"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


Leontyne Price - Luxury

"The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do." ~Leontyne Price on Luxury

Francis Gay - opportunities

"Whatever our own particular status in life, even if it be quite obscure and humdrum, we can always find opportunities to help somebody worse off than ourselves."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1981

Arabs - friend defined

"A true friend is one to whom you can tip out all the contents of your heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away,"~ Arabs, TFBFG1981


Francis Gay - blessings

"Life should be remembered for the blessings and benefits we leave behind for others."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1979

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

"Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them." ~Dietrich Bonfoeffer

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Charles Lamb Quotes

"A true friend advises justly, assists readily, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably."~ Charles Lamb, Essayist, Poet

"I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is." ~Charles Lamb

"I have had playmates, I have had companions; In my days of childhood, in my joyful school days - All, all are gone, the old familiar faces." ~Charles Lamb

"Let us live for the beauty of our own reality." ~Charles Lamb

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Lucille Ball Quotes

"I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into place." ~Lucille Ball

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” ~Lucille Ball

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Charles Dickens Quotes

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom." ~Charles Dickens

"A silent look of affection and regard when all other eyes are turned coldly away–the consciousness that we possess the sympathy and affection of one being when all others have deserted us–is a hold, a stay, a comfort, in the deepest affliction, which no wealth could purchase, or power bestow." ~Charles Dickens

"A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it!" ~from "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) by Charles Dickens

“And this is the eternal law. For, Evil often stops short at itself and dies with the doer of it! but Good, never.” ~Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend

"Anything for a quiet life, as the man said, when he took the situation at the lighthouse." ~Charles Dickens

"Buy an annuity cheap, and make your life interesting to yourself and everybody else that watches the speculation." ~Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

"Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay." ~Charles Dickens

"Each season has its own beauty." ~Charles Dickens

"Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering." ~Charles Dickens

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." ~Charles Dickens

“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” ~Charles Dickens

"I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness." ~Charles Dickens

"I have bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape." ~Charles Dickens

“I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.” ~from GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens

"If I dropped a tear upon your hand, may it wither up.
If I spoke a gentle word in your hearing, may it deafen you.
If I touched you with my lips, may the touch be poison to you.
A curse upon this roof that gave me shelter!
Sorrow and shame upon your head!
Ruin upon all belonging to you!" ~Charles Dickens (Dombey and Son)

"It was the best of times (for law-abiding citizens), it was the worst of times (for criminals), it was the age of wisdom (for the open-minded), it was the age of foolishness (for those hopelessly biased),… " ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)

"Men's courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,' said Scrooge. 'But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me." ~from A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

“Morning drew on apace. The air became more sharp and piercing, as its first dull hue: the death of night, rather than the birth of day: glimmered faintly in the sky. The objects which had looked dim and terrible in the darkness, grew more and more defined, and gradually resolved into their familiar shapes. The rain came down, thick and fast; and pattered, noisily, among the leafless bushes.” ~Charles Dickens

"My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time." ~Charles Dickens

"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress." ~Charles Dickens

"Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart." ~Charles Dickens

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else. And it just may be by listening that we lighten another's load." ~Charles Dickens

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him." ~from DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." ~Charles Dickens

“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.” -from "Nicholas Nickleby" By Charles Dickens

"The sun, the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man - burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-colored glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray." ~Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

“The wind's in the east. . . . I am always conscious of an uncomfortable sensation now and then when the wind is blowing in the east.” ~Charles Dickens on Wind

"There are only two styles of portrait painting; the serious and the smirk." ~Charles Dickens

"There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart." ~Charles Dickens (1812-1870) English writer

“Time has been lost and opportunity thrown away, but I am yet a young man, and may retrieve it.” ~Charles Dickens

"To a young heart, everything is fun." ~Charles Dickens

"What is the odds so long as the fire of soul is kindled at the taper of conviviality, and the wing of friendship never moults a feather! What is the odds so long as the spirit is expanded by means of rosy wine, and the present moment is the least happiest of our existence!" ~from The Old Curiosity Shop (1841) by Charles Dickens

"Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried will all my heart to do well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely. In great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest." ~Charles Dickens

"You can't make a head and brains out of a brass knob with nothing in it. You couldn't do it when your Uncle George was living; much less when he's dead." ~Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit from Everyman's Library

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Laurie Hernandez - friends

"True friends stick with you through thick and thin. There aren't many of those. But rare though they are, they are PRECIOUS!" ~Laurie Hernandez, FB

Mila Alovera Dureza-Janson Quotes

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"Did you notice on a clear night that there are more stars out there shining so bright. It's winter but on better days, they let you camp in some areas in the forest." ~ Mila Alovera Dureza-Janson

"Friends I may liken to beautiful flowers; different from each other, but in itself its own beauty and character." ~Mila Alovera Dureza-Janson, FB

"I believe that there are good people at anytime at any place. We'd be probably surprised if we also learn that a good number of these are being very generous with their lot, giving quietly." ~Mila Alovera Dureza-Janson, Facebook

"Meeting Facebook friends in person is great and if you have had this experience, you'd agree that the connection had long been established, is as close to you as ever." ~Mila Alovera Dureza-Janson, Facebook, 6 November 2012

"Travelling can be fun and enriching in a manner that lessons learned are from firsthand experiences." ~Mila Alovera Dureza-Janson, 2 August 2013

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Maguid Maruhom Quotes

"Surf Reyes, Tony Ganding Bayamban and Lola Inday: 'Thanks for you beautiful comments and contributions to clarify important things. I have been reading all your comments and reflecting on them, and must admit I'm feeling rather shy in coming in and contribute my idea on a very interesting discussion and thus explains my late interaction with you. We all have our own perspectives about God and religion. These may appear to be diverse but what is common among major religions is the teaching on the existence of the deity, the God of love, among others; 'God is love' is shared by all. We mainly come to know that there is God even on the intellectual level because of religion. In my perspective as a Muslim, I share your reasoning that true religion is not confined in the intellectual mind (the level of reason) but of the heart (experiential and deeper level where true unconditional love resides). My own Book emphasized clearly the main purpose for faith in this Qur'anic verse: "Unless you love others as you love yourself, you have no faith at all". It is starkly inferred here that love is the essential purpose of faith; and love is truly the working of the heart not the mind. However, I also share the contention that reason and logic (mind level) is quite important on the awareness process and unless you pass through this process effectively you may not succeed in reaching the deeper experiential level which is the ultimate goal. When you had reached this deeper level, it would seem that reason which is the work of the intellectual mind plays a secondary role and not much important to you, and thus religious dogmas and rituals become secondary or even immaterial to you, as mystic Muslims do. Faith is mainly intellectual but spirituality is experiential. But it is clear, on the Islamic view, you need faith before you attain spirituality. Faith and spirituality however are not confined or a sole property of religions. I dare say, that even those who have no religion at all can have faith and spirituality, which are unique to them. While this is true, religions also teach ethics where the exercise of love expands into the exercise of justice to ensure righteous relations among God's creation and enhance peaceful co-existence. This is the one that complicate matters for fundamentalists and extremists now a days; as they seem not able to appreciate the notion that justice comes from love; and they are not able to harmonize the two. In reality, what happens is, love is sacrificed into the altar of political expediency and faith does seem to lose it's humanity. Where the struggle for justice is suppose to be influenced by love it is now replaced by anger and violence and thus stripped us of our humanity. Faith have totally lost its meaning in this case.'" ~Maguid Maruhom (October 2014)

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"Conflict is a natural phenomenon, so they say. It is present everywhere, all the time. Every conflict is a possible trigger for violence. What is taught by this piece of history is that, big wars are caused by small conflicts which are easily resolved. Despite our great leap in knowledge, our age had failed to understand the roots of conflicts and had not been doing enough to mitigate it. We are bound to repeat history." ~Maguid Maruhom (June)

"Have we lost our humanity? Have we forgotten that we belong to one another? That we are one in one humanity?" ~Maguid Maruhom (July 2014)

"Respect of one's thought is part of righteousness. The freedom of thought is a universal value that is guaranteed by any religion and nation on earth; though it is also a kind of freedom that should be exercised with responsibility." ~Maguid Maruhom, 10 April 2014

"Boomerangs are like balls you throw to a wall. They bounce back to hit you. It is like committing sins, it goes back to you. For every sin or crime committed there is a concomitant price to pay." ~Maguid Maruhom, FB , 18 November 2012

"Embedded in the spirit is not only intellect but free-will, as well. We are free to choose to believe in God or not. Sadly, many people took to blame God for the many disasters that come our way as a result of unbelief." ~Maguid Maruhom, FB , 18 November 2012

"Environment, along with poverty, is the biggest issue that threatens life, dignity and human existence." ~Maguid Maruhom, FB - 7 January2012

"Intention consummates an action. Bad decisions and actions are not crimes (sins) unless they are borne out of ill-intentions." ~Maguid Maruhom, FB, 12 August 2012

"Staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, dream a lot, and lie about your age." ~from Maguid Maruhom, FB, 20 January 2012

"Deeper wisdom is shared by the great religions of the world." ~Maguid Maruhom. FB, 22 December 2011

"Disasters can be prevented to happen, if not, damage can be reduced to a minimum, if we are only vigilant and ready to respond. People of different faiths and cultures should be ready to join when they have understanding of the deeper meaning of human responsibility." ~Maguid Maruhom. FB, 22 December 2011

"I remember a bishop friend of mine who said: "the heart of revolutions is the revolution in the heart", starkly similar with Prophet Muhammad's saying, "the greater struggle is the struggle within oneself." ~Maguid Maruhom, FB, 22 December 2011

"In my mind, only those who find solace and sublime joy in their hearts and are consciously willing to be meek and compassionate to others have the chance to succeed. Faith in God, hope for humanity and deep realization of human responsibility for love could be the virtues needed to succeed in practicing forgiveness, patience and perseverance; without these, we may never last the long journey in advancing our principles."~Maguid Maruhom, FB, 22 December 2010

"It is hope and faith that sustains us."~Maguid Maruhom, Facebook, Politician- Humanitarian, Schoolmate from Karomatan Lanao del Norte

"It is the machination of the wealthy that fails democracy and makes it work like a dictatorship." ~Maguid Maruhom

"Let's make democracy work the way it should." ~Maguid Maruhom, 3 June 2014

"Life, like a coin, has two sides: the social and spiritual dimensions. It is how you harmonize and integrate these two aspects that gives you the chance to attain the fullness of life"..~Maguid Maruhom, Politician/Humanitarian, Facebook.

"The body is composed of matters, but what matters is the mind and heart." ~Maguid Maruhom

"THE HIGHEST CONTRACT BETWEEN THE SOVEREIGN PEOPLE AND PUBLIC SERVANTS (elected or appointed) is a clause in the Constitution which meant the people are the 'rights holders' (as owners of government) and public servants are 'duty bearers' who must protect and safeguard life, property and liberty of the people at all times and serve the people's well-being to their utmost." ~Maguid Maruhom, 10 May 2016

"The rights and freedom you enjoy now were not served in silver platters, we fought hard battles for them. Your responsibility is to keep and protect them." ~Maguid Maruhom, 19 May 2016

"There is no forever or always; they are illusions, nothing is permanent. Everything arises, and everything passes away. What we can hope for is to make things last longer." ~Maguid Maruhom, FB, 12 August 2012 (rephrased from Buddhist saying.)

"When you put your soul and God in every work you do, everything becomes a worship of God. Don't be afraid of failure because nothing fails when God is present in all you do. Even if you are only thinking of doing it with God, and have not yet started it, you already win something good. This is the deeper motivation for doing good with God always present in your mind and heart. Everything turns to be a worship of your God which will not only make you peaceful but happy too." ~Maguid Maruhom, FB, 27 August 2011

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Jaroslav Seifert - person

"If an ordinary person is silent, it may be a tactical maneuver. If a writer is silent, he is lying."~Jaroslav Seifert

Francois de La Rochefoucauld Quotes

“A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.” ~La Rochefoucauld

"Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire." ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (1665)

"He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks." ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in nothing those of others." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (1665)

“Jealousy lives upon doubts, it becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.” ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation." ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"One forgives to the degree that one loves." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits." ~Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld on Gratitude

"The height of cleverness is to be able to conceal it." ~FranÇois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"The intellect is always fooled by the heart." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“There are few people who are more often in the wrong than those who cannot endure to be so.” ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"There are fine things that are more brilliant when they are unfinished than when finished too much." ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

"There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or stimulate it where it does not." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (1665)

"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." ~François de la Rochefoucauld

"True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire." ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation. " ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"We are so accustomed to wearing a disguise before others that eventually we are unable to recognize ourselves."~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"We credit scarcely any persons with good sense except those who are of our opinion." ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

"We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"We should manage our fortunes as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them.” ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld on Motives

"When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere." ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Thought for Today - Celebration

"Everyday is a celebration because instead of waiting for happy endings, we open our eyes to the wonder of life, to see the humour and magic in each moment. Delighted in the way things turn out, amazed at the beauty of it all."~Thought for Today, UK

Quotes on DANCE, MUSIC and SONGS

Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo
Make a large place in your life for music and it will bring you a priceless reward.

In the hour of rest, music will lift up your spirit and give refreshment to every faculty of your being.

In the hour of work, you will rejoice in the strength and energy which music has given you.

In the hour of prayer, music will quicken the aspirations of your soul.

In the hour of fellowship, music will blend your spirit with others in unity and understanding.

Source: Inscription in the organ-loft of Whitfields Tabernacle in London published in The Friendship Book of Francis Gay 1987, a priceless gift from my long time friend Carol Ann and her hubby, John Hewer of Oxford, UK during their visit to Australia in November 10-21, 2013.
"A culture of music education starts in a school gradually. It comes, always, from a teacher. It doesn't come because you say, "it has to be there because music is good." If you don't have a good teacher, you don't have anything, it doesn't matter whether it's music, maths, English, whatever it is. If you have a good teacher, that will happen. The big difference with music is people don't see it as essential." ~Richard Gill,
on ABC RN's 'What Keeps Me Awake'

"A good musician is not built upon a certain set of requirements or criteria but having a unique ability to create music in a way that expresses oneself." ~Oliver Gadista

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he be at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be." ~Abraham Maslow

‪"A song is poetry with notes you can sing with." ~‬Leah C. Dancel, March 22, 2018

"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." ~Aldous Huxley, Rest is Noise

“And hears thy stormy music in the drum!” ~Thomas Campbell

“And heaven had wanted one immortal song.” ~John Dryden on Songs

"And the song, from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

"Be Fearless: May your precious soul become a radiant light that dances among the shadows of all your fears and doubts." ~Robert Clancy

"Be Silent and listen to the music of your Soul. It will inspire you and guide you where YOU are meant to BE." ~BELIEVE

"Classical music does not belong to the elite - I want to open the door and bring it back to the people where it belongs." "Contrary to popular opinion, classical music does not have to be enjoyed amid exclusive circles, there need not be any snobbishness attached to it. It's there for everyone. I play for the people." ~Andre Rieu

"Close your eyes, listen to the sounds. This is the music of the world." ~Anon

"Contrary to popular opinion, classical music does not have to be enjoyed amid exclusive circles, there need not be any snobbishness attached to it. It's there for everyone. I play for the people." ~Andre Rieu

"Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul." ~Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

"Each of us has an inner accompanying music and if others also hear it, it's called the personality." ~Anon

"Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance." ~Oprah Winfrey

"Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still." ~Rumi

"Find what makes your Heart sing and create your own music." ~Mac Anderson

“Flowers are the music of the earth." ~Marty Rubin

"Friendship is like a violin; the music may stop now and then, but the strings will last forever." ~Girlfriend Social, Twitter

"FRIENDSHIP is like music...two strings similarly tuned. they will vibrate together though touch one. Can you play " my music" my friend?" ~Esther Bustamante

"Great music is as much about the space between the notes as it is about the notes themselves." ~Sting

"I believe the greatest works of music are engines of empathy: they allow us to travel without moving into other lives, ages, souls. They are also robust: they can handle you multitasking all around them, fitting them into your real life." ~Clemency Burton-Hill (ABC Classic FM)

"I'm enjoying the sound of rain pattering on the roof of my cozy little abode. It is the perfect musical accompaniment to a good book." ~Edie Talley

“I discovered the miracle that all things that sound are music, including the dishes and silverware in the dishwasher, as long as they fulfill the illusion of showing us where life is heading.” ~from LIVING TO TELL THE TALE by Gabriel García Márquez

"I've found that no matter what life throws at me, music softens the blow." ~Bryce W. Anderson

"I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it." ~Igor Stravinsky

"I love the way the musical material in Handel’s Dixit Dominus talks - hectoring, asking, answering, arguing, agreeing, shouting, whispering; and how its musical characters walk in to scenes, trip, run, stride out, sit down and become quiet." ~Jonathan Grieves-Smith – guest conductor for our upcoming Dixit Dominus performance.

"I make music to touch the souls of people as it's a language we all can speak." ~Andre Rieu

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” ~Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The Only Proof He Needed for the Existence of God Was Music." ~Kurt Vonnegut

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music." ~Albert Einstein

"If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.”
~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

"If you listen, not to the pages or preachers but to the smallest flower growing from a crack in your heart, you will hear a great song moving across a wide ocean whose water is the music; connecting all the islands of the universe together, and touching all you will feel it touching you around you, embracing you with light. It is in that light that everything lives and will always be alive." ~John Squadra

"If you love music, hear it; go to operas, concerts and pay fiddlers to play to you; but I insist on your neither piping nor fiddling yourself. It puts a gentleman in a very frivolous, contemptible light. Few things would mortify me more than to see you bearing a part in a concert, with a fiddle under your chin, or a pipe in your mouth." ~Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

"If you want to hear the angels sing, listen to the love songs preformed by the magnificence within your heart." ~Robert Clancy

"If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together." ~Richard Milhous Nixon

"In a different mode, or another plane of being, music is the equivalent of some of man’s most significant and most inexpressible experiences. By mysterious analogy it evokes in the mind of the listener, sometimes the phantom of these experiences, sometimes even the experiences themselves in their full force of life — it is a question of intensity; the phantom is dim, the reality, near and burning. Music may call up either; it is chance or providence which decides. The intermittences of the heart are subject to no known law." ~Aldous Huxley

"It's easy to dismiss him (Andre Rieu) as a showman - but he is so much more. He is a very, very talented violinist and a great musician. His attention to detail is awesome. He knows every note, every song, every seat in the hall, every colour in his posters - he is right across everything with his fastidious attention to detail." ~Richard Wilkins

"It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing." ~Marcia Wieder

"It's okay if you're the only one who can hear the music of your soul. Dance to it anyway." ~Sue Krebs / ‪SoulSpeaking‬

"Kind words are the music of the world." ~Frederick William Faber

"Let us not get so busy or live so fast that we can't listen to the music of the meadow or the symphony that glorifies the forest. Some things in the world are far more important than wealth; one of them is the ability to enjoy simple things." ~Dale Carnegie

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

"Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness and the black keys show sadness. BUT as you go through
life’s journey, remember that the black keys too make music." ~Anon

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” ~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, first published on this day in 1860 from Everyman's Library

"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

"My dream is to make the whole of classical music accessible for everyone." ~Andre Rieu

"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul." ~Plato

"Music becomes my best friend when no one understands me." ~Anon

"Music can cure things. Medication can't." ~Spirit Science

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” ~Leonard Bernstein

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ~Victor Hugo

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate and eternal form." ~Plato

"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young." ~Aristotle

"Music has a powerful hold of most people, it can make you cry, reminisce or fill you with pure excitement and ecstasy! Sometimes the good vibes are so strong that all you want to do is jump up on stage and join the fun." ~Harry Bartlett

"Music has a way of touching the soul in a way that nothing else can." ~Plato

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." ~Lao Tzu

"Music is a common language which transcends caste, colour and creed." ~Drums of Peace, Resonance

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." ~Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand." ~Stevie Wonder

"Music is an outburst of the soul." ~Anon

"Music is in all aspects of your life." ~Deniz Inan

"Music is love in search of a word." ~Sidney Lanier

"Music is my breath, my blood, my life, my everything." ~Andre Rieu

"Music is my conviction to what the world doesn't know about me." ~Luna Miranda

"Music is one way that we have to rejoice to be alive and feel good about our lives." ~Katie LynnJanae' D'Alessandro, FB, 16 September 2011

“Music is poetry in notes” ~Leah C. Dancel

"Music is so much more than notes and lyrics - it's our connection to who we are, who we're with, and where we're going. And when the right song plays at the very moment we needed it most, all is right with the world." ~Melanie Rogers Jimenez

"Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents." ~Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common." ~Sarah Dessen

"Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife." ~Kahlil Gibran

"Music is the mediator between spiritual and sensual life." ~Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music is the medicine of the breaking heart." ~Leigh Hunt

"... music is the most wonderful vehicle for journeys deep into the soul." ~Annette Hedworth on Deniz Inan "Kayo’s Journey”dated November 29, 2015

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” ~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

"Music is the soundtrack of our lives." ~Dick Clark (FB/sixties and 60)

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence." ~Robert Fripp

“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” ~Modest Mouse, Modest Mouse

"Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays." ~Oscar Wilde

"Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together." ~Anais Nin

"Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water." ~Jodi Meadows

"Music uplifts the soul to realms above. The ashes glow, the latent fires increase. We listen and are fed with joy and peace." ~Rumi

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ~Maya Angelou

"Music was my first love
and it will be my last.
Music of the future
and music of the past.

To live without my music
would be impossible to do.
In this world of troubles,
my music pulls me through."
~John Miles

"Music will show you what to do with your life." ~Ralph Vaughan Williams

"My body no longer belonged to me. My arms, my legs, my head, all moved wildly over the dance floor unconnected to my thoughts. I gave myself to the dance, and all the while I could hear distinctly the transit of the stars, the shifting of the tides, the racing of the wind. This was truly what it meant to dance." ~from “The Dancing Dwarf” by Haruki Murakami

"On a piano, you can play some sort if a tune on the back items alone, and some sort of a tune on the white notes, but for real music, black and white must be played together. So, black and white races must learn to live together in harmony." ~Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey (TFBFG 1987 from Carol Ann Hewer)

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ~Bob Marley

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

"Silence is more musical than any song." ~Christina Rossetti

"Soft is the music that would charm for ever
The flowers of sweetest smell is shy and lowly." ~Jane Beech

“Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head.” ~Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

"The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The earth has music for those who listen." ~George Santayana

"The earth has music for those who listen." ~William Shakespeare

"The fact that he (Andre Rieu) plays the most beautiful music, continuously, is certainly a credit to his love of music, his life and what he does for us all. In promoting music and a happiness we can all share, he seems to have brought millions of people together in a time when compassion, music and laughter is so needed." ~Marlene Warren

"The highest goal of music is to connect one's soul to their Divine Nature, not entertainment." ~Phythagoras

"The magic's in the music, and the music's in me." ~John Sebastian

"The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place." ~Barbara De Angelis

"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between." ~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"The music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it — that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed." ~Albert Einstein

"The naturalness and flow of music and its innate connectedness to nature forces the individual to surrender to her/his humble connectedness to all that there is and ever was and one's absoulute equality with all human beings and the unitive force of humanity. .." ~Katharina Katharina FB

"The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides." ~Artur Schnabel

"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing." ~James Brown

“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...” ~Albert Schweitzer

“The only truth is music.” ~Jack Kerouac

"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." ~Alan Watts

"The power of music, whether joyous or cathartic, must steal on one unawares, come spontaneously as a blessing or a grace." ~Oliver Sacks (b. July 9, 1933) in Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

"The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness." ~James Gates Percivalq

"The world speaks to me in colours, my soul answers in music." ~Rabindranath Tagore

"There is always music amongst the trees in the garden but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it." ~Anon

"There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres." ~Pythagoras

"...There is a kind of sonic lineage to which we all belong. So the next time you are seeking percussion inspiration, look no further than your tires, as they roll over the unusual grooves of the freeway, or the top-right burner of your stove and that strange way that it clicks as it is preparing to light." ~Meklit Hadero (from ABC Classic FM)

"There's nothing better than running up a hillside while singing your heart out." ~Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music

"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable." ~Ludwig van Beethoven

"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable." ~Aaron Copland

"Understanding the meaning, the rythm and dancing on music makes a sweet song." ~Julyana Gomes

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ~Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Poems of Arthur O'Shaughnessy

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it. .... I hope you all are dancing a happy dance today - no matter what the music is playing! " ~Karen Salmansohn

"We musicians deal with compassion." ~Alina Ibragimova, ABC Classic FM

"What is it in the melody of sound... which calls such visionary beauty forth from every tone?" ~R.E. Salaman

"When an orchestra takes the stage, all eyes, and ears, are on the music. But before the musicians can play, someone has to make sure they have the sheet music to play from." ~Washington Post

"When I'm all alone, music is the perfect best friend to be with." ~Anon

"When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music." ~Rumi

"When you march to the beat of your own drum, your true tribe will hear your music and find you". ~Tamara Star

"When you're happy, you enjoy the music; when you're sad, you understand the lyrics." ~Frank Ocean

“When you truly sing, you sing yourself free. When you truly dance, you dance yourself free. When you walk in the mountains or swim in the sea, again, you set yourself free.” ~Jay Woodman

"Where words fail, music speaks." ~Hans Christian Andersen

“Where words leave off, music begins.” ~Heinrich Heine

“Who hears music, feels his solitude
Peopled at once.” ~Robert Browning

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

"You can turn the sound of your tears into Music!" ~Leah C. Dancel, 3 October 2013

"You love someone because ... They sing a song only you can hear... " ~Sue Fitzmaurice

"Your music has a hypnotic quality that mirrors a great Age of the past." ~Louis Arevalos on Deniz Inan musical compositions dated 21 February 2016


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"Dance a bit and sing to be stress free." ~George Favis

"Dance is a conversation between the body and soul." ~Anon

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham

"Dance until you shatter yourself." ~Rumi

“Dance while you can – even if there is no music. Laugh at the wonder of life – even if there is no reason to. Smile at everyone – even if they don’t smile back. Enjoy this moment – even if no-one else is. Love whatever enchants you – even if there is nothing in return.” ~Jeff Mullan

"Dancing is being you at top volume" ~Wes Veldink

"Dancing is the poetry of the foot." ~John Dryden

"Dancing is the ultimate aphrodisiac and a wonderful way to experience intimacy. A good dance with someone is the best feeling in the world." ~Jason Coleman, So You Think You Can Dance

"Every experience in your life is a beautiful dance of information calling you to choose expansion and creation for the Self." ~Jamye Price

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances." ~Maya Angelou

“For truth to tell, dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with pen- that one must learn how to write” ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

“I guess there's no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.” ~Jerry Seinfeld

“I knew I was happy when I was dancing." ~Ajay Naidu

"It was not until she had ceased her longing that his whistling reached her Being through the fogs, and he had abandoned his fears that he heard her Siren Song more deeply than it had ever been heard before, and it was in the mist of their music that they surrendered to a magical dance that united Sea and Earth." ~Sus Kongsbak Larsen

"Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair..." ~Susan Polis Shutz

"She dances to the songs in her head, speaks with the rhythm of her heart, and loves from the depths of her soul." ~Dean Jackson

"Sometimes you dance with a partner, and sometimes you dance alone, but the important thing is to keep dancing." ~Jack Canfield

"The dance pattern,
Dance while you can.
Dance, dance for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop."
~W.H. Auden

"The Dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing." ~Doris Humphrey

"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love...." ~Jane Austen

“You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart.” ~Anon



"A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me it when my memory fails." ~Donna Roberts

"A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." ~Max Lucado

"A song is a bridge between what we know, what we can feel, and the big mystery." ~Kate Munger

"All it takes is one song to bring back a thousand memories" ~Anon

"And the song, from beginning to end, I found in the heart of a friend." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"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

"Every person must find their own song." ~Australian Aborigine Philosophy

"Flowers are the music of the ground, from earth's lips spoken without sound." ~Edwin Curran

"Grief and Sadness to me often feels like a Beautiful Waltz~ we have to learn to give ourselves space and time to dance this dance. Everything has a way of dancing; even the molecules inside the cells of our body dance. More often than not we choose the backward steps of the waltz making us very heavy on our feet, not easy for our partners ~friends and lost loved ones that are leading us through this dance." ~Blue Heart Connections

"I believe that all the arts, and especially music, are necessary to a full life." ~Ralph Vaughan Williams

"I celebrate myself, and I sing myself." ~Walt Whitman

"In the depth of my soul, there is a wordless song." ~Kahlil Gibran

"Inspiration is nothing bu the reward of daily work." ~Ravel

“It is absurd to pretend that one cannot love the same woman always, as to pretend that a good artist needs several violins to execute a piece of music.” ~Honoré de Balzac

"It is necessary to know facts, but music will enable you to see past facts to the very essence of things in a way which science cannot do." ~Ralph Vaughan Williams

"Look for the good in others, everybody has their own song to sing." ~Melissa Ososki

"Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner." ~Amy Bloom

"Perfection doesn't make a true musician but determination and passion!" ~Julie Park

"Sing a song only your heart can understand." ~Anon

"Singing is meditation that massages the heart and brings your mind into the magic of the present moment" ~WLAN with A Dream

"Songs are only as sad as the listener." ~Anon

"The flute of the infinite is played without ceasing and its sound is love." ~Kabir

“The piano is able to communicate the subtlest universal truths by means of wood, metal and vibrating air." ~Kenneth Miller

"The song of recovery is the song of hope." ~Anon

"This is the time when sweet desire weds wild delight... We meet in the time of flowering, to dance the dance of life." ~Starhawk, The Spiral Dance

"The voice of the heart is the greatest voice of them all." ~Beth Brownlee

“…To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly … to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; await occasions, hurry never … this is my symphony.” ~ William Henry Channing, Memoir of William Henry Channing,1886

“...when he sings...even the birds stop to listen.” ~Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

"When life plays a joke on you, it's not funny. Until it dawns on you that the joke was on itself and you were the unwilling joker. Laugh, however late, and catch on to life's unpredictable pulse beat. Dance on till your feet are weary. But continue to tap your toes to twilight where eternity's edge echoes your laughter and the evening enfolds you into slumber, in the comfort of its wings of joy and peace." ~Norma Hennessy, 12 June 2015

“When you wake up with a song stuck in your head, it means an angel sang you to sleep.” ~ Denise Baer

"Your magnificence is always quietly singing its song in your heart. Let the song become so loud that the whole world will hear it and will sing it with you." ~Eileen Dielesen....the "Woman with a Dream"


["Music may be the universal language that needs no words—the “language where all language ends,” as Rilke put it—but that has not stopped poets from ancient times to the present from trying to represent it in verse. Here are Rumi and Shakespeare, Elizabeth Bishop and Billy Collins; the wild pipes of William Blake, the weeping guitars of Federico García Lorca, and the jazz rhythms of Langston Hughes; Wallace Stevens on Mozart and Thom Gunn on Elvis—the range of poets and of their approaches to the subject is as wide and varied as music itself. The poems are divided into sections on pop and rock, jazz and blues, specific composers and works, various musical instruments, the human voice, the connection between music and love, and music at the close of life. The result is a symphony of poetic voices of all tenors and tones, the perfect gift for all musicians and music lovers."]

Source: FB

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"All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth." ~Chief Seattle

"All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man; the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports." ~Chief Seattle

"Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."~Chief Seattle

"When the earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, the Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them." ~Chief Seattle

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Indira Gandhi Quotes

"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave." ~Indira Gandhi

"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people." ~Indira Gandhi

"My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition." ~Indira Gandhi

"The power to question is the basis of all human progress." ~Indira Gandhi

"We have believed - and we do believe now - that freedom is indivisible, that peace is indivisible, that economic prosperity is indivisible." ~Indira Gandhi on Prosperity

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist." ~Indira Gandhi

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John Wayne Quotes

"Courage is being scared to death — and saddling up anyway." ~John Wayne

"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." ~John Wayne

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Richard F Ames Quotes

"Developing one’s intellectual prowess—accumulating know-ledge—is an incomplete measure of success. God wants us to use our mind and intellect to learn true values and true knowledge. Unless we learn to practice true humility, our material knowledge may lead to intellectual vanity—a feeling of superiority and even of arrogance." ~Richard Ames

"Unless we learn to practice true humility, our material knowledge may lead to intellectual vanity—a feeling of superiority and even of arrogance." ~Richard Ames

"You cannot change the circumstances but you can change your thinking."~Richard F Ames, LCG Minister, Tomorrow's World TV Program Presenter

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Elizabeth Edwards Quotes

"She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails." ~Elizabeth Edwards

"The days of our lives are numbered. We know that there are times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful." ~Elizabeth Edwards

Robert F. Kennedy Quotes

"Each time a person 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, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." — Robert F. Kennedy

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." ~Robert Kennedy

"You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution." ~Robert F. Kennedy

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Francis Gay - "one off"

"We are all 'one offs' and God cares for us individually. Each of us has his or her special place in the world, where we can do our best with the talents that He has given us."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1981

Johann K. Lavater Quotes

"He who has not forgiven an enemy has not yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life." ~Johann K Lavater, Commemoration of Cecile Isherwood, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, Grahamstown, South Africa

"Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything." ~Johann K Lavater

Vernon Sanders Law - hard teacher

"Experience is a hard teacher  because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."~Vernon Sanders Law~

Brooklyn Marie - help them up

"When someone falls, don't laugh at them. Help them up. They will pay you back some day."~Brooklyn Marie~

Bell Hooks Quotes

"It's interesting—the way in which one has to balance life—because you have to know when to let go and when to pull back.... There's always some liminal (as opposed to subliminal) space in between which is harder to inhabit because it never feels as safe as moving from one extreme to another."~ bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 19 (1994).

"Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape." ~Bell Hooks

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Francis Gay - heroes

"The truth is that real heroes are never aware of being heroes. By their modesty, as well as their bravery, they set us all an example."~Francis Gay TFBFG 1979


Francis Gay - doubly worthwhile

"A good turn done grudgingly, out of a sense of duty, brings true reward neither to the giver nor the receiver. But when the good deed comes from the heart, when service is given with a smile, then a glow comes over life that makes what we have done doubly worthwhile."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1979

Francis Gay - count our blessings

"It is a good thing for us to count our blessings and to be genuinely grateful for the simple things which we so often take for granted."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1980

Karl von Bonstetten - old age

"To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart - and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love."~Karl von Bonstetten

Camil Seisanu - power and elegance

"I have always had a thing for horses, being fascinated by the combination between power and elegance, between force and grace. Even if my horses are hard working ones, raised and living in inappropriate conditions, I see beauty in every one of them."~Camil Seisanu, JPG Photo Essay, 'Equus' 2004-2009

Jean Kerr - marriage

"Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else." ~Jean Kerr (b. 1923)

George Santayana Quotes

"A grateful environment is a substitute for happiness. It can quicken us from without as a fixed hope and affection, or as the consciousness of a right life, can quicken us from within." ~George Santayana

"A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world." ~George Santayana

"Art supplies constantly to contemplation what nature seldom affords in concrete experience at the union of life and peace." ~George Santayana

"Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said." ~George Santayana

"Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine." ~George Santayana

"Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds." ~George Santayana

"Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things: and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is." ~George Santayana

"Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another: people are friends in spots." ~George Santayana

"Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience." ~George Santayana

"It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to." ~George Santayana

"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness." ~George Santayana

"Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited." ~George Santayana

"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human." ~George Santayana

"Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand." ~George Santayana

"Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality." ~George Santayana

"Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself." ~George Santayana

"Progress, far from consisting of change, depends on retentiveness... Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~George Santayana

"Sanity is a madness put to good use." ~George Santayana

"The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer." ~George Santayana

"The earth has music for those who listen." ~George Santayana

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." ~George Santayana

"The highest form of vanity is love of fame." ~George Santayana

"The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise." ~George Santayana

"The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool." ~George Santayana

"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval." ~George Santayana

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~George Santayana

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." ~George Santayana

"To keep beauty in its place is to make all things beautiful." ~George Santayana

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Francis Gay - friendly handshake

"The simple act of a friendly handshake can often say more than words. We are never speechless if we can shake hands."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983


Jesse Jackson - helping

"Never look down on anybody unless you are helping him up."~Jesse Jackson


Napoleon Hill Quotes

"Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures." ~Napoleon Hill

"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." ~Napoleon Hill, American Author Teacher (1883-1970)

"Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength." ~Napoleon Bonaparte

"Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action." ~Napoleon Hill

"Do not wait. The time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along." ~Napoleon Hill

"Dreams are the seedlings of reality." ~Napoleon Hill

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." ~Napoleon Hill

"Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit." ~Napoleon Hill

"Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited."~Napoleon Hill

"Experience is an asset of which no worker can be cheated no matter how selfish or greedy his immediate employer may be." ~Napoleon Hill

"Failure is natures plan to prepare you for great responsibilities." ~Napoleon Hill

"Fears are nothing more than a state of mind." ~Napoleon Hill

"Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes." ~Napoleon Hill

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." ~Napoleon Hill

"If you can't forgive, don't ask to be forgiven" ~Napoleon Hill

"If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self." ~Napoleon Hill

“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.” ~Napoleon Hill

"More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth." ~Napoleon Hill

"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." ~Napoleon Hill

"No one can keep you down but yourself" ~Napoleon Hill

"No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality." ~Napolean Hill

"One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word impossible." ~Napoleon Hill

"One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat." ~ Napoleon Hill

"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." ~Napoleon Hill

“Perhaps we shall learn, as we pass through this age, that the 'other self' is more powerful than the physical self we see when we look into a mirror.” ~Napoleon Hill

"Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday." ~Napoleons Hill

"Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best." ~Napoleon Hill

"The jack-of-all-trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim." -Napoleon Hill

"The person who sows a single beautiful thought in the mind of another, renders the world a greater service than all the fault-finders combined." ~Napoleon Hill

"The starting point of all achievement is desire." ~Napoleon Hill

"The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It's the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun." ~Napoleon Hill

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another." ~Napoleon Hill

"Thoughts mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire are powerful things." ~Napoleon Hill, American author, 1883-1970

"Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy." ~Napoleon Hill

"We are the masters of our fate, the captains of our souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts." ~ Napoleon Hill (c. 1883-1970)

"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." ~Napoleon Hill

"Without enthusiasm, one cannot be convincing." ~Napoleon Hill

"Your big opportunity may be right where you are now." ~Napoleon Hill

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Madeleine L'Engle Quotes


"Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys." ~Madeleine L'Engle

"Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light." ~Madeleine L'Engle

"Peace is not placidity: peace is the power to endure the megatron of pain with joy, the silent thunder of release, the ordering of love. Peace is the atom's start, the primal image: God within the heart." ~Madeleine L'Engle, (1918-2007)

"The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been." ~Madeleine L'Engle

"We can't take any credits for our talents. It is how we use them that counts." ~Madeleine L'Engle

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Ingrid Seward - right background

"If you come from the right background and went to the right school you know how to behave. All you have to do is know your place."~Ingrid Seward, Editor-in-Chief, Majesty Magazine, Making of a Princess

Dr. Maya Angelou Quotes

"God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us- in the dreariest and most dreaded moments- can see a possibility of hope." ~Maya Angelou (April 04, 1928)
“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~Maya Angelou

"A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent." ~Maya Angelou

"A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face." ~Maya Angelou

"A woman who is in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself." ~Maya Angelou

"All great achievements require time." ~Maya Angelou

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." ~Maya Angelou

"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it. " ~Maya Angelou

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." ~Maya Angelou

"Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~Maya Angelou

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances." ~Maya Angelou

"God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us- in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope." ~Maya Angelou (April 04, 1928 - )

"Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time." ~Maya Angelou

"Home is a refuge, not only from the world but a refuge from my worries, my terrible concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful, because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up." ~Maya Angelou

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

"I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don't just want to possess it, it will find you." ~Maya Angelou (The Angelou Johnson Family)

"I may cry and I will die, but my spirit is the soul of every Spring, watch for me and you will see that I'm present in the songs that children sing." ~Maya Angelou from the poem, "Uncle Willie".

"If I'm the people's poet, then I ought to be in people's hands - and, I hope, in their heart." ~Maya Angelou (The Angelou Johnson Family)

"I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good." ~Maya Angelou (The Angelou Johnson Family)

"I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory." ~Maya Angelou

"I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare" ~Maya Angelou

"I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve,
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to Breathe."
~Maya Angelou

"I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back." ~Maya Angelou on Support

"I’ve learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." ~Maya Angelou

"I’ve learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be." ~Maya Angelou

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life." ~Maya Angelou

"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." ~Maya Angelou

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain." ~Maya Angelou

"If you get, give. If you learn, teach." ~Maya Angelou

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present. Gratefully.” ~Maya Angelou

“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” ~Maya Angelou

"In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric." ~Maya Angelou

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” ~Maya Angelou.

"It still humbles me that this force that makes leaves and fleas and stars and rivers and you, loves me." ~Dr. Maya Angelou

"Imagine, I've had so many rainbows in my clouds. I've had a lot of clouds, but I've had so many rainbows." Be a rainbow in someone's cloud today." ~Maya Angelou, The Angelou Johnson Family.

"Let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good." ~Maya Angelou

"Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good." ~Maya Angelou

"Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive." ~Maya Angelou

"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."" ~Maya Angelou

"Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God." ~Dr. Maya Angelou, 23 May 2014 (her last tweet, five days later, she passed away in her home. RIP).

“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.” ~Maya Angelou

"Love life, engage in it, give it all you've got. Love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it." ~Maya Angelou

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope." ~Maya Angelou

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

"My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart." ~Maya Angelou.

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ~Maya Angelou

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." ~Maya Angelou

"Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself." ~Maya Angelou

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try to understand each other, we may even become friends." ~Maya Angelou

“Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” ~Maya Angelou

"Shine on. Let nothing dim the light that shines from within." ~Maya Angelou

"Shoot me with your words. Cut me with your eyes. Kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I’ll rise." ~Maya Angelou

"Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed." ~Dr. Maya Angelou

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~Maya Angelou

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

"The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change." ~Maya Angelou

"The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination." ~Maya Angelou

“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.” ~Maya Angelou

"There’s a place in you that you must keep inviolate. You must keep it pristine. Clean. So that nobody has a right to curse you, or treat you badly. Nobody. No mother, father, no wife, no husband. Nobody. Because that may be the place you go to when you meet with God. You have to have a place that you say, ‘Stop it! Back up!’ Because that place has to remain clean and clear." ~Dr. Maya Angelou (when asked by Oprah Winfrey what was the best piece of advice Dr. Angelou had ever given)

"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth." ~Maya Angelou

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." ~Maya Angelou

"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." ~Maya Angelou

"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color." ~Maya Angelou

"We are here to love each other. That is why you are alive. That is what life is for." ~Maya Angelou

"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated." ~Maya Angelou

“We need much less than we think we need.” ~Maya Angelou

"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain." ~Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

"When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. Some decide that happiness and glee are the same thing, they are not. When we choose happiness we accept the responsibility to lighten the load of someone else and to be a light on the path to another who may be walking in darkness." ~Maya Angelou

"When you learn, teach; when you get, give." ~Maya Angelou

"Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." ~Maya Angelou

"You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody." ~Maya Angelou

“You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.” ~Maya Angelou

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." ~Maya Angelou

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." ~Maya Angelou

"You may write me down in history, with your bitter, twisted lies;
You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'LL RISE!"
~Maya Angelou

"You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it." ~Maya Angelou

"You’ll save yourself a lot of heartache and time if you stop making excuses for other people’s bad behavior and instead see them for who they really are, the first time." ~Maya Angelou


Cook Park Orange NSW
26 December 2010

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~Maya Angelou

RIP: 29 May 2014



"Looking around at our world it is time to rebuild new bridges and reach each other with a love that can no longer be ignored or abandoned." ~The Angelou Johnson Family

"Our Matriarch taught us that anger is a tool to seek justice, be active and leave no room for bitterness in our lives." ~ The Angelou Johnson Family

"With kindness, humor, and compassion we encourage you to continue." ~ The Angelou Johnson Family

"When you open your eyes and expect beauty you will be surprised by how much beauty is in each one of us." ~The Angelou Johnson Family

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Thought for Today - treasure

"In order to divorce yourself from unhappiness, always keep the treasures of happiness with you." ~Thought for Today


Thought for Today - Enrichment and Progress

"When we have an attitude of learning from every interaction with others we experience personal enrichment and progress."~Thought for Today, UK


Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick Quotes

"Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it." ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Choose life! So many only choose existence. Existence is the raw material from which to fashion life." ~Dr Harry Emerson Fosdick, Minister

"He who cannot rest cannot work; he who cannot let go cannot hold on..." ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

"I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it." ~Harry Emerson Fosdick on Mystery

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Francis Gay - words

"In the days of hardship and shortages it is more important than ever not to waste. This does not apply only to material things. Hours and minutes are precious too. And what about words? We can waste them - or we can use them to comfort and cheer, to encourage and inspire."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1983


Thought for Today - Pure Love

"If we obey the principle of pure love, our life will always go in the right direction. Altruistic and unconditional love is pure and comes from our inner truth. When we are obedient to that inner truth, our life becomes a joyful dance."~Thought for Today, UK


D.Apartian - trials

"For trials are like clouds which dissipate when the sun shines with all its splendor."~D.Apartian

Robert R. Brown - take time to understand

"Man is always inclined to be intolerant towards the thing, or person, he hasn't taken the time adequately to understand." ~Robert R. Brown


Francis Gay - strength of character

"A carefree easy life seldom brings out the best in our character; it's the difficulties of life that give us the chance to develop whatever strength of character we may possess."~Francis Gay, The Friendship Book 1981

Zeph Agayo - racism

"There are no genes which can ensure excellence."~Zeph Agayo, Facebook

Francis Gay - ordinary things

"The ordinary things of everyday life can be a source of inspiration: a new dawn; a walk in the hills; the first spring flowers; the sound of music floating across the street; even a simple friendly greeting. There's magic everywhere."~Francis Gay, TFBFG 1981

Thomas á Kempis Quotes

"A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto done is naught!" ~Thomas á Kempis

"Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be." ~Thomas à Kempis

"First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others." ~Thomas á Kempis

"He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver." ~Thomas á Kempis

"If you cannot mould yourself entirely as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?" ~Thomas á Kempis



"Love feels no burden,
thinks nothing of trouble,
attempts what is above its strength,
pleads no excuse of impossibility...

It is therefore able to undertake all things,
and it completes many things,
and warrants them to take effect,
where he who does not love would faint and lie down.

Love is watchful and sleeping, slumbereth not.
Though weary, it is not tired;
though pressed, it is not straitened;
though alarmed, it is not confounded...
~Thomas A. Kempis ~

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Thought for Today - Balance

"Live in balance between the head and the heart by filling your feelings with wisdom and your decisions with love."~ Thought for Today, Uk

Jimmy Carter Quotes

"Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease." ~JIMMY CARTER, speech, Jan. 11, 1980

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America." ~JIMMY CARTER, Farewell Address, Jan. 14, 1981

"Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Our moral sense dictates a clearcut preference for these societies which share with us an abiding respect for individual human rights. We do not seek to intimidate, but it is clear that a world which others can dominate with impunity would be inhospitable to decency and a threat to the well-being of all people." ~Jimmy Carter, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1977

"Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy. Because they are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations."~ Jimmy Carter, President of the USA

"If any agreement between two nations is to last, it must serve the best interests of both nations." ~JIMMY CARTER, speech, Sep. 7, 1977

"In a nuclear age, each of us is threatened when peace is not secured everywhere." ~Jimmy Carter, State of the Union Address, Jan. 19, 1978

"In order for us human beings to commit ourselves personally to the inhumanity of war, we find it necessary first to dehumanize our opponents, which is in itself a violation of the beliefs of all religions. Once we characterize our adversaries as beyond the scope of God's mercy and grace, their lives lose all value. We deny personal responsibility when we plant landmines and, days or years later, a stranger to us — often a child – is crippled or killed. From a great distance, we launch bombs or missiles with almost total impunity, and never want to know the number or identity of the victims." ~Jimmy Carter, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2002

"It was the darndest thing I've ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors, and it was about the size of the moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. One thing's for sure, I'll never make fun of people who say they've seen unidentified objects in the sky. If I become President, I'll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists." ~JIMMY CARTER, remark during 1976 Presidential campaign

"The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on earth." ~Jimmy Carter

"The drug culture has shaped at least one major change since the Sixties; It became the basis for overloading our prisons." ~JIMMY CARTER, Rolling Stone, May 3, 2007

"This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries. At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.... The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter." ~JIMMY CARTER, "Losing My Religion for Equality"

"To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others." ~Jimmy Carter

"Thoughtful criticism and close scrutiny of all government officials by the press and the public are an important part of our democratic society." ~JIMMY CARTER, Farewell Address, Jan. 14, 1981

"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." ~Jimmy Carter

"We cannot resort to simplistic or extreme solutions which substitute myths for common sense." ~Jimmy Carter, State of the Union Address, Jan. 25, 1979

"We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon." ~Jimmy Carter

"Whether the borders that divide us are picket fences or national boundaries, we are all neighbors in a global community." ~JIMMY CARTER, fundraising letter, Aug. 31, 2007

Source: Notable Quotes

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