"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


YM Yang Quotes

"Let’s walk while God still allows us to do so." ~Y M Yang

“Children! Start to love God and care for people from today... Because ‘tomorrow’ will never come...” ~Y M Yang

Photo: Bondi Beach, 2 November 2014

"In creating man, God made everyone’s spirit of the same color, yet man judges the nobility of a person’s spirit by the tone of his skin!" ~Y M Yang

"Love is not asking. Love is giving." ~Y M Yang

"Many people like to teach others as if they themselves are masters, but you must love the flock with the heart of a father!" ~Y M Yang

“You grow plants at home; from the time of sowing to when they are full-grown, ... If they do not bear fruit, would you not be very disappointed?" ~Y M Yang, Evangelist

Source: Help School An African Child

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝


Carol Rifca Brunt - world


"You can build a whole world around the tiniest of touches." ~Carol Rifca Brunt

L.R. Knost Quotes

"Instead of raising children who turn out okay despite their childhood, let's raise children who turn out extraordinary because of their childhood." - L. R. Knost

"It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless." ~L.R. Knost

“Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That's just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful.” ~L.R. Knost

"The most effective way to raise a nice child is to be a nice adult." ~L.R.Knost

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Jennifer Pastiloff - mind


"The mind cannot be trusted. The mind will tell you it has forgotten, while the body, the body will never lie." ~Jen Pastiloff

Ernest Shackleton - nature

Photo: Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, 11 October 2014

"It is in our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown. The only true failure would be not to explore at all." ~Ernest Shackleton




“She kept looking in the outside for the truth that was supposed to set her free, until one day, she realized that there was no truth to be found out there; for as time went by she was lead to the most profound areas of her heart and she was able to understand that, the truth that would set her free to be and let it be, was not the truth that she told or heard from others but the truth that she confronted within.” ~A passage from my Novel, Floranova B. Msc. © 2014, Inspiration Flows Where Your Will Goes

Vee - message


"When the messenger becomes a "rock star" the message becomes secondary." ~Vee on Televangelism

Note: Thank you Vee.

Joe Vitale - masterpiece

"You want to become aware of your thoughts, you want to choose your thoughts carefully and you want to have fun with this, because you are the masterpiece of your own life." ~Joe Vitale

C.D. Jackson - see through

"The idea is not to see through one another, but to see one another through." ~C.D. Jackson

Thomas R. Kelly - food, clothing and shelter

"The deepest need of men is not food and clothing and shelter, important as they are. It is God. We have mistaken the nature of poverty, and thought it was economic poverty. No, it is poverty of soul, deprivation of God's recreating, loving peace. Peer into poverty and see if we are really getting down to the deepest needs, in our economic salvation schemes. These are important. But they lie farther along the road, secondary steps toward world reconstruction. The primary step is a holy life, transformed and radiant in the glory of God." ~Thomas R. Kelly

Walking My Talk

"Perspective is all about how we see, reflect, and interpret. Seek beauty, love, and peace on this wonderfully crazy journey we call life." ~From Walking My Talk

Akemi G - plan

"When you are tuned in to who you are, you naturally desire what is in your own plan." ~Akemi G, author of Why We Are Born

Michael Baisden Quotes

"A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can't go anywhere until you change it." ~Michael Baisden

"Don't you remember who you were before family and society defined you? Stop trying to fit in, you're not normal." ~Michael Baisden

"Words are living things, they have the power to inspire, uplift, and to destroy. Think about that before you open your mouth today!" ~Michael Baisden

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." ~Michael Baisden

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Jessi Lin Quotes


"Forgiveness is letting go of the past and those who hurt us. Being able to forgive, so we can move on, find peace of mind and be happy." ~Jessi Lin, Taiwan


"Pursue your dreams. You will be amazed about what you can achieve." ~Anon

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝



"Gough came in with a view, I don't know how long I'm going to be on the stage, I really have to make a difference as quickly as I can. I don't think people understood the broader economic implications of some of those decisions and I think Hawke and Keating actually learnt from it, and governed more effectively because of what they learnt, I think our Parliament is a very important institution. I would hope that many more people of Gough Whitlam's talent would see it as a role that they should fulfil. I'm not sure there are many Gough Whitlams in the Parliament today." ~Philip Ruddock (is the only serving MP who was in Parliament during the Whitlam years. He praised what he described as very significant changes made by Mr Whitlam in the way Australia accepts its foreign and domestic responsibilities, but he told ABC News 24 they did come at a political cost.)by Clayton Bloom 4:41 PM

"Gough Whitlam was prime minister for only 1071 days - less time than Julia Gillard - but he nevertheless managed to sign off on a number of significant reforms, including universal healthcare, free university education, Indigenous land rights and no-fault divorce." ~by Clayton Bloom 6:01 PM

"The affection and respect for Gough Whitlam was on display when he once turned up to the Sydney Symphony free concert in the Domain during one Sydney Festival. Seeing him and Margaret approaching, hundreds of people stood up and applauded this great Australian. He was held in affection and warmth in the heart of many who benefited from the changes to this country that he brought about. Not least in the Arts." ~Audience comment by J Gross

Source: ABC NEWS, 21 October 2014

~•✿•~ ~•✿•~


"A great Australian whose vision and ambition transformed Australia. May his legacy of equality live on." ~Dalai Lama in Australia on Gough Whitlam (1916-2014)

"I was saddened to hear of the passing of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. As I listen today to the many remarkable stories reflecting on his life and legacy, it is clear that he will be remembered as one of Australia’s most iconic leaders. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Whitlam family and the people of Australia." ~US Ambassador John Berry, FB

"Like than the late John Gorton - a man who identified with all people, had integrity, intelligence, principles and was a gentleman to the end. He will be missed but always remembered for his endeavors and his genuine concerns for all. Without his reforms a lot of today's doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers would never have received a university education - myself included. I'm proud to say I voted for Gough when It Was About Time. Loved forever along with his wonderful wife Margaret they were a great team for Australia!" ~Marian Bovell Smith

~•✿•~ ~•✿•~

Whitlam Memorial Service
5 November 2014
A speech for the ages. Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson describes Whitlam as 'a friend without peer of the original Australians' in a soaring speech at the memorial service for the former Labor Prime Minister. ~Jamika Rizvi, FB

NOEL PEARSON'S TRIBUTE: A Eulogy to Gough Whitlam
We salute this old man for his great love and dedication to his country and to the Australian people. When he breathed he truly was Australia's greatest white elder and friend without peer of the original Australians.
"Paul Keating said the reward for public life is public progress."

"For one born estranged from the nation's citizenship, into a humble family of a marginal people striving in the teeth of poverty and discrimination, today it is assuredly no longer the case. This because of the equalities of opportunities afforded by the Whitlam program."

"Without this old man the land and human rights of our people would never have seen the light of day."

"This old man was one of those rare people who never suffered discrimination but understood the importance of protection from its malice."

"The Whitlam government is the textbook case of reform trumping management."

"In less than three years an astonishing reform agenda leapt off the policy platform and into legislation and the machinery and programs of government.
The country would change forever. The modern cosmopolitan Australia finally emerged like a technicolour butterfly from its long dormant chrysalis."

"And the Prime Minister with that classical Roman mien, one who would have been as naturally garbed in a toga as a safari suit, stands imperiously with twinkling eyes and that slight self-mocking smile playing around his mouth, in turn infuriating his enemies and delighting his followers."

"There is no need for nostalgia and yearning for what might have been."

"When he breathed he truly was Australia's greatest white elder and friend without peer of the original Australians."


Noel Pearson is an Aboriginal Australian lawyer, land rights activist and founder of the Cape York Institute. This is the full text of the speech he gave at Gough Whitlam's memorial.

Comments: My Favourite Picks

"So much for "on the good die young".
A fine tribute to a man who cared and loved this country - a man who stands head and shoulders above the rest of the leaders this country has had - a man who took the job for all the right reasons.
A man who wanted this country and prosper and flourish through providing opportunity to its people rather than suffocate them with taxes." ~GP

"You have it in a nutshell GP. Whitlam's great legacy was achieved on the back of his "love" for country and his fellow Australians and the drive to see them achieve what he knew they could if given a fair chance. If only our current lot of wannabe's had an ounce of Gough's vision and care we'd be a far better nation. Instead we've grown to be smug, self-centred, entitled and intolerant - a near perfect copy of many of our federal politicians." ~Jon

"Now that is what I call a speech! The words of a man about another man. The recognition of a man after his passing delivered with wonderful words, evocative stories that conjure the images of a time past and the influences and actions that changed and hopefully continue to make Australia great. I have always admired Noel Pearson because his words are always so focused, passionate and powerful. Unlike the words of a typical politician or magician with their hidden meanings, smoke, mirrors and illusions. Thank you Mr Pearson for your inspiration." ~Scott55

"Noel... Your brilliant speech clearly highlighted the chasm between Whitlam and todays crop of so called Leaders.
It seems that our political leadership (on all sides) is bereft of the kind of Leader that Whitlam was.
Our Nation is crying out for true leadership and reform like he gave us.
Could it be that you are the next Whitlam?" ~vote with $$$

"I thought Noel Pearson's speech was one of the most outstanding I've ever heard. The entire service was wonderful. I was eighteen when Gough was elected. I agree with the comment that we mourn not just for Gough but for our youth. Gough meant hope, optimism and that Australia wasn't a backwater. We'll miss him hugely. His impact on Australia will live on forever." ~Lord Lucan

Source: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/noel-pearsons-eulogy-for-gough-whitlam-in-full-20141105

~•✿•~ ~•✿•~

From Colleagues

"A great Australian, opening new doors, new futures, tradition justice, fair play, egalitarianism, Australian identity." ~Malcolm Fraseron Gough Whitlam

Mr Fraser said Australia today was a much richer place in the wake of Mr Whitlam.
"He was enormously, I believe, proud of Australia and the role Australia could play in the world," Mr Fraser told ABC radio.
"He had aspirations probably too large for our immediate resources but aspirations that I think touched the hearts and minds of a great many Australians.
"He certainly left an indelible mark on Australian history." (ABC Radio)

"He was a larger than life figure whose leadership profoundly changed the nation for the better. RIP Gough Whitlam. A very sad day." ~Christine Milne

"No star has shone brighter in the Australian political firmament than Gough Whitlam, says former prime minister Bob Hawke.
"The simple truth is Australia is a better country because of the life and work of Gough Whitlam," Mr Hawke said.

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Emma Griffiths - on Gough Whitlam


"Edward Gough Whitlam was Australia's 21st prime minister and a titan of the Australian Labor Party.

He leaves a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics.

Arguably, he was as much lauded for his reformist leadership and eloquence as he was lambasted for his autocratic style and profligacy.

But it is for being at the centre of Australia's most ferocious political storm, the dismissal, that Mr Whitlam will forever be remembered." ~Emma Griffiths, ABC political correspondent

Edward Gough Whitlam Quotes

"Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji People and I put into your hands part of the earth itself as a sign that this land will be the possession of you and your children forever.” ~Gough Whitlam (formally handed the Gurindji people at Wattie Creek in the Northern Territory title deeds to part of their traditional lands on August 16, 1975 -ABCNews)
Gough Whitlam, we remember you.
RIP - 21 October 2014 at the age of 98
Source: AIME, FB


"Conscription is an impediment to achieving the forces Australia needs. It is an alibi for failing to give proper conditions to regular soldiers. We will abolish conscription forthwith. By abolishing it, Australia will achieve a better army, a better-paid army – and a better, united society." ~Gough Whitlam speaks about abolishing conscription, one of the most divisive issues in Australian society during the 1960s and early 1970s. (ABC News)

"He is lofty, and I am eminent." ~Gough Whitlam compares himself to Malcolm Fraser in 1975. The pair later teamed up to join the republican movement in 1999. (ABC News)

"Hostility towards China distorted Australia's international affairs for 20 years until 1972, but reconciliation with China 30 years ago had produced a quarter century of constructive bipartisan relations with our region and the world, unmatched in Australian history." ~Gough Whitlam, speaking in 2002 about establishing diplomatic relations with China. At the time Mr Whitlam said "a generation of lost contact between our peoples has ended". (ABC News)

"I fly economy and I am a great man and I could fly economy for the rest of my life and I'd still be a great man. But most people around this table are pissants and they could fly first class for the rest of their lives and they'd still be pissants." ~Gough Whitlam

"I have more influence now than when I had the power." ~Gough Whitlam in 1997. (ABC News)

"I was profoundly embarrassed by it (the White Australia Policy) and did all I could to change it." ~Gough Whitlam quoted in Paul Kelly's 100 Years – The Australian Story published in 2001. (ABC News)

"My great objective as a parliamentarian was to dramatise the deficiencies and devise practical government programs to deal with them. It was a cause that went to the heart of our way of life." ~Gough Whitlam recalls his values as a parliamentarian. (ABC News)

"Poverty is a national waste as well as individual waste. We are all diminished when any of us are denied proper education. The nation is the poorer – a poorer economy, a poorer civilisation, because of this human and national waste." ~Gough Whitlam's 1969 election pitch for equal access to education. (ABC News)

"The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race." ~Gough Whitlam, writing in the London Daily Telegraph on October 19, 1989. (ABC News)

~•✿•~ ~•✿•~


Edward Gough Whitlam was Australia's 21st prime minister and a titan of the Australian Labor Party.

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝



"Why domestic violence runs rampant? If people had to face the consequences of their behaviour, ie,; their peers, their family, their victims and the legal system no longer "forgave" them, no longer "overlooked" the behaviour, and no longer "forgot" that they were abusive and gave them an excuse for it, maybe, just maybe they might learn." ~Sherry Lynne, FB

Sojourner Truth - mind

"It is the mind that makes the body." ~Sojourner Truth



"She had learned to play Chess from the doctor’s approach which was a bit different than the norm; he taught her that competing was for fools and as she was getting ready to play Chess with Valentin; she remembered the doctor’s words, 'The essence of the game is to develop a strategy to corner the king. Neither of the players is looking out to destroy the king. Bear in mind my dear, the king cannot be held captive, once the king is cornered, the game is over. Every piece is a symbolic member of a kingdom and in course to the objective each piece risks to be held captive; however never destroyed. There would be a tragic situation for a Chess player if a piece belonging to a specific Chessboard is misplaced, much less destroyed. The game of Chess cultivates not destruction but honorable warriors instead. There is a difference between surviving in battle for a humanitarian cause and competing to win for fame or gold...'” ~A passage from my Novel, Floranova B. Msc. © 2014 by Inspiration Flows Where Your Will Goes


"Nothing is nicer than having someone who: appreciates you in the smallest things, accepts you in times of hardships, comforts you when you're troubled, loves you no matter what and is simply happy for having you in their life." ~Anon

Kirshnamurti - freedom

"Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all." ~Kirshnamurti

John Grogan - give your heart

"A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his." ~John Grogan

Jan Ashford - society


"There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realise we are special people." ~Jan Ashford


Emilie Griffin - Prayer


"The best reason to pray is that God is really there. In praying, our unbelief gradually starts to melt. God moves smack into the middle of even an ordinary day ... Prayer is a matter of keeping at it... Thunderclaps and lightning flashes are very unlikely. It is well to start small and quietly." ~Emilie Griffin

Isaac Kubvoruno - HUSBANDS

"Being the head of the household means work, duty, and great responsibility. The head of the household is the one responsible for everything that happens in the family. You cannot enjoy the privileges of headship and not be willing to shoulder the responsibilities that come with it. You can’t franchise, subcontract or outsource your husband responsibilities and not hurt your wife and marriage. You are accountable to God for the physical and spiritual welfare of your family. Make your wife’s life easier by carrying all your responsibilities dutifully. Your wife was not created to play her role and yours at the same time. Your wife should not live like a widow while you are still alive. You are the CEO, you are the Priest, Provider and Protector of the family. Therefore be involved. Be present. Take charge. Work hard. Pray, plan and execute. Remember your wife is your “suitable helper” not the other way round. Let your wife thank God that she is married to you." ~Isaac Kubvoruno on HUSBANDS

Sarah Jakes - LEARN


"No matter what, once in your life, someone will hurt you. That someone will take all that you are, and rip it into pieces and they won’t even watch where those pieces land. But through the breakdown, you’ll learn something about yourself. You’ll learn that you are strong. And no matter how hard they destroy you, that you can conquer anyone and anything." ~Sarah Jakes

Kristin Armstrong Quotes


"Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are." ~Kristin Armstrong

“Whatever you may be missing right now - a person, a place, a feeling - whatever it is, have peace and take heart - remember that any goodbye makes room for a hello.” ~Kristin Armstrong

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Claire Nuer - ROCK


"Will you be the rock that redirects the course of the river?" ~Claire Nuer from Rebel Thriver


"In a relationship, you need somebody who's gonna call you out, not someone who's gonna let everything slide. You need someone who doesn't want to live without you but can. Not somebody that is dependent but somebody who is stronger with you. A relationship is two people, not one." ~Anon

Jose Pepito Cunanan - Nature

"Nature paints in strange and unique way, natural and original, the canvass is the scenery all around." ~Jose Pepito Cunanan

Paxton Hood - habits and character

"Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter." ~Paxton Hood

Edith Armstrong - telephone


"I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal - and they'll soon forget my number." ~Edith Armstrong from Be Positively Inspired


Brendon Burchard Quotes

"Freedom and victory belong to those who remain true and strong despite temptation to be dishonest and weak." ~Brendon Burchard

“Hurry has become the master. We have stopped sensing the stillness, the stunning fullness and beauty and divine perfection of the moment. Most barrel through life, unaware of their senses and surroundings, deaf and blind to the magical qualities of…this…very…moment. We are not supposed to miss it all, this life, but we do, all frazzled, stressed, and stripped away from Now.” ~Brendon Burchard

"I have a dream.
I chase it.
I fall.
I learn.
I get better.
I keep marching on.
And so it goes."
~Brendon Burchard

"No meaningful victory happened without hardship. So do not bemoan the hard work. Don't quit. Be resilient and grow into what you must to overcome." ~Brendon Burchard

"Remember the good things as much as you bemoan the negative. We are all blessed." ~Brendon Burchard

“When pondering how the past affected us, we rarely look for OUR effect on it. We think about what we were up against versus what we stood for. We remember what we feared but not what we dreamed. We ponder how much we were loved versus how much we loved. We think, why did all that happen to me? What did I get out of it? Where will it lead me? When perhaps we should wonder, what did I make happen? What did I give? Where will I direct myself now?” ~Brendon Burchard

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it: this is going to be my day.” ~Brendon Burchard

"You may search elsewhere, but only on the grounds of gratitude shall you discover the palace of happiness." ~Brendon Burchard

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

John Tesh - parenting

"As parents, we sometimes go too far trying to help and protect our kids from life's harsh realities and disappointments. We don't want our kids to struggle like we did.
But Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Dan Kindlon says that 'overprotected children are more likely to struggle in relationships and with challenges.'
We're sending our kids the message that they're not capable of helping themselves." ~John Tesh

Dr. Wendy Mogel - job


"It is our job to prepare our children for the road, not prepare the road for our children." ~Dr. Wendy Mogel

David L Hill - new chapter

"Life is like reading a good novel. We cannot change what is written but we can turn a new page. So don't look back at things that can't be changed. Today is a new chapter in your life so write it the way you want it to be. Truly the best life lived is a life spent serving others." ~David L Hill

One Spark Foundation - read a story

"Write your day as you want your story to read. Make this day count more than yesterday." ~John, One Spark Foundation

Ben Affleck - work harder

"You have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can't hold grudges. ...And it doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life because that's gonna happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up." ~Ben Affleck, 2013 Oscars Speech

Frank Langella - pitted against

"If I don't pit myself against things that are larger than myself, I'm lost." ~Frank Langella


Ken Follett - butterfly

“She loved him because he had brought her back to life. She had been like a caterpillar in a cocoon, and he had drawn her out and shown her that she was a butterfly.” ~Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

Virgil Aeneid - gifts

["Equo ne credite, Teucri.
quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes."]
"Do not trust the horse, Trojans.
Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts."
~Virgil Aeneid ~from "Aeneid" (29–19 BC)

Josh Coleman - alienation

"As a society, grandparents' alienation is a very, very serious cultural problem. The fact that we as a society haven't identified it and have a blind eye to it is appalling...Those parents who have invested the most in their children are most at risk" ~Josh Coleman, PhD from Grandparent Alienation Is Not Natural


“Have you ever wondered when does the mind rest? Because even when one is sleeping the mind is always in motion creating dreams through one’s subconscious thus the mind seems to function day and night without ever stopping. The only difference is that when sleeping one does not have an option to select thoughts, whereas when awakened one does.” ―A passage from my Novel, Floranova B. Msc. © 2014 (Inspiration Flows Where Your Will Goes)

Dr. David Jeremiah Quotes

"If you sing in church for the applause and approval of other people, you are not doing it unto the Lord. If you feed the needy so that people will think you are a kind and benevolent person, then you are seeking the glory of men, not God. If you do any action for the outward appreciation of the world, then you will not be rewarded by God. Only by working in humility, in secret, will the Lord be fully glorified and reward you in turn." ~Dr. David Jeremiah

"Our pathways often twist through stormy landscapes; but when we look back, we’ll see a thousand miles of miracles and answered prayers." ~Dr. David Jeremiah

"The only measure of worth that matters is our true value in the eyes of our Creator." ~Dr. David Jeremiah

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝


"Where ever I roam, I always call Australia HOME!"
"A true leader will remember it is the people who vote for them, not big business, not the unions, mining, agricultural sector or any other special interest group. They will think first of the welfare of the people. They will think about the long term good of Australia and not their popularity at the next election, they will be a statesman and diplomat. Gough was probably the closest, Menzies may have started well, but was in office too long and the rot set in. Keating was ok and Hawke was a popular larrikin but too much so to be a statesman. Fraser was a statesman but not the greatest PM. Looking about the best PM to come is either not born yet, or not preselected to stand as a candidate. I think there is more talent in the Senate than the House of Reps." ~Barbara Easthope, FB, 9 September 2015

"Australia cannot be an innovation unless it is an education nation." ~Bill Shorten, ALP PM Candidate 2 July 2016 Election Campaign

"Australia does not have to choose between a growing economy and great schools." ~Bill Shorten, ALP

"Australia is a land of contrasting weather condition of floods droughts and bush fires and recently snow and ice up in the blue mountains." ~Frank Cavar

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

"Australia isn't just a place you see, it's a place you feel." ~Chris Hemsworth

"Even if Turnbull wins, he loses. And even if Shorten loses, he wins." ~Lenore Taylor on July 2, 2016Election

"If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country that accepted you." ~Julia Gillard

"IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT... Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture.Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians." ~Julia Gillard

"Islam has no place in Australia if we are to live in a cohesive society" ~Pauline Hanson‪

"It was worse than being out droving … I was treated like an equal on the floor of the chamber, neither giving nor asking quarter, but there were hours just sitting in my office and I went home alone to my unit at night. There was never one night when anyone said, ‘Hey, let’s go out tonight’." ~Neville Bonner

"Language and culture are our identities. Keeping our languages strong helps to keep us strong." ~Veronica Perrurle Dobson (Australian Geographic)

‪"Miss your radiant sunrises and sunsets, fragrant Jacaranda, bloom of the warratah, the koalas and the kingfishers, the kookaburras and the kangaroos. Miss the magical places like Taree, Old Bar, the wide Manning River, Wingham. And north to Brisbane and Kangaroo Point, Cairns, and Kuranda. My ‬heart
‪belongs to Australia!" ~Adrienne Parks, FB via Sydney dot com, May 31, 2017‬

"Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you,then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture." ~Julia Gillard

‘My whole political life was under scrutiny. The way I walked, the way I talked … everything I did was being judged, and the whole race was being judged on it’.” ~Neville Bonner

"Safety and security is Australian tourism’s main strength in an uncertain world." ~Robyn Ironside, News Corp Australia Network, July 26, 2016

"South Australia is a charming state of surprises. It is home to quiet nooks and crannies that emerge into a kind of magnificence at spring, cheery brilliance at summer and then turn enigmatic at autumn and mysterious at winter." ~Norma Hennessy

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

"Sydney is rather like an arrogant lover. When it rains it can deny you its love and you can find it hard to relate to. It's not a place that's built to be rainy or cold. But when the sun comes out, it bats its eyelids, it's glamorous, beautiful, attractive, smart, and it's very hard to get away from its magnetic pull." ~Baz Luhrmann

'... the fact is that we are in a unique time, it is the first time since the Second World War when there is not one outstanding leader in the world.' ~Bob Hawke

“The first duty of leaders is to keep their people safe.” - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

"The flora, fauna and landscaping of a nation contributes to the identification of a national soul." ~1918-1999, landscape designer 

"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

"This Country is losing identity and culture and turning into a pack of dogs. What's the point of people visiting Australia as a tourist now? To see a Rock and the weather?" ~ Cathy Myors on current events (FB Nov 2015 related to Paris attack)

"This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom." ~Julia Gillard

"This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'." ~Julia Gillard

“We are people of the land and our language expresses this. Our knowledge is held in our languages and our languages express our cultures.” ~Veronica Perrurle Dobson, Alice Springs-based educator, author and Arrernte senior (Australian Geographic)

"We've been travelling around Australia for close to 3 years now and have spent a good 18 months exploring beautiful Western Australia, with still more to explore. The thing we loved the most is there are still plenty of places and beautiful stretches of coastline where you can pull up and have it all to yourself. From the incredible colours of Australia's North West to the stunning coastline of Australia's South West, we have enjoyed every minute touring Western Australia and recommend everyone put it on their bucket list." ~Wheres Wally, FB

“We know that literacy is the key to choice, to income security, to developing potential – and it is the key to an enriching and rewarding life. That is why the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is so important.” ~The Honourable Quentin Bryce, AD CVO Patron.

"We live in a beautiful wild patch of the world!" ~Paloma Saldivia

"We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!" ~Julia Gillard

"We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us." ~Julia Gillard

"When you’re dealing with intelligence it’s very, very hard to find a situation where advice is beyond doubt. Sometimes if you wait for advice that is beyond doubt you can end up with very disastrous consequences.” ~John Howard on the Iraq War from The Guardian, 7 July 2016

"Whole world has been invaded at some stage every inch. Build a bridge and enjoy Australia Day as a whole population. Enough has been done to say sorry for others people mistakes to a generation that doesn't exist anymore. We all Australians and indigenous Australians have every opportunity in the world now to make themselves the best life possible. Stop complaining and live." ~Gary Heath on changing Australia Day from January 26 to.... Other date?



From Magnolia Maymuru:

I want to do it for young people all over Australia. That means black and white." ~Magnolia Maymaru

"The main reason why I agreed to do it is that I don't want to do it just for myself, I want to do it for young people all over Australia. That means black or white. I grew up both ways, the Yolngu way, and the balanda way, which is the white man's way, the western way."'Magnolia Maymuru  (Maminydjama Maymuru is set to make history this year when she becomes the first Aboriginal woman to represent the Northern Territory at Miss World Australia 2016)

"Our “blackness” does not derive purely from physical appearance but a constellation of factors: family, kinship, traditions, history and country among them. In any Indigenous family there will be the full range of complexions but we are all united in a deep sense of belonging." ~Stan Grant

"We are trapped in the imaginations of white Australians. These are attitudes shaped and hardened by history, racism and discrimination; to many we remain remote if not invisible. Like everything this is changing as our voices are heard and the rest of Australia becomes more familiar with us, but the process is slow." ~Stan Grant



"Many indigenous people have been displaced in colonial societies, their cultures often ignored or written into insignificance. Their history written and interpreted by white man. Australia is a prime example of this. Through this western gaze indigenous culture is often misinterpreted and framed in stereotypical images. Most Australians know very little about Australian indigenous culture. It's quite tragic. Identity and a sense of place is vital for all people and this is what many indigenous people here struggle with." ~Maria Lund Christensen

“For Aboriginal people, resolving who is Aboriginal and who is not, is an uneasy issue, located somewhere between the individual and the state." ~Professor Marcia Langton, Indigenous academic

Source: The Guardian 14 December 2015

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Warren Beatty - success

“You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.” ~Warren Beatty

Jaime Lichauco - meeting

"When it’s time for souls to meet, there’s nothing on earth that can prevent them from meeting, no matter where each may be located." ~Jaime Lichauco

P.G. Wodehouse Quotes

"I always advise people never to give advice." ~P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)

“There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.” ~P.G. Wodehouse

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Rebecca Fox - brand new day


"Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one amazing day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the absolute fullest. In each waking day, you will find so many blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your magical TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a brand new day!" ~©Rebecca Fox



"A horse's mouth is better than a barber's hearsay." ~Proverbs

“Beasts of like kind will spare those of kindred spots.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"Begging a courtesy is selling liberty." ~Anon on Proverbs

"Consider the misfortunes of others, and you will be better able to bear your own." ~Anon on Proverbs

“Each day that fate adds to your life, put down as so much gain.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"Even to smile at the misfortunes of others is to do an injury." ~Anon on Proverbs

"He blames Neptune unjustly who twice suffers shipwreck." ~Anon on Proverbs

"He bristles with hair, like a sea-urchin or a hunted boar." ~Anon on Proverbs

"He only does it to annoy you." ~Anon on Proverbs

“If you are only an underling, don't dress too fine.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"Just staying one day ahead of yesterday." ~Anon on Proverbs

"Let nothing offensive to the ear or the eye enter these thresholds, within which youth dwells." ~Anon on Proverbs

“No choice amongst stinking fish.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"On with the dance, let joy be unconfined." ~Anon on Proverbs

"Our fears vanish as the danger approaches." ~Anon on Proverbs

"Passion and strife bow down the mind." ~Anon on Proverbs

"Retirement without literary amusements is death itself, and a living tomb." ~Anon on Proverbs

"She can change her mind like the wind: whatever she has said or done, is light to what she'll say or do." ~Anon on Proverbs

"Shows that we build, when we should but entomb us." ~Anon on Proverbs

“That folly of old age which is called dotage is peculiar to silly old men, not to age itself.” ~Anon on Proverbs

“The desire to know a thing is heightened by its gratification being deferred.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"The drunkard is convicted by his praises of wine." ~Anon on Proverbs

“The finishing stroke of all sorrow.” ~Anon on Proverbs

“The miser is ever in want.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"The mob may hiss me, but I congratulate myself while I contemplate my treasures in their hoard.” ~Anon on Proverb

"The only gain from the friendship of the great is a fine dinner." ~Anon on Proverbs

“Those who say nothing about their poverty will obtain more than those who turn beggars.” ~Anon on Proverbs

“Vice deceives us when dressed in the garb of virtue.” ~Anon on Proverbs

“We believe not a liar, even when he is speaking the truth.” ~Anon on Proverbs

"Want of pluck shows want of blood." ~Anon on Proverbs

“Who is there that, shooting all day long, does not sometimes hit the mark?” ~Anon on Proverbs

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝


Atty. Romeo S. Occeña, Sr. - mountains of waves

“Tonight, we took the first giant leap over the mountains of waves of the dark and unchartered seas of our destiny. What tomorrow will bring, only the events will teach us in its hour. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow is our doubts of today. Let us meet the challenge of the future because it is in the blood of Filipino s... never to retreat nor to surrender despite the overwhelming odds.” ~Atty. Romeo S. Occeña, Sr. (Posted by Jossef Dancel Occeña, grandson)

Leah C. Dancel - Motherhood


"MOTHERHOOD is a noble calling that requires a lifetime commitment." ~Leah C. Dancel, 15 October 2015

Wassily Kandinsky - dot

"Everything starts from a dot." ~Wassily Kandinsky

Jim Chiddix - painting

"I paint what I find beautiful. Unique things of beauty that catch my eye are my subjects and I try to replicate the scene in paints on canvas. I had no idea it was my sole into which I was dipping brush and that it was my nature I was painting. If one is alert and open minded, the things one can learn every day are amazing." ~Jim Chiddix

Pam Willis-Jones - nature's fragrance


"Just imagine a gentle breeze, creating floating "confetti" upon you as you amble slowly along the path, breathing deeply to inhale the fragrance of nature's perfume." ~Pam Willis-Jones


"Storm throws transport into chaos"
OCT 15, 2014 7:32AM

FLIGHTS have been cancelled, roads blocked, and train stations flooded as Sydney’s huge overnight storm continues to cause chaos today.

Source: Optus News Bulletn

Greg Turnbull ~ blackout

"The best way to get light in a blackout is to go to sleep...wake up in morning and chances are you will be able to see again." ~Greg Turnbull (NSW Incident Alerts)

Alex Kassan - claw your way up

"No one is going to invite you to the top, you're going to have to claw your way up there." ~Alex Kassan


Benjamin Mee - twenty seconds

"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it." ~Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo

Arthur Lindnet - value

"Fun is expensive and joy is priceless!" ~Arthur Lindnet

Arthur Golden - rain

"Even stone can be worn down with enough rain." ~Arthur Golden


Evelyn Dunbar - light


"We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light." ~Evelyn Dunbar from Robin L Photography.

Bob Kerry - kindness

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change." -Bob Kerrey

William Clarke - soul

"‎Faith‬ dares the soul to go farther than it can see." ~William Clarke

R K Narayan - mesh

“The difference between a simpleton and an intelligent man, according to the man who is convinced that he is of the latter category, is that the former wholeheartedly accepts all things that he sees and hears while the latter never admits anything except after a most searching scrutiny. He imagines his intelligence to be a sieve of closely woven mesh through which nothing but the finest can pass.” ~R K Narayan

Emery Allen Quotes


“I’m often difficult to love. I go through dark periods like the moon and I hide from myself. But I promise I will kiss your wounds when they’re hurting. Even if they’re in your soul, I can find them with the light in my fingertips. I will lead you to the river so you can remember how beautiful it feels to be moved by something that is out of your control. And when our dark periods match, we can breathe with the grass and look at the night sky. The stars will remind us of the beauty in our struggles and we won’t feel lost.” ~Emery Allen

“Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.” ~Emery Allen

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Family Friends Poems Quotes

"Marriage brings the love of a couple together in an everlasting way. The bond between them is one that grows stronger each and every day." ~Family Friend Poems

"We all have struggles in life. Some big, some small. It is up to us, to use those struggles to grow in life rather than allow those struggles to slow us down." ~Family Friends Poems

"When it comes to love, emotions take over. Love many times endures pain, and fear, and sorting through those feelings can be confusing since after all, it is one's love." ~Family Friend Poems

~•✿•~ ~•✿•~


"You are the sunlight in my day.
You are the moon I see far away.
You are the tree I lean upon.
You are the one that makes troubles be gone."
~Debbie A. Burrous

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝




“In the midst of her torment, she felt a sense of hope and trying to understand the gravity of the situation, she thought, 'the circumstances do not own me. I am in the moment and I am capable to decide, either to leave or to stay.' Leading her to understand that it didn't matter how low her self-esteem was; for there was another sensation within her, an oomph driving her forward with certainty and not doubt. The people around her could diminish her self-esteem all they wanted; nevertheless no one was competent to take away the source of her dreams, her drive, a faculty that she was inescapably bonded with, but she had not quite identified within--Her Will.” ―A passage from my Novel, Floranova B. Msc. © 2014, Inspiration Flows Where Your Will Goes

M. Antoniinus - strength

"Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there. " ~M. Antoniinus (from Inspirational Quotes)

Audrey Tatou - beauty and charm


"Charm is more valuable than beauty. You can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm." ~Audrey Tatou

T.B. LaBerge - home

"You work so hard, just to end up at home crying yourself to sleep; remember you’re trying, you are moving mountains that have plagued you since you were young, and you’re trying so hard. Keep fighting, fight until you have won. Fight until you have found your way home, until the sun comes back and your heart learns to love the mornings again." ~T.B. LaBerge

Claypotideas - potential


"One of the most amazing things that can happen is finding someone who sees everything you are and won't let you be anything less. They see the potential of you. They see endless possibilities. And through their eyes, you start to see yourself the same way." ~Claypotideas

George M. Moore Jr. - winner

"A winner is just a loser who tried one more time." ~George M Moore Jr.

Henry Davenport - dividing line

"The greatest dividing line between success and failure can be stated in five words: I did not have time." ~Henry Davenport



Sent by Julie Torres


“May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.” ~Anon

Karl Popper Quotes

“Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell.” ~Karl Popper

“We should cautiously feel the ground ahead of us, as cockroaches do, and try to reach the truth in all modesty. We should stop trying to recite the part of all-knowing prophets. But this means that we ourselves must change.” ~Karl Popper, excerpt from his talk given in 1989 at the Liberales Forum at St Gallen University

"We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant." ~Karl Popper

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Miranda Owen - science


"... space science and exploration are so important. It's essential for us all to understand the changes we make to the planet. Looking at the planet this way is like us watching ants - sometimes ants become swarms of destructive pests, invading and destroying everything in their way. They are also efficient builders and look after their territories." ~Miranda Owen, from ABC Big Ideas, FB

Denise Linn Quotes


"It is better to start over than to continue down a path that you know is wrong for your Soul." ~Denise Linn

"Take time to be still, in a hallowed place in nature, and you'll discover that you are connected to everything." ~Denise Linn

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Mario Quintana - decorate your soul

"Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul." ~Mario Quintana

Susie O'Neil - experience


"Every experience, good or bad, brings you closer to success." ~Susie O'Neil

Dr. Anthony Chan Quotes

"A healer's power stems not from any special ability but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses." - Anon

"If you have the ability to empathise, you have the ability to heal." ~Dr. Anthony Chan

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

Source: Dr Chan's Acupuncture Clinic

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝


Anne Bronte -Quotes


"A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine." ~Anne Bronte

"But he that dares not grasp the thorn
should never crave the rose." ~Anne Bronte

"My soul is awakening, my spirit is soaring." ~Anne Bronte

“Reading is my favourite occupation, when I have leisure for it and books to read.” ~from "Agnes Grey" By Anne Brontë

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

My Pick of the Day:

"Don't let anyone invalidate or minimize how you feel. If you feel something, you feel it and it's real to you. Nothing anyone says has the power to invalidate that, ever. No one else lives in your body. No one else sees life through your eyes. No one else has lived through your experiences. And so, no one else has the right to dictate or judge how you feel. Your feelings are important and you deserve to be heard. They are inherently valid and they matter. Don't let anyone make you believe otherwise." ~from Lessons Learned in Life

John Dyer - reflection

"I love the sea's sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colours that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable. This, combined with the colour of the water over white sand, surprises me every time." ~John Dyer

Rikki Rogers - strength


"Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do." ~Rikki Rogers


Chinua Achebe Quotes

“Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.” ~Chinua Achebe

"When there is a big tree small ones climb on its back to reach the sun." ~Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease (1960)

"Whenever you see a toad jumping in broad daylight, then know that something is after its life." ~Chinua Achebe from Things Fall Apart (1958)

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Gordon Lish - notion of talent

"I don't think that talent or gift, if such things exist, has anything to do with what the final receipts will be. My notion is that anyone who speaks, by reason of that speech, has prospects of achieving important imaginative writing. I see the notion of talent as quite irrelevant. I see instead old-fashioned notions of perseverance, application and industry...It comes down in every instance to this dualism between what one wants and what one may be afraid to have." ~Gordon Lish

Quotes and Verses on DEATH, GRIEF and SORROW

"After my brother, David Dill took his life to suicide in January of 2000, I once felt overwhelmed with unbearable grief. I thought a part of my heart died the day he did. Perhaps it has, but through working through my grief, I found a way out of the darkness of desolate pain of a broken heart. There is a light inside of you, no matter what pain you are experiencing. The light may appear so dark at times but it is there. The light that will give you strength to survive your journey. People move through grief, it is unavoidable. We empower ourself when we reach out and share our pain with other's who understand the unique loss of someone by suicide." ~Tina Dill Tappy from FB (sister of David Dill who took his life to suicide)

"Alone in the blackness of a starless night, I could only call upon grief’s dark cloak to cover my shivering soul." ~Robert Clancy

"And no matter what anybody says about grief and about time healing all wounds, the truth is, there are certain sorrows that never fade away until the heart stops beating and the last breath is taken.” ~Tiffanie DeBartolo

"But since I have come to this abode of sorrow I am too insignificant to know what I am." ~O. Khayyam

“Death and taxes are both certain... but death isn't annual.” ~Anon

"......., Death has always been the compass by which I have lived my life. I proceed with the knowledge that all these will end sooner than later ." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, extracted from her article "Blush"

"Death is a frightful disaster no matter what the cause and the age of the person affected." ~Nelson Mandela from a letter to Irene Buthelezi, on receiving the news of his son Thembi's death, written on Robben Island, 3 August 1969

"Death is nature's way of saying, 'Your table is ready." ~Robin Williams

"Death is not extinguishing the light from the Christian; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come." ~Anon

'Death is nothing, nor life either, for that matter. To die, to sleep, to pass into nothingness, what does it matter? Everything is an illusion.' ~Mata Hari

“Death is only a state of thermodynamic equilibrium!” ~Miriam Defensor Santiago

"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity." ~ Nelson Mandela from the documentary 'Mandela', 1996 ‪LTL‬

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." ~Anon

“Death was a blessing, so great, so deep that we can fathom it only at those moments, like this one now, when we are reprieved from it. It was the return home from long, unspeakably painful wanderings, the correction of a great error, the loosening of tormenting chains, the removal of barriers---it set a horrible accident to rights again.” ~from BUDDENBROOKS by Thomas Mann

"Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees." ~Swedish Proverb

“Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.” ~Homer, The Odyssey

"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Every tear you weep in sorrow is caught by God’s hand and dried by the wings of an angel. Hang in there; you are never alone in sadness.” ~Robert Clancy

"Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl." ~Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi

"Faith draws the poison from every grief, takes the sting from every loss, and quenches the fire of every pain; and only faith can do it." ~Josiah Gilbert Holland

"Fear leads to death as the window to the courtyard. Jump!" ~Grigoris Deoudis

"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity." ~William Penn

"From attachment comes grief, from attachment comes fear; he who is free from attachment knows neither grief nor fear." ~The Buddha

"For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one." ~Kahlil Gibran

"From doing A Moon for the Misbegotten, I've learned that nobody's love can save anybody else. There are people who want to die, and nothing or nobody will stop them. The only one who can save you is yourself." ~Gabriel Byrne

"From pure sensation to the intuition of beauty, from pleasure and pain to love and the mystical ecstasy and death — all the things that are fundamental to the human spirit, are most profoundly significant, can only be experienced, not expressed." ~Aldous Huxley

"Give me liberty or give me death." ~Patrick Henry

Credit: FB

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

"Grief does not expire like a candle or the beacon on a lighthouse. It simply changes temperature." ~Anthony Rapp

"Grief from the loss of a dear loved one is there to show you the depths of your heart—because even in your darkest place, love’s light still shines there." ~Robert Clancy

"Grief is a place you need only visit once with your heart to know that love is a place that persists forever within your heart." ~Robert Clancy

"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” ~Vicki Harrison

"Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve." ~Earl Grollman

"Grief isn’t about an ending of love...it’s about the beginning of understanding how deep your love truly is." ~Robert Clancy on Sorrowful Hearts

"Grief is only the memory of widowed affections." ~Anon

"Grief, it turns out, is grief, however you cut it and comparing readings for pet grief as opposed to human grief on the griefometer serves little purpose. It’s still the same familiar ache that swells from gullet to gut and fills the entire chest cavity, which only that old cliché time can heal." ~Olivia Lichtenstein from Why dead pets matter - article

"Grief, like a torn dress, should always be left at home." ~Anon

"Grief never ends, but it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith; It is the price of love." ~Anon

"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

"I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." ~Woody Allen

"I am only visiting here as one day when God calls me home, I will fly away and where I am going no more troubles or sorrow will there be." ~Mountain Wisdom

“I can't be expected to produce deathless prose in an atmosphere of gloom and eucalyptus.” ~Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals (Goodreads)

"I grieved today for the times I have loved so much that I forgot about myself and my own needs. I grieved today for giving so much and forgetting that I should keep a little bit back just for me. I grieved today for getting so caught up in helping others that I overlooked I needed a little help as well. I grieved today for thinking I could just do it all, denying that I also have my limits. And sometimes having limitations is a holy thing. I just wanna love people in a way that makes me feel loved too. I don’t want to forget myself anymore." ~S.C. Lourie

“I've discovered over the years that the simplest explanation is almost always the right one; and that hunger of one kind or another―desire, by another name―is the source of almost every sorrow.” ~Claire Messud, The Woman Upstairs

"If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied." ~Rudyard Kipling(1865-1936)

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

“... If the dead can come back to this earth and move unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night—amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours—always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or if the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.” ~Paul Hoffman, The Left Hand of God (Goodreads)

"If you're ever going to love me, love me now while I can know. All the sweet and tender feelings which from real affection flow. Love me now, while I'm living; do not wait 'til I am gone. And then chisel it on marble - words on ice, cold stone. If you have dear sweet thoughts about me. Why not whisper them to me? Don't you know it would make me happy and as glad as glad could be? If you wait until I'm sleeping, never to awaken here again, there will be walls of earth between us and couldn't hear you then. I won't need your kind caresses when the grass grows over my face. I won't crave your love or kisses in my last low resting place. So then, if you love me any, if it's but a little bit. Let me know while I am living, so I can own it treasure it." ~Anon

“If you want to see what your friends and family think of you, die broke, and see who comes to your funeral” ~Gregory Nunn

"If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide into the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one." ~Khalil Gibran

"In a relationship of co-dependencies, the death of one leaves the other vulnerable." ~Bryan Ng Co

“In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.” ~Don Juan Matus, “Journey to Ixtlán” (by Carlos Castañeda)

"In my grief, I’m comforted by the thought that - one day, we will never have to watch someone we love go through the intense pain and suffering that comes from some dreadful disease. We will never have to sit by a bedside while a dear one loses strength and life... for illness and pain will be no more." ~Becky Kay (Acebedo Kibble)on her dying friend Patricia Hudson Wolfgang-Grentz, March 25, 2017

"It is hard to have patience with people who say,ʿThere is no deathʾ and ʿDeath doesn't matter.ʾ There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter."~A Grief Observed

"... it is not the grief that stops us from starting life over again. But the fear of losing it all again." ~Christina Ramussen

"It is wrong to sorrow without ceasing." ~Homer

“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 was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace." ~Anna Akhmatova, Russian Poet

"Life is much more fearful than death." ~Laure Kendrick

"Love can vanquish death." ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"Love is stronger than death even though it can’t prevent the loss of someone so dear to you. Death can never separate you from love." ~Robert Clancy on Strength in Love

"Most of us do not purposely create our legacies. We live our lives, follow our hearts, try to bravely do what our hearts tell us, and when we die, we are remembered by the collection of stories and memories that make up our lives." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, on How You Will Be Remembered When You Die

"Most people tiptoe through their life hoping to make it safely to their death." ~Earl Nightingale

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear." ~Clive Staples (CS) Lewis

"Not sure about empathy but I have seen grief expressed by cows and ewes when their calves and lambs are taken from them (destined for our plates). So called humane slaughter maybe, but the industrial breeding and slaughter of animals is not cruelty free." ~Jan Bow (FB)

"Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realised by man ever dies, or can die." ~Thomas Carlyle

“One joy shatters a hundred griefs” ~Chinese Proverbs

"One must desire something to be alive: perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death." ~Margaret Deland

"Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them." ~Leo Tolstoy

"Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them." ~George Eliot (1819-1880)

"Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion." ~Buddha

"Perhaps passing through the gates of death is like passing quietly through the gate in a pasture fence. On the other side, you keep walking, without the need to look back. No shock, no drama, just lifting of a plank or two in a simple wooden gate in a clearing. Neither pain, nor floods of light, not great voices, but just the silent crossing of a meadow." ~Mark Helperin

"Real grief often does not hit home until much later. For many it is a grief never entirely lost." ~Prince William on Diana's 18th Death Anniversary

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." ~Steve Jobs

“Sleep... Oh! how I loathe those little slices of death...” ~Longfellow on Death / immortality

“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.” ~Henry Van Dyke on Death

“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

"Sorrow can be alleviated by a good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine." ~Thomas Aquinas

"Sorrow is a fruit; God does not allow it to grow on a branch that is too weak to bear it." ~Victor Hugo

"Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“The death of our bodies is only a laying aside of the things that had allowed us to function in the world. Death itself is a continuation of life...” ~Emanuel Swedenborg

"The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine." ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

"The living is crying for itself..not for the dead.." ~Rosemarie M. Cerna, FB, 21 October 2016

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

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

"The world is so exquisite, with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better, it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look Death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides." ~Carl Sagan

"There is no escaping it. Our immune systems take on the blows of grief. It’s not bad enough that we are brought to our knees when we lose a loved one but many have to suffer the devastation of a second loss and that is our own health." ~Anne M. Gorman

"To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead." ~Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970), Marriage and Morals (1929)

"Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living."~Harold MacMillan

“Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.” ~Euripides

"We die only once, and for such a long time." ~Moliere, French Playwright

"What my mother recognized back then — and what I understand now — is that grief is the most painful experience that any child or parent can endure." ~Prince William

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." ~Albert Pike

"When we die, we simply move from one world into another." ~Emanuel Swedenborg

"Whether you are suffering with personal struggles with depression, or you are in grief over the loss of a loved one's suicide, my message to you is your are NOT ALONE." ~Tina from FB (sister of David Dill who took his life to suicide)

"Write your sorrows in sand and your blessings in stone." ~Anon

"You don't die until the last person that knew you leaves this Earth. Then ad only then do you die." ~John Hill

~•✿•~ ~•✿•~


"All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them." ~Isak Dinesen

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow." ~Anon

“An ounce of wit is worth a pound of sorrow.” ~Richard Baxter

"But since I have come to this abode of sorrow I am too insignificant to know what I am." ~O. Khayyam

"During the times that hurt the most, it is important to remember that the people we lose are never gone from us. They will always exist in the hearts of those they loved, in memories and in their legacy that will continue on forever." ~Tobin Brothers

"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death."
~Nelson Mandela from The Welcomed Consensus

"I've never fancied being cremated or buried. I keep hoping I can hold out long enough for someone to discover some new and more suitable medium for my expiry. Evaporation through abstruse sentence, say. Interment in metaphor. Scatter me in words, O my beloved." ~Howard Jacobson

"If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been." ~Robert H. Schuller

"No one wants to give-up on someone they love, such as a relative, friend or lover. But, sometimes we are forced to make hard decisions by extraordinary suffering. It's easy to judge, or say, "never give-up," until you have been there. Eventually, you begin to realize that life is too short and your powers to teach, influence or heal are limited. You finally accept that their emptiness, pain and dysfunction requires more than you have to give. You can't hand your whole life and soul to someone who doesn't even care about their own. Letting go is an excruciating heartbreak; mourning the death of what once was. If you did let someone go, and you still have guilt, it's time to forgive yourself and begin to heal. If it is time to let someone go, for their sake, or for yours, then this may be your confirmation." ~Bryant McGill

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ~Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

"Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends." ~African Proverb

"The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities." ~Khalil Gibran

"The man who knows how to live has no place for death to enter." ~Tao Te Ching

"The pain of losing someone, made me focus on what I feel passionate about. So, follow your heart, allow pain to guide you, and never stop being a traveller!" ~MIchel May (Daily NAS, 1-minute story)

"We go to our graves clutched in our hands with nothing except those that we have given away." ~Anon

“….Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. ” ~Rumi on loneliness

"What makes me so certain that the natural human lifespan is far in excess of the actual one is this. Among all my autopsies (and I have performed over 1000), I have never seen a person who died of old age. In fact, I do not think that anyone has ever died of old age yet. We invariably die because one vital part has worn out too early in proportion to the rest of the body." ~Dr. Hans Selye

"When I visited the zoo as a child, I was happy to see the animals. Now, I do not visit the zoo, because I do not see the animals, I see their sorrow." ~A.D. Williams

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ~Khalil Gibran

"You would be late for your own funeral.” ~Anon

~•✿•~ ~•✿•~

"Gone from our sight,
But never our memories -
Gone from our touch,
But never our hearts."


Oh, may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again.
~George Eliot, The Choir Invisible


"There's a grief that can't be spoken
There's a pain goes on and on" ~Herbert Kretzmer
(Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables)


"You are the comfort of my Soul
in the season of sorrow.
You are the wealth of my spirit
in the heartbreak of loss."


There beyond the confines of stone
Beyond this flesh and bone
Beyond the chasm that once housed this heart
We dare to dream of life's restart
How will it come to us this recognition
Without the mind there is indecision
The blackness remains in shades of grey
Still locked in twilights eternity my mood is fey
Without love I am unbound
No trace, no breath no sound
I am the wind that chills the marrow
Here still the same with the morrow
No slumber, no rest, just an echoing memory
Death am I, a departed tragedy
I haunt your steps but you do not see
The eternity of you, without me ......

By David Slater


"There is always a corner
A place set aside
For the timeline of our lives.
Somewhere that we all walk by
But strangers stop
And time just helps to grow
A place where life stands still
Yet moves constantly forward
And dust inevitably always settles."
Births, Deaths And ...


"When I am gone, release me; let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that we had so many years
I gave you love, you can only guess
how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love each have shown
but now it is time I travelled alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It is only for a while that we must part
so bless those memories within your heart.
I will not be far away, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear.
All of my love around you, soft and clear.
Then when you must come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile and a welcome home."

Source: Elida Ynclan Davila, FB


╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Gyula Krudy - happiness


"She believed a great happiness awaited her somewhere, and for this reason she remained calm as the days flew by." ~Gyula Krudy


MY PICK of the DAY:

"The universe is a complete unique entity. Everything and everyone is bound together with some invisible strings. Do not break anyone’s heart; do not look down on weaker than you. One’s sorrow at the other side of the world can make the entire world suffer; one’s happiness can make the entire world smile." ~Shams of Tabriz

Herman Boerhaave - simplicity

"The great seal of truth is simplicity." ~Herman Boerhaave

Nayyirah Waheed Quotes

"Poems come as they will. They come as they want, when I’m waking, eating, exercising, chatting with someone. Sometimes they come to me as a whole, sometimes a line. I think it’s one of the ways my soul communicates with me, I do my best to sit down and listen." ~Nayyirah Waheed
"Can we speak in flowers? It will be easier for me to understand." ~Nayyirah Waheed

"Even if you are a smallest forest surviving off of moon alone, your light is extraordinary." ~Nayyirah Waheed

"I don't pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning." ~Nayyirah Waheed

"If you show someone the sun in your bones and they reject you, you must remember, they hurt themselves this very same way." ~Nayyirah Waheed

"You broke the ocean in half to be there, only to meet nothing that wants you." ~Nayyirah Waheed

"You can not remain a war between what you want to say (who you really are) and what you should say (who you pretend to be); your mouth was not designed to eat itself." ~Nayyirah Waheed

"Your heart is the softest place on earth. Take care of it." ~Nayyirah Waheed

╔═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╗
╚═════ ೋღ☃ღೋ ═════╝

Vaclav Havel - salvation

"The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility." ~Vaclav Havel