherished.
Where there is no concept of honor and dignity, and one can only rely on those when they say “I promise”.
Where women do not want children, and men don’t want a family."
~Keanu Reeves

"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

"Without dignity, none of the protections of the various legal human rights mechanisms can have real meaning." ~Mendy and Flannery

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Harry Browne - humanitarian

"Forcing people to be generous isn't humanitarian, effective, compassionate or moral. Only acts that are truly voluntary for all concerned can be truly compassionate." ~Harry Browne (from Grace Olsson)


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