"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


THOUGHT FOR TODAY: act of kindness

"Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness that come from a pure place are the ones that last forever in the hearts of others." ~Robert Clancy


Nicole Reed - direct path

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us” ~Nicole Reed

THOUGHT For TODAY: opinion

"In all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane" ~Mark Twain


Arnel Patawaran Quotes

"I wanted a man who by inspiration alone could transfer the power to make this country proud again from the hands of the few to the hands of the many. I wanted a man who could re-ignite the Filipino in us or at least make us care enough that a few rich men (and their families and friends and employees) do not a country make." ~Arnel Patawaran, FB, 17 December 2016

"I wanted a man who could move this country, who could make the people of this country realize what they deserved, what was in their rights to achieve, a man who could say, 'I don't care what you think, I'll do what I think is best. I may be wrong, if I am, so sue me!" ~Arnel Patawaran, 17 December 2016

"We have always known what is wrong with our country, but our leaders lacked not the knowhow, not the expertise, not the wisdom, not the right words or gestures, not the personal charm, but the political will, the willingness to be lynched, unliked, insulted by the forces that have ruled this country for centuries." ~Arnel Patawaran, 17 December 2016

"What we need is not a good leader as much as a leader who will want us to be good." ~Arnel Patawaran

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Dawn Fraser - excellence

"The Olympics remain the most compelling search for excellence that exists in sport, and maybe in life itself." ~Dawn Fraser


George Christensen Quotes

"It is clear that we need strength to tackle our drug problem here in the West. So instead of the colonial-style sneering at Duterte and the Philippines, perhaps we can learn from them." ~George Christensen, Australian Politician, chairman of the Australia-Philippine Network

"It's so typical of the West to sneer the actions of what they see as "small brown folk on the other side of the world." ~George Christensen, chairman of the Australia-Philippine Network

"Philippines has a problem that has taken its toll on families and relationships and on communities and barangays. The problem has led to theft, violence and death over many years. And it's a problem that has helped keep so many Filipinos further entrenched in a poverty so deep it is hard for Westerners to imagine." ~George Christensen, chairman of the Australia-Philippine Network

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Alan Dershowitz - freedom of speech

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

Murray McCully Quotes

“He’s a tough guy but he was warm, courteous and actually quite charming." ~Murray McCully, NZ Foreign Minister. (New Zealand Herald, 23 November 2016) on meeting Pres. RR Duterte during his overnight stop-over in Auckland.

“He doesn’t beat around the bush. He has got quite firm views and he expresses them, and very colourfully." ~Murray McCully, NZ Foreign Minister, on Pres. RR Duterte, 23 November 2016 during overnight stop over in Auckland NZ

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Lorraine Marie T. Badoy Quotes

"And so (sic) the blinding pain we felt in the hands of the oligarchs and the political elite had finally reached tipping point." ~Lorraine T. Badoy, USec PCOO, October 2017

"And we are asked to be cunning, to keep our wits about us and to be so much more than we've been when we were told we weren't worth incorruptible public officials who got things done. (Remember those dark, dreary days when we had corruption practically coming out of our noses?)" ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, 14 December 2016

"Come to the table with clean hands and pure hearts. Serve the people for no other reason than because this is your sacred duty to do so. And do it with all you’ve got. Make nothing about you." ~L. T. Badoy, December 14, 2017

"......., 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"

"For the sake of our children and for Filipinos yet to be born, our president is that runner who runs—no matter if it rains and wild winds buffet him." ~Lorraine Marie T Badoy, from Rody The Relentless, March 16, 2017

"How can so much beauty paint so much sadness as well?" ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, Social Welfare ASec, June 6, 2017

"I firmly believe that the best way to heal our nation and then our world is to heal ourselves first—so we no longer inflict ourselves on others." ~Lorraine (Heal, My Beloved Country) March 24, 2017

"I’ve known for quite some time now: those Ivy League schools are elitist breeding grounds for some of the world’s biggest, most arrogant, IGNORANT hypocrites whose hearts have not been schooled so they think themselves above everyone and that is their place to run roughshod over anyone and to do damn well as they please–with not an ounce of self-examination so they look like fools with their amusing pronouncements bereft of the simplest of reflection." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on Chelsea Clinton calling PRRD "murderous thug" (May 2017 from her blog)

"I love a fellow traveler in life who knows clearly and without forgetting what it is he’s made of —dust, merely dust—and who hasn’t lost sight of his mortality." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, extracted from her article "Blush"

"I never thought I’d see the day when a Philippine president would be this simple." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on meeting Pres. RR Duterte, FB, 8 December 2016


"I watch them dance and I listen to their songs and something in me stirs—like a memory of something I had long forgotten. And I know what it is. They make me remember what it is to be Filipino before we learned the language of defeat—tragically, a language we are so fluent at." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, BUGAN, March 24, 2017

"It is now time to claim back all that we have lost." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, March 19, 2017 (Manay, the Babaeng Digong)

"Life has a dark underbelly and this dark underbelly asks that we be dark ourselves and to be cunning. To practice sleight of hand with those who have dealt us a rotten hand. It won’t do to be the wide-eyed, buttoned up marm who insists that rules –of etiquette, of protocol, of civil society etc etc–be followed even when we deal with low lives." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, Heart To Heart Talk, 12 January 2017 (from Digongmylabs blog)

"Local politics matter far more than national politics in the greater scheme of things. Right down and on the ground is where real transformation starts and happens. A metaphor for life if you think about it. How all change starts in the fundamental things in our lives: our hearts, our minds, our souls. Not anything grand. Often, quiet." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on Iloilo City (May 27, 2017)

"My country, we are getting on high ground. We are gathering broken pieces of our selves and putting them together, a piece at a time." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, Heal, My Beloved Country, March 24, 2017

"My plane just landed here in Davao. As much as possible, I get a window seat because the view is what I think you pay for when you ride a plane. Yup, not the speed, not the convenience. But for me, the sight of stars that wink at you and the bright moon serenely floating in the heavens. And then when the plane turns this way, how the moon's reflection shimmers in the silver sea. Like it did tonight." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 8, 2017

"Seriously, how does one sleep at night knowing you got wealthy on the backs of the toiling masses? How does one enjoy living off BLOOD MONEY?" ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on Hacienda Luisita.

"... stop fanning on anyone. And start seeing yourself as ........ THE agent of change—as your own savior." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 18, 2016

"The ironies of our day --and its paradoxes too---will teach us so much and will most probably guide us to where it is we must go. Because I am convinced, these are crucial days our country is going through." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, 14 December 2016

"The truth is often somewhere in the middle and as adults we need to be able to bear the tensions of the extremes that pull at us—those who minimize these deaths and those who blow it up to proportions that drag us all down... I hold these deaths inside me and often they are too painful to hold. But I submit that in order for those deaths to mean something, we must make sure this war is won." - Dr. Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 28, 2016

"They (Ifugaos) make me remember star lit nights and sitting by the fire, breathing the air of free Filipinos. They are of the soul—all that’s true and noble about us as a people. We owe them a debt of gratitude for showing us what a dignified Filipino looks and sounds like." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, BUGAN, March 24, 2017

"Today was a good day for me. I got to be up close and personal with the President—a highly vilified man (vilified by elitists mostly, that’s what) and yet, too, one of the most beloved presidents this country has ever had. And I got to give him OUR message of gratitude and support........In the end, history will be the final judge of this man. I pray he turns out to be the transformational leader we all want so badly for him to be." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on meeting Pres. RR Duterte, FB, 8 December 2016

"We are no longer talking about one man, our President but all that he stands for : country." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, USec PCOO

"We must never lose our humanity—our ability to feel the pain of others even as we must never succumb to simplistic readings of what really is a highly complicated situation. " ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, 22 December 2016

"We would be the kind of people we were always meant to be--- forward looking, courageous, compassionate, critical thinkers. A people who forge their own destiny." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 18, 2016

"What you have in mind is the strengthening of our country’s democratic processes and at the heart of all of this is the empowered citizen. And that would be YOU." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy, December 18, 2016

"When we heal ourselves, we heal the world around us." ~Lorraine Marie T. Badoy on THE CAUTIONARY TALE THAT IS JIM PAREDES, February 26, 2017

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Enoch Powell - History

“History is littered with the wars everybody knew could never happen.” ~Enoch Powell

Sue Monk Kidd - give way

“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.” ~Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Monette Hernandez - dignity of the Filipino

"My pride as a Filipino has always been there, but it lay dormant. It sparked from time to time but it lay buried under the colonial persona that loved everything American. Who would have thought that a septuagenarian, a foul-mouthed Bisaya, a maong-corduroy loving small-time mayor will be the one to fire up that dormant nationalism and finally make me truly proud that I am a Filipino and yes, there is such a thing as the dignity of the Filipino people." ~Monette Hernandez, FB, 31 October 2016 via Sass Rogando Sassot

Quotes From Get Real Philippines

"...it is easy to ignore a living quiet achiever. That is because the Philippines is a noisy shallow human cesspool — full of characters in the trade of brokering flawed arguments and irrelevant information." ~Benigno O From GetRealPhilippines dot com

"The critics are wrong in labeling the Duterte supporters as fanatics. They are not. These are people who have grown tired of the corrupt system in the country. These are people that want change and want it fast. It so happens that they feel that it is President Duterte who would bring the country back to life. We are seeing not fanaticism, but nationalism reborn." ~from Get Real Philippines, March 9, 2017 (The far-right rises in the Philippines)

"The far-right has risen in the Philippines. They want change, they want their country back, they want to usher in an era of Filipino greatness, and they want it done by any means necessary." ~from Get Real Philippines, March 9, 2017, (The far-right rises in the Philippines)

"The foundation of a society built on the notion of 'human rights' consists of foresight, consistency, and scientific reasoning — all anathema to the Filipino cultural archetype. For the Filipino, human rights is, quite simply, too hard." ~Benigno O, Get Real Post, FB

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Dag Hammarskjöld - insight

“Openness to life grants a swift insight — like a flash of lightning — into the life situation of others. A must: to force the problem from its emotional sting into a clearly conceived intellectual form — and act accordingly." ~Dag Hammarskjöld, Diplomat

Angela Barnard - Kindness

"Kindness is like butter. It works best when you spread it around." ~Angela Barnard



"One day religions will disappear, but God will not." ~A.D. Williams

Jim Carrey - the answer

"I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they dreamed of, so they will know that it's not the answer." ~Jim Carrey

From OUR DAILY BREAD - reaching out

"In reaching out to others, we rely not on ourselves but on the strength of our God. Where has God placed you to serve? How are you being faithful?" ~from OUR DAILY BREAD

Adam Houlahan - silence

"Listen to the silence. The universe will answer all of your questions." ~Adam Houlahan

Judy Taguiwalo Quotes

"Children in conflict with the law need proper care, they should not be put in jails where they are exposed to abuses and the influence of hardened criminals." ~Judy Taguiwalo, DSWD Secretary, FB Philippines

“It is important to act immediately for the welfare and safety of the children. Every child on the street is vulnerable to life-threatening risks. We cannot let them think that asking for alms or caroling on the streets is normal." ~Judy Taguiwalo, DSWD Secretary

"We respect all kinds of families and that includes solo parents." ~Judy Taguiwalo, May 3, 2017 (CA)

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Lloyd Alexander Quotes

"Keep reading. It's one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have." ~Lloyd Alexander

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself." ~Lloyd Alexander

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Ralph Lauren - dreams

"I don't design clothes. I design dreams." ~Ralph Lauren


William Gibson - self-esteem

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ~William Gibson


Peter Counsell Quotes

"A camping spot becomes special when you want to return again and again." ~Peter Counsell, from the beachside campsite, Durras Park North

"Falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves makes for a relaxing getaway." ~Peter Counsell

"True camping is having plenty of bush around you, being woken up in the morning by a chorus of kookaburras, or being disturbed at night by possums searching for food." ~Peter Counsell

Source: Australian Geographic, FB, November 2016

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Henry Parkes - PEACE

"Surely what the Americans had done by war, the Australians could bring about in peace." ~Henry Parkes

(During his long political career, Parkes represented nine different electorates, several in rural areas, including from 1882 to 1884, the seat of Tenterfield. Now he was looking for an opportunity to breathe new life into the campaign for federation.At a banquet held in the Tenterfield School of Arts, Parkes made the case for a national government for the colonies of Australia and New Zealand).

Source: State Records NSW, FB

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: from Osho - journey of life

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