"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


Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - teacher

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

An Nasir Salahuddin - Victory

"Victory is changing the hearts of your opponents by gentleness and kindness." -An Nasir Salahuddin, Al-Ayyubi (1137-1193)


"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." ~Joseph Campbell

"It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” ~H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~Robert F. Kennedy

"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” ~Patrick Henry

"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” ~Douglas MacArthur

"The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” ~George S. Patton Jr

"We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us”. ~Winston Churchill

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” ~Douglas MacArthur


“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” ~Billy Graham

“Live for something rather than die for nothing.” ~George Patton

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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"A candle loses none of its light by lighting another."~Rumi

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

"Do not give them a candle to light the way, teach them how to make fire instead. That is the meaning of enlightenment.” ~Kamand Kojouri

"For what is the point of love if by lighting these candles our own flame loses its brightness?" ~Kamand Kojouri

"How can I even light a single candle if someone blocks off the first step?” ~Gina Marinello-Sweeney, The Rose and the Sword

"I burn my candle at both ends, it may not last the night,
But, oh my foes and of my friends it gives a lovely light." ~Anon

"I know i cannot make the whole world BETTER or BRIGHTER, but at least I can light a candle and keep the darkness away from my OWN small CORNER and help others with the simple light I have." ~Sparkling Dew

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it." ~Winston Churchill

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." ~Margaret Fuller

“It's the flame of a single candle which will illuminate the darkest of souls.” ~Anthony T. Hincks

“Live as intensely as possible, burn your candle of life from both ends.” ~Osho, And The Flowers Showered Discourses On Zen

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ~Anne Frank

“The candle is the light of life that is constantly thriving to hang on and light up the darkness of life. (Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was a candle in the wind. He was a fighter fighting the odds to survive. And he did so with incredible power to change the world.) Whether your life is long or short upon the earth, it is remarkable that our little flames burns on in spite of the wind, or the challenges of life.” ~Enock Maregesi

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~Buddha

“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” ~George R.R. Martin

“When you have gone beyond thinking, and if you can still remain alert, aware, as if one is fast asleep but still alert—deep down at the very core of one’s being a lamp goes on burning, a small candle of light—then you will see your original face. And to see your original face is to be back in the Garden of Eden.” ~Osho, The Secret of Secrets


"I light a candle every night
Sending wishes to my angels above
Keep him safe this man I love
Watch over him and show your light
Let him know as I close my eyes to sleep
I am in his arms as I dream.
~Sandra Gibbs

“First, the thoughts are chosen,
then the prayers are spoken.
The candles are lit,
then the plea is submitted.
But soon after you move away,
there is wax;
melting, adulterating and braiding-
a new constellation up on your blanks.”
~Jasleen Kaur Gumber


"From candlelight to early bedtime, I read." ~Thomas Jefferson

"I didn't leave home until 27. I was an only child raised in Philadelphia by my mother and grandmother. My grandmother controlled the stove. She made a lot of potato meals - mashed potato, potato souffle, potato pancakes. When we didn't have electricity, we ate romantically by candlelight." ~Jill Scott

"I don't think I am a traditional romantic who thinks about candlelight dinners and wonders if my husband is going to bring me flowers, though I'm delighted if he does. I'm more practical-minded. I find it incredibly romantic that my husband does the dishes." ~Nora Roberts

"I lived by the candlelight for two years because I couldn't afford power. It was nice and romantic at the time, but if you can't afford power you're pretty broke. You endure it." ~Jeremy Renner

"Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been." ~George Eliot

"The colors that show best by candlelight are white, carnation, and a kind of sea-water green." ~Francis Bacon

"Work a great deal at evening effects, lamplight, candlelight, etc. The intriguing thing is not to show the source of the light but the effect of the lighting." ~Edgar Degas


"Once, lovers on faraway shores sat by candlelight and dipped ink to parchment, writing words that could not be erased. They took an evening to compose their thoughts, maybe the next evening as well." ~Mitch Albom

"... the fools of this world prefer to look for sages far away. They don't believe that the wisdom of their own mind is the sage . . . the sutras say, "Mind is the teaching." But people of no understanding don't believe in their own mind or that by understanding this teaching they can become a sage. They prefer to look for distant knowledge and long for things in space, buddha-images, light, incense, and colors. They fall prey to falsehood and lose their minds to insanity." ~Bodhidharma

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Gregory Saggi - aspirations

"Ideas, memories and noble aspirations outlasts property or a person's life. Invest in them by sharing them." ~Gregory Saggi


Herb Cohen - strength

"True strength often calls for the ability to sustain the tension without flight or fight." ~Herb Cohen


Prof. A.C. Grayling - poverty vs inequality

“The problem is not the poverty but the inequality.” ~Prof. A.C. Grayling


Humane King Sutra - the full and the prosperous

"The prosperous inevitably decline, the full inevitably empty." ~Humane King Sutra (from the post of Dr. Ethel Pineda)


FEATURED QUOTE: Robert Clancy - the winds of love

"The delicate wings of an angel are made from the fabric of glistening hope and sewn together with the light of compassion. That’s why you are meant to glide on the winds of love." ~Robert Clancy

Wendell Phillips - Common sense

“Common sense does not ask an impossible chessboard, but takes the one before it and plays the game.” ~Wendell Phillips

Paul Kalanithi Quotes

“All the idylls of youth: beauty manifest in lakes, mountains, people; richness in experience, conversation, friendships. Nights during a full moon, the light flooded the wilderness, so it was possible to hike without a headlamp. We would hit the trail at two A.M., summiting the nearest peak, Mount Tallac, just before sunrise, the clear, starry night reflected in the flat, still lakes spread below us. Snuggled together in sleeping bags at the peak, nearly ten thousand feet up, we weathered frigid blasts of wind with coffee someone had been thoughtful enough to bring. And then we would sit and watch as the first hint of sunlight, a light tinge of day blue, would leak out of the eastern horizon, slowly erasing the stars. The day sky would spread wide and high, until the first ray of the sun made an appearance. The morning commuters began to animate the distant South Lake Tahoe roads. But craning your head back, you could see the day’s blue darken halfway across the sky, and to the west, the night remained yet unconquered—pitch-black, stars in full glimmer, the full moon still pinned in the sky. To the east, the full light of day beamed toward you; to the west, night reigned with no hint of surrender. No philosopher can explain the sublime better than this, standing between day and night. It was as if this were the moment God said, “Let there be light!” You could not help but feel your specklike existence against the immensity of the mountain, the earth, the universe, and yet still feel your own two feet on the talus, reaffirming your presence amid the grandeur.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Death comes for all of us. For us, for our patients: it is our fate as living, breathing, metabolizing organisms. Most lives are lived with passivity toward death -- it's something that happens to you and those around you. But Jeff and I had trained for years to actively engage with death, to grapple with it, like Jacob with the angel, and, in so doing, to confront the meaning of a life. We had assumed an onerous yoke, that of mortal responsibility. Our patients' lives and identities may be in our hands, yet death always wins. Even if you are perfect, the world isn't. The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can't ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Literature not only illuminated another’s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection. My brief forays into the formal ethics of analytic philosophy felt dry as a bone, missing the messiness and weight of real human life.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“The physician’s duty is not to stave off death or return patients to their old lives, but to take into our arms a patient and family whose lives have disintegrated and work until they can stand back up and face, and make sense of, their own existence.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“We shall rise insensibly, and reach the tops of the everlasting hills, where the winds are cool and the sight is glorious.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air


Paul Sudhir Arul Kalanithi (April 1, 1977 – March 9, 2015) was an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer. His book When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir about his life and illness battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. It was posthumously published by Random House in January 2016. It was on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for multiple weeks.

Source: Goodreads

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Frank Borman - Exploration

"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit." ~Frank Borman (from Bernie Lamberz)