"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


Farida - in defence to her employee

"You have to kill me first before you can even touch them." ~Farida, a Maranao businesswoman who defended her Christian employees against the Maute Group in Marawi City (May 2017)

Joseph R. Cooke - GRACE

"Grace is the face that love wears when it meets imperfection." ~Joseph R. Cooke

Zephyr Bloch-Jorgensen

"Life is like a dance one must know when to move and when not to, and never to hesitate." ~Bloch-Jorgensen


Chris Hedges - a nation of destroyers

"We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals and banks destroy the economy." ~Chris Hedges


Christopher Lynn Hedges (born September 18, 1956) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, Princeton Professor, and Presbyterian minister. Wikipedia

THINGS WE LEARN: From Rant and Rave

"...the best training comes from the most honest and ruthless people on planet Earth. They won't pamper you and provide pillows to make you comfy. What they'll do is push you to the edge until you learn how to hold on and stand your ground. They'll force you to squeeze out every (goddamn) juice of intellect from your brain. In the process, you learn patience, perseverance, control, and discipline. In the middle, you learn how to navigate your way through people and do it with unwavering dignity. You earn respect." ~Rant and Rave

"The toughest marines are trained by the most unkind commanders." ~Rant and Rave

Ian Lowe - remember

"We should always remember, the future is not somewhere we are going, it is something we are creating." ~Ian Lowe, ACF President, 2004-2014


Bryan Ng Co Quotes

Why do we solicit the opinions and half-baked analyses of foreign observers when they aren't even stakeholders in this political problem?

If and when the dust of this political war settles, these international media outfits can just as easily offer a half-meant apology and say, "We thought Duterte was going to be a dictator as your VP had said. So, we helped you remove him. It turns out that he wasn't but he certainly had all the capacity to be a dictator."

And we, the Filipinos, will be left to pick up the pieces of a broken republic.

~Bryan Ng Co


"A drop of rain.
A speck of dust.
Thanks for allowing me to see the world in a blade of grass."
~Bryan Ng Co

"Arguing from exception is like judging the moon harshly for its total eclipses rather than for the reflective light it benefits and blesses us with regularly." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Before there were signature bags there must first be fat bank accounts." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Each day is a new choice, a new chance." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Do not trust people who do not apologize. Their pride is more valuable than your friendship." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Human life is as resilient as it is fragile. In the most trying of circumstances life thrives. Yet, in the flimsiest of ordeals, life can be snuffed out as easily as a candle flame." ~Bryan Ng Co

"If you believe that only your enemies have errors, then you have already lost your mind. And lost." ~Bryan Ng Co

"In a relationship of co-dependencies, the death of one leaves the other vulnerable." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Problems are troughs that make us treasure the peaks of joys more." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Sometimes, a break from a preoccupation offers an opportunity for learning, and maybe, even relearning." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Stock knowledge are like threads You must learn how to use them, to weave them into a pattern and produce a fine embroidery." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Thanks to the gift of time. Each moment opened gave me hope. Each moment closed left me wisdom." ~Bryan Ng Co, December 30, 2017

"The intelligent doesn't behave intractably for the sake of being disagreeable. Conversely, no intelligent person will ever subscribe to every idea expressed by others simply for the sake of being agreeable. Ideas clash. Ideas overlap. Ideas cohere." ~Bryan Ng Co, July 25, 2017

"The most difficult problem you encounter today

Will be a mere fraction of its size by tomorrow
The biggest event of this year will
Have become a mere story by the next.
Each of us is a collection of stories.
Our lives, our works, our victories, our misfortunes
They all become part of the stories we tell
When tomorrow comes, when the new day dawns."
~Bryan Ng Co, September 22, 2017

"The season of Christmas may find people generous with their gifts. But this season of giving is also a season of greed. It is a time to be acutely aware of who's not home and what we do not have. Between the fragility of life and the commercialism of Christmas, between what we have and what we don't, between giving and receiving, may all of you find it in your heart to be more generous to those who are wanting and needing. And love those you have taken for granted. Your mom, your dad, your siblings, your spouse or even that pesky neighbor. This is, after all, in keeping with the spirit of the season" ~Bryan Ng Co

"To teach an inch, you need a yard. To teach a yard, you need a whole football field of knowledge." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Truth gives no assurance of comfort. Nor does it guarantee freedom. It often jails people as much as it frees them." ~Bryan Ng Co

"Words have the power to evoke feelings. However, unless backed up by sustainable, daily reaffirming actions, those words soon become empty promises." ~Bryan Ng Co


"Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck." ~Joseph Heller, "God Knows" 1984

"If you're poor and industrious, you need science.
If you're poor and lazy, you need religion."
~Bryce Tan

"Man's first frown is the first touch of God on his forehead. The touch of thought." -- Ayn Rand

"Never separate the life you live from the words you speak." ~Paul Wellstone

"Strength is paradoxical. I am not strong because I can force others to do what I wish as a result of my play with them; but because I can allow them to do what they wish in the course of my play with them." ~Professor James P. Carse

"Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can't begin to explore your possibilities." ~Tim Fargo


"Full many a gem of purest ray serene
The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear;
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen
And waste its sweetness on the desert air..."
~Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Churchyard

"Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime"

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"To deny conventional morality completely is to be highly moral, because what we call social morality, the morality of respectability, is utterly immoral; we are competitive, greedy, envious, seeking our own way – you know how we behave. We call this social morality; religious people talk about a different kind of morality, but their life, their whole attitude, the hierarchical structure of religious organization and belief, is immoral. To deny that is not to react, because when you react, this is another form of dissenting through one’s own resistance. But when you deny it because you understand it, there is the highest form of morality." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

James Scotty Philip

"Respect all men for their worth and not for their birth." ~James Scotty Philip


Jac Vanek - Inspiration is everything

“You are the books you read, the films you watch,
the music you listen to, the people you meet,
the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in.
You are what you take from these.
You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air,
the brightest light and the darkest corner.

You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life.
You are every single second of every single day.
So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence.
Let the words run through your veins and let the colors fill your mind
until there is nothing left to do but explode.
There are no wrong answers.
Inspiration is everything.
Sit back, relax, and take it all in.
Now, go out and create something.”
~Jac Vanek

Source: Butterflies and Pebbles

Frances Mayers - skirting obstacles

“Sometimes you have to travel back in time, skirting the obstacles, in order to love someone.” ~Frances Mayes, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir

James Weldon Johnson - tragedies of life

“In the life of everyone there is a limited number of experiences which are not written upon the memory, but stamped there with a die; and in the long years after, they can be called up in detail, and every emotion that was stirred by them can be lived through anew; these are the tragedies of life.” ~James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man

Anthony Liccione - home

“The thing I miss most from home, is having a home.” ~Anthony Liccione


Captain Kaneko - best of the sky

"The pilot and the Vice-pilot are responsible for each other's role, and they have the best of the sky, and they are safe in the sky." ~Captain Kaneko, Boeing 767, Japan Air Lines (JAL), FB, May 25, 2017


Ella Baker - light

"Give light and people will find the way." ~Ella Baker

Griffin Furlong Quotes

"Do not live a life without purpose…It’s amazing what you can do with your life when you have motivation, ambition, and, most importantly, a purpose.” Go out there, and find your purpose." ~Griffin Furlong, Valedictory Address

“Giving up is never an option…Everyone thinks I try to make good grades because I’m smart. Not true. I perform the way I do in the classroom because I have everything to lose.” ~Griffin Furlong, Valedictory Address

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Otto von Bismarck - dying soldier

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war..." ~Otto von Bismarck

Ben Ferencz - courage

"People get discouraged. They should remember, from me, it takes courage not to be discouraged.” ~Ben Ferencz, a son of Romanian Jewish immigrants who found refuge in the United States

Ben Stein - Decide what you want

"The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want." ~Ben Stein

‪Rosario Larion‬ - greed and power

‪"The intoxication of greed and power, loses the quality of being human. It drives their own self of reasonings to extinction." ~Rosario Larion‬

Brendon Urie - different

"It's cool to be different and just be who you are and shock people in a good way." ~Brendon Urie

C. T. Whitemell - light

"In darkness there is no choice. It is light that enables us to see the differences between things; and it is Christ who gives us light." ~Mrs. C. T. Whitemell


Eric McNeish Quotes

"No woman, no person, no posession, no dream, no vacation, and no adventure will bring everlasting happiness." ~Eric McNeish

"The only thing that can bring happiness is waking up from the dream like reality we all live in to the ever lasting bliss of full enlightenment." ~Eric McNeish

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Mae Lorraine Rafols Lorenzo Quotes

"There will come a time when we’ll be faced with a life-changing situation that allows us to choose how it can alter the course of our lives.  We can choose to be indifferent, ... or we can choose to be involved and change someone else’s fate." ~Mae Lorraine Rafols Lorenzo

"When you open the gates of kindness, good-hearted people come through." ~Mae Lorraine Rafols Lorenzo,

Source: Manila Bulletin, April 30, 2017

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Nada Ali Quotes

"Appreciate the people in your life and make space to do the things you’re best at." ~Nada Ali

"Enjoying life is often thought to be a mindset, the result of reflection, action and gratitude." ~Nada Ali

"Most of us lack sufficient free time to escape to some mountain top temple to follow our bliss." ~Nada Ali

"Listening to music feels empowering. Put on your favourite album or that one you keep meaning to dive into, turn up the volume, and cut out all other distractions so that you can really experience the music." ~Nada Ali

"Listening to music taps into your brain’s imagination and sense of self-identity, boosts your self-esteem, and lessens feelings of isolation." ~Nada Ali

"Owning a pet provides love, companionship, and hours of entertainment." ~Nada Ali

"Pet ownership has health benefits too, such as reducing your blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, increasing your feelings of well-being and connectedness, and teaching you lessons in empathy and nurturing." ~Nada Ali

"Small changes to your life soon add up to greater enjoyment in life." ~Nada Ali

"The best way to find happiness is to make practical, everyday changes." ~Nada Ali


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Ging Navarro Descallar Quotes

"... life is a matter of accountability. I believe that everyone has a purpose for living, yet the saddest part is when you neglect that assignment and become busy with something else. Then you realize that life is just at the nick of time and you can not undo things anymore. " ~Ging Navarro Descallar

"... the best frame of mind is when you know you are dying and you don't regret things that you have done." ~Ging Navarro Descallar

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Jess Catcher - families

"There are no stronger bonds on earth than the ones connecting loving families." ~Jess Catcher


Laini Eckardt - feeling of serenity

"I have tried to capture the feeling of serenity that washes over you when you first dive into the cool waters of crystal-clear creek or river, silently gliding over the stones…calm, and in a world of your own." ~Laini Eckardt, Artist (Avant Card)

A THOUGHT TO PONDER: Civilised Society

"A civilized society is a place for cultivating consciousness, prosperity and peace. Instead today, we are living in a world where nuclear plants are legal and real plants are not." ~from The Mind Unleashed

Bettie Friedan - opportunity and strength

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~Bettie Friedan


Michael Calcagno - on Aging

"Centenarians — people 100 years or older — are a rarity. Their lives are often scrutinized as holding the key to aging." ~Michael Calcagno(via the "FACES of CENTURY" photo production of Jan Langer

Ben Squires - Alzheimer's

"When someone you love is struggling with Alzheimer’s it can be difficult to find the strength to keep going. Often, it’s the little moments of love that give you strength." ~Ben Squires, wrote about an "88-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer’s lovely duet with son" via Over Sixty dot com dot au
"Mom is 88 now. She's in assisted living and has Alzheimer's but she can still play and sing better than anyone in my eyes. I realized while I was singing with her tonight, I had never videoed us singing together, so I captured a couple of songs for posterity....... Most days I miss her, but she always comes back to me when we sing.” ~Kelly Ridings of Dalton, Georgia

Watch them on YOU TUBE/Storyful/BrianRidings


Sergei Prokofiev - on abhorrence

"I abhor imitation and I abhor the familiar." ~Sergei Prokofiev



"Enlightenment does not ask you to be perfect; it simply asks you to find perfection right where you stand." ~Alan Cohen

"Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious." ~Carl Gustav Jung

"Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm." ~Idries Shah

"I would say any behavior that is not the status quo is interpreted as insanity, when, in fact, it might actually be enlightenment. Insanity is sorta in the eye of the beholder." ~Chuck Palahniuk

"Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love." ~M. Scott Peck

"Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment." ~Nikola Tesla

"The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment books cite the Seven Deadly Sins. They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that we do, that is sinful... or fun for that matter.” ~Dave Mustaine

"The only thing that can bring happiness is waking up from the dream like reality we all live in to the ever lasting bliss of full enlightenment." ~Eric McNeish

"The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines." ~Anne Lamott

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Jan Langer Quotes

"One should live every single moment according to their best knowledge and conscience because one day we will see clearly what has a real value." ~Jan Langer , Czech photographer, "Faces of Century"

“The characteristics of personality change throughout life but it seems as if individual nature remains rooted in the abyss of time." ~Jan Langer, Czech photographer, "Faces of Century"

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Thelma Davis - presence

"When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words." ~Thelma Davis

Veronica Perrurle Dobson

"Language and culture are our identities. Keeping our languages strong helps to keep us strong." ~Veronica Perrurle Dobson (Australian Geographic)

“We are people of the land and our language expresses this. Our knowledge is held in our languages and our languages express our cultures.” ~Veronica Perrurle Dobson, Alice Springs-based educator, author and Arrernte senior (Australian Geographic)

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Joy Browne - perfect

"If we give up the notion that everybody's life but ours is perfect, we would be a lot happier. Nobody's life is perfect." ~Joy Browne

Sofan Chan - compassionate

"Only when I learnt to be compassionate to myself could I be compassionate to others." ~Sofan Chan, Artist

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik Quotes

“A preface is usually an excrescence on a good book, and a vain apology for a worthless one.” ~Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

“[It] was the first time in my life I ever knew the meaning of that rare thing, tenderness. A quality different from kindliness, affectionateness, or benevolence; a quality which can exist only in strong, deep, and undemonstrative natures, and therefore in its perfection is oftenest found in men.” ~Dinah Maria Mulock Craik, John Halifax, Gentleman

"Keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away." ~Dinah M. Craik

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts not measured words, but pouring them right out, just as they are.” ~Dinah Maria Mulock Craik


“Forgotten? No, we never do forget:
We let the years go; wash them clean with tears,
Leave them to bleach out in the open day,
Or lock them careful by, like dead friends' clothes,
Till we shall dare unfold them without pain,—
But we forget not, never can forget.”
~Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Source: Goodreads
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Raymond Reddington - Wisdom

"Wisdom is learning the boundaries of one's designated lane." ~Raymond Reddington

Emeka Ossai Quotes

"Having the right mindset, the right mental attitude, is the determining factor on whether you will make it or not." ~Emeka Ossai

"When you have good mentors to guide you, you shorten your learning curve by learning from their mistakes so you don't make them." ~Emeka Ossai

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Lewis Mumford - sound of beauty

"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life." ~Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)

Quotes on IMAGE

"Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul." ~George Bancroft

"He only half dies who leaves an image of himself in his sons. [It., Muore per meta chi lascia un' immagine di se stesso nei figi.]" ~Goldoni

"My child, never judge a man because of his race. Never. God looks at the heart. So should we. We are all made in God's image." ~Robin Lee Hatcher

"The Lord can chisel His image on our flawed lives and make us beautiful and useful." ~Dennis De Haan

“What we wish upon the future is very often the image of some lost, imagined past.” ~~Graham Swift, Waterland from Everyone's Library

"Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person." ~Derek Jeter

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‪John Vier ‬Quotes

‪"Only few people have that heart to mold the next generation." ~John Vier ‬

‪"What you built today will be a monument in the future." ~John Vier ‬

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"Many people are forgetting how to communicate to their partners in their relationships. Instead of discussing and solving their problems with their partners, they share them with toxic friends, work associates and others post them on the internet. If your partner is doing something that bothers you, talk to him or her and stop letting facebook inboxes, likes, retweets ruin what you are trying to build... Beware of third Party!" ~Emotional Filmtricks

Lu Yu - on drinking TEA

"Tea tempers the spirit and harmonises the minds; dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness." ~Lu Yu

Walter Rauschbusch - PLAY

"Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty." ~Walter Rauschbusch

Thomas Malory - MAY

"The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit." ~Thomas Malory

Joanna Macy - heart

"The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe." ~Joanna Macy


‪Jeri Grigg‬ - Wisdom

"Wisdom abides in simple truths." ~‪Jeri Grigg‬


"Words are living things, they have the power to inspire, uplift, and to destroy. Think about that before you open your mouth today!" ~Michael Baisden

Jadav Payeng - last breath

“I will continue to plant until my last breath.” ~Jadav Payeng


Padma Shri Jadav "Molai" Payeng is a Mishing tribe environmental activist and forestry worker from Jorhat, India. Over the course of several decades, he planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve. Wikipedia

Lauren Bacall Quotes

"Find me a man who's interesting enough to have dinner with and I'll be happy." ~Lauren Bacall

"Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life." ~Lauren Bacall

"You learn to rise above a lot of bad things that happen in your life. And you have to keep going." ~Lauren Bacall

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