"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


Stephen Hawking - mankind

“Mankind is in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity." ~Stephen Hawking

Peggy Rometo - feel the earth

"As you allow your body to relax and you feel the earth beneath your feet, feel yourself beginning to understand that you have all the answers within." ~Peggy Rometo

Roy Bennett Quotes

"If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present." ~Roy Bennett

"No amount of regretting can change the past, and no amount of worrying can change the future." ~Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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Rob Bell Quotes

"Opening up your soul to someone, letting them into your spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes, dreams… that is being naked.” ~Rob Bell

"That breath that you just took... that's a gift." ~Rob Bell

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Christie Joyner - God gives you favour

"When God decides to bless you, He will cause situations to come together in your favour ... no matter what others try to do." ~Christie Joyner

Quotes from Bright Me dot com

A bad craftsman never made a perfect vase.

A frog in a well does not know the greatness of the sea.

A husband and wife should be similar to a hand and an eye: when one’s hand hurts, the eyes cry; and when the eyes cry, the hand wipes away one’s tears.

A long journey always begins with a short one.

Always make way for fools and madmen.

As soon as stones can swim, leaves will sink.

Ask a question and you feel shame for a moment. Not asking and not knowing means you will feel shame for your whole life.

Beautiful flowers do not bear good fruit.

Check seven times before ever doubting someone.

Cold tea and cold rice are tolerable; what is intolerable is a cold gaze and harsh words.

Do everything that you can and leave the rest to fate.

Do not hold back that which is departing; do not chase away that which is arriving.

Even if a sword is only required once in a lifetime, it should be worn all the time.

Even monkeys can fall from their trees.

Fast means going slowly without interruption.

Excessive honesty often borders on stupidity.

Fortune will always come in to a house with laughter.

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

Having taken the time to think, venture to act. Once you’ve done so, stop thinking.

He who drinks does not know the dangers of wine; he who doesn’t drink does not know its benefits.

He who endures for just half an hour longer than his opponent can achieve victory.

He who strongly desires to rise up will think of a way to build a ladder.

If a problem can be solved, then it’s not worth worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, then it’s useless to worry about it.

If a woman wants something, she’ll climb a mountain to get it.

If you do not enter the tiger’s cave, you will not catch its cub.

If you decide to set off on your own journey, you’ll find yourself alone for a thousand kilometers.

If you want to paint a branch, you have to hear the breath of the wind.

It is better to be the enemy of a good person than the friend of a bad one.

No one has ever stumbled whilst lying in bed.

The deepest rivers flow in silence.

The earth always hardens after the rain.

The sun does not know who is right or who is wrong. It shines without purpose and provides warmth to all.

There has never been a great individual who did not have ordinary people at their side.

When one is in love, even the scars left by smallpox are as beautiful as dimples on a person’s cheeks.

Source: Bright Me dot com


Fidel Castro Quotes

"Revolution is not a bed of roses.” ~Fidel Castro

"There is often talk of human rights, but it is also necessary to talk of the rights of humanity. Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years? Why should some be miserably poor, so that others can be hugely rich? I speak on behalf of the children in the world who do not have a piece of bread. I speak on the behalf of the sick who have no medicine, of those whose rights to life and human dignity have been denied." ~Fidel Castro's message to the UN General Assembly, 1979

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

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Dave Willis - strong marriage

"A strong marriage requires two people who choose to love each other even on days when they struggle to like each other." ~Dave Willis

Edie Cantor - scenery

“Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast--you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” ~Edie Cantor

Leonard Church - great love

"A great love is a lot like a good memory. When it's there, and you know it's there, but it's just outta your reach, it can be all that you think about. And you can focus on it and try to force it, but the more you do, the more you seem to push it away. But if you're patient, and you hold still, well maybe, just maybe, it'll come to you." ~Leonard Church


Quotes on HARMONY

"A world without conflict, just harmony – that’s what my biggest wish would be." ~Richard Branson

"Be in harmony with the nature of things." ~Seng Tsan

"Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity — I mean the true simplicity of a rightly and nobly ordered mind and character, not that other simplicity which is only a euphemism for folly." ~Plato from THE REPUBLIC

"Do not give your attention to things that don't allow you to vibrate in harmony with who you are." ~from REALM of Love

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony." ~ Thomas Merton

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." ~Mahatma Gandhi

"Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay." ~Sallust

"If we could but recognize our common humanity, that we do belong together, that our destinies are bound up in one another's, that we can be free only together, that we can be human only together, then a glorious world would come into being where all of us lived harmoniously together as members of one family, the human family." ~Desmond Tutu

"In family life, love is ... the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony." ~Eva Burrows

"In the midst of conflict, be friendly and harmonious. If they rip apart your clothes, sew the pieces back together again." ~Rumi

"It's important to take time out to nurture you, and bring yourself back into balance... connect to all levels of self; mind, body and soul, and ensure that what needs your attention is brought back into harmony once more." ~ The Ruby Getaway, FB

"One good thing I love life in the province is the smell of the farm where animals, humans and nature are in harmony. That's LIFE." ~Ricardo Perez

"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence." ~Rabindranath Tagore

"The morning of life is like the dawn of a day, full of purity, visions, and harmony." ~Chateubriand

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Ralf Madi - RESPECT

"No mistake when a man deliberately infects women with a disease because he hasn't learned the meaning of the word 'respect'." ~RALF MADI

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Storms of life

"I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature." ~Paulo Coelho

Josefina Navarro - ripples

"The ripples we create are greater than we can imagine." ~Josefina Navarro

From Our Daily Bread - single morning

"Every single morning God loads us up on His shoulders and carries us through the day." ~Our Daily Bread


Zachry K. Douglas - moments in life

"There are moments in life, when a single hug holds all the answers you need." ~Zachry K. Douglas

J.M. Darhower - promise

“Go for it, while you can. I know you have it in you. And I can't promise you'll get everything you want, but I can promise nothing will change if you don't try.” ~J.M. Darhower


Laurence Overmire Quotes

"History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all." ~Laurence Overmire

"Life is a poem most people never read." ~Laurence Overmire

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Stephanie Renaud - Life is in motion

"Life is not about making an effort to grow. We have it wrong. Life is always in motion. Change is a constant. And so we change, always. We change either by chance or by choice. Changing by chance is like a boat without a rudder being tossed about the waves. By choice is pointing yourself in a direction and allowing the flow of life to move you. It's setting your sail, manning your rudder and navigating the ocean. You do not create the current, the force that drives you. You merely pilot your vessel." ~Stephanie Renaud, Energy Coach for Parents

Bateen Abbas - mother's instinct

"There is absolutely no doubt that most mothers have an instinct to protect their own, but that also applies to other babies as well. Mothers just have an instinct to care for, and protect, children. This applies not only to human beings, but mothers of all kinds. When it comes to wild animals, however, that instinct is generally kept to their species. ... (not until when) one lioness defied what we assume to be common knowledge and did the complete opposite." ~Bateen Abbas for Diply on "Two Lions Walk Up To An Injured Fox. What They Do Next Has Animal Experts SHOCKED."

Aine Belton - project

“When you judge you project your shadows onto others, when you love you project your light.” ~Aine Belton

Amanda Fernandez - let more positive in

"Let your tears fall into an ocean of Love and Light. Then, breathe out the negative and breathe in the positive. As you breathe out, one by one you can allow more positive things in." ~AmandaFernandez

Jo Cox - things that divide us

"We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us” ~Jo Cox, British Labor MP, who was killed on broad daylight, 16 June 2016

Sharon Anthony Bower - facts

"People can refute your facts, but never your feelings." ~Sharon Anthony Bower


Brian Andres - morning light

Photo: Credit to Stanley Photography

"We sat side by side in the morning light and looked out at the future together." ~Brian Andres


James E. Faust - Honesty

"Honesty is more than not LYING. It is TRUTH telling, truth SPEAKING, TRUTH LIVING, and TRUTH LOVING." ~James E. Faust


Max Heindel - state of vibration

"All things are in a state of vibration. Vibrations from objects in our surroundings are constantly impinging upon us and carry to our senses a cognition of the external world. The vibrations in the ether act upon our eyes so that we see, and vibrations in the air transmit sounds to the ear." ~Max Heindel

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: tragedy of life

"The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way." ~William Barclay

Bhavana Nissima Quotes

"It was the commonest of conversations. Nothing harsh was said. Nor anything sad or dramatic. And yet a relationship that had never begun, died. A sentence left incomplete before the paragraph was born. A bridge project shelved. Why do I grieve so?" ~Bhavana Nissima

"Some catch fire on first strike and light a candle or lamp. Some catch fire on second or third strike. Few catch fire but are blown out by wind before they can light a candle. Some cannot light because the wick is damp or there is no oil or it is way too burnt out. In a quiet room, with candles closely stacked together, couple of matchsticks manage to light several of them. And then there is this one. You strike her repeatedly but no fire. Either because the sides have worn out or her edges have been blunted or your hands were wet. The more you strike, the more the edges peel off and she wilts. You fling her away saying “Poor quality matchstick.” Was she?" ~Bhavana Nissima, FB
"Sometimes floodwaters enter our homes, sometimes they enter our lives, soaking, wiping all that we take for granted—our social beliefs, our skillsets, our place in hierarchy of things, our access to resources, our relationships, everything. We are forced to evacuate structures we called home — that which IS and WILL BE— and find ourselves in the relief camps of life. Here we sit stunned by loss, with uncertain days and bewildering tomorrows, at the mercy of strangers and systems beyond our control. Here we sit as refugees from hope, haunted by a yearning for better days.

Here we discover the other side of the world, that which always was. Like the shadow of silence between our words -- emptied of meaning, emptied of intention.

Only some of us get to return home. For others, we have to learn the art of making sea our home." ~Bhavana Nissima

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Wild and Civilised

"We are far more likely to be harmed by our fellow man than by our fellow animals, yet we call animals wild and dangerous and we call man advanced and civilized." ~A.D. Williams

Darrius Anderson - relationship with God

"People are out here everyday twisting the Bible to their own agenda to oppress groups of people. It wasn’t too long ago that the Bible was used to justify slavery. Not just African American slavery, but all forms. As a Christian myself, I take the Bible with a grain of salt and focus instead on my personal relationship with God and I wish more people would do the same.” ~Darrius Anderson (source: This Guy Schools Homophobic Religious Hypocrites In Just 18 Tweets, by Cavan Sieczkowski, Deputy Director, News & Analytics, The Huffington Post Australia, 14 June 2016

Vadim Gluzman Quotes

"As a teen, a chance encounter with Isaac Stern set the Isreali violinist on the road to greatness." ~Vadim Gluzman

“Personally, musically, artistically, you name it: there was a different attitude to everything. What excited me most was that I was my own man, able to make my own decisions. Freedom is a God given gift that was taken away from us in the Soviet Union, so arriving in a place (Jerusalem) where democracy existed was like realising that I had never breathed before. Until I was 16, I wasn’t allowed to breathe and I wasn’t even aware that I wasn’t breathing. Then suddenly I was given access to this oxygen, this freedom, and it changed my whole perspective.” ~Ukrainian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, (Vadim Gluzman: walking his own path by Maxim Boon, June 9, 2016

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Alan Moore - mask

“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.” ~Alan Moore

Alexander Hamilton Quotes

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

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

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

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

"Those who stand for nothing fall for anything." ~Alexander Hamilton

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THOUGHT FOR TODAY: from Robert Kennedy - ripple of hope

"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." ~Robert F. Kennedy

Bettina R. Flores - atom of change

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

Catherine Britton - reclaim your life

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

Katharine Butler Hathaway - safe and expedient

"If you let fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin." ~Katharine Butler Hathaway

Eddie Rickenbacker - courage

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

William S. Halsey - thistle

"All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spines crumble." ~William S. Halsey

Debasish Mridha Quotes

“Always give away your pure love without expecting any love in return. The universe will fill your heart with an abundance of love, joy and happiness again and again.” ~Debasish Mridha (from Grace Olsson)

“The moon teaches us that darkness can’t hide the beauty of life if we know how to reflect beauty.” Debasish Mridha

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Alexandra Elle - rise and set

"The sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light, While it's here is up to us." ~Alexandra Elle


Waleed Aly - blank canvas

"His voicelessness allowed us to take him as a blank canvas onto which we could project whatever values we liked ... Let's be clear about this, he was a black supremacist at that time." ~Waleed Aly on Muhammad Ali (RIP, interred 10 June 2016 in Luiseville, Kentucky USA), ABC RN

Maurice Sendak - book

"There's so much more to a book than just the reading." ~Maurice Sendak

Pierre Loti - silver

"The moon of a bright silver, which dazzles by its shining, illumines a world which surely is no longer ours; for it resembles in nothing what may be seen in other lands." ~Pierre Loti

Emma Bull - world

"They don't know how the world is shaped. And so they give it a shape, and try to make everything fit it. They separate the right from the left, the man from the woman, the plant from the animal, the sun from the moon. They only want to count to two." ~Emma Bull

Nicolaus Copernicus - circle

"The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle." ~Nicolaus Copernicus


James A. Lovell - footprints

"The moon is essentially gray, no color. It looks like plaster of Paris, like dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it." ~James A. Lovell

Michael Nesmith - thinking

"Some ways of using our thinking are really inspiring. There are people who use their thinking to race cars. People use their thinking to build rockets to the moon. It's all just a use of your thinking." ~Michael Nesmith

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Ideal husband

"An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband." ~Booth Tarkington

Victoria Erickson - Solitude

"Solitude isn't loneliness. Solitude is when the entire serene universe seems to surround and hold you quietly." ~Victoria Erickson, Edge of Wonder


John Phillips - lessons

"We constantly learn new lessons up here. The experiences we gather will enable us to establish a long-term station on the moon and to go on to Mars." ~John Phillips

Mark Rylance - understanding

"Well, my wife always says to me, and I think it's true, it's very difficult for us to understand the Elizabethan understanding and enjoyment and perception of form as it is to say... it would be for them to understand computers or going to the moon or something." ~Mark Rylance

Dr M Bowen - multigenerational family

"Seeing one’s multigenerational family provides “a sense of continuity, history and identity that is not otherwise possible… [and] can provide one with a different view of the human phenomena than is possible from examining the urgency of the present.” ~Dr M Bowen


Gabriel Byrne - save yourself

"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

Richard H. Baker - magnitude of the universe

"For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us." ~Richard H. Baker


"A journalist worth his salt would avoid becoming the story himself. The story should be that which is written by the journalist and not about the journalist himself." ~Dr. Dante A. Ang, The Manila Times, 3 January 2017

"Biased Journalism is a scourge of democracy. Irresponsible reporting is a menace in the Free World. " ~Benson Bautista

"Discrediting the media is a strategic move. Without the influence of media, we learn to think on our own and avoid being manipulated." ~Unattributed

“Duterte represents a movement in the Philippines to change the way politics works.” ~Stephen Sackur, BBC HARDTalk

"Editors have to be made to realise that if they allow some half-baked story to get into print, they may well be placing their entire organization in jeopardy." ~Kerry Packer

"Journalism isn’t a career where you pass exams and follow a set path. You need curiosity, courage and confidence." ~Stephen Sackur, (from My Stroll with SS, Huffington Post, Interview with Ebenezar Wikina)

"Journalists who distort the truth to malign, kill and destroy are the worst kind of assassins, murderers and terrorists!" ~Perfecto Yasay

"Mainstream Media, architected by Western Liberals, is a showpiece of how “Press Freedom” could be abused and utilized against anybody for monetary gains. This practice is sickening, distasteful. Long gone are the days that real Journalists were respected in the society." ~@Dutertenomics

"... mass media should be the impartial, fair and honest (i.e., with full integrity) purveyors of information, ...charged with the duty and responsibility to educate the masses." ~Carlos Silverio Bueno

‪"Mass media's tragedy is that it became a willing tool for capitalist interests. It succumbed to greed and abandoned its noble cause of seeking and conveying the truth, as a result of which it even corrupted its journalistic standards and perverted its practices to serve only the vested interests of the few." ~Caloy Bueno, December 13, 2017‬

"Media is one source of those subliminal messages that program our brains and shape our thoughts..... just as music sets our moods. They need to be controlled to an acceptable level as its influence will shape everyone's future..." ~Oscar A. Erasquin

"Peddling fake news does not, in fact, equate to a long-term successful business strategy, reporters for The New York Times are learning the hard way." ~Matthew Boyle, Breitbart, FB shared, 27 June 2017

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

"Press credibility is getting lower and lower. In fact it’s just about at rock bottom… it’s degenerated into a beat-up. The beat-up is what it’s all about. Any story they get, they’re looking to embellish so they can boast how they stuck it to someone." ~Kerry Packer

"Responsible journalism' means complying with the law." ~National Press Club (NPC), 16 January 2018

"Social media has radically changed the way mass communication is now played, especially in the formation of opinion and points of view. It is a game changer, and it has created a seismic shift in how people now digest and process the news and information. Most importantly it has actually empowered the ordinary citizen himself into becoming an instant newsmaker, or a journalist in the broadest sense. As with what we have been discussing with my fellow socmed bloggers, if Duterte were elected prior to the advent of Facebook and Twitter, he would have probably met the same fate as Muammar Gadaffi and Saddam Hussein, or Manuel Noriega." ~Mark Lopez, July 25, 2017 (EXCLUSIVE: Concerned Filipino Mark Lopez on his open letter to US Congress, in an interview with Adam Garrie, The DURAN)

"The difference between journalism and literature is that journalism is un-readable and literature is not read." ~Oscar Wilde

"The mainstream media now sees itself as internal state security." ~Thomas Wictor, Twitter , 6 July 2017

"The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses." ~Malcolm X

"The problem of journalism is simple. Journalists are rarely in a position to establish the truth of an issue themselves, since they didn't witness it personally. They are entirely dependent on self-interested sources to supply their facts. Every part of the news-making process is defined by this relationship; everything is coloured by this reality." ~Edward Jay Epstein

"Unfortunately, many Australian’s want to pull down anyone who achieves. And journalists are no exception. They have become a law unto themselves." ~Kerry Packer

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

"When Chicago Daily Tribune got it wrong in the 1948 election. President Truman, holding the infamous issue telling the press, "That ain't the way I heard it!" ~U.S. Embassy Canberra, FB (hashtag Election Watch)

"When journalists use their power to dictate WHAT YOU WILL SAY, that means the press is now a secret police."~Thomas Wictor, Twitter, 6 July 2017

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

"Who believes in journalists these days anyway? Journalists at politiko pare pareho lang magaling mag imbento ng kwento para mapaniwala ng tao!" ~Butch M. Natividad , November 30, 2016

“Writers make a living with words, yes. But so do lawyers.” ~Atty. Trixie Angeles

"You are supposed to be the vanguards of responsible, fair, impartial and truthful journalism!" ~Uriel Emmanuel Soriano, An Open Letter to ABS-CBN, April 24, 2016

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"As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information." ~Benjamin Disraeli

"If you're a yellow propagandist you might think Duterte supporters are 'anti-democratic', but in REALITY, Duterte supporters are the most real, down to earth, people in the world. It's about wanting a better, cleaner, happier, safer and more stable life, all while living in a dignified way under the flag of a proud nation. THIS is what Duterte represents to millions. It is a message for the people, because all people have access to it. it excludes no one and welcomes anyone with a positive attitude. THIS it the REAL Duterte revolution!" ~Adam Garrie, February 24, 2018

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

"There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in ever lasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation." ~HERBERT SPENCER

"To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies." ~Willa Cather (1873-1947)

"Whatever he said in the media just to pamper his ego is just for show.. the truth is in the middle of the night when he is alone..he' s cursing himself in disgust. Its during those lone moments that we realize what or who we really are." ~Lito Recio on Trillanes re:BBC HardTalk, 28 June 2017

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Uriel Emmanuel Soriano - on media

"You are supposed to be the vanguards of responsible, fair, impartial and truthful journalism!" ~Uriel Emmanuel Soriano, An Open Letter to ABS-CBN, April 24, 2016

Irene Santiago - kind of heart

"Just work on yourself. We can work on your mouth. But your heart is where it is. We waited for that kind of heart for a long time. Just be yourself and we’re all here to help you.” ~Irene Santiago, Leading Feminist, on President-elect RR Duterte, FB, June 2016

Louis Arevalos - music

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

Annette Hedworth - music

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

Quotes on MOON and SUN

"The moon is very rugged." ~Alan Bean


"The moon is at her full, and riding high,
Floods the calm fields with light.
The airs that hover in the summer sky
Are all asleep to-night."
~William C. Bryant


"A false friend and a shadow attend only while the sun shines" ~Benjamin Franklin

"A rare phenomenon tonight. Super Moon (perigee) + Blue Moon (second full moon in one month) + Blood Moon (Total Lunar Eclipse) all in one night. Watch the skies and hope there is no cloud cover or rain that would spoil it." ~Harold Tan, 31 January 2018

"Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star." ~W. Clement Stone

"Arguing from exception is like judging the moon harshly for its total eclipses rather than for the reflective light it benefits and blesses us with regularly." ~Bryan Ng Co

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

"Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things they are transformed." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Be like the strength of the sun and you can conquer the world in your Journey.” ~Anon

"Beauty is a form of genius — is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon." ~Oscar Wilde

"BLUE MOON does not mean the moon turns blue. It means you get to have two full moons within the month. ...BLOOD MOON is when the moon turns red and only happens when there is full lunar eclipse. The shadow of the earth do not turn the moon black but somehow reddish. ...SUPER MOON because the moon is unusually closer to the earth and appears bigger." ~Mei Li, FB, January 31, 2018

"Dreams are made of sand, sun and sea…" ~Anon

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

"..., even if it is just a brief touch of the sun, will set your soul on fire." ~Thomas Plummer

"Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody." ~Mark Twain

"Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock." ~Anaxagoras

“First here was the Sun, who was young once and is now a grandparent of many powers. But the Sun will one day go into the Void. That’s the power of the Heyoka—the Void.” ~Ruby Plenty Chiefs

"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." ~Christopher Columbus

"For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us." ~Richard H. Baker

"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 now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle; we just decided to go." ~Tom Hanks

"Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life." ~Jean Paul

"He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down." ~Psalm 104:19 (NIV)

"I see the world through eyes of love.
I see love in every flower,
In the sun and the moon,
And in every person I meet."
~Louise L. Hay

"If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out." ~William Blake

"If we can send a man to the moon, then why don't we send a woman?" ~Kylie Bax

"If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot." ~Confucius

"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

"If you strive for the moon, maybe you'll get over the fence." ~James Wood

"I've never felt like I was born with a silver spoon at all, although I've felt like howling at the moon a lot of times!" ~Van Morrison

"Is there anything in the world more charming than the way Tulips hold up their little faces to the sun? " ~Nat Davidson, @Nature Delights

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” ~Galileo Galilei

"It's like a finger pointing to the moon... Don't concentrate on the finger, because you will miss all the heavenly glory..." ~Bruce Lee (Enter the Dragon)

"Just like the moon, we go through phases." ~Dulce Ruby

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." ~Victor Hugo

"Life's true gift lies in your freedom to design it beautifully. With each rise of the sun, you get to chase the opportunity to fill your days with meaning—to live your life the way you choose." ~from Success dot com via Haizer Adrias Libcat, FB

"Men are like the earth and we are the moon; we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it - but there is." ~Olive Schreiner

“Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.”
~Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi ~
The Essential Rumi

"Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon." ~H. L. Mencken

"Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea." ~Phythagoras

"Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night." ~Hal Borland

"Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy." ~Henri Frederic Amiel

"The army is always the same. The sun and the moon change. The army knows no seasons." ~Frank S. Nugent

"The directors thought, They understand nothing in the real economy, in real life. They read some stupid books, and they came from the moon to the earth, and maybe in one month they will disappear." ~Anatoly Chubais

"The earth has received the embrace of the sun and we shall see the result of that love." ~Chief Sitting Bull

"The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle." ~Nicolaus Copernicus

“The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.” ~Confucius

"The Moon and Mars were the two most likely candidates for life in the solar system; what exists beyond our solar system is mere guesswork." ~Walter Lang

"The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty." ~Lyndon B. Johnson

"The moon does not need the sun to tell her she is already whole." ~Lang Leav

"The moon is brighter since the barn burned." ~Matsuo Basho

"The moon is essentially gray, no color. It looks like plaster of Paris, like dirty beach sand with lots of footprints in it." ~James A. Lovell

"The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon." ~Jean Ingelow

"The moon of a bright silver, which dazzles by its shining, illumines a world which surely is no longer ours; for it resembles in nothing what may be seen in other lands." ~Pierre Loti

“The moon teaches us that darkness can’t hide the beauty of life if we know how to reflect beauty.” ~Debasish Mridha

"The Sun, Moon and Stars are there to guide us." ~Dennis Banks

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

"The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands." ~Henry Ellis

"The sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light, While it's here is up to us." ~Alexandra Elle

"There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon." ~Matsuo Basho

"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." ~Buddha

"Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other." ~Sojourner Truth

"Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you." ~Tiny Buddha

"We ran as if to meet the moon." ~Robert Frost

"We'll go back to the moon by not learning anything new." ~Burt Rutan

"What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous." ~Thomas Merton

"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

"When a morning winter sun peeks through my kitchen window and brings sparkle to my favourite place where I boil water in a kettle and help myself to a nice cup of coffee." ~Leah C. Dancel, 27 August 2017

"When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means the sun is about to set." ~Lyn Yutang

"When the moon is not full, the stars shine more brightly." ~Anon

“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” ~George R.R. Martin

"Who says you cannot hold the moon in your hand?...Tonight when the stars come out and the moon rises in the velvet sky, look outside your window, then raise your hand and position your fingers around the disk of light....There you go . . . That was easy!" ~Vera Nazarian

“Why should I cumber myself with regrets that the receiver is not capacious? It never troubles the sun that some of his rays fall wide and vain into ungrateful space, and only a small part on the reflecting planet. Let your greatness educate the crude and cold companion.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You have to be able to appreciate these things. How many people can say it was a full moon last night and appreciate it?" ~Sandy Miller


“Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.”
~Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi ~(The Essential Rumi)

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Kristalee Berry - Love

"Love is like a gentle breeze that cascades through your entire being, filling every fiber with emotion so deep your heart grows wings."~Kristalee Berry

Quotes on VIRTUES

"A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others; for men's minds will either feed upon their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one will prey upon the other." ~Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

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

"Forcing people to be generous isn't humanitarian, effective, compassionate or moral. Only acts that are truly voluntary for all concerned can be truly compassionate." ~Harry Browne

"Honesty is making your words conform to reality. Integrity is making reality conform to your words. Honor your commitment, even when it is difficult, expensive, or inconvenient. Know that the cost of not keeping your word is even more expensive. Always remember to under promise but over deliver." ~Anon

"Honesty is more than not LYING. It is TRUTH telling, truth SPEAKING, TRUTH LIVING, and TRUTH LOVING." ~James E. Faust

"Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy reach of every soul – are the foundation of one’s spiritual life." ~Nelson Mandela from a letter to Winnie Mandela, written on Robben Island, South Africa, 1 February 1975, LTL‬

"In solitude, they will discover the love that might otherwise arrive unnoticed. 
In solitude, they will understand and respect the love that left them.
In solitude, they will be able to decide whether it is worth asking that lost love to come back or if they should simply let it go and set off along a new path.
In solitude, they will learn that saying ‘No’ does not always show a lack of generosity and that saying ‘Yes’ is not always a virtue." ~Paulo Coelho

"Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles." ~Awareness Act dot com

"It is a precious virtue to try to make others happy and to forget their worries." ~Nelson Mandela from a letter to Zindzi Mandela, written on Robben Island, 1 March 1981, LTL‬ ‪

“Life consists of two days, one for you one against you. So when it's for you don't be proud or reckless, and when it's against you be patient, for both days are test for you." ~Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

“Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest.” ~Francis Bacon

“Pleasure the servant,
Virtue looking on.”
~Ben Jonson

"The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements, compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love." ~Khalil Gibran

“The dew of compassion is a tear.” ~Lord Byron

"The practice of virtue, the worship of God and Paropakara to others – these three form the very essence of a truly noble life. Never neglect them. Ever practise them. This is real earning. He, who has this earning, accumulates the greatest wealth even though his earthly income may be modest. Blessed Self! Accumulate this wealth by living a Divine Life in the midst of your ordinary secular life. Have a rich inner life. Joy and peace will come to you." ~Sri Swami Chidananda

"Understanding is knowing what to do;
Wisdom is knowing what to do next;
Virtue is actually doing it."
~T Gulberd

"Virtue can only flourish among equals." ~Mary Wollstonecraft

"Virtue is insufficient temptation." ~George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

"When he stepped off the straight and narrow path of his peculiar honesty, it was with an inward assertion of unflinching resolve to fall back again into the monotonous but safe stride of virtue as soon as his little excursion into the wayside quagmires had produced the desired effect." ~Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

"Without courage, all other virtues are meaningless." ~Jose Alejandrino

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


“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” ~Janet Fitch

"Self respect, integrity and self worth fundamentally serve as our standard in our outlook on life." ~Yesu Ben

"The great charm of all power is modesty." ~Anon

"To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent - that is to triumph over old age.” ~Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"Victory is changing the hearts of your opponents by gentleness and kindness." -An Nasir Salahuddin, Al-Ayyubi (1137-1193)

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Archibald MacLeish - freedom

“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies." ~Archibald MacLeish, Pulitzer Prize winner

Ron Tanmer - special place

"If you could look into my heart, how quickly you would see the special place you hold there and how much you mean to me." ~Ron Tanmer, The Greatest Parents on Earth, Family Friend Poems

Roy Bean - time

"Time will pass and seasons will come and go." ~Roy Bean

Sidney Hook - teacher

"The teacher is the heart of the educational system." ~Sidney Hook

Rafael Alunan III Quotes

"A plunderer is no ordinary thief. His impact on government and society is extraordinary that calls for capital punishment. Plunder kills the future of the nation and the hopes of those who need lifelines now, not later." ~Rafael Alunan III, 14 February 2017

"Be professional, prudent and circumspect. Do not abuse. Be true to the code of conduct of your profession." ~Rafael Alunan III

"Blow like the wind,
glow like fire,
flow like a river,
fill like a cloud,
descend like a dove.
May the Force be with you in 2018!"
~Rafael Alunan III

"Crime and corruption are the shackles that keep us on our knees." ~Rafael Alunan III, March 25, 2017

"Democracy demands maturity and responsible citizenship." ~Rafael Alunan III, September 20

"For the sake of democracy, transparency and national transformation, the PRRD administration must continue along its torturous path but, at the same time, listen to voices of reason, prudence and circumspection within its ranks and from the general audience. It must separate legitimate critics who aim to make things right from the wolves in sheep's clothing." ~Rafael Alunan III, 8 January 2017 (Freedom of Information)

"I truly believe that a loving home, a healthy working environment, vibrant personal relationships, service oriented vocations and deeply seated values contribute to any person's feeling of self-worth and confidence to live through tough and lonely times and emerge all the more resilient." ~Rafael Alunan III

"If we had block voting we won't have division at the top. Let's cure the problem when we get to charter change." ~Rafael Alunan III, 7 January 2017

"I'm convinced that there's a small group of evil people, rich and powerful beyond belief, who fan the flames of discord to precisely divide and conquer humanity to sustain their hold on the world. They are not human by any yardstick. They are inhuman." ~Rafael Alunan III, May 31, 2017

"In the Vietnam era, the code words "broken arrow" was a call for close air support by all available forces for a military unit on the ground in grave danger of being overrun and destroyed by the enemy. ...
In our world in moral crisis, where wrong prevails over right, where evil dominates the good, where lies overwhelm the truth, where people want out of their trap, it's time to seek divine intervention....
It's time to call out "broken arrow, broken arrow" for the legion of angels to swoop in and cleanse our world." ~Rafael Alunan III, January 17, 201 on BROKEN ARROW

"..... let the information light up those in the shadows for the world to see, stop their conspiracy and for the rule of law to take its course." ~Rafael Alunan III on Freedom of Information, 8 January 2017

"Let's build new bridges without burning old ones that need fixing and improvement." ~Rafael Alunan III, on International Relations, 8 January 2017

"Life would be so much simpler and easier if we cooperate with each other, united in purpose to improve our being and well-being with no one left behind." ~Rafael Alunan III on Cooperation

"Our national interest must drive policy underscored by the reality that we exist today in an interdependent world. Goodwill to all with malice toward none, but with eyes open." ~Rafael Alunan III, on Internal Relations, 8 January 2017

"Professional soldiers will always do the right things and do them the right way - thoroughly, precisely and timely. They will never do anything illegal and immoral. ..... They are modest, prudent, circumspect but they are also fiercely fearless. Don't take them for granted because once they turn into warriors unchained, make no mistake; they'll bring Hell along with them." ~Rafael Alunan III

"Religion and politics are divisive issues that have been weaponised. Vicious wars are being fought because of it." ~Rafael Alunan III, May 31, 2017

"Self-discipline is the solution. shows strength of character. our weakness of character today makes us police characters." ~‪Rafael Alunan III‬, May 8, 2017

"The enemy is within. It has always been." ~Rafael Alunan III, 5 August 2017

"The more we read books, the likelier our ability to understand better the emotions of others. Read. Take advantage of the Net." ~Rafael Alunan III, 8 January 2017)

"The negligence, dereliction of duty, irresponsibility and incompetence of the previous administration are beyond words. What else is there hidden in the wreckage?" ~Rafael Alunan III on Benigno Simeon Aquino III, former President of the Philippines, (2010-2016), DENGVACIA (dengue fever vaccine) Backlash, December 3, 2017

"The people just want to see government hard at work and making things work for them." ~Rafael Alunan III, 28 June 2017

"Think before you speak. The female brain works on a different wavelength!" ~Rafael Alunan III

"Twisting truth to hide hidden agenda" ~Rafael Alunan III on De Lima

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

"What we all desire is good government. But we also must be good citizens. That's the deal to have a better Philippines." ~Rafael Alunan III

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

"When two sides rally around a common goal, the human spirit takes over and miracles happen." ~Rafael Alunan III, 26 July 2017

"When we listen to PRRD today in his 2nd SONA, sit back and reflect on the idea that what he's experienced in his first year has to do with CHANGE…with PAGBABAGO…for a better Philippines. The resistance is widespread, foreign and domestic, and it's deadly. They're out to get him and Marawi is part of that regime change playbook. As enlightenment unravels in your mind, ask yourself: am I part of the problem or part of the solution?....... ISIS et al or the "whole-of-terror" network including their tactical ally, the NPA, has been unleashed against PRRD and, in effect, against a largely unsuspecting Philippine society. While it may seem obvious to all that we're up against extremism, other questions to ask are: Who's behind that network and what do they really want from PRRD? Whose ISIS? Whose NPA? Do these comments make sense to you; do they resonate?~ Rafael Alunan III, July 24, 2017

"When your own constituency and stakeholders ask you to resign for the sake of the institution's integrity and survival, what other recourse is there? That would be the honorable way out." ~Rafael Alunan III (March 12, 2018)

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"I’m just grateful I got to be there when the bus was free and children said hello." ~Merryn Knowles on Myanmar tour, The Motorbike and The Hospital blog, June 2, 2016

"You don’t have to be a pharmacist to understand the basics of common sense. When somebody with no common sense is baffled by someone with less common sense than you, it’s a problem." ~Merryn Knowles


Quotes Extracted from the blog: "I Was Traumatised by A Boob Leach", July 16, 2016
Getting off the beaten track allowed me to see the heart of some of Myanmar, and what a beautiful heart it has. It was the most worthwhile experience.

In a world of travelling I found a home.

At a point where I was wondering if I was in the wrong my life was overshadowed by kindness and love, and I’ll take that mango through life with me. (Not the actual mango- it would probably go mouldy.)

The place itself was stunning. Beautiful doesn’t come close. Doesn’t even touch it. They rely only on the food they grow in the country, which on the one hand was annoying because the only fruits are seasonal (no strawberries for me) but on the other hand was amazing because everything, I mean everything was grown and used with in a 5 mile radius. The fish was caught that day in the river, the tomatoes were picked that day, spices like ginger, garlic were grown locally and I left feeling fresh and healthy. (On Myanmar)

I think of who I was at 17 and I see every barrier, every obstacle and every bit of pain I’ve overcome and I’m amazed at how much I’ve achieved. I’m proud. There really is no greater physical and emotional journey than making a decision to travel, for a huge period of time, on your own. There is nothing more challenging, there is also nothing more rewarding. I’ve now decided that I have done everything and learnt everything I could have these last 9 months.

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Janet Albrechtsen - travel

"The further left one travels, the more unhappiness you find." ~Janet Albrechtsen journalist


Jyothi Menon Quotes

"...but our very openness and generosity and tolerance can be used against us, to demean us, to mock us, to spite us and in fact, even to harm us and to make us look small in front of the world. "~Jyothi Menon

"I truly feel that our hope is in our youth and our children. They are innocent enough not to be touched by the shortcomings of their parents and would decidedly be a greater person than what their parents were. Our children are far wiser than what we think." ~Jyothi Menon

"If we let children be, they will assuredly turn out to be truly our parents in every way- teaching us, leading us into a more open space than we have known and helping our growth too and showing that they come from a far mature place than we ever will." ~Jyothi Menon

"Misplaced passion for a disastrous cause is the greatest mistake of all." ~Jyothi Menon

"One of the few things (maybe the only thing) in the world that can bring down the ego of an arrogant woman is a cockroach." ~Jyoti Menon

"We always think in terms of children making their parents proud. We always blame the faults of children on their parents. What about the faults of parents? On whom do we blame them- the children?" ~Jyothi Menon

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