"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


Chita Padilla Evardone - Words to Ponder By

 Photo Source: Facebook
(Francisco D Manga - Sunrise in Iligan City)

"Happy New Year to Everyone!

In a few hours we'll bid goodbye to 2011 and hopefully forget its tragedies, particularly the Sendong Experience.

It's time to reflect the goodness of the Lord and to thank His countless blessings.

For the victims, it may take years to recover from the trauma it has brought forth unequaled damage: physically, economically, emotionally etc, yet, I strongly believe that an overwhelming goodness will flow into Iligan, as He always promised.

It was a "storm" sent forth to wash out, cleanse and purge the corruption and greed and the evil that's rooted among us - from our leaders down to its constituents.

It was a wake-up call for us to take care of our environment, a detoxifying agent, a bittersweet pill for the moral and economic recovery/transformation of Iligan and its people; paving way for beautiful things to happen.

I can feel it blossoming in the overwhelming kindness, tinabangay (cooperation) and goodness of our citizens in our country and around the world as shown during the tragedy.

And hopefully, it will awaken our city officials of their main duty to serve the people, especially at these critical times, and, the sprouting abundantly of our talented intellectuals ready to help and lead Iligan in any way they can.

With high hopes, we cheer for a New year, a new life and a new Iligan!!!

(Arise Iligan!)

~Chita Padilla Evardone, MSU-IIT Iligan City Faculty Member

Source: Facebook, CW-Iligan Forum

Hamilton Wright Mabie Quotes

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!" ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

"New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights." ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

"The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has." ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

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Harold J. Smith - learn from mistakes

"More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them." ~Harold J. Smith

Martin Brown - courage

"We must have courage to bet on our ideas, take the calculated risk, and take action!" ~Martin Brown 

Alfred Chandler -strategy

"Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results." ~Alfred Chandler

Michael Phelps - goals

"I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time" ~Michael Phelps

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

"The world is independent of my will." ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent." ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

Photo Source: Facebook
(Francisco D Manga)

"You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks."  ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

Patti Smith - enthusiasm

“If we keep our little flame alive, our first feeling of enthusiasm of who we are, without the influence or intervention of others, we will prevail.” ~Patti Smith

John D. Rockefeller Quotes

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." ~John D. Rockefeller

"Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty." ~John D. Rockefeller

"I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity." ~John D. Rockefeller

"I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure." ~John D. Rockefeller

"I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature." ~John Rockefeller

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” ~John D. Rockefeller (from Chicken Soup for the Soul)

"The secret to success is to do common things uncommonly well." ~John D. Rockefeller

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Tom Blair - Silence

"Silence is one of the great arts of conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the modes of silence." ~Tom Blair

Bo Bennett -Quotes

"Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity." ~Bo Bennett

"Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done." ~Bo Bennett


Rabbi Hadar Margolin - contented heart

"People carry around yesterday's disappointments and tomorrow's worries like weights around their necks. Learn to let go of them, and fill your heart with contentment of the present." ~Rabbi Hadar Margolin

Marvin Isidore C Macatol - Forest

Source: Facebook

Kenneth-Carmelita Macatol Enriquez - Trees

"Trees are like HANDS that would catch the rain and deliver them back gently to our aquifers and rivers & prevent floods.:

Source: Facebook

St. Francis of Assisi Quotes

"A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world, as the vibrations you receiving are of pure love and contentment." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love." ~Francis of Assisi

"Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission-to be of service to them wherever they require it." ~St. Francis of Assisi

"Our hands imbibe like roots, so I place them on what is beautiful in this world. And I fold them in prayer, and they draw from the heavens Light." ~St Francis of Assisi

"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage." ~Francis of Assisi

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~St. Francis of Assisi

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Jane Adams - traveler

"Time is a traveler. Where did it go? It left, but it didn't leave you empty handed. No! It left you with the gift of beautiful memories, that you can keep in your heart for safe keeping, to cherish forever, and ever." ~Jane Adams ©2005.

MSU-IIT - kindness of strangers

"The biggest evacuation center here for families displaced by Tropical Storm “Sendong” may be likened to a well-oiled machine fueled by the kindness of strangers." ~Officials of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT)

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer


Scarlett Pitt Quotes

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs." ~Scarlett Pitt

"Experience is how life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other." ~Scarlett Pitt

"Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive." ~Scarlett Pitt

"Rejoice in what you have, and know that fresh new experiences are always ahead" ~Scarlett Pitt

"The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think." ~Scarlett Pitt

"You can't undo what you did in the past. But you can start a new future. Have faith, be confident, and step forward." ~Scarlett Pitt

Johnny Carson Quotes

“If variety if the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam” ~Johnny Carson

"Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: "Are You Ready?" ~Johnny Carson

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Ingrid Bergman Quotes

"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." ~Ingrid Bergman

"Happiness lies in good health and a bad memory." ~Ingrid Bergman

Leah C. Dancel - difference

"It is my desire to make a difference for my woeful country perpetrated with crocodiles and vultures." ~Leah C. Dancel, Twitter, 26 December 2011

Steve Goodier Quotes

"My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present." ~Steve Goodier

"No one is without a friend who knows how to be a friend." ~Steve Goodier

"We are stronger than we think. We have emotional, spiritual and even physical resources at our disposal. We may get knocked down, but we don't have to stay down." ~Steve Goodier

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Roy D. Chapin Jr. - preparation

"Be ready when opportunity comes...Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.— Roy D. Chapin Jr.

Jerry Brown -Life

"Life just is. You have to flow with it. Give yourself to the moment. Let it happen." ~Jerry Brown


Eleanor Hamilton - compliment

"A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver." ~Eleanor Hamilton

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Quotes

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." ~Anton Chekhov

"I promise to be an excellent husband, but give me a wife who, like the moon, will not appear every day in my sky." ~Anton Chekhov

“If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.” ~Anton Chekhov, Notebook of Anton Chekhov

"It doesn't matter that your painting is small. Kopecks are also small, but when a lot are put together they make a ruble. Each painting displayed in a gallery and each good book that makes it into a library, no matter how small they may be, serves a great cause: accretion of the national wealth." ~Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian author, playwright.

"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." ~Anton Chekhov

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Bruno Bettelheim Quotes

“If we hope to live not just from moment to moment, but in true consciousness of our existence, then our greatest need and most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our lives.” ~from "The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales" by Bruno Bettelheim

"The fear of failure is so great, it is no wonder that the desire to do right by one's children has led to a whole library of books offering advice on how to raise them." ~Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-U.S. child psychologist. A Good Enough Parent, ch. 2 (1987).

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Quotes

"Faith is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows - standing without, you can see no glory, nor can imagine any, but standing within every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors. " ~Nathaniel Hawthorne (Inspirational Quotes)

"From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Generosity is the flower of justice." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as sunshine autumn by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." ~ Nataniel Hawthorne

"I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse

"Just as there comes a warm sunbeam into every cottage window, so comes a love-beam of God's care for every separate need." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Love, whether newly born or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, that it overflows upon the outward world." ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne (from Butterflies and Pebbles)

"No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true." -from Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE SCARLET LETTER, first published on this day in 1850 from Everyman's Library

"Selfishness is one of the qualities apt to inspire love." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

"Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

"What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self!" ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nikolai Berdyaev - truth

"There is a tragic clash between Truth and the world. Pure undistorted truth burns up the world." ~Nikolai Berdyaev

Pierre Auguste Renoir Quotes

"The pain passes, but the beauty remains". ~Pierre Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

"You come to nature with all her theories, and she knocks them all flat." ~Pierre Auguste Renoir


John Denver Quotes

"I would make my job a work of art. I would like whatever it is that I'm doing - everyone's experience of me, everyone's interaction with me, everyone's discussion, conversation, relationship with me - [to be] an event within which they get to see who they are. I would make of my life a work of art." ~John Denver

"Love is a light that shines from heart to heart." ~John Denver

Robyn Banks - paradox

"I just decided that the whole world is just a revolving paradox. It contradicts itself day in and day out and we all just keep spinning with it." ~Robyn Banks, FB, Orange NSW

John Kerry - climate change

 Logwashed, aftermath of Typhoon Sendong

“Climate change is real. The science is compelling. And the longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve.” ~Senator John Kerry on Climate change

News Item:

Sendong aftermath still stings Iligan five days after the tropical storm hit

A man walks along the banks of Mandulog River in Iligan City on Thursday, five days after Tropical Storm Sendong hit Iligan Ciity and neighboring Cagayan de Oro. Sendong caused flashfloods that buried homes, leaving over 1,000 people dead and thousands more missing. (Manman Dejeto, GMA)

Mark Nepo Quotes

"Doing small things with love is the atom of bravery." ~Mark Nepo

"Honest friends are doorways to our souls, and loving friends are the grasses that soften our world." ~Mark Nepo

“Part of the blessing and challenge of being human is that we must discover our own true nature.” ~Mark Nepo

"The flower doesn't dream of the bee... it blossoms and the bee comes." ~Mark Nepo

"There are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths." ~Mark Nepo

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Bonnie Przybylski - umph

"The difference between try and triumph is a little 'umph!'" ~Bonnie Przybylski

Jimmy Johnson - take a chance

"Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?" ~Jimmy Johnson

A. C. Benson - change

"Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene." ~A. C. Benson

Marshall McLuhan - point of view

"A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding." ~Marshall McLuhan

Charles Browder - ideas

“The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.” ~Charles Browder on Creativity

Edward Everett Hale Quotes

"Freedom may come quickly in robes of peace or after ages of conflict and war, but come it will, and abide it will, so long as the principles by which it was acquired are held sacred." ~Edward Everett

"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." ~Edward Everett

"Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three: all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have." ~Edward Everett Hale

"The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life." ~Edward Everett Hale

“To look up and not down, To look forward and not back, To look out and not in--and To lend a hand.” ~Edward Everett Hale on Progress

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Thought for Today - Creating Thoughts Of Benefit

"Acts of virtue emerge from deep within, from an inner sanctuary of silence from which inspiration flows. Every action has its seed in a thought and every thought is a creation of the thinker, the soul. I choose what thoughts I want to create and as is my thinking so are my actions and also my experience in life. Going within, I touch the stillness and pure love that lie at the core of my being and every thought that I create is of benefit to myself and of benefit to humanity." ~Thought for Today-UK

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Quotes

“All kinds of beauty do not inspire love; there is a kind that only pleases the sight but does not captivate the affections.” ~Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

"As the viper, though it kills with it, does not deserve to be blamed for the poison it carries, as it is a gift of nature, neither do I deserve reproach for being beautiful." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

“Delay always heeds danger.” ~Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra on Delay

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune.” ~Miguel de Cervantes

"Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

"Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds." ~Miguel de Cervantes

"He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.” ~Miguel de Cervantes

"I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.” ~Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) on Drinking

"I know that everything beautiful attracts love, but I cannot see how, by reason of being loved, that which is loved for its beauty is bound to love that which loves it." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

"If a governor comes out of his government rich, they say he has been a thief; and if he comes out poor, that he has been a noodle and a blockhead." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

"It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

"Love is influenced by no consideration, recognizes no restraints of reason, and is of the same nature as death, that assails alike the lofty palaces of kings and the humble cabins of shepherds; and when it takes entire possession of a heart, the first thing it does is to banish fear and shame from it." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

"Love is invisible, and comes in and goes out as he likes, without anyone calling him to account for what he does." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

“Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.” ~Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra on Quotations

"The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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Richard Needham - sensible and wise

"A sensible man knows you can't please everybody. A wise man knows you can't please anybody." ~Richard Needham

Henry S. Haskins - faith

"Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine." ~Henry S. Haskins

Cheryl Janecky Quotes

"Genius is simply focus on a topic long enough to discover your own unique talent with in." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Good fortune is the natural Flow of Life. Follow your heart. Begin Now. Commit to continue NS live happily." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Happiness is good health and a bad memory." ~Ingrid Bergman from Cheryl Janecky (Twitter)

"If you place a low value on yourself, you seal your fate, for no one ever raises your price." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Living in harmony with Natural Cycles enhances your creative power. Learn to flow with seasons." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Only you know what feels best. Only you can find your own path to it. Ignore others and mayhem of life. Live your vision." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Opportunity is the door to your future. Act and grow in a new direction or the door closes and you feel stuck." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Path finders are more valuable than fault finders." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Strength isn't measured by what you control. Your strength is shown by how little control the outside world has on you." ~Cheryl Janecky

"The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light." ~Cheryl Janecky

"You don't need specific details to begin: just the feeling of exhilaration and expecting it to turn out okay for you." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself." ~Cheryl Janecky

"Your reasoning mind will steal your thunder and spoil your future. Only follow Inspiration." ~Cheryl Janecky

Source: Twitter

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Liesl Schillinger - root cause

“The bottom line is that anger causes pain. As long as we're trying to treat the pain, the root cause—whatever it is that's annoyed or infuriated you—will remain.” ~Liesl Schillinger


Thought for Today on Angels

"An angel's face is still because there are no lies inside. Truth makes it a straight, simple face whose beauty lies not in its form but in the feeling it gives you." ~Thought for Today-UK

"Acceptance gives me the experience of being like an angel: never judging, never criticising and never worrying." ~Thought for Today-UK

Marissa David Lagbas - Greed

Compliment from CW-FB

 "GREED for MONEY is worst....I hope this time seeing and watching those helpless flood victims will turn our greedy hearts into a heart burning with love." ~Marissa David Lagbas, City of Waterfalls Group, Iligan City, FB - 21 December 2011 on Flash Flood Tragedy 16 December 2011.

Morihei Ueshiba Quotes

“All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together.”~Morihei Ueshiba

“All things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing. Bravely face whatever the gods offer.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attacks. And once you envelop them, you will be able to guide them along the path indicated to you by heaven and earth.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“In your training, do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students and progress together in the Art of Peace.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“Iron is full of impurities that weaken it: through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“Progress comes to those who train and train; reliance on secret techniques will get you nowhere.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, and elegant.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

“When life is victorious, there is birth; when it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life-and-death struggle for Peace.” ~Morihei Ueshiba

"Your spirit is the true shield." ~Morihei Ueshiba

Source: Quotes Daddy

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George Washington Carver Quotes

"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." ~George Washington Carver

"How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." ~George Washington Carver

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. " ~George Washington Carver

"No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it." ~George Washington Carver

"There is no shortcut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation - veneer isn't worth anything." ~George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." ~George Washington Carver

"Where there is no vision, there is no hope." ~George Washington Carver

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Quotes on COURAGE

"Courage is the atom of change." ~Bettina R. Flores

"Courage and optimism are blessings we so often ignore and forego when they're free instruments made available for us. But those who take it, make possible of the impossible, good of the bad and make life worth living." ~Norma Hennessy

"Courage comes the moment you decide to walk through the unavoidable storms in your life rather than sidestepping them. By experiencing whatever it is your soul needs to learn, you earn strength, gain confidence and wisdom to share. Then you are able to encourage and uplift another soul caught in the storms of life." ~Lisa K. Fox

Caroline Kent
Courage is admitting that you're afraid and facing that fear directly. It's being strong enough to ask for help and humble enough to accept it.

Courage is standing up for what you believe in without worrying about the opinions of others. It's following your own heart, living your own life, and settling for nothing less than the best for yourself.

Courage is daring to take a first step, a big leap, or a different path. It's attempting to do something that no one has done before and all others thought impossible.

Courage is keeping heart in the face of disappointment and looking at defeat not as an end but as a new beginning. It's believing that things will ultimately get better even as they get worse.

Courage is being responsible for your own actions and admitting your own mistakes without placing blame on others. It's relying not on others for your success, but on your own skills and efforts.

Courage is refusing to quit even when you're intimidated by impossibility. It's choosing a goal, sticking with it, and finding solutions to the problems.

Courage is thinking big, aiming high, and shooting far. It's taking a dream and doing anything, risking everything, and stopping at nothing to it make it a reality." ~Caroline Kent~
"Courage is as often the outcome of despair as of hope; in the one case we have nothing to lose, in the other everything to gain." ~Diane de Poitiers, Right from the Rooms

"Courage is being afraid but doing what you have to anyway." ~Dr. Who

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." ~Eddie Rickenbacker

"Courage is fear that has said its prayers." ~Dorothy Bernard

"Courage is fear that has said its prayers." ~Karl Barth

"Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use." ~Ruth Gordon

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

“Courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.” ~Rollo May

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear." ~Ambrose Redmoon

"Courage is not the absence of fear or despair, but the strength to conquer them." ~Anon

"Courage is reclaiming your life after a devastating event robs you of your confidence and self-esteem. It is facing tomorrow with a firm resolve to reach deep within yourself to find another strength, another talent. ... It is taking yourself to another level of your own existence where you are once again whole, productive, special..." ~Catherine Britton

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear." ~Mark Twain

"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others." ~Aristotle

"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

"Courage knows no limits, cowardice does." ~Pres. RR Duterte, State of the Nation Address, 25 July 2016

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ~Brené Brown

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"A wise woman knows how to summon her courage and do what is right rather than what is easy." ~Suze Orman

"Breathe in the winds of courage that each day you may discover in fresh ways what it is to soar above this sacred earth and sweetly land in her arms at dusk." ~Mary Anne Radmacher

"Each time we face fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the unknown place where it leads." ~Erica Jong ‪

"Faith could give you courage to face anything even on roads to nowhere." ~Noel Tan

"Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty." ~Brené Brown

"Genius is talent set on fire by courage." ~Henry Van Dyke

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake." ~Victor Hugo

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew." ~Saint Francis de Sales

"Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness." ~Anon

“He who does not have the courage to speak up for his rights cannot earn the respect of others.” ~René G. Torres

"Healers are spiritual warriors who have found the courage to defeat the darkness of their soul, awakening and rising from the depths of their deepest fears, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. Reborn with a wisdom and strength that creates a light that shines bright enough to help, encourage and inspire others out of their own darkness." ~Melanie Koulouris

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” ~Tori Amos

"I have an ocean of courage buried somewhere inside me. I know this because I taste the salt every time I cry." ~Tyler Knott Gregson

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it" ~Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to freedom, 1994 ‪LTL

"If God gave our soldiers the spirit of courage, to protect us from our enemies and fight for our freedom, He gave you guys the heart of compassion, of serving, and of giving." ~Jovybev Aquino

"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." ~John Irving

"If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself." ~Nikita Gill

"If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." ~David Viscott

"It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare." ~Mark Twain

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." ~Alan Cohen

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." ~EE Cummings

"It takes courage to keep walking when the path is obscured by confusion. Trust. Believe. And just keep walking. The way will be revealed!" ~Sue Krebs of Soul Speaking

“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

"It takes courage to make a hard choice. Without courage, all other virtues are meaningless." ~Jose Alejandrino

"It takes courage to sit with our own shadow, seeing what aspects of self we find unacceptable, inviting them to speak to us. To hold with tenderness the fears we are tempted to project outward, to refuse to let them (largely unconsciously) run our individual or collective lives. . . . this is what preserves life and protects us all." ~Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" House (c) 2016

"LIFE is sometimes unpredictable. But you can't live your life afraid of what you think will come next, find the courage to move forward and enjoy this beautiful life of yours." ~Lynne Taylor, UDandR

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." ~Anais Nin

“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

"May I have the courage today to live the life I would love ...to postpone my dream no longer. But do at last what I came here for and waste my heart on fear no more. " ~John O’Donohue

"May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits." ~Harley King

"Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." ~Bruce Lee

“Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope.” ~George Marshall

"Most men have more courage than even they themselves think they have." ~Lord Greville

"Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed." ~Dale Carnegie

"Never take someone's feelings for granted because you never know how much courage that they took to show it to you." ~Anon

"One man with courage makes a majority." ~Andrew Jackson

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

"Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave." ~Mary Tyler Moore

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

"Softness is not weakness. It takes courage to stay delicate in a world this cruel. ~Beau Taplin

"The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
~Minot J. Savage

"The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable." ~Paul Tillich

"The greatest act of courage is to be and to own all of who you are—without apology, without excuses, without masks to cover the truth of who you are." ~Debbie Ford

"The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart." ~Robert Green Ingersoll

"The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility." ~Thomas Spencer Monson

“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

"The stories of past courage...can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." ~John F. Kennedy

"The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a minority." ~Ralph Stockman

"There is great COURAGE in being vulnerable. The truth is everyone is not perfect, we will always be judged. When we allow ourselves to be honest and visible to those around us it opens up the door for deeper connections and understanding...sometimes I hear the words 'Me too, I thought I was the only one'. So try it, it takes practice and find your courage to be yourself." ~Di Riseborough-Intuitive Life Strategist

"There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage." ~Seneca the Younger

"Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it." ~Albert Camus

"To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment." ~Steve Maraboli

"Today, I call upon my Higher Power to deliver me from the impossible to the possible; from darkness to light, and from fear to courage." ~Bryant McGill

"True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher." ~John Petit-Senn

"We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity." ~Barbara De Angelis

"We make our world significant by the courage of our questions." ~Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

"We need the courage to learn from our past and not live in it." ~Sharon Salzberg

"We need to find courage and speak against the evils in our communities. Even if they are friends, family or half of ourselves." ~Rolaiza Mimi Singayao, September 25, 2017

"When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back." ~Paulo Coelho

"When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way." ~Paulo Coelho

"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity." ~Mark Twain

"Without fear there cannot be courage." ~Christopher Paolini

"You can always die. It is living that takes real courage." ~Watsuki Nobuhiro

"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Dame Rose Macaulay Quotes

"At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived." ~Dame Rose Macaulay

"He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays - cynical, but hopeful." ~Dame Rose Macaulay

Dave Checkett - character

“Success builds character, failure reveals it” ~Dave Checkett

Robert Fulford - future

"I have seen the future and it doesn't work." ~Robert Fulford

Rudy Tomjanovich - heart of a champion

“Never underestimate the heart of a champion.” ~Rudy Tomjanovich on Basketball

Thought for Today - Working on Rebuilding Relationships

"It’s easy to speak negatively when we do not like something about someone. We often react without thinking and become angry. Our words and behaviour become negative or insulting. This further widens the gap damaging the relationship. When someone does something undesirable. I first need to understand the behaviour. Every person has a reason to behave the way he or she does even if I cannot understand it at the time. The more I react to the other person and the bad behaviour, the greater the distance between us. To mend the relationship I need to remind myself of the other person’s good qualities." ~Thought for Today-UK


Frank Lloyd Wright Quotes

 Maria Cristina Falls
Iligan City
(19 November 2011)

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright  

Other Quotes :

"Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities." ~Frank Lloyd Wright

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes." ~Frank Lloyd Wright

"The thing always happens that you believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen." ~Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959)

"The truth is more important than the facts." ~Frank Lloyd Wright

"You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having." ~Frank Lloyd Wright

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Thought for Today - Trustee Consciousness

"We all have a relationship with everything. Obviously the relationship we have with the people and objects in our immediate vicinity is more intimate than the rest of the world. For most of us the most common relationship is possession. In our minds we think we own and possess things like cars and houses and carpets and golf clubs etc. This thinking easily spreads into jobs and tasks and positions and perhaps even other people. "I want you", and "You are mine alone", is the essence of many romantic film scripts and song lyrics. What we forget is that this relationship is wrong. It is not possible to possess anything. Care for..yes. Use...yes. But possess...no. You can't take it with you when you go, so we say! And yet it's the idea of possession which lies at the heart of all fear, war and conflict. Can you see it? Fear of loss, fear of not acquiring what we have already decided is ours in our minds. So what is a better relationship we can choose which takes all the fear away. Be a trustee. Everything comes to us in trust, for us to use and then to set it free. The consciousness of trustee sets us free of the tension of grasping and guarding. To see ourselves as trustees of everything that we receive, including our bodies, encourages our innate capacity to 'care for with dignity'. It is a much more relaxing way of relating to the things which we are privileged to receive in life." ~Thought for Today-UK


Bob Marley Quotes

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief, and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” ~Bob Marley

"Me only have one ambition, Y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all." ~Bob Marley

“None but ourselves can free our minds.” ~Bob Marley

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

"One love, one heart, one destiny." ~Bob Marley

"Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?" ~Bob Marley

"She's not perfect - you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break - her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there." ~Bob Marley

"Some people feel the rain, others just get wet." ~Bob Marley

"Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah." ~Bob Marley

"The day you stop racing, is the day you win the race." ~Bob Marley

"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." ~Bob Marley

"The truth is everybody is going to hurt you, you just got to find the ones worth suffering for." ~Bob Marley

"“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” ~Bob Marley

"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have." ~Bob Marley

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John Bunyan Quotes

"A man there was, and they called him mad;
the more he gave, the more he had." ~John Bunyan
"Every fat (vat) must stand upon its bottom." ~John Bunyan on Proverbs

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart." ~John Bunyan

"Our heart oft times wakes when we sleep, and God can speak to that, either by words, by proverbs, by signs and similitudes, as well as if one was awake." ~John Bunyan

"Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan." ~John Bunyan

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Anna Sewell Quotes


"God had given men reason, by which they could find out things for themselves; but He had given animals knowledge which did not depend on reason, and which was much more perfect in its way, and by which they had often saved the lives of men." ~Black Beauty (The Autobiography of a Horse by Anna Sewell)

“My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt.” ~Anna Sewell, Black Beauty (Everyman's Library)

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J.R. Morales -to live and die for

“You will know what to live for when you determine what you're willing to die for.” ~J.R. Morales

Margaret Walker Quotes

"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go." ~Margaret Walker

"Love stretches your heart and makes you big inside." ~Margaret Walker

"When a good soloist to sing this song cannot be found, let Robert Burns' tender poem of Love be expressed in harmony with both men and women." ~Margaret Walker

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William Butler Yeats Quotes

"But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams." ~William Butler Yeats

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” ~William Butler Yeats

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." ~William Butler Yeats

"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure, nor this thing nor that, but simply growth." ~W.B. Yeats

"I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love." ~William Butler Yeats

"I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." ~W.B. Yeats

"I spit into the face of time that has transfigured me.” ~W. B. Yeats

"In books lies the soul of the whole past time the articulate audible voice of the past when the body and material substance of it has altogether vanished like a dream." ~William Butler Yeats

"Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph." ~William Butler Yeats

"Man is in love and loves what vanishes,
What more is there to say?" ~WB Yeats

"The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." ~W.B. Yeats

"The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober." ~William Butler Yeats

"Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold .... surly some revelation is at hand." ~W.B. Yeats

"Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses." ~William Butler Yeats

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"Down by the sally gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the sally gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree."
~William Butler Yeats


"Peace comes dropping slow
Dropping from the veils of the morning
To where the crickets sing."
~William Butler Yeats


"There are no strangers here;
Only friends you haven't yet met."
~William Butler Yeats

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Corrie Pikul - body language

“You can use body language to tell your story the way you want, with a happier and more satisfying ending.” ~Corrie Pikul

John Connolly - forgiveness

“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” ~John Connolly

Laurence G. Boldt - joy

“Money should not cost you your joy.” ~Laurence G. Boldt

Dr. Robert Holden Quotes

"Be kind to yourself. Life always gets better when you treat yourself better." ~Robert Holden

"Give this day as much appreciation as you imagine you would give to the best day of your life. If you do this, even for just one hour, you will surely “regain” and “take back” all of the gifts you could so easily have overlooked." ~Robert Holden

"Happiness does not have to be deserved, earned, worked for or paid for; it simply has to be accepted." ~Robert Holden

"Happiness is a spiritual path. The more you learn about true happiness, the more you discover the truth of who you are, what is important, and what your life is for." ~Robert Holden Ph. D. (Positive Thoughts)

"Happiness is found in loving the truth in people." ~Robert Holden

"Happiness is not in things; happiness is in you." ~Robert Holden

"Laughter is the best way to make somebody's heart beat." ~Robert Holden

"The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see." ~Dr. Robert Holden

"The mirror cannot change without you. And the world is only a mirror." ~Robert Holden

"The world is only a mirror. You will only see in the world what you're prepared to see in yourself—nothing more and nothing less." ~Robert Holden

"There is a world of difference between searching for happiness and following your joy. Following your joy is about listening to your heart’s desires, noticing what truly inspires you, and recognizing your soul’s purpose. A good starting point is to reflect on the question “When am I at my happiest?" ~Robert Holden Ph. D.

"Truth is a pathless land, and happiness is a journey without distance." ~Robert Holden

"You have to stop going, doing and chasing and start spending more time being with yourself." ~Dr. Robert Holden

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Thought for Today - Learn Meditation

"Why has meditation been the core practice of all wisdom paths for over two thousand years? Because it is the most effective method to access your innate wisdom, rediscover inner peace and enhance your creative ability. Meditation restores well being, and once your being is well again, all that you do will be successful and fulfilling. But maybe you think you are OK as you are. Perhaps you feel your being is well. But is it? Do you feel tense, worried, hopeless, mentally tired, emotionally upset...ever? Then your being is not well. Your body may be OK but you, the being, is unwell. Medication is for the body, and meditation is for the soul, that's you, and for your mind. Learning how to meditate is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. Practising meditation says you care about yourself. Being in meditation can touch the minds and hearts of others a thousand miles away. It actually says that you care about others too. But first...your self." ~Thought for Today-UK

Edward Gibbon Quotes

"All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance." ~Edward Gibbon

"Gratitude is expensive." ~Edward Gibbon

"History is indeed little more than the register of crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind." ~Edward Gibbon, The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire (1776)

"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect." ~Edward Gibbon on Opinions

"I was never less alone than when by myself." ~Edward Gibbon on Loneliness

"The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators." ~Edward Gibbon

"We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win." ~Edward Gibbon

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William Cowper Quotes

Poor old Nancy, I've been told of late that she is now taking residence in a Nursing Home. This is one of the Roses she planted around the compound where I live. (Taken 17 December 2011)

"'Tis liberty alone that gives the flower Of fleeting life its lustre and perfume; And we are weeds without it." ~William Cowper on Liberty


Other Quotes:

"God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm." ~William Cowper from Tim Cox Fine Art's

"Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; Wisdom is humble that it knows no more." ~William Cowper

"Not to understand a treasure's worth till time has stole away the slighted good, is cause of half the poverty we feel, and makes the world the wilderness it is." ~~William Cowper

“The faults of our neighbours
with freedom we blame,
But tax not ourselves,
though we practise the same.”
~William Cowper on Proverbs

“The path of sorrow, and that path alone, Leads to the lands where sorrow is unknown.” ~William Cowper on Sorrow

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.” ~William Cowper
"When we look back upon our forefathers, we seem to look back upon people of another nation, almost upon creatures of another species ... We can hardly believe it possible that a people who resembled us so little in their taste should resemble us in anything else.

"But in everything else, I suppose, they ever were our counterparts exactly; and time, that has served up the slashed sleeve and reduced the large trunk hose to a neat pair of silk stockings, has left human nature just where it found it.

"The inside of a man at least has undergone no change. His passion, appetites and aims are just what they ever were. They wear perhaps a handsomer disguise than they did in the days of yore, for philosophy and literature will have their effect upon the exterior; but in every other respect, a modern is only an ancient in a different dress." ~William Cowper, TFBFG 1998/mpw


"There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:
And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies."
~William Cowper

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Woodrow Wyatt - eyes and ears

“A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.” ~Woodrow Wyatt on Men and women


Thought for Today - Flexibility

"With humility and love, flexibility becomes natural. When I come across someone who is not being co-operative I need to become humble and try to understand what the other person is communicating, If not through words at least through actions. When I am able to listen with love and understanding, I will not be rigid anymore but will be able to adapt to communicate and co-operate with others." ~Thought for Today-UK

Christina Rossetti Quotes

"Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad." ~Christina Rossetti

"If all were rain and never sun,
No bow could span the hill;
If all were sun and never rain,
There'd be no rainbow still."
~Christina Rossetti

"Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine." ~Christina Rossetti

"My heart is like a singing bird." ~Christina Rossetti

"Open wide the windows of our spirits and fill us full of light; open wide the door of our hearts, that we may receive and entertain Thee with all our powers of adoration. " ~Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

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

"Spring bursts today. For love is risen and all the earth's at play." ~Christina Rossetti, (1830-1894, British poet, lyricist)

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James Freeman Clarke Quotes

“Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect to be well.” ~James Freeman Clarke on Advice / experience / wisdom

"Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you." ~James Freeman Clarke

Thomas Paine Quotes

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” ~Thomas Paine

“As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensable duty of all government, to protect all conscientious professors thereof, and I know of no other business which government hath to do therewith.” ~Thomas Paine

"Character is much easier kept than recovered." ~Thomas Paine

"Everything of persecution and revenge between man and man, and everything of cruelty to animals, is a violation of moral duty." ~Thomas Paine

“For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever.” ~Thomas Paine

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection." ~Thomas Paine

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." ~Thomas Paine on Virtue

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." ~Thomas Paine

“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that every lived.” ~Thomas Paine

“Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy.” ~Thomas Paine

“Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” ~Thomas Paine

“Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first a patron, the last a punisher.” ~Thomas Paine

"The greatest remedy for anger is delay." ~Thomas Paine

"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”   ~Thomas Paine

"The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.” ~Thomas Paine

"There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord” ~Thomas Paine

“This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.” ~Thomas Paine

"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." ~Thomas Paine from BrainyQuote

“When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.” ~Thomas Paine

“When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” ~Thomas Paine

“Youth is the seed time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.” ~Thomas PaineThe

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Dean Briggs - work

"Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing's sake -- that little more which is worth all the rest." ~Dean Briggs on Inspirational

Thought for Today - Banish Worry

"Worry is otherwise known as 'fantasised catastrophising' where we create an image of the future and use it to frighten ourselves! Be aware that you are doing it, then stop doing it, otherwise the image will become a self fulfilling prophesy. Imagine only the brightest future, and so it will be. Besides there is nothing to worry about... unless you are under the illusion that your well-being and security are dependent on material things. If they are, then you will have many ways in which you can create worry. Possible loss, damage, separation, uncertainty are but a few. Look, you're killing yourself with worry, all because of the misuse of your imagination. Don't do it." ~Thought for Today-UK


Voltaire Quotes

"A witty saying proves nothing." ~Voltaire

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." ~Voltaire

"Doctors give drug of which they know little, into bodies, of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all." ~Voltaire.

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well." ~Voltaire

“I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition.” ~Voltaire

"I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age." ~Voltaire

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." ~Voltaire

"It's love; love, the comfort of the human species, the preserver of the universe, the soul of all sentient beings, tender love." ~Voltaire

"Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers." ~Voltaire

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." ~Voltaire

"Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." ~Voltaire

"Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination." ~Voltaire

"Minds differ still more than faces." ~Voltaire

"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking." ~Voltaire

"One day everything will be all right, that is our hope. Today everything is alright, it is our illusion."-~Voltaire
("Eines Tages wird alles gut sein, das ist unsere Hoffnung. Heute ist alles in Ordnung, das ist unsere Illusion." ~Voltaire (German)

"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time." ~Voltaire

"Prejudices are what fools use for reason." ~Voltaire on Fool

"The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease." ~Voltaire

"The mirror is a worthless invention. The only way to truly see yourself is in the reflection of someone else's eyes." ~Voltaire

"The more I read, the more I meditate; and the more I acquire, the more I am enabled to affirm that I know nothing" ~Voltaire

"The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood." ~Voltaire

"...the safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death." ~Voltaire

"The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it." ~Voltaire

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticise." ~Voltaire

"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered." ~Voltaire

"Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need." ~Voltaire

“Writing is the painting of the voice; the closer the resemblance, the better it is” ~Voltaire

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Miles Franklin - own worth

“It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people.” ~Miles Franklin on Hate

Dwight David - mind of the doer

"The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy." ~Dwight David

Pedro Calderon de la Barca - madness

"When love is not madness, it is not love." ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Tanya Plibersek - Diversity

"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)


Henrik Tikkanen - madness

"Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence." ~Henrik Tikkanen

Thought for Today - Divine Help

"Many times people report the feeling of divine help and strength when they come close to breaking point. Actually divine help is always there, but I am usually so busy doing things in my own little way that I only look for it when I face absolute defeat. The tranquil nature of enlightened souls comes from their ability to take God's help constantly. A state of true surrender will lead to the feeling of victory in everything I do." ~Thought for Today-UK


Thought for Today - Riches

"The greatest good we can do for others is not to share our riches with them, but to reveal to them their own." ~Thought for Today-UK


Laura Pensiero - bliss of eating

"If it tastes better, the pleasure of eating it goes way up. Biting into a mealy peach is a form of torture, after all. But a peach at its prime…that's bliss." ~Laura Pensiero

Jessica Kennedy - small package

"People wrapped up in themselves make very small packages." ~Jessica Kennedy

Leah C. Dancel - True Riches


"A true rich person is one who gives from the heart and who gives willingly and unconditionally regardless of its size, value or quantity. One who gives without evil intent. One who doesn't slap on your face whatever goodness she has done to you in time you err. It is in the Quality and Thought of Giving that counts for it is blessed to Give than to Receive!" ~attributed to Noemi Dancel. She is my daughter and I am very proud of her!


Admiral Yi Sun Shin - Never truly Exists!

"The soldier who fights to death never dies, but the soldier who fights for existence never truly exists." ~Admiral Yi Sun Shin

Edward Albee Quotes

"Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite." ~Edward Albee

"Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly." ~Edward Albee

Leona Helmsly - nice people

"I don't hire people who have to be told to be nice. I hire nice people." ~Leona Helmsly

Thought for Today - Your Own Truth

"To follow someone else's truth is a trap. The best strategy is to know your own truth, face it and live by it. Others may inspire, guide, give you directions, but ultimately you have to cut your own way through the jungle. You could always be asking others where North is, and they will tell you. Someone will say North is this way and someone else that North is that other way - and both would have been sincere. But you alone have to find your true North." ~Thought for Today-UK



“A certain person may be elected by the public on the basis of his merit and ideals – but rarely is this person able to formulate policy." ~Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

"A developed country is not where the poor have cars. It is where the rich use public transportation." ~Gustav Petro, Mayor of Bogota, Colombia (via Mark Lopez)

"A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing." ~Alexander Hamilton

"A nation must respect other nations and adhere to common rules for the world. The gap between elites and their peoples are a major factor in today's problems, but not the only one, of course." ~Putin, President of Russia
(Source: PUTIN: There's a reason Donald Trump 'behaves extravagantly' by Natasha Bertrand | Business Insider – Fri, Oct 28, 2016)

"A single bee is ignored. But when millions come together, even the bravest run in fear.... The one thing the government fears is the day we stand together." ~Anon

"A transitional (revolutionary) government towards the adoption of a federal government is extra-constitutional and broader than Martial Law." ~Yesu Ben, 30 August 2017

"A well governed local government helps anytime to grief stricken neighbours without waiting from the national government to iniate. That's what Mayor Duterte did to Yolanda victims. He personally extended help incognito." ~Leah C. Dancel, 31 May 2017

"All corruption is equal...there is no separation between politics and gangsterism." ~ARTHUR FLEEBER, The Freshman (1990)

“America is a land where citizens vote for Democrats but hope to live like Republicans.” ~Anon

"An informed public can form a better republic." ~Ems Zkii , from TP

"An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger." ~Confucius

"Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them." ~John Milton (1608-1674)

“As you make your bed, so you must lie in it.” ~Daniel J. Boorstin on Politics/Government

"Be critical, vocal, and involved in the political process. We are a democratic country and it is our duty to keep our government in check." ~Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

"Be ever vigilant, hold governments accountable, struggle for peace and justice. Do not let up for a moment" ~ Nelson Mandela in a statement on building a Global Partnership for Children, 6 May 2000, LTL

"Be always suspicious of the politician, activist or intellectual that pushes you into the narrative of a false dichotomy but cautions you to not think for yourself, lest you sound like the enemy. They are not for reform; they simply seek numbers." ~Joffre Balce (HistoryIsOurWitness)

“Capital punishment is our society's recognition of the sanctity of human life.” ~Orrin Hatch

“Climate change is real. The science is compelling. And the longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve.” ~Senator John Kerry on Climate

“Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent” ~Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister (1804-1881)

"Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things." Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” ~Paulo Coelho

"Democracy of the people, by the people and for the people as the best form of government is founded on the belief that reason prevails in getting the consensus of the majority, not religious dogma, not rhetorics of demagogues, and not because of the belief that the best minds come only from the rich and the powerful." ~Bogz Lee, 5 August 2017

"Diplomacy doesn't work on organised crime. It does with victims of wars that the Philippines doesn't support. Countries that declared illegit wars and insidious interventions won't take in those seeking refuge from their policies of aggression." ~Joffre Balce

"Diplomacy, n.: The patriotic art of lying for one's country." ~Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

"Federalism for is meaningful self-governance. It's not a magic tablet, not a cure-all. We need to toil hard and shape up." ~Rolaiza Mimi Singayao, FB, 2 October 2017

"Foreign intervention is inconceivable against a hugely elected democratic president with a popularity even bigger than its mandate. Period." ~Teddy Locsin Jr.

"Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure." ~Bertrand Russell

"Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent." ~Alan Dershowitz

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

‪"Governments and public works cannot run on the basis of operational profits. It requires economic rents -- the common wealth -- manifested in land values." ~Joffre Balce ‬

"Governments, banks and corporations can only do evil when we the people let them do that. You think this is far from your bed but that is the biggest mistake you can make! If you feel this must stop then YOU must act !!" ~Jim Tollier, Comment on The CIA’s Cloddish ISIS Attack on Duterte | F. William Engdahl

"Government should protect people and regulate corporations, not protect corporations and regulate people." ~from Mass Report dot com

‪"Hardly anything happens without a counterpoint or the opposite happening elsewhere... Here, we grope our way toward a federal and parliamentary form of government; Down Under, they're considering the option of becoming a republican state!" ~Caloy Bueno, 29 July 2017‬

"Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives." ~Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

"History has shown us that terrorists and corrupt politicians are -CLEARLY- afraid of education because education will teach people how to demand and call for their rights using peaceful ways. Education will also give the oppressed the necessary means and knowledge to fight their oppressors." ~Miriam Defensor Santiago

"I believe it is also our duty as government officials to express support for the democratically elected president of our country. And to defend him as head of state." ~Darwin Cañete, October 4, 2017

"I want this government to succeed, for the sake of our countrymen who are not as lucky as you and I." ~RJ Nieto October 4, 2017, FB, Philippines

"I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians." ~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"If a governor comes out of his government rich, they say he has been a thief; and if he comes out poor, that he has been a noodle and a blockhead." ~Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” ~James Madison

"If people lose faith in the electoral process and system, it is the process and system that must change, not the people's faith or lack thereof in them." ~Joffre Balce

"If you want real political power, try telling the truth for a change." ~HARVEY MILK, Milk (2009)

"In politics, there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies, there are only permanent interests.” ~President John Fitzgerald Kennedy p

"In the future, democracy is not going to last long because the politician is already ignorant before the scientist; he is already in the hands of the scientist. The future belongs to the scientist, not to the politician. That means we will have to change the word democracy. I have a word for it: meritocracy." ~OSHO (Priests and Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul)

“In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their WISDOM and UNWISDOM; we have to say, Like People like Government.“ ~Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

“It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.” ~Douglas Adams

"It is only by destroying radical Islam that we can end the ever-escalating savagery that threatens our cities, our culture and our way of life." ~Henry Ergas

"It takes very strong discipline and determination to pursue CHANGE. In the case of the government, it does require wilful support from the people. Adversaries will always block and resist, but if the people's power rules, there's no obstacles that can not be overcome." ~Leah C. Dancel, 29 August 2017

"Let Duterte do his work peacefully.” ~Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General (to UN Human Rights Body, 2017)

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance." ~Woodrow Wilson

"Looks like the UN does not want to have the standards they apply on others to themselves. No wonder the planet resembles a Third World country more than a First World one." ~Joffre Balce

"Many of my countrymen cannot understand me right now but in the years to come they will understand. You cannot build a nation over the bones of criminals." ~Rodrigo Duterte, Oct. 25, 2016

"Martial Law is an experience that many of us are familiar with, but it takes a lot of egoism to declare Martial Law. So I hope we'll never have it unless the ruler or the leader is very narcissistic. Martial Law is just an expression of a frustrated soul." - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, April 2016

"Merit will be the decisive factor. Not whether you can gather votes by canvassing all kinds of promises and hopes, but your merit, your real power in the scientific world will decide. And once government comes into the hands of the scientist, then everything is possible." ~OSHO (Priests and Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul)

"Most politicians associate themselves with priests and nuns because they use religion to cover up their atrocities with false purity and holiness." ~Kyle Reygel Perales
My being a President is a mere title, l am human like you, and we are all equal.' ~President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
"My politics is a matter between my conscience and the ballot box." ~FRED KITE, I'm All Right Jack (1959)

"Neoliberalism was not conceived as a self-serving racket, but it rapidly became one. Economic growth has been markedly slower in the neoliberal era (since 1980 in Britain and the US) than it was in the preceding decades; but not for the very rich. Inequality in the distribution of both income and wealth, after 60 years of decline, rose rapidly in this era, due to the smashing of trade unions, tax reductions, rising rents, privatization and deregulation." ~George Monbiot (Via Elson Ogario)

"The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us." ~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"The Westminster Parliamentary System is the way to go...it focuses on a change in political culture from idealisation of personalities to a scrutiny of platforms and manifestos." ~Fr. Rannie Aquino (from Yesu Ben)

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.” ~Bertolt Brecht

"There are a number of conflicts of interest involved in commercialised elections and political appointments thereafter to Constitutional bodies -- loyalty to parties, businesses and law firns can be quite tricky." ~Joffre Balce

"This statement is a reflection of a leader who's willing to abase himself just to meet the people in common ground. It's a rare attribute found in high ranking officials or head of the state. Duterte is unique, down-to-earth, and wise." ~Aleph Haorh

"One of the penalties fir refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." ~Plato

“Only he has the calling for politics who is sure that he will not crumble when the world from his point of view is too stupid or base for what he wants to offer. Only he who in the face of all this can say in spite of all has the calling for politics.”. - Max Weber

"Only the ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ would want to oust President for serving his citizens." ~Theresa May,Prime Minister of Great Britain, March24, 2017 from AlJazeera Channel

"Only the strong can show his weakness. This makes him THE leader. The rest are just politicians." ~Aveen Acuna-Gulo on PRRD

“Our differences are politics, our agreements principles.” ~William McKinley

"Pauline Hanson – who holds no office, wields no authority, and is a perennial electoral failure – has always had a unique ability to unbalance and frustrate progressives." ~Jason Wilson, Guardian Australia (Nov 17, 2015)

"People keep looking to government for the answer and government is the problem." ~Ronald Reagan

"Politicians come to judge themselves, and be judged, by whether they deliver the pork; whether they offered grants rather than their own best judgment and wisdom; whether their decision was in the immediate interest of their district or city rather them the long-term interest if the nation." ~from THE STREETS WERE PAVED WITH GOLD (1979) by Ken Auletta

"Politics have no relation to morals." ~Niccolo Machiavelli

"Politics is far more complicated than physics." ~Albert Einstein

"Politics is now a jungle where all kinds of beast lives." ~Janet S Braza

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." ~Groucho Marx

"Politics is the playground for money, and by politicizing they are capable of concatinating all issues into a single unfair reporting that would inflict damage to whoever they were bribed to expunge." ~Alexis Say, September 13, 2017

"Politics is too small when compared to everyday Filipinos who have larger than life dreams." ~Mike Acebedo Lopez, March 27, 2017

"Politics: where greed wears a mask of morality." ~INSPECTOR JACQUES CLOUSEAU, The Pink Panther (2006)

"Religion and politics are divisive issues that have been weaponised. Vicious wars are being fought because of it." ~Rafael Alunan III

"She is used by the mainstream media (yes the white, bleachedlonde aussie media) to stir up the bogans and get them firing up their computer keyboards). Politicians love her because she is the public face of division, which means they don't have to be seen to be racist. They just ride the waves that she creates. She has no real policy and no substance.....just backward bogan racism." ~Chris Bonney on Pauline Hanson, Guardian Australia (Nov. 17, 2015)

"The freedom of information is key to a balance power between the government and its citizens." ~Martin Andanar, Secretary of Philippines Communication Office, 26 November 2016

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” ~US President Ronald Reagan

"The idea of passing a law every time someone blinks is a nonsense… Every time you pass a law you take somebody’s privileges away from them." ~Kerry Packer

"The laws politicians tell us are there to protect our environment can seem as pointless as the cheap Christmas giftwrap covering that bottle of wine you just bought for your least favourite uncle." ~Graham Readfearn

"The people just want to see government hard at work and making things work for them." ~Rafael Alunan III

"The price of admission in democracy is citizenship. One of the responsibilities of citizenship is paying correct taxes." ~Darwin Cañete

"The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner, "The American Flag"" ~Anon, Flag Day, June 14, is the day the United States officially adopted the Stars and Stripes. It is the birthday of our American flag.

“The word "politics" is derived from the word "poly", meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'.” ~Larry Hardiman

"The world needs very tough leaders like President Duterte in fighting many of the menaces bedeviling the world today." ~Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

“This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger.” ~George Walker Bush on America

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." ~Plato

"To my mind, what comes as a pleasant offshoot of Duterte’s victory is the fact that more and more Filipinos have awoken from their indifference over what’s happening in the country and are now actually interested enough to contribute to the political discourse. I know of contacts who have now started to care enough to expect better government service, whereas before it was all just about thriving in their own comfortable spheres whilst fending off the inconveniences of government ineptitude." ~Patricia Mirasol

"[UN] Human Rights Body has done an investigation on the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. I want to announce it here that the war against drugs in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is for the good of the people, of the Philippines and it is indeed promoting patriotism and good governance." ~Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General (2017)

"We will no longer use the US military to build democracy abroad, or try to rebuild other countries in our image and likeness. This time is gone. In return, we will ask our partners to defend our common interests. We do not ask others to change their way of life, but we ask to pursue common goals that will enable our children to live better. And this will be the determining factor in making our decisions. " ~Pres. Donald Trump (FB, 28 August 2017)

“We will not become free when the state goes away. Rather the state will go away once we are free.” ~ Butler Shaffer, author, The Wizards of Ozymandias

"What I think politicians should be doing, if they had any guts, is to introduce a libel system which is punitive. If a journalist has the evidence to prove his allegations, then by all means, let them be printed. But if they’re wrong, then it should be costing their organizations millions, not tens or hundreds of thousands." ~Kerry Packer

"When politics continually gets in the way of nation-building - of growing the economy; of developing our ethics, knowledge and skills; of uniting the nation; of harmonizing our diverse cultures - whenever a political solution is applied to every problem that has nothing to do with politics - that only means we keep repeating the same stupid mistake. That makes us a stupid race. To save us from ourselves, we need to classify stupidity as a heinous crime." ~Rafael Alunan III, May 30, 2017

"Why do we solicit the opinions and half-baked analyses of foreign observers when they aren't even stakeholders in this political problem?....If and when the dust of this political war settles, these international media outfits can just as easily offer a half-meant apology and say, "We thought Duterte was going to be a dictator as your VP had said. So, we helped you remove him. It turns out that he wasn't but he certainly had all the capacity to be a dictator."....And we, the Filipinos, will be left to pick up the pieces of a broken republic." ~Bryan Ng Co

“Why don't you show us a statesman who can rise up to the emergency, and cave in the emergency's head.”
Artemus Ward (pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne)

"You are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people." ~Mosab Hassan Yousef, Palestinian “Green Prince” on UN HUMAN RIGHTS

"You imprison the poor wretch who steals because he is hungry; but none of the hundreds who steal millions from the Government has ever spent a night in jail." ~Fidel Castro

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

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"A great leader is one who is beholden to his nation. He is without prejudice; and who is fair, just and merciful." ~Leah C. Dancel, April 6, 2017

“As to religion, I hold it to be the indispensable duty of all government, to protect all conscientious professors thereof, and I know of no other business which government hath to do therewith.” ~Thomas Paine

“Every special calling in life, if it is to be followed with success, requires peculiar qualifications of understanding and soul,” ~Carl von Clausewitz in his opus On War.

"In Digong's speech, I was speechless. Everything I want to hear he had said. He is truly the voice of the voiceless." ~Arsenio Antonio, July 24, 2017, PRRD, Philippines SONA2

"Fiipinos have a President, a real President, one that they are proud of." ~John Parsons on President RR Duterte (May 2017)

"First, it was wine. Now it's snags! Politics will always be a job of damnation. Right or wrong, there's no way out!" ~Leah C. Dancel, April 5 on Food and Politics

“Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.” ~Thomas Sowell
on Politics / government

"I anticipated Trump to look inward. His speech made it clear that America will focus inward to rebuild. The nations of the world will have to step up and keep the peace worldwide. This is a turning point in world history." ~Rafael Alunan III on America's Retreat, FB 2017

"I call therefore a complete and generous education that which fits a man to perform justly, skillfully, and magnanimously all the offices, both private and public, of peace and war." ~John Milton (1608-1674)

"I cry for my people and my country." ~Ferdinand E. Marcos, President of the Philippines 1986

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

"I think (that) President Duterte was responding to the concerns of the people of the Philippines, and the lesson for politicians around the world is to tap into the concerns, particularly of those who feel left behind by globalization, those who have been affected by the disruption of technologies, and those who fear change." ~Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia, March 17-18, 2017

"I think (that is) the challenge facing governments around the world, that while globalization and economic integration, economic competition, have undoubted benefits, more people need to share in those benefits." ~Julie Bishop on her recent visit to the Philippines, March 17-18, 2017

"I wonder when the politicians of this world will reflect on the policies they've pushed for for the mere increase of digits in their bank accounts and other stakeholders of these horrible wars, at the expense of thousands and thousands of innocent men, women and children, whose only crime was to be at the wrong place at the wrong time..." ~Mohammed Sa'ad Al Bukhsh

“If you don’t want the Philippines to turn into another Syria, please support martial law and cooperate with the government to find the terrorists and criminals. Be advised that some corporate media outlets are not reporting the real important news facts, and manipulating the news for their own agenda and for increasing their sales and popularity.” ~Amir Assadollahi, Canadian Political Analyst

"Just as every facet of our government is rotten to the core, the only way to change it is to dismantle it and start anew." ~Jovybev Aquino, August 25, 2017

"No single person, no body of opinion, no political doctrine, no religious doctrine can claim a monopoly on truth" ~Nelson Mandela during an address to the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, Prague, Czech Republic, 26 May 1992 ‪Living The Legacy‬

"Nobody seems to recognize that the root of the divide is more due to different political priorities. Why are we always talking at cross purposes? Because at the top of your list are EJKs and the burial of Marcos at Libingan. At the top of my list is a move toward efficient and effective government, one that is sincere in its service to the people. I am for tax reform, higher fiscal spending and opening up to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). I believe what Lee Kuan Yew said about the Philippines is true: that the US-style setup of government has failed us even before Marcos tried to change it, and I believe we should move to a parliamentary and federalist system. We need to break up our huge archipelagic country into more manageable and governable federal states. I am concerned that the corruption we have always seen in Philippine politics may have links to drugs—narcopolitics, in other words. I am for peace in Mindanao and a tough stance on terrorists and outlaws. I feel all these things are closer to happening with this administration. Duterte gets all of this and is the best chance we have had since...forever." ~Charles Englund

"People should best learn to leave the innocent children out of the political maelstrom their elders create. Allow them to choose their own path, excel and help build a better world on their terms." ~Joffre Balce, May 10, 2017

"Rights are disrespected by those who sincerely believe that electoral fraud is needed in case voters elect the "wrong" candidate." ~Joffre Balce, on Suffrage: Justice For All (April 2018)

"The more highly public life is organized the lower does its morality sink." ~E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

"The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall." ~Che Guevara

"True warriors for social justice will never bow to masters responsible -- either by complicity or participation -- for social injustices and inequality in the application of rights in the world, regardless of what realpolitik presents as an excuse." ~Joffre Balce

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"I believe that until the basic issue between Israel and the Palestinians is resolved, there's never going to have any hope of any decent situation there." ~Bob Hawke, Former Australian PM on changing "the chemistry" of the Middle East.

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

"In exchange for those two words - "WE THOUGHT" - the mighty and lone world superpower, the United States of America together with Great Britain, France led around 38 other nations to execute Saddam Hussein, directly caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, reduced the whole of Baghdad into a pile of rubbles and rotting corpses, precipitated the Iraqi civil war, created the condition for the emergence of Isis and exacerbated an already volatile region into a powderkeg." ~Bryan Ng Co, (Comment on: "The main reason we went into Iraq at that time was WE THOUGHT he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction." ~George Walker Bush, 43rd PRESIDENT (2001 - 2009), United States of America from "INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: WEAPONS OF MASS HYSTERIA"

"It will be of little avail to the people, if the law is so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood." ~James Madison, the Father of the American Constitution

"My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins." ~President Manuel L. Quezon, (1939, in an article in INSIDE ASIA)

"Nationalism is reflected in disapproval, aversion, and even resistance to foreign cultures." ~Benson Bautista

"Neoliberalism is a self-serving racket that exempts billionaires and large corporations from the constraints of democracy, from paying their taxes, from not polluting, from having to pay fair wages, from not exploiting their workers" - George Monbiot

“One can become a leader only if one is supported by an ideology which makes other people tractable and accommodating.” ~Ludwig von Mises

"Philippines goverment has been in a long battle against narcotics after President Duterte vowed to continue with the fight despite frequent condemnation by the international community human rights and other critics." ~NewsFox, 27 July 2017

"... people of every political persuasion, ponder on the role of the half-blind international press that are stoking the flames of conflict between and among Filipinos today. Do they know more about the Philippines than the Filipinos?" ~Bryan Ng Co

‪"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

"She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion, it is poisionous" ~Brendan Cox, husband of British MP Jo Cox who was murdered 16 June 2016

"Supporting the duly constituted government is our fundamental duty to the Republic and the Constitution." ~Darwin Cañete, April 1, 2017

"Surely Australia can use this Paris climate agreement to finally end the barren, wasted years of climate policy war." ~Lenore Taylor

"Terrorism, criminality, drug syndicates, narco-politics, corruptions are real facts but the media was playing it and manipulate it to fabricate news or create a different viewpoint about the situation in the Philippines." ~Amir Assadollahi, Canadian Political Analyst

"The Balangiga Bell is the stark reminder of the US violation of human rights in the Philippines and if returned, it will be a great apology that we can graciously receive." ~Jerry Jimenez, July 26, 2017 post SONA2

"The main reason we went into Iraq at that time was WE THOUGHT he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction." ~George Walker Bush, 43rd PRESIDENT (2001 - 2009), United States of America

"The Philippines needs Duterte. Any foreign country who can claim to speak against a leader with an 88% support base, should just remain silent. Far too many inept people with little ideas of the politics and political personnel of the Philippines are having far too much to say. The voice of 88% of Filipinos should never be spoken against by anyone." ~Ken Canning, Australian aboriginal leader and activist, October 2, 2017 (Rado Gatchalian - Radu30 Advocacy)

“The [president] has no particle of spiritual jurisdiction. . . .” ~Alexander Hamilton

"The toughness and dedication you showed in directing an independent foreign policy and separating from dependency and submission made everyone listen. Now the Philippines under your leadership will not be bullied or taken for granted." ~Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, on President RR Duterte, 22 November 2016, APEC - Lima, Peru

“The trouble with us in government is that we talk too much, act too slow, and do too little.” ~Mayor RR Duterte, during the Senate hearing in 2014 (Source:Excerpt from the article 'A Year of Change' to be published in The Philippine Panorama, Manila Bulletin's Sunday magazine, Jan. 1, 2017)

“The whole inspiration of our life as a nation flows out from the waving folds of this banner.” ~Anon

"There is only one Philippine Government and one Armed Forces. All others are illegal and enemies of the state." ~Abe Puruggana, 27 July 2017

"We do not want freedom without bread, nor do we want bread without freedom. We must provide for all the fundamental rights and freedoms associated with a democratic society." ~Nelson Mandela during his Investiture as Doctor of Laws, Soochow University, Taiwan, 1 August 1993, Living The Legacy

"We won't beat drugs if we keep saying we can't. Defeatism is like aiding and abetting this deadly trade. We will beat drugs if both the government and society come together to extinguish it by addressing the supply and demand ends of the business equation. ............. Government addresses supply, society addresses demand. Government in the exercise of good governance; society in the exercise of responsible citizenship. It's called "whole-of-nation" approach with unity of purpose to save our children's future." ~Rafael Alanan III, 11 January 2017

"When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility and he betrays the interest of his country." ~Noah Webster

“When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.” ~Thomas Paine

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