"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


Teng Catong - Institutions

"Why Nations Fail? The answer is seen in their political and socio-economic institutions." ~Teng Catong


"Even life’s simplest artifact sometimes offers the happiest moments. It is a matter of putting things in their proper order and place." ~Duoi Ampilan

"Firewood ignites the fire in the soul." ~Duoi Ampilan

"I belive that no matter what circumstances we are in, if we are on the side of Truth, the Universe is having a positive conspiracy towards us. We don't need to fabricate stories and lies if we take side with the Truth because it speaks for itself." ~from Duoipedia

"In a place where many forms of life depend greatly on rain, every single drop is a breath of life." ~from Duopedia

"It is not just a matter of having a breath of life but experience a life so bright and beautiful." ~Duoi Ampilan

"Living closest to the Mother Nature is among the best gifts of life." ~Duoi Ampilan

"My mother is no more than an ordinary woman." ~Duoi Ampilan, Mother's Day, 8 May 2016, excerpted from A Walk To Remember By

"On top of the mountain, watching the world under, contemplating on the wonders that I see. Though cannot be discerned fully, I love the surrealism and the enigma that life brings. The serenity of nature brings tranquility to the soul. Every passing moment seems everlasting." ~Duoi Ampilan (11.03.18, Wara Wara Yagala, Sierra Leone)

"That moment when you thought that the sun is just rising from behind the hill. This heavenly body seems to be stone throw away." ~Duoi Ampilan, 18 Janua 2018

"They (children) are the people of tomorrow, whom we owe for keeping this world a safer and happier place." ~Duoi Ampilan

"Village life is real where people are real with kind heart." ~from Duoipedia

"We may have ideal and good wishes but what has been predestined would definitely happen and what Heaven has chosen is better that what we chose for. I trust on what has been stored for me." ~Duoi Ampilan

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Emilio Laxamana Aguinaldo - timeless life

"Death is just the beginning of a new timeless life either with or without God. It all depends on what choice we made in our life here on earth." ~Emilio Laxamana Aguinaldo

Melanie Avergonzado - Travel

"Some people wanted to SETTLE.
But some others just wanted to MOVE.
Travel is Life!"
~Melanie Avergonzado


Tene Edwards - Know Your Worth

"You must find the courage to leave the table if respect is no longer being served." ~Tene Edwards

John Stott - WORDS

"Don't use a gallon of words to express a spoonful of thoughts." ~John Stott

‪Peter Xie-wu‬ - bright light

"Everything that irritates us about others is a bright light shining on our own WORST traits that we deny exist." ~‪Peter Xie-wu‬



"Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it." ~Spanish Proverb

"Of that which you see, believe only little. Of that which you are told, nothing." ~Spanish Proverb

"Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we get" ~Spanish Proverb

"There are problems, ills and circumstances that are only healed with the passing of time, either by them being actually solved or by us learning to cope with them." ~Spanish Proverb

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you." ~Spanish Saying

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"As long as the sun shines one does not ask for the moon" – Russian Proverb

"Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie." ~Russian Proverb

"Proverbs are the people's wisdom." ~Russian Proverb

"The morning is wiser than the evening." ~Russian Proverb

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A THOUGHT TO PONDER: Life Without Difficulties

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." ~Peter Marshall


Edwin Jamora - care for the living

"There are people dying if you care enough for the living." ~Edwin Jamora


Milton Friedman Quotes

"Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom. Even though the men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will both attract and form men of a different stamp." ~Milton Friedman

"The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both." ~Milton Friedman

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Peter Wohlleben - Life-forms

"There are more life-forms in a handful of forest soil than there are people on the planet." ~Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees

‪Cesar Cahatol ‬ Quotes

‪"Our moral acts are guided by our conscience which for us, is the inner voice of God in us." ~Cesar Cahatol ‬

"Tactfulness is the art of telling the hard truth in a very diplomatic way so as not to hurt the ego of the person to whom the hard truth is intended." ~‪Cesar Cahatol‬

‪"There are really those whose visions are so advanced that contemporary minds cannot grasp and eventually oppose them." ~Cesar Cahatol ‬

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Charles E. Jefferson - Patriot

"A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country." ~Charles E. Jefferson


"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." ~Great Big Minds

"Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, values, morals or self worth. It has nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own." ~Great Big Minds

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Henri Juntilla - what matters

"One day, your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived." ~Henri Juntilla

Destin Sparks - photography

"Photography is the story I fail to put into words." ~Destin Sparks


"Amidst our diversity, we stand united in peace and security." ~Farah Ali Ghodsinia, UP Law Student

"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness." ~Ola Joseph

"I think it's really important to have a cabinet that reflects the diversity of the Australian community and that means having men and women, it means having older and younger people and people who have had all sorts of life experiences." ~Tanya Plibersek, Australian Federal Health Minister (Labor Gov't Recent Cabinet Reshuffle, 12 December 2011)

"In this climate of terror, it is important for all of us who are representatives of our country and its diversity to speak and remain united against a horror that has no colour, no religion." ~Lassana Diarra, France midfielder, Guardian Australia (16 Nov 2015)

"Peace is a process of responding to diversity and conflict with tolerance, imagination, and flexibility; war is a product of our intent to stamp out diversity and conflict when we give up on the process of peace." ~George E. Lyon

"We want intellectual diversity. Not your feelings." ~President Rodrigo Duterte

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Burt Lancaster - circus

"A circus is like a mother in whom one can confide and who rewards and punishes." ~Burt Lancaster

Robert Mugabe Quotes

‪"Racism will never end as long as white cars are stil using black tyres. Racism will never end if people still use black to symbolise bad luck and white for peace. Racism will never end if people still wear white clothes to weddings and black clothes to funerals. Racism will never end as long as those who don't pay their bills are blacklisted not white listed. Even when playing Pool, You haven't won until you've sunk the black ball, and the white ball must remain on the table. But I don't care, as long as I'm still using white toilet paper to wipe my black ass I'm happy." ~Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe President‬

"Stop this habit of asking people to get married because their agemates are married. Even you, some of your agemates have died but nobody has asked you to die." ~Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

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Lois Lowry - memories

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” ~Lois Lowry, The Giver. (from Haizer Adrias Libcat)

Thought for Today: YOU DESERVE BETTER


"Never settle. Understand you deserve better." ~Barb Schmidt

"Sometimes the only closure that you need is understanding that you deserve better." ~Trent Shelton


Charlotte Gillman - home servant

"The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true motherduty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now." ~Charlotte Gillman


Dorothy Nevill - art of conversation

'The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." ~Dorothy Nevill

Baroness Edith Summerskill - truth

"Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths." ~Baroness Edith Summerskill

Grace Hansen - life

"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin." ~Grace Hansen

Cornelia Otis Skinner Quotes

'Women's virtue is man's greatest invention." ~Cornelia Otis Skinner

"Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed." ~Cornelia Otis Skinner

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Costa Georgiadis

"Gardening fuels the senses: talk with hands, observe with ears, and listen with your eyes." ~Costa Georgiadis (gleaned from Lily's BUJO)


Morgan Harper Nichols Quotes

"Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else's survival guide." ~Morgan Harper Nichols

"When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents, and those moments weren't in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday." ~Morgan Harper Nichols

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Hippocrates Quotes

"All diseases begins in the gut." ~Hippocrates (REAL FOOD. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT. THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS)

"Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine." ~Hippocrates

"The art is long, life is short." ~Hippocrates

“The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different." ~Hippocrates

"Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm." ~Hippocrates

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Thierry Mugler Quotes

"A photograph must come from imagination and not be a reflection of what is." ~Thierry Mugler

"Fashion is a movie. Every morning when you get dressed, you direct yourself." ~Thierry Mugler

"I am not trendy. I am not 'in fashion'. I am simply a positive human being who has a positive outlook on life." ~Thierry Mugler

"Perfume must not be linked just to fashion because that means that one day it will go out of style." ~Thierry Mugler

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Farah Ali Ghodsinia - diversity

"Amidst our diversity, we stand united in peace and security." ~Farah Ali Ghodsinia, UP Law Student

N.B. - United Nations Head Quarters New York City, May 5, 2018 New York, NY, United States
(EDD Young Leaders for Development NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION UN Youth Envoy Women Deliver Philippine Commission on Women Task Force Bangon Marawi United Nations UN Women UN SDSN Youth - Philippines Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Jess Dureza Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative United Nations Youth)


‪Devino del Panoma‬ - travellers

"All is well in the ever changing landscape of entropy in a race for sustainability prolonging the inevitable. We lay waste in our ignorance of human endeavour greatly controlled by power, pride and prestige. Indulge on negative diversity. We are meant to be star travellers until 'race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us'. We play around in our tiny space called earth instead in the vastness of universe. Let us lay waste on our ignorance. As the famous saying; 'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and im not sure about the former..'" ~‪Devino del Panoma‬ on Caloy Bueno's The Stuff of Dreams

Ibn Taymiyyah - shadow

"Dont depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness." ~Ibn Taymiyyah


Claude McKay - Idealism

“Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.” ~Claude McKay

Claude Monet - reflection

"It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly." ~Claude Monet


"Forest Bathing is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world." ~TIme dot com


N. Sri Ram Quotes

"Know for yourself the way along which you should go - do not depend on others." ~N. Sri Ram

"The dark night must descend before a new dawn." ~N. Sri Ram

"The joy and the pain, the reaching up and the falling back - all are gathered up finally into the experience of a realisation from which nothing thereafter can shake us." ~N. Sri Ram

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Mohan Dhall - child's world

"All parents must have a set of personal goals that stand in the world outside of their child's world." ~Mohan Dhall, extracted from The Dangers of overparenting published in Indian Link Magazine Sydney, April 2, 2018.

Glennon Melton Quotes

"Don't let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one." ~Glennon Melton

"It’s just a really amazing instrument which you can use to create your offering each day.... Pick up your instrument and start painting this day beautiful and bold and wild and free and YOU.” ~Glennon Melton from Butterflies and Pebbles

"Your body is not your masterpiece - your life is....
Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. ...
Your body is not your offering."
~Glennon Melton

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Gina Marinello-Sweeney - first step

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

Justin Sachs - leader

"To be an effective leader one must have influence. But to gain influence, one must first lead." ~Justin Sachs

FEATURED QUOTE: faithfulness

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." ~Mother Teresa


Robert Provine - mechanism

"Laughter is an instinctive and universal mechanism." ~Robert Provine


FEATURED QUOTE: on communication from RUMI

"Conversation flowing from the heart is a sign of true friendship." ~Rumi

Barbara Kunz Loots Quotes

"Kindle my soul with the quick spark of your will.

Let love be my fuel and your truth the flame."
~Barbara Kunz Loots, THE LIGHT OF GOD

"We need only crack the dark soul's lantern door
And the spark will leap to life at its very core."
~Barbara Kunz Loots, THE LIGHT OF GOD

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Helen McDonald - beauty rich and rare

"I love the diversity of the Australian bush landscape: The blue ocean lapping at sandy shores, foaming waterfalls slipping off sheer rock faces, barren empty deserts, trees wavering disorderedly in violent winds, rivers either serenely becalmed or turbulently agitated, native animals in their natural habitats and native fauna growing magnificently despite excessive droughts – and I wanted to capture it!" ~Helen McDonald, Artist of the Outback Creative

Quotes on COLOURS

"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions." ~Pablo Picasso

"Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart." ~Wolfgang Puck

"Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors." ~Oscar de la Renta

"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music." ~Joan Miro

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash." ~Edvard Munch

"The colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas." ~Edvard Munch

"The rainbow is a part of nature, and you have to be in the right place to see it. It's beautiful, all of the colors, even the colors you can't see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colors. Our sexuality is all of the colors. We are all the genders, races, and ages." ~Gilbert Baker

"We had people of all backgrounds coming together - all races, all creeds, all colors, all status in life. And coming together there was a kind of quiet dignity and a kind of sense of caring and a feeling of joint responsibility." ~Dorothy Height

"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up." ~Allen Klein

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Dag Walker - world-historic figure

"I don't know as yet much about the Philippines, but I do know that from my earliest awareness of President Duterte that I saw in him a world-historic figure on par with Napoleon. I don't mean to say he is a world conquering war-monger, but that he is a man to transform how people around the world relate to a national leader. I believe Duterte is the best political figure on the planet since... I can't think of anyone else! He is the ultimate good-guy, in my opinion. It is my intention to go to the Philippines after I do my due diligence in researching the history and culture of the nation and its people, to write books about the man and his vision so others in the world can emulate him and his works. DU30 is a grand model for all, whether we are Filipinos or not. You all just got lucky having him first. We all want him or someone like him, too. Lucky you! My best." ~‪Dag Walker‬ (2018, FB)