"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


Jonathan McNair Quotes

"Friendship is a precious possession, treasured most dearly in times of need." ~Jonathan McNair, LCG Minister, Commentary: A Friend in Need

"True friendship binds people together in good times and bad." ~Jonathan McNair, LCG Minister, Commentary: A Friend in Need

"Reputation is not built by magic. It is established by our actions and our words." ~Jonathan McNair, LCG (Mind Your Mind, Tomorrow's World, November-December 2012)

"The decisions we make-regarding what we do and say, what we laugh at, how we spend our time and with whom we spend it-all reflect who we are." ~Jonathan McNair, LCG (Mind Your Mind, Tomorrow's World, November-December 2012)

"Our mind is stamped with our emotions. God has placed in our human minds the ability to experience a range of emotions that influence our thinking." ~Jonathan McNair, LCG (Mind Your Mind, Tomorrow's World, November-December 2012)

"If we can develop a mind that is in harmony with God as a young person, we will imprint a way of thinking that will result in good decisions, and a good life." ~Jonathan McNair, LCG (Mind Your Mind, Tomorrow's World, November-December 2012)

"Take on the mind of God to help establish you in a wise and fruitful way of thinking and feeling." ~Jonathan McNair, LCG (Mind Your Mind, Tomorrow's World, November-December 2012)


Thought for Today - Manage Emotions

"When the energy of our consciousness is out of our control - the mind is agitated. We are being emotional. The solution is to detach from the inner storms, stand back and observe the hurricane pass. Detached observation withdraws the energy which your emotions require to sustain themselves. When you watch your own anger, it dies. If you don't detach from it, and observe it ...it will be your master." ~Thought for Today-UK

Joseph Chilton Pearce Quotes

“Prefer a loss to a dishonest gain; the one brings pain at the moment, the other for all time.” ~Chilton on Integrity

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." ~Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Jane Goodall Quotes


"I have found that to love and be loved is the most empowering and exhilarating of all human emotions." ~Jane Goodall

"If we kill off the wild, then we are killing a part of our souls." ~Jane Goodall

"The greatest danger to our future is apathy." ~Jane Goodall

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." ~Jane Goodall

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Stephen King Quotes

"Even when love isn't enough…somehow it is." — Stephen King

"Get busy living, or get busy dying." ~Stephen King

“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.” ― Stephen King

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ~Stephen King

"Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always come around to where you started again." ~Stephen King

"No one can tell what goes on between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change, you just come out the other side, or you don't." ~Stephen King

"People want to know why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy - and I keep it in a jar on my desk." ~Stephen King

"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure." ~Stephen King (From "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption")

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~Stephen King "The battle between good and evil is endlessly fascinating because we are participants everyday." ~Stephen King

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” ~Stephen King, On Writing

“The real importance of reading is that it creates an ease and intimacy with the process of writing; one comes to the country of the writer with one's papers and identification pretty much in order. Constant reading will pull you into a place (a mind-set, if you like the phrase) where you can write eagerly and without self-consciousness. It also offers you a constantly growing knowledge of what has been done and what hasn't, what is trite and what is fresh, what works and what just lies there dying (or dead) on the page. The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor.” ~Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

"The scariest moment is always just before you start." ~Stephen King

"You can see the goldenrod, that most tenacious and pernicious and beauteous of all New England flora, bowing away from the wind like a great and silent congregation." ~Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot


Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine, on 21 September 1947.

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Thought for Today - Compassion

"A compassionate person develops an eye for spotting the qualities that make each person special. Even when others are at their lowest ebb, it is possible to help them restore their self-belief by keeping a firm, clear vision of their goodness and specialities. Taking a gently encouraging approach, I must never give up on anyone." ~Thought for Today-UK

Bruce Barton Quotes

"It would do the world good if every person in it would compel themselves occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world's progress has come out of such loneliness." ~Bruce Barton

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance." ~Bruce Barton

"What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage." ~Bruce Barton

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Cyril Connolly Quotes

"A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out." ~Cyril Connolly

"A writer is in danger of allowing his talent to dull who lets more than a year go past without finding himself in his rightful place of composition, the small single unluxurious "retreat" of the twentieth century, the hotel bedroom." ~Cyril Connolly

"All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others." ~Cyril Connolly

"Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you." ~Cyril Connolly

"Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether." ~Cyril Connolly

"Classical and romantic: private language of a family quarrel, a dead dispute over the distribution of emphasis between man and nature." ~Cyril Connolly

"Green leaves on a dead tree is our epitaph—green leaves, dear reader, on a dead tree." ~Cyril Connolly

"Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signalling to be let out." ~Cyril Connolly

"In the sex-war thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female. Both are reciprocally generated, but a woman's desire for revenge outlasts all other emotion." ~Cyril Connolly

"It is closing time in the gardens of the West and from now on an artist will be judged only by the resonance of his solitude or the quality of his despair." ~Cyril Connolly

"Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose." ~Cyril Connolly

"Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once." ~Cyril Connolly

"No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning." ~Cyril Connolly

"The English language is like a broad river on whose bank a few patient anglers are sitting, while, higher up, the stream is being polluted by a string of refuse-barges tipping out their muck." ~Cyril Connolly

"The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence." ~Cyril Connolly

"The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up." ~Cyril Connolly

"The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm – to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore." ~Cyril Connolly

"The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife." ~Cyril Connolly

"The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food." ~Cyril Connolly

"Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action." ~Cyril Connolly

"We create the world in which we live; if that world becomes unfit for human life, it is because we tire of our responsibility." ~Cyril Connolly

"Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their lustre." ~Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic.

Hill Harper - love

“Love is an energy. You can feed it to people, and they in turn feed it to others, and eventually it comes back.” ~Hill Harper

Susan Fay West - space

"The mental and physical space we create by letting go of things that belong in our past gives us the option to fill the space with something new." ~Susan Fay West

Marilyn Ferguson - gate of change

"Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be unlocked from the inside." ~Marilyn Ferguson


Thought for Today - A Moment Of Solitude

"When I start the day with a moment of solitude and contemplation, even the most crowded schedule runs more smoothly." ~Thought for Today-UK

Dr. James R. Sherman Quotes

"A journal is a day-to-day accounting of ideas, events, reflections, and experiences. It's something you keep to on a regular basis for your own personal use. It helps you see what worked in the past and what didn't. Its history of emotional responses tells you how you reacted to a variety of obstacles and opportunities." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"Boldness is a positive attribute, but only after goals and objectives have been determined and a plan of action has been established." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"Chance has a rhythm, like a flowing of tides, the migration of birds, the alternation of the seasons, and the cycle of growth and harvest." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"Honest mistakes generate a need for support and reassurance." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"Increase your capacity to endure in the face of adversity by eliminating fear and negative thoughts. Be persistent. Staying power is not blind adherence to a lost cause, it's the courageous pursuit of an attainable goal. Staying power generates energy and renews enthusiasm." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"One of the best tests of a friendship is for one friend to point out another's mistakes. It's better to get a little chiding from a friend than to bear the hostility of a stranger. By and large, it's a lot more useful than praise. Listen to your spouse, children, friends, and colleagues."  ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"Quitting is not a sign of personal failure. It takes courage and strength of character, especially after you've invested a lot of valuable time and energy in your efforts." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"Success is not reserved for the rich and famous. Nor is it always based on skill. Skill is only one component of success. The main ingredient is attitude." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"The best way to train your mind and develop good habits is to do it on your own initiative.Others may help you, guide you and inspire you. But the things that will help the most to ensure success are the results you get through your own efforts." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

"You're the architect of your destiny. You should be willing to answer for your behavior and to abide by the outcomes - whether good or bad-for whatever you do." ~Dr. James R. Sherman, PhD

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Harriet Braiker - excellence

"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing." ~Harriet Braiker

Elizabeth Taylor Quotes

"It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting." ~Elizabeth Taylor

"There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them." ~Elizabeth Taylor

Ann Patchett Quotes


"Show kindness whenever possible. Show it to the people in front of you, the people coming up behind you, and the people with whom you are running neck and neck. It will vastly improve the quality of your own life, the lives of others, and the state of the world." ~Ann Patchett

"Sometimes love does not have the most honorable beginnings, and the endings, the endings will break you in half. It’s everything in between we live for." ~Ann Patchett

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Oliver Goldsmith Quotes

“By every remove I only drag a greater length of chain.” ~Oliver Goldsmith

"I choose my wife, as she did her wedding gown, for qualities that would wear well." ~Oliver Goldsmith

"I love everything that's old; old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines." ~Oliver Goldsmith

"Man wants but little here below, nor wants that little longer." ~Oliver Goldsmith

"Tenderness is a virtue." ~Oliver Goldsmith

"You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips." ~Oliver Goldsmith

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Basil King - bold

"Be bold and mighty powers will come to your aid." ~Basil King

Louis Parrish -life

“If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life.” ~Louis Parrish

Thought for Today - Mind Matters

"The most important part of you is your mind (not your brain - the brain is the hardware and the mind creates the software). Care for your mind, make friends with it, always feed it healthy food, engage it in positive activity, exercise it with knowledge and wisdom. Like a garden returns fragrance and beauty according to the care invested, so your mind will repay you with thoughts, ideas and visions of great beauty when tended and invested with care. Your mind is not made of matter but it does matter what you give it and what you create with it. Where your mind goes, you go. What your mind creates becomes your destiny." ~Thought for Today-UK

Chuck Palahniuk Quotes

"Every woman is just a different kind of problem." ~Chuck Palahniuk

"Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home ... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it." ~Chuck Palahniuk

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

"It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace." ~Chuck Palahniuk

"People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future." ~Chuck Palahniuk

"People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messed cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown." ~Chuck Palahniuk

“The first step - especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money - the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.” ~Chuck Palahniuk

“The laws that keep us safe, these same laws condemn us to boredom.” ~Chuck Palahniuk

"The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open." ~Chuck Palahniuk

"The faster you'll fall, the higher you'll fly." ~Chuck Palahniuk

“True Love burns the brightest, But the brightest flames leave the deepest scars.” ~Chuck Palahniuk

“Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.” ~Chuck Palahniuk


Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction.

Piero Ferrucci - habit

"Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure." ~Piero Ferrucci

Denise Levertov - singing

"What I heard was my whole self saying and singing what it knew: I can." ~ Denise Levertov

Thought for Today - Work Well

"Work is only work if you prefer to be somewhere else. Work tends to be a negative perception of a task which we reluctantly approach. Work is only labour when we forget to see our life as it truly is - an opportunity to be creative, enrich others and be enriched ourselves. When we are able to see work in this way, we find something called enthusiasm inside. When we are enthusiastic we work well and we are valued. We are used as a role model. When we work well it is much easier to say no when we need to, for we know our own value, and we are not dependent on others' approval to feel good about ourselves. When we put love and enthusiasm into what we do, it rebounds in the form of opportunities and blessings, two of the most important ingredients of a truly wealthy life." ~Thought for Today-UK


Bong Dancel Santos Prayers

You've guided my steps,
overlooked my mistakes,
encouraged my efforts,
and praised my achievements.
You forgive and forget my sins,
but You never forget me.
Thank You, Lord.
Lord, there is no way to hide from You...

Lord, You are a discerner of the heart;
You can see through every excuse
I make or mask I wear.
Thank You for knowing me so well,
and still loving me so much.

Thank You... I love You Lord... Amen...

Dante Dancel Quotes

"Father God, Thank You for Your Word which lights my path and directs my heart. I submit every area of my life to You and put You first in everything I do. Teach me Your ways so I can walk with You and experience everything You have in store for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen." ~Dante Dancel

"Father in heaven, thank You for equipping me to be a blessing to others. Show me ways to be a dream released and help others to rise up higher. Help me to use my influence to encourage others and honor You always. In Jesus’ Name. Amen." ~Dante Dancel

"Heavenly Father, I want to fulfill Your law of love by serving and helping others. Show me how to be a blessing to the people around me so that I can help carry their burdens. In Jesus’ Name. Amen." ~Dante Dancel

"I choose to feed my faith by declaring Your Word over my life so that I can tap in to every blessing You have for me." ~Dante Dancel

"In the goodness of your heart, you have given us your great gift of Life." ~Dante Dancel

"My Lord, be with me each moment of this day. Help me to be mindful of your never ending Love and inspire me to show my love for you by responding generously to the needs of others. In all that I say, in all that I do may I do it for you." ~Dante Dancel

"Today, I give You my broken dreams, disappointments, failures and setbacks and trust." ~Dante Dancel

"You may be facing disappointment, pain and setbacks today, or even criticism from those you love, but don’t get discouraged. Adversity could be the very thing God uses to take you to new levels. Remember, God can turn your life around in a moment and move you 'further and faster' than you ever dreamed." ~Dante Dancel

William Shedd - Ship

P & O Cruise Ship

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for." ~William Shedd

Thought for Today - Spirituality Versus Science

"Science can tell why a rose is red, but not why it is beautiful. Beauty belongs to the realm of spirituality." ~Thought for Today-UK

Osho Rajneesh Quotes

"Accept yourself. Love yourself, and celebrate yourself." ~Osho

"Bring awareness to each act. Walking on the road, walk fully alert; eating, eat with awareness. Whatsoever you are doing, don't let the past and the future interfere. Be in the present; that's what awareness is all about." ~Osho

"Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence." ~Osho

"Creativity means loving whatsoever you do – enjoying, celebrating it, as a gift of existence! Maybe nobody comes to know about it. Who is going to praise Paras for cleaning this floor? History will not take any account of it; newspapers will not publish her name and pictures – but that is irrelevant. She enjoyed it. The value is intrinsic." ~Osho

"Desire disappears as you become more and more aware. When awareness is one hundred percent, there is no desire at all." ~Osho

"Discover yourself, otherwise you have to depend on other people’s opinions who don’t know themselves." ~Osho

"Each person is born with a unique individuality, and each person has a destiny of his or her own. Imitation is crime, it is criminal. If you try to become a Buddha, you may look like Buddha, you may walk like him, you may talk like him, but you will miss. You will miss all that life was ready to deliver to you. Buddha happens only once. It is not in the nature of things to repeat. Existence is so creative that it never repeats anything. You cannot find another human being in the present, in the past, or in the future who is going to resemble you exactly. It has never happened. The human being is not a mechanism like Ford cars on an assembly line. Never imitate anybody." ~Osho

"Find ecstasy within yourself. It is not out there. It is in your innermost flowering. The One you are looking for is you. You are the traveler and you are the destination. In experiencing the ecstasy of your own Being, you have achieved the final goal." ~Osho

"Forget relationships and learn how to relate. Once you are in a relationship you start taking each other for granted – that’s what destroys all love affairs." ~Osho

"Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving." ~Osho

"Hell is our creation, and we create hell by trying to do the impossible. Heaven is our nature, it is our spontaneity. It is where we always are." ~Osho

"Help the world to become better. Don't leave the world just the same as you have found it - make it a little better, make it a little more beautiful." ~Osho

"How can a person who cannot be happy alone, be happy in relationship?" ~Osho

"I love, because my love is not dependent on the object of love. My love is dependent on my state of being. So whether the other person changes, becomes different, friend turns into a foe, does not matter, because my love was never dependent on the other person. My love is my state of being. I simply love." ~Osho

"I love this world because it is imperfect. It is imperfect and that’s why it is growing; if it was perfect it would be dead." ~Osho

"If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don't make him afraid of the unknown, give him support." ~Osho

"If you are unhappy, you will always make a relationship with an unhappy person... A miserable person tends to find a miserable partner." ~Osho

"If you cannot respect women, you cannot respect anybody else -- because it is from women you come. The woman mothered you for nine months, then she took every care, she loved you for years. And then again... you can't live without a woman. She is your solace, your warmth. Life is very cold; the woman becomes your warmth. Life is very uninspiring; the woman becomes your inspiration. Life is very very arithmetical; the woman becomes your poetry. She gives grace to your life. She takes care of you. She loves you, she goes on loving you, tremendously, totally." ~Osho

"If you have found your truth within yourself, there is nothing more in this whole existence to find." ~Osho

"If you love a flower, don't pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation." ~Osho

"If you love a person, you accept the total person. With all the defects. Because those defects are a part of the person. Never try to change a person you love, because the very effort to change says that you love half, and the other half of the person is not accepted. When you love, you simply love." ~Osho

"If you want to learn anything, learn trust – nothing else is needed. If you are miserable, nothing else will help – learn trust. If you don’t feel any meaning in life and you feel meaningless, nothing will help – learn trust. Trust gives meaning because trust makes you capable of allowing the whole descend upon you." ~Osho

"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 real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher." ~Osho

"It is not through thinking that one arrives home. It is through feeling. So think less, feel more." ~Osho

"Just watch all your acts, all your beliefs, and find out whether they are based in reality, in experience, or based in fear. And anything based in fear has to be dropped immediately, without a second thought. It is your armor. I cannot melt it. I can simply show you how you can drop it." Osho ‪

"Laughter is spiritual health. And laughter is very unburdening. While you laugh, you can put your mind aside very easily." ~Osho

"Learn to lead a creative life. Creativity means that you do something solely for the joy it gives you. You can sculpt, write a song, sing a song, play the sitar – it does not matter what you do, but do it only for pleasure and not as a profession. Then all the destructive energy will be transformed and will become creative." ‪~Osho

"Life begins where fear ends." ~Osho

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

"Love has to be of the quality that gives freedom, not new chains for you; a love that gives you wings and supports you to fly as high as possible." ~Osho

"Love is authentic only when it gives freedom..." ~Osho

"Love is happy when it is able to give something. The ego is happy when it is able to take something." ~Osho

"Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation." ~Osho

"Love is the nourishment for the soul. Just as food is to the body, so love is to the soul. Without food the body is weak, without love the soul is weak. And no state, no church, no vested interest, has ever wanted people to have strong souls, because a person with spiritual energy is bound to be rebellious." ~Osho

"Man has to create himself. He is not ready-made, he is not given. And the creation has to be a self-creation-nobody else can make you." ~Osho

"Man unnecessarily creates problems. I want you to understand that there are no problems in life except those you create. Just try to see: whatsoever feels good for you is good. Then go the whole way. Even if the whole world is against it, it doesn’t matter. And whether you have gone total and whole will be decided by the reward."~Osho

"Many of our problems are just there because we have never looked at them, never focused our eyes on them to figure out what they are. Give life to things which are beautiful. Don't give life to ugly things. You don't have much time, much energy to waste. With such a small life, with such a small energy source, it is simply stupid to waste it in sadness, in anger, in hatred, in jealousy. Use it in love, use it in some creative act, use it in friendship, use it in meditation: Do something with your energy which takes you higher. And the higher you go, the more energy sources become available to you. It is in your hands." ‪~Osho‬

"Meditation brings immense beauty to the person, infinite grace, and a beauty which is not something painted on the surface, a beauty which has nothing to do with the body, a beauty that radiated from the very center of your being." ~Osho

"Meditation is the art of cleaning your mirror from all the dust that the society, the religion, the educational system has poured on you, to take away everything that has not been born with you, to bring you to your absolute innocence as you were born as a child." ~Osho

"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)

"Millions of people are suffering: they want to be loved but they don't know how to love. And love cannot exist as a monologue; it is a dialogue, a very harmonious dialogue." ~Osho

"Nobody has the power to take two steps together; you can take only one step at a time." ~Osho

"Only the intelligent ones feel confusion; otherwise the mediocre go on moving in life, smiling, laughing, accumulating money, struggling for more power and fame. If you see them you will feel a little jealous; they look so confident, they even look happy."...~Osho

"Only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core into the other person without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without creating 'the other,' reducing the other into a thing, and without becoming addicted with the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other." ~Osho

"Produce so much wealth that society becomes free of wealth. Produce so much wealth that no one has to do anything dishonest: no theft, black marketeering or corruption." ~Osho

"Relationship is a mirror.. Every moment the other reveals you, exposes you. The closer the relationship, the clearer is the mirror." ~Osho

"Start at this moment to live and you'll see - the more you live, there will be less problems." ~OSHO

"Take life easily, lovingly, playfully, non-seriously. Seriousness is a disease, the greatest disease of the soul and playfulness the greatest health." ~Osho

"The believer is not a seeker. The believer does not want to seek, that´s why he believes. The believer wants to avoid seeking, that´s why he believes. The believer wants to be delivered, saved, he needs a savior. He is always in search of a messiah — somebody who can eat for him, chew for him, digest for him. But if I eat, your hunger is not going to be satisfied. Nobody can save you except yourself."~Osho

"The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person – without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other." ~Osho

"The heart is like a flower. Unless it is open, it cannot release is fragrance." ~Osho

"The moment a child is born; the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." ~Osho

"The moon reflected in the water is not the real moon, but still it has tremendous beauty; and if the waters of your mind are silent, then the moon reflected in those waters is exactly the same." ~Osho

"The only people who have been blissful in the world are the people who have lived according to their own intuition and have rebelled against any effort by others to impose their ideas. Howsoever valuable those ideas may be, they are useless because they are not yours. The only significant idea is that which arises in you, grows in you, blossoms in you." ~Osho

"The simple secret of happiness. Whatever you are doing, don't let past move your mind; don't let future disturb you. Because the past is no more, and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential. And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential. Naturally you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life." ~Osho

"There are only two types of people: one, who escape from their loneliness the majority, the ninety-nine point nine percent, who escape from themselves; and the remaining point one percent is the meditator, who says, "If loneliness is a truth, then it is a truth; then there is no point in running away from it. It is better to go into it, encounter it, see it face to face, what it is." Meditation means going into your loneliness wholeheartedly, to discover it, to investigate into it, to inquire into it. That´s what meditation is all about." ~Osho

"They say: Think twice before you jump. I say: Jump first and then think as much as you want!" ~Osho

"To be alone and to be drunk with your own aloneness is what meditation is all about. Be in the world, but don't be of it." ~Osho Rajneesh

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ~Osho

"To know oneself is to know all that is worth knowing; and to miss
self-knowledge is to miss all. A man may know everything in the world;
but if he does not know himself, he is utterly ignorant." ~ Osho

"Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are." ~Osho

"Truth is not to be found outside. No teacher, no scripture can give it to you. It is inside you and if you wish to attain it, seek your own company. Be with yourself." ~Osho

“What you call religious ideas are not religious, but only superstitions carried down the ages – for so long that just their ancientness has made them appear like truth.” ~Osho

"Whatever you feel, you become. It is your responsibility." ~Osho

"When I inhale,
I don't dwell upon things.
When I exhale,
I don't pursue thoughts." ~Osho

"When you are angry with someone and you throw your anger on him, you are creating a chain reaction. Now he too will be angry. This may continue for lives and you will go on being enemies. How can you end it? There is only one possibility. You can end it only in meditation, nowhere else, because in meditation you are not angry with someone: you are simply angry." ~Osho

"When you don’t need a person at all, when you are totally sufficient unto yourself, when you can be alone and tremendously happy and ecstatic, then love is possible." ~Osho

"Within three hundred years, science has given man so much, that in thirty thousand years religions have not been able to provide. And this, too, science has contributed against the priests, against the politicians. If politicians and priests are not there, man can take a quantum leap." ~Osho

"You are here because this existence needs you as you are. You are needed as much as the trees, as the flowers,as the birds, as the sun, as the moon, as the stars." ~Osho

"You are not accidental. Existence needs you. Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it. That's what gives you dignity, that the whole existence will miss you. The stars and sun and moon, the trees and birds and earth - everything in the universe will feel a small place is vacant which cannot be filled by anybody except you. This gives you a tremendous joy, a fulfillment that you are related to existence, and existence cares for you. Once you are clean and clear, you can see tremendous love falling on you from all dimensions." ~Osho

"You have to drop all your defences, only then is intimacy possible. We are all hiding a thousand and one things, not only from others, but also from ourselves." ~Osho

"You have to save yourself from so many good-intentioned people, do-gooders, who are constantly advising you to be this, to be that. Listen to them, thank them. They don´t mean any harm — but harm is what happens. You just listen to your own heart. That is your only teacher. In the real journey of life, your own intuition is your only teacher." ~Osho

"You will find meaning in life only if you create it.
It is not lying there somewhere behind the bushes,
so you can go and you search a little bit and find it.
It is not there like a rock that you will find.
It is a poetry to be composed,
it is a song to be sung,
it is a dance to be danced.

"Whenever you depend on somebody, you can never forgive that man. He makes you dependent, he makes you feel helpless." ~Osho

"Whenever you feel sad, sit silently and allow sadness to come; don't try to escape from it. Make yourself as sad as you can. Don't avoid it..." ~Osho

"Zen is not a philosophy, it is poetry. It does not propose, it simply persuades. it does not argue, it simply sings its own song." ~Osho

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Radhanath Swami - motivation

"The problem in this world is because people are spiritually undisciplined, simply motivated by selfishness and greed." ~Radhanath Swami

Remez Sasson - vision

"Thoughts are not a necessity; most of the time they are just distractions that obstruct your inner vision." ~Remez Sasson

Thought for Today - Vibrations

"With your own vibrations of peace and happiness, give everyone else the experience of happiness and comfort." ~Thought for Today-UK

Quotes on BIRDS

"I'd tell the wind to catch and bring to you every song that birds have ever sung." ~Anon

The dawn shall be glad
With the song of birds,
And the stir of fluttering wings;
Surely the joy of life is found
In simple tender things." ~Helen
(From The Friendship Book of Francis Gay 2000
A special gift from Maurice Ware)
20 May 2012
Jenolan Caves
Oberon NSW

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." ~Lou Holtz

"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself." ~Anon

A bird with complete set of wings never settles on fruits that fall on the ground but rather choose those unspoiled ones on top." ~Lindy Pujante

"A bird’s wings protect its young from predators - covering and camouflaging them until danger has passed. These feathery shields also serve as a shade from the sun and a warm haven from storms." ~Rebecca A. Kibble

"And it's there (water) that I feel my best. The albatross and the whales they are my brothers" ~George Daniel Anos

"As I come over the hill, I hear the wood thrush singing his evening lay. This is the only bird whose note affects me like music, affects the flow and tenor of my thoughts, my fancy and imagination. It lifts and exhilarates me. It is inspiring. It is a medicative draught to my soul. It is an elixir to my eyes and a fountain of youth to all my senses. It changes all hours to an eternal morning. It banishes all trivialness. It reinstates me in my dominion, makes me the lord of creation..." ~Henry David Thoreau

"Be like the bird, who halting his flight on limb too slight feels it gives way beneath him, yet, sings knowing he hath wings." ~Victor Hugo

"Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain." ~Doug Coupland

"Birds are everywhere in our literature, a part, it seems, of our collective poetic imagination." ~Anon (from Manoj Kumar D Raut, FB, 15 June 2015)

"Birds are very much an integral part of our ecology and environment. All we need to do is act sensibly and responsibly. They are a joy to watch and to listen to their own language and music. They have their own culture unique to each every specie." ~Leah C. Dancel, 16 February 2015 on Should you feed birds in your backyards

Sydney Cove Garden
25 November 2012

"Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy." ~Roger Tory Peterson

"Eagles don't flock--you have to find them one at a time." ~H. Ross Perot

"Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark." ~Ravindranath Tagore

"From outwitting predators to raising a family, being fast can boost a bird’s chances of survival." ~Birds and Blooms Magazine

"God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest." ~J.G. Holland

"How happy the trees must be, to hear the song of the birds again in their branches! After the silence and leaflessness, to have the birds back once more and to feel them busy at nest-building; how glad to give them the moss and the fibres and the crutch of the boughs to build in." ~Richard Jefferies, 2014/MPW

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth." ~Harun Yahya

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." ~Charlotte Brontë

"I love the sound of the Australian bush, greeting every morning and evening with all kinds of songs. From the smallest to the largest of creatures' - a tune most enjoyed." ~Graham Cartwright on Kookaburra, Blue Mountains

"I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think." ~Rumi

"In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety." ~Aiden Wilson Tozer from Things of Beauty

"It is a joy to be in a sanctuary of peace and birds in the woodland." ~Leah C. Dancel, 15 May 2015, Life in the Outback a place called Wonboyn.

“It is beautiful to discover our wings and learn how to fly; flight is a beautiful process. But then to rest on the wings of God as He flies: this is divine.” ~C. JoyBell C.

"It is not accidental that native trees are the birds natural food. They love it and so, you are visited frequently and given the quiet joy of watching their antics and interactions with one another. You can quietly admire the wonder of the artistry of their colours and how beautifully each colour blends with one another. One of my favourite birds to admire the colouring of is the brown pigeon. Their brownness ranges through cinnamon, nutmeg, tan, dark brown, russet and every shade of brown you can imagine. And when seen in the sunlight, they are gorgeous." ~Joan Savell on Should you feed birds in your backyard? (FB Starts at 60 Community Page)

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." ~Aesop

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad." ~C. S. Lewis

"Learning bird songs is a great way to improve your experience when you are out birding. It allows you to find more birds than by sight alone." ~Birds and Blooms Magazine

"Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation." ~Anon

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

"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." ~William Blake

"Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid." ~Mark Twain (1835-1910)

"Owl was coming to understand that the world around him was merely a reflection of the world within." ~Inner Child Healing

"Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure." ~Stephen King (From "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption")

"Song birds teach us about the healing properties of sound. Robin is associated with the spring equinox, reaffirming the importance of seasonal changes, teaches us to move forward and not to be afraid to try new things,reminds us to ground our bodies and pull up life energies from the earth to nourish our spiritual selves." ~Phylameana lila Desy

"Swans only have one partner for their whole life. If their partner dies they could pass away from broken heart." ~Amazing Things in the World (FB)

"The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship." ~William Blake

"The clouds,--the only birds that never sleep." ~Victor Hugo, The Vanished City

"The eagle likes to fly high above the world, not to look down on people, but to encourage them to look up.” ~unattributed

"The eagle suffers little birds to sing." ~William Shakespeare from "Titus Andronicus"

"The moment a boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing." ~Eric Berne

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

"There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away." ~Henry Ward Beecher

"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best." ~Henry Van Dyke



"How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!" ‪~‬Belva Plain

"It is often difficult to judge how our actions and their impact on the environment are likely to affect others. What is clear is that we are the only species with the power to destroy the earth. Birds and insects have no such power, nor does any other mammal. And yet if we have the capacity to destroy the earth, we also have the capacity to protect it. I believe we have an urgent responsibility to do so." ~Dalai Lama

"Lean forward into your life...catch the best bits and the finest wind. Just tip your feathers in flight a wee bit and see how dramatically that small lean can change your life." ~Mary Anne Radmacher

"Look for the beauty in each day. See the light...smell the fragrance... listen to the birds sing..." ~I Must Be A Mermaid

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless, peacocks and lilies for instance." ~John Ruskin

"Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly." ~Anon

"Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best." ~Bernard Meltzer

“When a storm is coming all other birds take shelter. The eagle alone, avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life, may your heart soar like an eagle." ~Native American Encyclopedia

"You have to develop a relationship with the birds, that's the way to do it. If you get to know them, they get to know you and life's pretty good." ~John Kanard, Aussie Postman



I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I'd rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would

Away, I'd rather sail away
Like a swan that's here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world its saddest sound
Its saddest sound

I'd rather be a forest than a street
Yes I would, if I could, I surely would
I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would.
~Paul Simon


"Of all the birds from East to West,
That tuneful are and dear,
I love that farmyard bird the best,
They call him Chanticleer."
~Katherine Hinkson

[Middle English chauntecler, from Old French chantecler, the name of the rooster in the tale of Reynard the Fox : chanter, to sing; see chant + cler, clear]



The wise old owl
Sat on an oak.
The more he saw,
The less he spoke.
The less he spoke,
The more he heard.
Why can't we be like
That wise old bird?



"Unclouded your mind.
You are not a prisoner.
You are a bird in flight,
Searching the skies for dreams."
~Haruki Murakami


"When the wild life bird sings
inside your soul at the beginning
of each sunrise, whispering her truths,
where does she tell you to go?
What does she tell you to do?
Follow her guidance.
Your day is a gift to be opened,
an adventure to be unravelled.
~S.C Lourie


“When thou seest an eagle,
thou seest a portion of genius;
lift up thy head!”
~William Blake, poet and artist

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David W. Augsburger - being heard

"Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable." ~David W. Augsburger

Thought for Today - Power To Tolerate

"To tolerate does not mean to die, but to live in everyone's heart with love. No matter how much against you someone is, even if you have to tolerate not once but ten times, nevertheless, the fruit of the power of tolerance is imperishable and sweet." ~Thought for Today -UK "You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence. It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving. And, as you do, you will experience your own self esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength." ~Thought for Today -UK

 "You have the power to tolerate anyone and any situation. But tolerance is not just suffering in silence. It means going beyond any personal discomfort you may feel, and giving a gift to whom so ever you would tolerate. Give your time, attention, understanding, compassion, care - all are gifts, which paradoxically, you also receive in the process of giving. And, as you do, you will experience your own self-esteem and inner strength grow. In this way you can turn tolerance into strength." ~Thought for Today-UK

Dick Werthimer - life

"The purpose of life is to fight maturity." ~Dick Werthimer

Miriam Beard - travel

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." ~Miriam Beard

Hoitsu Suzuki - shadow

"When the sun first comes up and shines on you, your shadow is big behind you. But as you continue to sit, your shadow gets smaller and smaller,..." ~Hoitsu Suzuki

Thought for Today - The Best Language For Communication

"Silence is the best language for communication. It helps us understand and realise the eternal truths about the self, God and the world. In silence we are able to comprehend and express sincerely and powerfully the true values of the soul such as peace, love and joy. Silence is not the absence of thoughts but it is a state in which the mind is engaged in pure elevated thoughts that nuture these values within. The power of silence develops all mental and spiritual powers that are needed to tackle various situations successfully." ~Thought for Today-UK

Duane Michals - imagination

"I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see." ~Duane Michals

Walker Evans - stare

"Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." ~Walker Evans

Bankei - dwelling

"As this mind is unborn and undying earth, water, fire, and wood are its temporary dwelling." ~Bankei

Harriet van Horne - cooking

"Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all." ~Harriet van Horne

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin - discovery

"The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star." ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Thought for Today on Family and Friends

"It's often said that charity begins at home. So let me first give respect to my family and friends." ~Thought for Today-UK

"Values are related to each other as if they were members of a great family. From peace and happiness emerges inner joy. From this state of wholeness love awakens and with is the desire to share and give. Two of its relatives are tolerance and respect. All values have a shared origin which unites them - the peace of spirituality. When you lose peace you begin to lose everything." ~Thought for Today-UK

Jane Wagner Quotes

"At the moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don't understand, you are closer to understanding it all that at any other time." ~Jane Wagner

"The ability to delude yourself maybe an important survival tool." ~Jane Wagner

Stephen Batchelor - awakening

"Awakening is indeed close by-and supreme effort is required to realize it. Awakening is indeed far away-and readily accessible." ~Stephen Batchelor


Swami Vivekananda Quotes

"All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark." ~Swami Vivekananda

"Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead. If you lose, you can guide." ~Swami Vivekananda

"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." ~Swami Vivekananda

"The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful." ~Swami Vivekananda

"We should never try to follow another's path for that is his way, not yours. When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry you to freedom." ~Swami Vivekananda

"You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul." ~Swami Vivekananda

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Michael Tyler Quotes

"Let's walk the line - in God's way." ~Michael Tyler

"Straight lines are best whether you are plotting your position in a map or probing your moral and ethical outlooks in life." ~Michael Tyler (LCG Sermonette, 16 June 2012)

Agnes de Mille Quotes

"Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how...We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark." ~Agnes de Mille

"No trumpets sound when the important decisions of life are made. Destiny is made known silently." ~Agnes de Mille

"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie." ~Agnes de Mille

Cecil Beaton - integrity of purpose

"Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers." ~Cecil Beaton

Aulus Persius Flaccus Quotes

"But when to-morrow comes, yesterday's morrow will have been already spent: and lo! a fresh morrow will be for ever making away with our years, each just beyond our grasp." ~Persius (Cum lux altera venit, iam cras hesternum consumpsimus; ecce aliud cras egerit hos annos et semper paulum erit ultra.)

"Our life is our own to-day, to-morrow you will be dust, a shade, and a tale that is told. Live mindful of death; the hour flies." ~Persius (Nostrum est quod vivis, cinis et manes et fabula fies. Vive memor leti, fugit hora.

"The man who wishes to bend me with his tale of woe must shed true tears – not tears that have been got ready overnight." ~Persius (Nec nocte paratum, plorabit qui me volet incurvasse querella.)

“We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.” ~Persius on Worry

PERSIUS, Roman Satirist

Tony Robbins Quotes

"Courage, like fear, is a habit. The more you do it, the more you do it, and this habit—of stepping up, of taking action—more than anything else, will move you in a different direction." ~Tony Robbins

"Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself." ~Tony Robbins

"Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more." ~Tony Robbins

"Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility." ~Tony Robbins

"Meaning is the force that shares life, emotion is what colors it." ~Tony Robbins

"Problems are the gifts that make us dig out and figure out who we are, what we're made for, and what we're responsible to give back to life." ~Tony Robbins

"The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results." ~Tony Robbins

"The more rules you have about how people have to be, how life has to be for you to be happy, the less happy you’re going to be." ~Tony Robbins

"Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes for you." ~Tony Robbins

"We can all reduce our life to a description that makes people feel sorry for ourselves or we can expand our life to a dimension where we connect and give to others." ~Tony Robbins

"Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision." ~Tony Robbins

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G.D. Budhiraja -creating self

"If we are creating ourselves all the time, it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want." ~G.D. Budhiraja

Peter Robert Fleming - somewhere

“With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.” ~Peter Robert Fleming on Inspirational

Ted Kooser - address

"Sometimes you sense how faithfully your life is delivered, even though you can't read the address." ~Ted Kooser


Franz Kafka Quotes

"A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us." ~Franz Kafka

"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old." ~Franz Kafka

"Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within." ~Franz Kafka

"Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." ~Franz Kafka from Thyme and Again

"For we are like tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie sleekly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, it can't be done, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only appearance." ~Franz Kafka

"I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy." ~Franz Kafka

"Only the moment counts. It determines life." ~Franz Kafka

“The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life -- the terror of art.” ~Franz Kafka

"The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other." ~from THE TRIAL by Franz Kafka

"You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart." ~Franz Kafka

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." ~Franz Kafka

"Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ~Franz Kafka (The Beauty of a Woman)

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Robert Burton Quotes

"A quiet mind cureth all." ~Robert Burton

"All places are distant from heaven alike." ~Robert Burton

“Hold one another's noses to the grindstone hard.” ~Robert Burton

"Marriage and hanging go by destiny; matches are made in heaven." ~Robert Burton

"No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread." ~Robert Burton

"Our wrangling lawyers . . . are so litigious and busy here on earth, that I think they will plead their clients' causes hereafter, some of them in hell." ~Robert Burton

"The miller sees not all the water that goes by his mill." ~Robert Burton on Water

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Justine Willis Toms - voice

"Notice when your heart leaps up in joyous exuberance - in these moments the voice of your spirit is speaking directly to you." ~Justine Willis Toms

Barbara Myerhoff - self

"The self is made, not given." ~Barbara Myerhoff

Leo Burnett - ideas

"To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas." ~Leo Burnett

Thought for Today - Words Colour Our Behaviour

"Words! They are all around me! I see them. I use them. Harsh words, soothing words, biting words; words that give pain and sorrow; words that give joy and pleasure. They are vital to communication. When words are spoken there are reactions, negative or positive. Either thoughts are triggered or emotions fired or actions performed. Words colour our behaviour. And how lovely it is to hear words that are calm and free from rancour and aggression. To hear words that lift the soul and leave it with renewed vigour. Such words come from always seeing the best in people and situations." ~Thought for Today-UK

Edna O'Brien - seasons

“In a way winter is the real spring, the time when the inner things happen, the resurge of nature.” ~Edna O'Brien on Seasons


Shinso - Road

A view from Sagbayan Peak
Bohol, Philippines
8 November 2011

"No matter what road I travel, I'm going home." ~Shinso

Peter Matthiessen Quotes

"In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us." ~Peter Matthiessen

"Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn." ~Peter Matthiessen

"The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day. . . we become seekers." ~Peter Matthiessen

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Jakusho Kwong Quotes

"Breath sweeps mind." ~Jakusho Kwong

"It is through the essence of mind, which is unborn, indestructible, calm and clear, that we deliver ourselves within ourselves." ~Jakusho Kwong

"When the focus of your practice becomes like the light of the sun penetrating a magnifying glass so sharply that it makes a fire, it dissolves greed, anger, and ignorance, the three great obstacles to our original heart/mind." ~Jakusho Kwong

Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes

"Conflict is the denial of what is or the running away from what is; there is no conflict other than that..." ~Krishnamurti

“For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"If people who say they love their children meant it, would there be war? And would there be division of nationalities – would there be these separations?" ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"If we lose our relationship with nature, we lose inevitably our relationship with humans." ~Krishnamurti

"If your eyes are blinded by your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset." ~Krishnamurti

"In the cultivation of the mind, our emphasis should not be on concentration, but on attention. Concentration is a process of forcing the mind to narrow down to a point, whereas attention is without frontiers." ~J. Krishnamurti

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." ~J. Krishnamurti

"Learn from all of life...
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Man has always sought immortality; he paints a picture, puts his name on it, that is a form of immortality; leaving a name behind, man always wants to leave something of himself behind." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus, or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of the birds, or looking at the face of your wife or child." ~J. Krishnamurti

"Our minds are conditioned by a particular culture or society, influenced by various impressions, by the strains and stresses of relationships, by economic, climatic, educational factors, by religious conformity and so on." ~Krishnamurti

"Our minds are trained to accept fear and to escape, if we can, from that fear, never being able to resolve, totally and completely, the whole nature and structure of fear." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Real freedom is not something to be acquired, it is the outcome of intelligence. You cannot go out and buy freedom in the market. You cannot get it by reading a book, or by listening to someone talk. Freedom comes with intelligence." ~J. Krishnamurti

“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgment." ~Krishnamurti

"There can only be a relationship between human beings when we accept what is, not what should be." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

"... to negate social morality, to negate the way we are living – our petty little lives, our shallow thinking and existence, the satisfaction at a superficial level with our accumulated things – to deny all that, not as a reaction but seeing the utter stupidity and the destructive nature of this way of living – to negate all that is to live. To see the false as the false – this seeing is the true." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"To observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

"To understand truth, one must have a very sharp, precise, clear mind; not a cunning mind, but a mind that is capable of looking without any distortion, a mind innocent and vulnerable." ~J. Krishnamurti

"To understand what is, you have to be undisturbed, undistracted you have to give your mind and heart to it." ~Krishnamurti

"You see, you are not educated to be alone. Do you ever go out for a walk by yourself? It is very important to go out alone, to sit under a tree—not with a book, not with a companion, but by yourself—and observe the falling of a leaf, hear the lapping of the water, the fishermen’s song, watch the flight of a bird, and of your own thoughts as they chase each other across the space of your mind. If you are able to be alone and watch these things, then you will discover extraordinary riches which no government can tax, no human agency can corrupt, and which can never be destroyed." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Elizabeth Morris - Azaria Chamberlain Inquest

"I'm so sorry for your loss. Time does not remove the pain and sadness of the death of a child." ~Elizabeth Morris, N.T. Coroner on Azaria Chamberlain Inquest (adressed to the Chamberlains: the longest enduring and most famous Australian case, nationwide TV coverage, 12 June 2012).

Pietro Aretino - friends

"I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship." ~Pietro Aretino

Steve Vizard -hostage

"Masterchef is like hostage in a pantry." ~Steve Vizard (The Circle, Channel Ten, 12 June 2012)

Kamila Urbaniak - courage

“It takes courage to fall, but more to stay together." ~Kamila Urbaniak


Loretta Larroche - guardian

"It takes a lot of vigilance to be the guardian of your thoughts, words, and deeds; and you’re often at the mercy of years of conditioning that make you operate as if you’re on autopilot." ~Loretta Larroche

H. Stein - Needs

“Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations and small needs.” ~H. Stein

Salman Rushdie Quotes

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” ~Salman Rushdie

“A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.” ~Salman Rushdie

"One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable." ~Salman Rushdie

"Our lives teach us who we are." ~Salman Rushdie

“The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step outside the frame.” ~Salman Rushdie

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” ~Salman Rushdie

"When thought becomes excessively painful, action is the finest remedy." ~Salman Rushdie

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Thought for Today - Coolness

"Maintaining a state of inner calmness protects me from becoming a slave to my emotions. It also helps me to keep a cool head when I see others becoming heated or angry. Coolness is not to be distant or uncaring; rather it requires that I develop the deeply caring nature of a peacemaker and serve others in the best possible way." ~Thought for Today-UK


Norman Cousins Quotes

"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside of us while we live." ~Norman Cousins

"People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams." ~Norman Cousins

"Silence must be comprehended as not solely the absence of sound. It is the natural environment for serenity and contemplation. Life without silence is life without privacy. The difference between sanity and madness is the quality of our thoughts. Silence is on the side of sanity." -Norman Cousins

"The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started." ~Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

"The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness." ~Norman Cousins

"The growth of the human mind is still high adventure, in many ways, the highest adventure on earth." ~Norman Cousins

"The need is not to amputate the ego but to transcend it." ~Norman Cousins

"The tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we live." ~Norman Cousins

"What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth." ~Norman Cousins

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Dr. John Gray Quotes

"A woman should not persist in trying to draw a man's feelings out when he is angry or upset. She should even try to postpone the conversation if a man is upset because often a discussion will escalate into a painful argument. Give him time to cool off. Let him watch TV or be alone. He will return and be able to hold a more compassionate conversation." ~Dr. John Gray, Ph.D.

"It's easy to fall in love, but it's harder to stay in love. If you want love to work, you have to work at love. Let go of your pride and be honest with the need you have inside for more intimacy, appreciation, connection, fun, and love. Realize that giving and receiving love allows you to reach your fullest potential." ~Dr John Gray, Ph.D.

"While most women process their feelings by talking, men usually need to do so in silence. It helps a man to first think about his feelings before talking about them." ~Dr John Gray, Ph.D.

Ludwig van Beethoven Quotes

"Do not just practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine." ~Ludwig van Beethoven

“Ever thine ever mine ever ours” ~Beethoven

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

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

"Never shall I forget the days I've spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours." ~Ludwig van Beethoven

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

"Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes." ~Beethoven

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Louis Pasteur Quotes

"Chance favours the trained mind." ~Louis Pasteur

"Fortune favours the prepared mind." ~Louis Pasteur

"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity." ~Louis Pasteur

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Richard Dawkins Quotes

"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings." ~Richard Dawkins

“The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale” ~Richard Dawkins

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Leighn - life

"You don't have to prove to yourself that you are so much better than the others. Life is not a competition. Do what makes you happy, be yourself, and ignore the others." ~Leighn

James Dillet Freeman - life

“Listen to life, and you will hear the voice of life crying, Be!.” ~James Dillet Freeman

Charles Dibdin - Navigation

“There's a sweet little cherub that sits up aloft, To keep watch for the life of poor Jack.” ~Charles Dibdin on Navigation

Byron Katie Quotes


"A thought is harmless unless we believe it. It's not our thoughts, but our attachment to our thoughts, that causes suffering. Attaching to a thought means believing that it's true, without inquiring. A belief is a thought that we’ve been attaching to, often for years." ~Byron Katie

"Discomfort is the call to set yourself free." ~Byron Katie

"Even when we are sure, we’re just guessing." ~Byron Katie

"Forgiveness is just another name for freedom." ~Byron Katie

"I can't make myself not believe what I believe, or believe what I don't want to believe. I can question what I believe I believe, and thus be enlightened. Spell broken, trance ended, wake-me-uped." ~Byron Katie

"I stopped waiting for the world to give me what I wanted; I started giving it to myself." ~Byron Katie

"Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don't have to like it… it's just easier if you do." ~Byron Katie

"My happiness isn't dependent on anyone else's." ~Byron Katie

“Nothing comes ahead of its time, and nothing has ever happened that didn't need to happen.” ~Byron Katie

"Peace is found on the inside. Where have you been looking?" ~Byron Katie

"Romantic love is the story of how you need another person to complete you. It’s an absolutely insane story. My experience is that I need no one to complete me. As soon as I realize that, everyone completes me." ~Byron Katie

"Taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them." ~Byron Katie

"The best way of leading people is to let them find their own way." ~Byron Katie

"The world is what you believe it to be, and it changes as you change." ~Byron Katie

"Thoughts must be believed before sadness can exist." ~Byron Katie

"We all have the same values, though our minds try to convince us that we don't." ~Byron Katie

"What you do to one you do to all. What you do for one you do for all." ~Byron Katie

"When they criticize you and you notice that you love them with all your heart, your Work is done." ~Byron Katie

"When you discover that all happiness is inside you, the wanting and needing are over." ~Byron Katie

"When you look deeply, you discover that what happens is the best thing that can happen." ~Byron Katie

"When you say or do anything to please, get, keep, influence, or control anything, fear is the cause and pain is the result." ~Byron Katie

"Whenever I defend or argue, my mind is closed." ~Byron Katie

"Your suffering is never caused by the person you're blaming." ~Byron Katie

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Carly Fiorina - lesson

“The lesson I learned at that life marker was, love what you do, or don't do it.” ~Carly Fiorina


Thought for Today - Create Continuously

"Every day is an opportunity to be creative - the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colours are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete picture is a work of art called, 'my life'. Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today - it matters." ~Thought for Today-UK

David Levithan Quotes

"Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love." ~David Levithan

“We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.” ~David Levithan

"What separates us from animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we've never met." ~David Levithan

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Catherine Calvert - deeper truth

"When you can't mend what is broken at the center of a friend's life...you learn a deeper truth, how to accept the unacceptable and, however slowly, move along together." ~Catherine Calvert

Walter Mosley - action and truth

"Look deeper into the actions you take and the truths you take for granted. Ask why and then ask why again." ~Walter Mosley

Oswald Chambers Quotes

"God does not give us overcoming life-He gives us life as we overcome." ~Oswald Chambers

"God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede." ~Oswald Chambers

"Has God trusted you with a silence-a silence that is big with meaning? Think of those days of absolute silence in the home at Bethany! Is there anything analogous to those days in your life? His silence is the sign that He is bringing you into a marvellous understanding of Himself...If God has given you a silence, praise Him, He is bringing you into the great run of His purpose." ~Oswald Chambers

"Many of us do not continue to grow spiritually because we prefer to choose on the basis of our rights, instead of relying on God to make the choice for us." ~Oswald Chambers

"No one is born either naturally or supernaturally with character; it must be developed." ~Oswald Chambers

"Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means for getting something for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself." ~Oswald Chambers

"Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work." ~Oswald Chambers

"The golden rule to follow to obtain spiritual understanding is not one of intellectual pursuit, but one of obedience." ~Oswald Chambers

"The spirit of God uncovers our Spirit of self-vindication and makes us sensitive to things that we have never thought of before." ~Oswald Chambers

"The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength." ~Oswald Chambers

"There are certain things in life that we need not pray about-moods, for instance. We will never get rid of moodiness by praying, but by kicking it out of our lives." ~Oswald Chambers

"There will come one day a personal and direct touch from God when every tear and perplexity, every oppression and distress, every suffering and pain, and wrong and injustice will have a complete and ample and overwhelming explanation. Today, as we face life's unanswered questions, we can find help and hope in God's love and promises." ~Oswald Chambers

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties." ~Oswald Chambers

"We lean to our own understanding, or we bank on service and do away with prayer, and consequently by succeeding in the external we fail in the eternal, because in the eternal we succeed only by prevailing prayer." ~Oswald Chambers

"When God gets us alone through suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted desires, a broken friendship, or a new friendship, then He begins to teach us." ~Oswald Chambers

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Toni Morrison Quotes

"At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough." ~Toni Morrison

"Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it. I saw you and made up my mind." ~Toni Morrison

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” ~Toni Morrison, Beloved

"I see your life as already artful, just waiting and ready for you to make it art." ~Toni Morrison

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

"The theme you choose may change or simply elude you, but being your own story means you can always choose the tone. It also means that you can invent the language to say who you are and what you mean." ~Toni Morrison

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Cris Abbu Quotes


"I believe that in life we are always given possibilities but it is all up to us to explore these. It is also our responsibility to discern, to discern well and to welcome it with open heart and an open mind." ~Cris Abbu, UTS, FB 21 January 2013

"If the heart has its reasons, the mind sure has its own as well." ~Cris Abbu, 22 September 2013, FB

"Kohlberg's cognitive development theory is linked to 'moral development as the capacity for moral thinking increases and develops with age.' In other words, people have a propensity to become increasingly ethical as they grow older." ~Cris Abbu, UTS, FB, 26 May 2012

"Night draws near
Only the sounds of birds I hear
and the strange noises
beyond the shadows of the trees
standing without a care.
A cat purrs
but my words rush out unrelenting
And so I write the night away. -
at a borrowed 'writer's cottage'
in The Shore." ~Cris Abbu, 23 July 2012 (Whale Beach)

"The best thing about doing something that you have longed to do for yourself is when it is finished and accomplished, and you feel good, fulfilled and happy about it, you can go back to the things that also bring you equal joy - things that have been sacrificed and ceased (doing) but have never been forgotten. Music is one." ~Cris Abbu

"Today, I pay respect to the Aboriginal people, the Eora people, who are the traditional owners and custodians of this Land. I pay respect to their culture and to their Elders past and present.
I pay respect to Non-Indigenous people and acknowledge and respect their culture in the manner and way that they have respected and welcomed mine. To the Land girt by sea with beauty rich and rare, HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!" ~Cris Abbu, 26 January 2016


"I met Frank Gehry the other day because the building was officially opened last Feb 2. He gave a talk. He said he usually makes 50 or so models before choosing the final one because he's eternally curious. According to Gehry, we must not lose our sense of wonder and curiousity. He said he loves Australia because Oz has many similarities with Canada." ~Cris Abbu , 5 February 2015 on the creator of The Paper Bag building.

"With my idol and one of my mentors who influenced my writings (and the way I write academic papers), and who also influenced my research interests. Who else but Dr. Stewart Clegg, one of the world's best (Who's Who in the world) and one of the world's most prolific writers (5 years ago, over 200 plus books and journal articles). To him I give my utmost respect and thanks." ~Cris Abbu, 3 February 2015 on her Conferment Day in PhD in Budiness, UTS held at Dr Chau Chak Wing Bldg, designed by a world renown architect Frank O. Gerry.

Note: Cris (Girlie to her family and close friends is currently teaching at UTS, Sydney, at the same time a Researcher for NSW Ministerial Government. She is a younger sister of Dr. Cris Cecil C. Abbu, a well-loved Orthopaedic Surgeon of Sacred Heart Hospital at SWU. Dr. Abbu met his Maker last 24th July 2014 in Cebu City through a tragic accident. Sadly his life ended there. My deepest condolence to his bereaved wife, Dr. Amy Escobar Abbu, to his father, Retired Dr. Crisostomo Abbu, siblings: Cyril, Inday, Girlie and Christian and nephews and nieces.

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