"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


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

"Clearly, the greater tragedy than ignorance is the laziness to know the truth. Sadly, most of the better thinkers on the other side suffer from this malaise." ~Bruce V. Rivera

"I know I can never be a parent. But if I was a parent, I will never let my child fight for things I believe in. Not even if he or she believed it too. For as long as he or she is a child, I should fight for him." ~Atty. Bruce V. Rivera, July 2017

"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 revolutionary warriors in the past who fought for their ideology acted like freedom soldiers." ~Atty Bruce V. Rivera

"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

"When the administrators of an educational institution allow its student to carry a placard saying that someone is a murderer or a dictator, it places that child in a situation where she is being made to accuse someone of being a bad person or even a criminal. Something that the child cannot substantiate because she or he cannot file a case in a court of law personally and has to be represented by the parents. Why give the burden of accusing someone as a dictator or a murderer to a child when it should be the adults doing it. How can it escape someone's logic not to think that if indeed PRD is the evil man they accuse him to be, it would put that child's life in danger. How can adults allow children to fight their wars? How can parents even allow their children enter an institution that reckless?" ~Attorney Bruce V. Rivera, 20 July 2017

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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


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

"There is a time to fight, and a time to build. Now is the time to build. We have already won the war – no matter what ...... - WE WON THE WAR. Now it’s time we secure peace." ~Carlos Munda, MindaNation, 8 January 2017

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Charles Englund Quotes

"I am fine with the Church making general moral statements but the moment the religious start choosing political sides, and encouraging people to take sides, is when things break down. Let us not forget that one of the supposed aspirations of a modern democracy is that of a secular State." ~Charles Englund

"No matter how blunt the sword, you still have a war to fight." ~Charles Englund, January 10, 2017

"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

"The refreshing realization is that we now have a president who believes the Filipino is worth investing in, and spending on. Duterte will sign the laws to deliver the much needed services, which is what government should do. He will spend. Such a big contrast to the former occupant of Malacanang who vetoed, underspent, and focused on the short term." ~Charles England, 5 August 2017

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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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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


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

Perfecto Yasay Quotes

"A 'politician' is one who immediately decides to talk for hours about an issue without even thinking while a 'diplomat' thinks for hours to decide not to say anything." ~Perfecto Yasay, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

"I am honored and humbled in dedicating my life as part of the (incoming) Rodrigo R. Duterte Administration to make change a liberating reality and in shaping a brighter future for our country and people." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016

"In pursuing an independent foreign policy it is our duty to uphold the Constitution that mandates the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy, adherence to the generally accepted principles of international law, peace, equality, justice, freedom and amity with all nations." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016

"Journalists who distort the truth to malign, kill and destroy are the worst kind of assassins, murderers and terrorists!" ~Perfecto Yasay (February 2018)

"Let us not be bound by outside standards, concerns or objectives in pursuing the paramount national interest within the context of our democracy, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, even as we respect every country's right to self determination in accordance with their national interests." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016

"We must protect the fundamental right of the people not to be deprived of life, liberty and property without due process. In our commitment to defend their sanctity as God's most wondrous creation, we must be firm in swiftly dismantling and eliminating by every possible means under the rule of law, the harsh conditions and structures that breed inequality and suffering in derogation of their dignity as human beings." ~Perfecto Yasay, 18 June 2016


Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

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Carl von Clausewitz - special calling

“Every special calling in life, if it is to be followed with success, requires peculiar qualifications of understanding and soul,” ~Carl von Clausewitz in his opus On War.
(Being accepted in Leiden University’s MA in International Relations will further sharpen my understanding of the theoria and praxis of international politics. The courses I have taken at LUC, as well as at University of California, Los Angeles.)

Manny Pacquiao Quotes

"No matter how busy your holiday season may be, you can rest your heart in knowing that God remains in control and works according to His plan." ~Manny Pacquiao (December 7, 2016)

"No matter where life takes you... don't forget where you came from." ~Manny Pacquiao

"Strength of mind overcomes weakness of body." ~from Manny Pacquiao

"The problem in our country is beyond our expectation, beyond our imagination. This illegal drug [problem] is really bad. Government officials, elected officials are involved." ~Sen. Manny Pacquiao

"Use your smile to change the world, don't let the world change your smile." ~Manny Pacquiao

“We cannot over-emphasize the role of civil servants in nation building. They are our partners in instituting growth and development.“ ~Manny Pacquiao, 14 August 2017, ILO Convention 151


"He is like a sponge... picks up knowledge and common sense by osmosis." ~Dennis Garcia on Manny Pacquiao (Fight against Jessi Vargas, in Las Vegas, November 6, 2016)

"Manny Pacquiao's win is an example of hardwork, faith in God and unadulterated Filipino courage. Great example for those who aspire!" ~Senator Richard Gordon, November 6, 2016

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W. T. Purkiser - thanksgiving

"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of thanksgiving." ~W.T. Purkiser


Chaim Potok - listen to silence

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ~from THE CHOSEN by Chaim Potok


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The One Who Walks In

"When you are up in life, your friends get to know who you are. But when you are down in life, you get to know who your friends are. There will be many people who will be great to be around when times are easy, and when there are no worries, instead take note of the people who remain in your life when times are hard. The friends that are willing to sacrifice their time and the resources they have in their life that could easily be used in their lives, to help improve yours, those are your real friends. A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." ~from Hugs and Kisses

Anthony Brandt - change

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." ~Anthony Brandt


John Bevere Quotes

"Don't interpret God's Word through the lens of your experience. Interpret your experience through the lens of God's Word." ~John Bevere, Driven By Eternity

“The light within you is greater than the darkness around you.” -John Bevere

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Bill Richardson - working together

"We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together." ~Bill Richardson

Edison Reyes - discernment

"God's word guides us to discern who are the true ministers in our government officials in spite of their imperfections." ~Edison Reyes, FB, 15 November 2016


Leonard Mlodinow - illusions

“We judge people and initiatives by their results, and we expect events to happen for good, understandable reason. But our clear visions of inevitability are often only illusions.” ~from THE DRUNKARD'S WALK: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

Alex Elic - survivor

"You are not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth, and your raging courage." ~Alex Elic


"Ang tunay na malasakit ay nakikita sa gawa at hindi lamang sa salita." ~Mocha Uson Blog, December 17, 2016

"Ang tunay na nagsisilbi sa bayan ay ang mga taong hindi gutom sa kapangyarihan." ~Mocha Uson, 14 November 2016

"It is my opinion that you must first understand what led us to the decision to vote for President Duterte. We are tired – tired of the same kind of politicians. Tired of the same promises. Tired of the slow processes in government departments. Tired of the slow response of the government to problems that affect the ordinary people. Tired of corruption. Tired of rampant drug abuse and other heinous crimes committed by drug addicts. Tired of drug pushers and drug lords walking the streets while they destroy our country.... We have given a lot of chances to politicians who are more concerned with their public image than acting on the country’s problems, but now, we’ve had enough. This is why we chose a leader who is not like the other politicians, a leader who shows his capability through actions, and a leader who understands the needs of the common people because he is also a commoner." ~Mocha Uson Blog on President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, FB, 15 November 2016

"Mahalaga ang talino, pero mas mahalaga ang may puso." ~Mocha Uson Blog, 8 February 2017

"We have been divided into different colors because there are solid supporters of the previous administration who are blind to the tangible achievements of this administration, and yet I’m the fanatic? If these yellow forces are trying to bring down this administration, must I just turn a blind eye? Or must I make a stand and show them that there are people who will not let them succeed in destroying this administration just to put their political party in power once again." ~Mocha Uson Blog, 28 November 2016

"While it is a must that we unite in order to achieve a better future, we must first learn that we are all equals, our opinions are equally important, and that belittling the ordinary people is not a part of the privileges given to the elites. Do not use your social status to put common people down, use it to help in bringing them up." ~Mocha Uson Blog, FB, 15 November 2016

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Sass Rogando Sasot Quotes

"A scholar once told me to have the courage to make bold predictions. Because with every bold prediction comes great mistakes, and with every great mistake comes great learning." ~Sass Rogando Sasot (2016: THE YEAR OF THE COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORS, FB, 20 November 2016)

"... count your mistakes, they are your blessings in life." ~Sass Rogando Sasot, FB, 20 November 2016, 2016: THE YEAR OF THE COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORS

"Freedom of speech comes with consequences. If you can't handle the consequences of your speech, then don't speak. But if you want to speak in public, grow a damn spine. That's not a false dilemma but reality." ~Sass Rogando

"... I realised that there are more important things than sounding like a statesman, like strategy, cunning, and political will." ~Sass Roganda Sasot, FB, 20 November 2016, 2016: THE YEAR OF THE COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORS

"If you are going to lead a nation, your memory should be the memory of a nation. You shouldn't be president if you have an impoverished understanding of the history of your people. The history of our people didn't start from Martial Law and stayed there. Our history is more than that one episode. Duterte's historical awareness is impressive. Not perfect, but certainly much better than Aquino's. He went to China with an understanding of our bilateral history that goes beyond our conflict over rocks, islands, and a shoal. He knew that this conflict is nothing compared to hundreds of years of our people's good trade relations with China. By looking back, Duterte is fulfilling the lesson of the most well-known Tagalog proverb: ang hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan. The Rajah of Butuan, the Sultan of Sulu, the former mayor of Davao and now president of the Philippines are all from Mindanao, and they represent different periods in our bilateral relations with China since time immemorial." ~Sass Rogando Sasot (October 23, 2016)

"Most countries resort to charm before they harm." ~SRSasot, video lecture on Sovereignty, Security and Power, 29 December 2016

"Someone asked me what's the greatest accomplishment Duterte did in his first year. As a student of international relations, my answer is the moment Duterte fizzled out a major crisis in international order and stability at the risk of attracting the anger of his people who've been conditioned to fight China though the heavens may fall. If Duterte's foreign policy path would be continued to be traversed, then we would save future generations from the scourge of a devastating contest for power in the Pacific." ~Sass Rogando Sasot, For the Motherland, 4 July 2017 (Reposting what I wrote on the 16th of July 2016 regarding Yasay's face and James Blunt...)

"The past presidents didn't do much to dismantle the machinery of narcopolitics in the Philippines. They were afraid of the blood, sweat, and tears that entail. So, they sort of tolerated it. The shabu trade flourished. That also means not doing anything to rehabilitate those suffering from drug addiction, as evidenced by the lack of rehabilitation centres. Duterte isn't afraid of the work needed to be done in order to dismantle narcopolitics in our country. He's not even afraid to die for this cause. This same seriousness is also reflected in his administration's efforts to build rehabilitation centres for drug addicts. Tunay na TAPANG at MALASAKIT." ~Sass Rogando Sasot, December 1, 2016

"What doesn't kill me will just make me stronger. Keep on breaking me, and I'll just keep on snapping back FOR THE MOTHERLAND!" ~Sass Rogando Sasot, February 23, 2017

"Without demonstrably satisfying any compelling public interest, Rappler and the leaker accomplished only one thing: thoroughly damage our government’s reputation concerning its ability to safeguard the confidentiality of high-level diplomatic communications. Other leaders will now surely hesitate to have frank conversations with our leaders. We cannot let Rappler and the leaker do this to our Republic." -Sass Sassot Rogando (May 2017)

"You don't let anyone fight your own war. Why? Because after each war, the spoils need to be divided among the parties - winners and losers. And just like during peace time: the strong do what they can, while the weak suffer what they must. No country will go to war for you and give you the bulk of the spoils of that war. No such thing as a free war." ~Sass Rogando Sasot, on Dividing the Spoils, FB, 29 October 2016

"You will fail because we will not let you fuck up the dream shared by many millions of Filipinos: A leader who has the political will to make our country a better place than it was, so that the next generation would have a better chance of flourishing in our motherland." ~Sass Rolando Sasot (slams Trillanes).

‪"Your friendship is more valuable than defending me. If they're furious at me, let them be. But don't let it ruin the friendship you've built all throughout these years.‬" ~Sass Rogando Sasot

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Jody Doty - Gratitude

"Gratitude is a sacred state of being, a peaceful acceptance, a graceful opening of the heart and joyful connection with the soul." ~Jody Doty

Inspiration for Today: Faith and Courage by Imelda Deinla

"Only the soft whisper of the wind reminds us how faith and courage serve us through the test of times." ~Imelda Deinla

Sierra DeMulder - soul mate

"A soul mate is not the person who makes you the happiest, but the one who makes you feel the most." ~Sierra DeMulder

Thought For Today: healthy relationships

"In healthy relationships, conflicts are normal, arguments are not. Big difference. When two different people come together to live a good portion of their days in each other's company, conflict happens. They, before meeting, had entire lives, lessons learned, manners taught (or not), and were shown "the way things are done" by all those family, friends, and strangers who they ever encountered before meeting each other. " ~Happiness In Your Life

Arturo D. Brion - judge of history

"The Court, of course, is not blind to history but is not a judge of history; it is a judge of the interpretation and application of the terms of the Constitution." ~Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion on SC decision/ruling to allow FEM's burial in LNMB, November 2016


Bernard Roth - Flip the switch

"Whenever anyone makes an important change, it’s because a switch has flipped. Someone who has struggled her whole life with her weight finally decides to get fit. Someone who has put up with an abusive boss for years finally has enough and quits. Someone who has harbored a secret crush finally takes the plunge and asks her beloved out for coffee. A shift has happened that has made action favorable to inaction. You can sit around in the dark waiting for the light to come on, or you can get up, walk across the room, and flip the switch yourself." ~Bernard Roth

Carol P. Christ - solitude

"The choice of solitude is not so much a rejection of community as a recognition that certain experiences and truths are so alien to ordinary consciousness that the individual must withdraw in order to experience them." ~Carol P. Christ

Bernard Meltzer Quotes

"Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get." ~Bernard Meltzer

"Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best." ~Bernard Meltzer

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Farrel Droke - overcome adversity

"Every great personal story you have to tell involves overcoming adversity. If you shy away from adversity, you take away your ability to tell new stories." ~Farrel Droke

Catherine Fenwick - body, mind and soul

"Your body cannot heal without play.
Your mind cannot heal without laughter.
Your soul cannot heal without joy."
~Catherine Fenwick


"It's not what we become in life that's important. It's what we overcome in life that's important." ~A.D. Williams

John McDonald Quotes

"At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life." ~John McDonald

"However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum. Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells." ~John McDonald

"Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves........The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down." ~John McDonald

"We must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life...." ~John McDonald

"We should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life...." ~John McDonald

Source: The Train

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Henry Adams - influence

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -Henry Adams


Antonio P. Contreras Quotes

"... an overdose of political bias can be fatal to readership and profitability of a news organization." ~Antonio P. Contreras, December 18, 2016

"EDSA was not a revolution. It was a military coup supported by the people but hijacked by the elites." ~Antonio P. Contreras, 17 September 2017

"Equally compelling, ... is the risk of planting so much anger in the minds of the young, and in exposing them to a one-dimensional representation of a complex period in history, more so if that is one that is more popular among those who are tasked to educate them." ~Antonio P. Contreras, 27 November 2016

"Heroes are not in tombs and monuments. They are found in the hearts of people." ~Antonio P. Contreras

"... how to make sense of the President without losing your head." ~Antonio P. Contreras, December 8, 2016 (Political semantics and semiotics)

"Politicizing the young is an important ingredient for revolution and resistance. ...I do not want to under-estimate the power of this generation of the youth, by looking back at how many in my own generations have abandoned their transient activism, which was fashionable when they were still students,...." ~Antonio P. Contreras, (I WILL KEEP ON BEING THE INCONVENIENT SIDE OF THIS STORY) November 27, 2016

"Sometimes in the midst of stress you get to discover that a loss can be a win and an end could be a new beginning. " ~Antonio P. Contreras, April 18, 2017

"The best way to teach history is to teach its methodology and then allow students to raise their own questions and form their own conclusions and interpretations after being exposed to all narratives about the personality, period or event. The role of the teacher is as a guide and enabler, and not a proselytizer. A teacher can state his or her position but only as a particular interpretation and should in no way be construed as the only interpretation." ~Antonio P. Contreras (2016)

"The power of nature could cast a spell even if it could also bring death and destruction." ~Antonio P. Contreras

"To claim that the misadministration of the vaccine was an outcome of bad science is utterly ridiculous. It was not the scientific community that made the decision to make shortcuts and fast-track the vaccination program. The decision was made by bureaucrats who ignored science, and instead gave more credence to political considerations. It was also pushed by pharmaceutical capitalists who gave more importance to profit. If there are scientists who were involved, these were people who compromised their scientific training." ~Antonio P. Contreras

Food for Thought:

"... we (also) have to temper a bit our sense of entitlement that we who are learned in law, IR and politics always know best, based on our understanding of theories and concepts we learn in school and teach to our students. If we keep on doing so we end up arrogantly dismissive of the ordinary and everyday sense of reason, worse we label these as stupidity. This is where we end up being dismissed by those who we want to transform and influence. You make them understand by getting into their patterns of thinking. Sometimes gems of political understanding could be found from the organic and raw knowledge of the ordinary citizen." ~Antonio P. Contreras, (FB, October 2016)

"You focus your condemnation of us on the basis of a single issue -- the war and drugs. How can you be so fixated that you forget to look at the totality of our democracy." ~Prof Antonio P Contreras on International Media re: DeLima's arrest on a drug -related charge, February 24, 2017

"You went to the Court for relief. And it gave you a ruling based on law. But justice is rendered by any court not on the basis of politics but on the basis of law." ~Antonio P. Contreras, Philippine Political Scientist, 14 November 2016


"The coldness of beer.
The rising super moon at a distance.
Asserting its beauty over clouds.
Winds that send waves crashing.
The challenges of life before a sip of pleasure.
Even as my loved ones are away and I am all alone."
~Antonio P. Contreras, FB, 15 November 2016

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MJ Quiambao Reyes Quotes

"..., Duterte may have sparked distress to some countries like US maybe. But for many of us, he sparks PEACE, HOPE, and real, inclusive, sustainable PROGRESS." ~MJ Quiambao Reyes, 29 October 2016

"Our eyes have a language of their own... a story and poetry too... far beyond words..." ~MJ Quiambao Reyes

"This foul-mouthed guy who according to US is sparking distress around the world is also the same master strategist who was able to avert a serious confrontation with China and prevented a war we cannot win." ~MJ Quiambao Reyes, on Duterte's visit to China and Japan, 29 October 2016

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Michael Bassey Johnson - people

"There are better people in the world, do not let the worst do the worst to you, you deserve the best in life." ~Michael Bassey Johnson

Dodie Smith - luxury

"Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing." ~Dodie Smith

Amy Newmark Quotes

“…happiness is not a mysterious, elusive lottery ticket meant for only a lucky, random few. It is a jackpot within everyone’s grasp once we remove the obstacles we put in our own paths and give ourselves permission to do the things we love to do.” ~Amy Newmark

“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” ~Amy Newmark

“What I love about forgiveness is that it gives you the opportunity to change your life literally in one second. All you have to do is decide that you’re going to do it.”~Amy Newmark

"You have to listen to your gut and be willing to speak up, even when it’s embarrassing or inconvenient.” ~Amy Newmark

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JP De Leon - same person

"Five years from now you are still the same person except the books you read and the people you meet." ~JP De Leon

Brian Cox - human right

"The problem with today’s world is that everyone believes they have the right to express their opinion AND have others listen to it. The correct statement of individual rights is that everyone has the right to an opinion, but crucially, that opinion can be roundly ignored and even made fun of, particularly if it is demonstrably nonsense!" ~Brian Cox

President Xi - wishes of the people

"I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things" ~President Xi (DDS FB, October 21, 2016, Beijing) on President RR Duterte during his recent State Visit to the Republic of China


Quotes on WALK

"Keep walking in Faith. Seek God's will in all you do and he will show you the path to take." ~Proverbs 3:6

"A walk down an old country road is the perfect place to learn that true inner peace comes not by thinking about what you want, but by thanking God for what you already have." ~Mountain Wisdom

"After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value." ~George Macauley Trevelyan

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." ~Henry David Thoreau

"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears." ~Rumi

"Bring awareness to each act. Walking on the road, walk fully alert; eating, eat with awareness. Whatsoever you are doing, don't let the past and the future interfere. Be in the present; that's what awareness is all about." ~Osho

"Every step of the way I will walk with you and never leave you stranded." ~Rumi

"Its your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you." ~Rumi

"Normality is a paved road; it's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow." -Vincent Van Gogh

"Sometimes you have to get off the ride, change your playground and walk away, if you want to change your life." ~Anon

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Kyle Reygel Perales Quotes

"A mind stretched to a new dimension will never go back to its old form." ~Kyle Reygel Perales, 9 January 2017

"A travel agency brings people to a place they've never been, but a tour guide brings people to a place he has always been. In leadership do not bring your people to a place you've never been, do not let them do things you've never done." ~Kyle Reygel Perales, 14 January 2017

"David waited for 20 years to become a king. Moses waited for 40 years in the wilderness before leading the nation of Israel. The best things in your life always take time. Learn to wait." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"Dreams are thoughts waiting for permission to live." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"Most politicians associate themselves with priests and nuns because they use religion to cover up their atrocities with false purity and holiness." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"The devil has no problem defeating a child of God who is easily disappointed." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"The most loving people I know are those who go beyond stereotypes, those who break social constructs." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"...... the process to Christ-likeness is character development. And our character as children of God is hammered during sufferings." ~Kyle Reygel Perales, 5 August 2017

"The size of the person is more important than the size of the problem. You can tell the caliber of a person by the amount of opposition it takes to discourage him." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"What I love about God is that He orchestrates your path including the people you get along with." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"What's inside your heart determines the course of your life. Above all guard your heart." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"You experience the deepest worship in your life in your dark moments, when you weather storms after storms." ~Kyle Reygel Perales

"Your mouth is silent with those cases but you profess yourself as an advocate of human rights. ....... No, you are not true advocate of human rights. You are a bigot who represents as the epitome of grief of false majority. So false that you cannot take an aerial photo of your cause, because people will know your number is so few. This is bigotry." ~Kyle Reygel Perales on Anti-Marcos Burial in LNMB, November 25, 2016


"You can convince people without convincing them." ~Unattributed by Kyle Reygel Perales, 15 November 2016

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