“Unless what we do is useful, our glory is vain." ~Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)
[Lat., Nisi utile est quod facimus, stulta est gloria.]”~Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia) on Glory
"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
"Words pulsate in the veins of my pen"™Leah C. Dancel
"At this point in Philippine history, reform must no longer be eventual. It has to now be inevitable. It was never about regime change. It was always about systemic change." ~Joffre Balce
"Change is painful. It involves giving up comfortable old ways and habits. It is often said that the only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn." ~David G. Pumphrey
"History has shown us that terrorists and corrupt politicians are -CLEARLY- afraid of education because education will teach people how to demand and call for their rights using peaceful ways. Education will also give the oppressed the necessary means and knowledge to fight their oppressors." ~Miriam Defensor Santiago
"History has something to TEACH those who want to learn from the mistakes and tragedies of the past." ~Pedro Kiamko
"History is written by the victors." ~Winston Churchill
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." ~Sir Winston Churchill
“Human history is work history. The heroes of the people are work heroes.” ~Meridel Le Sueur on Labor
"If I were a headmaster I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead." ~Roald Dahl
"Live out of your imagination, not your history." ~Stephen Covey
"Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom. Even though the men who wield this power initially be of good will and even though they be not corrupted by the power they exercise, the power will both attract and form men of a different stamp." ~Milton Friedman
"Regrets are idle; yet history is one long regret. Everything might have turned out so differently .” ~Charles Dudley Warner
"The best way to teach history is to teach its methodology and then allow students to raise their own questions and form their own conclusions and interpretations after being exposed to all narratives about the personality, period or event. The role of the teacher is as a guide and enabler, and not a proselytizer. A teacher can state his or her position but only as a particular interpretation and should in no way be construed as the only interpretation." ~Antonio P. Contreras
"The chaos of the modern world has made us all aware that man-made history is far off from the real truth! It's built on perspectives that only merit the author and his subjects." ~Leah C. Dancel, July 25, 2017
"The good part in history are the people that's making it. Not the one who's writing it." ~Butch Valdez
"The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free." ~John F. Kennedy
“The HISTORY of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.” - Meridel Le Sueur, American writer, 1900-1996
"The history of mankind tells us that problems are not to be feared. What should concern us is refusing to face up to the problems and not knowing what to do about them." ~Xi Jinping, president of the People's Republic of China
"Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance." ~Woodrow Wilson
"30 years after, the overwhelming feeling is one of betrayal and disillusionment. EDSA '86 is no longer the dream of peace and progress but the nightmare of corruption and apathy. It is one of the greatest con and one the most brazen swindle in the history of this country." ~Mark Lopez, A Calm Before Storm on EDSA Rally February 25,2017
"You may write me down in history, with your bitter, twisted lies;
You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'LL RISE!"
"But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter." ~Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)
"Disobedience in the eyes of anyone who has read history is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made--through disobedience and rebellion." ~Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
"Historical awareness differentiates between the present past and the past present, and puts us in the position to discover the future in the past, to pick up past possibilities again to link them with the present future.” ~Jürgen Moltmann, German theologian
"Leaders, whether good or evil, are FOSSILS in history. They become our references and if we chose to check on them, it's our every right." ~Ricardo Perez, 7 June 2018
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~George Santayana
"Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects." ~Herodotus
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Leadership, Human Rights and Cause and Effect
The prevalence of corruption is also a human rights violation because it deprives the average citizen of the obligation that government is supposed to provide him which is basic services. If we protect the rights of the criminals in the minority, what will happen to the victims who are in the majority? Should we expect to live in fear because the criminal is still entitled to due process? What contributes to the proliferation of criminality? Drug use is one. Poverty is another. Isn't poverty an offshoot of corruption? There is always cause and effect. The denial of the existence of extreme measures needed to curb criminality and the drug menace smacks of hypocrisy. The Yellowtards and the Church scream justice and human rights violations but they always fail to proffer solutions. Which would you prefer to have in the society and the communities you live in is the operative question. Peace and order or rampant criminality? ~RG San Luis
What the public needs to realize is leadership requires tough decisions to be made for the greater good and not for what is generally acceptable as in observance of human rights. ~RG San Luis
"Before believing in the Church read its history first. Popes and priests were amoral. Have they changed in the course of time?" ~RG San Luis
"Ethics is morality and epistemology is knowledge." ~RG San Luis
"The message delivered is - you can make all the noise you want. You can protest all you want. But at the end of the day, I am the President." ~RG San Luis, on PRRD's re:Yellow Opponents, August 28, 2017
"Underneath the hard exterior is a heart which is filled with compassion and a genuine desire to help and serve." ~RG San Luis on PRRD, August 28, 2017
"You represent the biggest stumbling block to his accomplishing what he set out to do with the time he has left..... the people will not let you triumph. If push comes to shove, the Filipinos who support him are prepared to fight to for their beliefs." ~RG San Luis to ALL who hates PRRD, May 29, 2017
Source: FB, February 22, 2017 as shared
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~George Santayana
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"Can you just leave us alone for 5 more years, please. Allow us, the less fortunate, the under privileged, the hard working class of society to experience and enjoy our time under the sun. Allow us to forge our destiny. Give us a chance to make something of ourselves and make our country better the way we see fit." ~Jovybev Aquino, Dear Liberal Party, local and international media, and all Duterte critics worldwide, March 2, 2017
"Don't be dismayed, you're fighting for the truth, they're fighting for lies." ~Jovybev Aquino, 18 September 2017
"Dont tie your hopes on LP justice. Their track record shows that they stop searching for the truth as soon as the well of political expediency runs dry." ~Jovybev Aquino, August 2017
"If God gave our soldiers the spirit of courage, to protect us from our enemies and fight for our freedom, He gave you guys the heart of compassion, of serving, and of giving." ~Jovybev Aquino, 27 June 2017
"In the fog of war, you need to let the dust settle before you can draw conclusions." ~From Jovybev Aquino, 26 June 2017
"It's difficult when teachers nuns and priests tell a different story to the kids in school." ~Jovybev Aquino
"Just as every facet of our government is rotten to the core, the only way to change it is to dismantle it and start anew." ~Jovybev Aquino, August 25, 2017
"Old stars fade away but new stars take their place and shine ever so brightly!" ~Jovybev Aquino
"So please, I beseech you, give us our time under the sun. Allow us to shine for this brief instance, If it doesn't work in 5 years, you can always say, "I told you so", but as for now, we are hoping to say the same thing to you, just give us a freaking chance." ~Jovybev Aquino, Dear Liberal Party, local and international media, and all Duterte critics worldwide, March 2, 2017
"Some of us have blessings overflowing, while some of us are given trials beyond our understanding. Maybe that's where the balance lies, it's in freely giving when you've been showered by so many blessings." ~Jovybev Aquino
"The sentiments of one person echoes the sentiments of the multitude. Our nation is transforming before our very eyes. We are experiencing a rebirth and I'm damn proud to be a part of it with all of you!" ~Jovybev Aquino
"The yellows are playing a crucial role
In the development of our nation.
Without them we may become like the Israelites
Who grumbled at Moses after being saved from slavery
From the Egyptians and ended up carving
False gods for themselves and angering God.
The yellows keep us fighting for the truth.
They have made us love our country even more.
For every lie they tell,
They make us dig deeper for the truth.
For all the mockery they throw at our president,
They allow us to see him better than we did before.
For every destructive word they say about our country,
They make us plant our flag deeper into our hearts.
The yellows have managed to do
What no one else has ever been able to.
They have made us one.
So hug a yellow today and thank them
For making us united and strong."
April 19, 2017
"Watching, reading and listening to all my brothers and sisters sacrificing their time and effort, swallowing assaults from family and friends for their passion but never yielding to the pressure. .........I'm so overwhelmed by the rebirth of love for our nation. Let's not lose hope and keep this fire burning in our hearts. Let's all keep fighting till we're rid of all the ills that have plagued our nation." ~Jovybev Aquino, March 24, 2017
"What a beautiful day full of promise.
As we venture out into our daily grind, I cannot help but smile and be envigorated by this overwhelming hope that has surrounded this nation.
I've never been prouder than I am now. I may have lost many friends in the process of fighting for this great change, but I have also gained a multitude. I really don't mind that the people i used to look up to and even try to get confidence from are no longer giving me the time of day, because they have shown to me their true colors. A color that has no love for nation, a color filled with greed, a color filled with selfish pride, a color that has no empathy for the less fortunate. So, no it doesn't bother me one bit that I will never have to be associated with them any longer.
As we fight this battle, with the lines clearly drawn, I bring with me not the bolos nor the muskets used by our ancestors fighting the oppressors of their day, I bring with me insight and the power of our collective hopes and dreams. I bring with me the vision of a bright and prosperous future for my children and my children's children. So while the other side continues to spew contempt, vile propaganda and poisonous lies, I will keep my stance firmly on the ground ready to pounce at any adversary that threatens the future of our nation." ~Jovybev Aquino, 2017
"When traversing the treacherous slopes of defending our nation's new found freedom, it is so reassuring to know that we've got each others back." ~Jovybev Aquino
"Your motherland is one of the most valuable things there is. It is your mother, your father, your siblings, your children, their children. It is the most precious thing you can ever claim as your own. It is irreplaceable. It is not something you can explain, you are connected to your motherland with your soul, your body, and your subconscious. Your motherland is family, your motherland birthed you from its soil. I will never sell you out, I will never abandon you!" ~Jovybev Aquino, 31 August 2017
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"A man shining out from the shadows earns more respect than a man who've always been under the light and never felt the glorious moment of walking out of the dark." ~ George Daniel Anos
"Adversity strengthens the spirit, hardens the soul, what we master becomes ours to use." ~George Daniel Anos
"And it's there (water) that I feel my best. The albatross and the whales they are my brothers" ~George Daniel Anos
"...but how my heart soars looking straight at a sun reduced to a harmless orb. It's the gesture and the feeling that goes along with it that leaves its mark, the love in the giving." ~George Daniel Anos
"For behind every face is an epic, it sits there waiting for the right time to be told. So that it could have a life of its own, perch on the hearts of those who think themselves too victimized that they couldn't even smell the roses anymore,..." ~George Daniel Anos, The Humans of PMMA
"For obvious reasons. The weirdly comforting smell of organic decay, lilies on the water, brilliant blue of the skies and the sea, warm breezes, pine trees, stretches of grasses, the call of fisher kings. The peculiar smell of Juan Luna. The confluence of all these and more. Once again I am reminded of that most important thing that many educators fail to understand, just like in ancient times, the things that truly endure are not what is poured... but what is planted." ~George Daniel Anos, January 2018 on Organic Farming
"Friendship and brotherhood are concepts you don't just pay lip service to. These are things that don’t just inhabit a small quiet place in your heart, but lights up your life like a raging flame." ~George Daniel Anos
"I don't compare myself with other people, I just aim to do my best in my own simple ways. In the end, all I want me to see is the best version of me whom no one can ever be." ~George Daniel Anos
"I don't want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else's hero." ~George Daniel Anos
"I look back now and I realize how strong I have been. But of course as I always believed in, we make the best of what comes our way." ~George Daniel Anos
"In order to be different, one must be irreplacable." ~George Daniel Anos
"It (also) reminds me of the timeless resonance and power of words, that as a writer, I must never fail to forget." ~George Daniel Anos
"My New Year's wish for everyone: 'May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends. Be easy to love, hard to break and impossible to forget.'" ~George Daniel Anos
"My students are never my paperworks nor burden. They will learn from me what they will apply in the real world someday. They will be part of my legacy." ~George Daniel Anos
"No one has monopoly for pain." ~George Daniel Anos
"None of the world's petty vanities and shallowness can help build you up more than the full love and support of a partner." ~George Daniel Anos
"Old is gold as wine gets better with age." ~George Daniel Anos
"One must never fail to remember where one has been." ~George Daniel Anos (2018)
"One thing shall remain a constant: thoughts of them will always be my potent shots of courage, faith and hope, pulling me from any ebb, like the moon the tide." ~George Daniel Anos
"Once you accept the fact that everything is NOT about you, you'll have the serenity in knowing where you belong in this world. That is where true happiness starts, accepting yourself, your limitations, your strength and your flaws." ~George Daniel Anos
"Skyscapes and hidden places have the magical power to energize your soul." ~George Daniel Anos
"Someday, when great things has come to pass in the reshaping of a nation for so long shorn and shaven its full potential, allowing it at last to soar to heights it once thought elusive, we’ll all look back. The secret of starry nights is that it is magic in itself, a promise of spell binding beauty when darkness tries to swallow our part of the world. It is also when the most intimate and secret tendrils that curl through our minds become awash with the glow of starlight, some twining around the songs and tributes (or in this modern times, posts) that lifted our spirits. No wonder that the Greeks, on these warm and tender and diamond studded nights, named many constellations after their heroes. They didn’t forget the stars of course, immortalizing them with the characters worthy of the heroic standards of their days too. These twinkling lights deserve it, for theirs is the promise that after the dazzle of the sun flaming red then dying at the end of the day, the canvass of the night holds promise for a sight that is balm for soul." ~George Daniel Anos, The 89th Constellation, 13 February 2017 via collective.com.ph
"... someday when the era of the Eagle of the South comes to an end, ushering forth a new Philippines where ‘hope’, ‘change’, and ‘awakening’ falls easy from everyone’s lips, when the despair that has shackled the powerless and the disinherited vanishes, the heroes of that period will be inevitably immortalized as well. And when, as a part of the poem by Walter de La Mare goes:” silence surged softly backward when the plunging hoofs were gone,” these warriors, whose selfless and courageous dedication in the forefront of the battles that won the war, will earn their rightful place. Ever so brightly will they blaze in the grand pantheon of stars marking a nation’s historic turning point. From there, they will grace the night sky above an archipelago of seven thousand one hundred seven islands given a chance of rebirth, all because one man took it upon himself to spend his twilight years to, in borrowing from the words of Sir Mark Lopez, “with uncanny and unorthodox ways, unburden a nation.”
And that is why all of them will make up the brilliance of a constellation that will bear the name:
The 89th Constellation: A tribute to the 13 Filipino FB Social Media bloggers lead by Thinking Pinoy on their historic visit to President RR Duterte in Malacanang Palace, his staunch supporters. (February 2017)
"Sometimes it gets quite toxic that you feel overwhelmed, when for a bit you forget your value. That's when you dredge up lil tidbits of priceless gems from special people. Those heartwarming things they say that is meant from the heart." ~George Daniel Anos
["Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.” ~Edna St. Vincent Millay]
"That merry group of brain cells from the brilliant side of my synapses which scrawled its colours on the walls of wonderment, when my world was small and young, shrilly agrees." ~George Daniel Anos
"The only judgment we should accept with all our hearts are those from the ones we love." ~George Daniel Anos
"The only reason we learn their past is not to judge or punish, but to understand how they need to be loved." ~George Daniel Anos
"The wisdom we gain from our pain or tragedies are important to other people, guideposts they can learn something from in life." ~George Daniel Anos
"There are people in your life whom you unknowingly inspire simply by being you." ~George Daniel Anos
"There's ellipsism, a kind of sadness when you don't know how history will turn out. There's kenopsia, that eerie, forlorn atmosphere when a place that was once crowded and bustled with life suddenly became empty. There's monachopsis, the subtle feeling of being out of place. Also there's schadenfreude, when you feel happy for other people's misfortune. But so far, I am yet to discover a word for that feeling you get when your children grow so fast you can't lift them up with just one arm anymore. Or hug and kiss them as you would a puppy. Or is there?" ~George Daniel Anos, April 21, 2018
"There is no midlife crisis for a life that despite filled with setbacks, is well lived." ~George Daniel Anos, 17 September 2015
"There's smoke in the mind when the heart is on fire." ~from George Daniel Anos
"They hail from the grounds where all learned the notion of mind over matter, where sweat was profuse, nerves’ made steady, sinews’ turned turned tougher and muscles and psyche hewn to iron mettle. And importantly, it is where many learned the power of prayers and benediction." ~George Daniel Anos, April 9, 2017
"Time grabs you by the wrist directs you where to go." ~George Daniel Anos
"Too many people go through life running from something that isn't after them. Some also run after others not realizing that if they're meant in their lives, they won't run away." ~George Daniel Anos
"We all have the power to make a difference. Perhaps not to the world grandly but to another person's world beautifully." ~George Daniel Anos
"We live the breathless moments. Together it makes a canvas only we have the pleasure of looking at. The colors, the hue, the kaleidoscope of feelings forever entrapped in our minds." ~George Daniel Anos, 17 September 2015
"We never yield,
our dreams to fear."
~George Daniel Anos
"When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night." ~George Daniel Anos
"When people look down on you and talk as if they know what's better and you below them, just keep moving forward. Be deaf and blind to their words and put-down stares, just get your act together and your ass to work." ~George Daniel Anos
"When someone is trying to change their ways, the worst thing you can do is bring up the past." ~George Daniel Anos
"When someone tells you it can't be done, it's more a reflection of themselves than yours." ~George Daniel Anos, 4 December 2014
"You can make all the effort in the world and yet someone will still tell you you're not good enough . But this isn't about them; its about you. You just need to be enough for you." ~Pillow Thoughts
"Your upturned and sun-kissed faces are their faces, your hungry and curious eyes are their eyes. I live looking forward to those moments, and you are my lifelines..." ~George Daniel Anos, January 30, 2016
The Line is straight, the line is firm,
Staring dead ahead they never squirm,
Through whatever elements be that day,
One battlecry, together they shout and pray,
"The fight will never end in vain or be done,
As long as the LONG BLUE LINE stands as ONE..."
~A tribute to the spirit of BROTHERHOOD and CAMARADERIE, a distinguishing benchmark of the PHILIPPINE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY.
"Defying the Elements"
Rocks and granite under the sun's tenacity,
Laurels and moss hurdling rains' animosity.
Unfolding their glory under adversity
~George Daniel Anos
19 October 2013
(A tribute to the PMMA Silent Drill Company members. Silent drill landmark, in front of hotel)
"Hello my little ones,
welcome to the world!
Tomorrow begins your send offs,
to the farthest reaches. .
Bring your father pride
and carry his words, .
And as ya'll bravely fly away,
I give my fondest of wishes." .
~George Daniel Anos
on his maiden book "You Bleed"
Book launching, August 19, 2017
How can you find your way,
If you'll see the day just the same,
as that day when you chose to stay,
on what you know breaks you,
but raises you up just the same?"
~George Daniel Anos
"I thank you for the music and your stories of the road I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough And papa, I don't think I said I love you near enough."
~George Daniel Anos
(Coming publication 2018)
"It's the words we silently utter to ourselves,
there in the quiet of the nights
with lights strung along the shore,
or stars so maddeningly beautiful,
that either empowers or destroy us."
~George Daniel Anos
Once you said
you'd touch my soul,
to mend the cracks
and make it whole.
But in the course
of our lives' crossing,
the eyes that have been
used to crying,
the heart that broke
in countless ways,
the life that has
seen better days,
I thought would have
a new beginning,
turned out it was
a new way of dying.
~George Daniel Anos
"The dusky roll of day
into the blanket of the night.
The roars of thunderous hearts
and lights wispy glow,
as a sight on the horizon lay
splendid in delight,
' suffusing weary parts
of life's..... ebb and flow."
~From a poem titled "Sunset."
"Then the lights begin to flicker and the sound is getting dim
The voice begins to falter and the crowds are getting thin
But he never seems to notice he's just got to find
Another place to play"
~George Daniel Anos
(Coming publication 2018)
"The morning sky is cloudless blue.
Woke up to this sight on this day of all days,
must be darn special for someone true.
wondered who, then I realized,
it's for you...."
~George Daniel Anos
(Dedicated to Dex Ognita)
15 December 2017
"To compete with no one.
To run my own race.
To have no desire to play the game
of being better than someone
in any way or form.
Just the aim of being the best version
of my own self than I was yesterday.
That is all. 2017, turn the lights on."
~George Daniel Anos
3 January 2017
By George Daniel Anos
A poem is the easiest thing to write
You start with a kiss then end with a bite
Begin naively then end with a twist
The beat of your words should hit like a fist
You put together the sinews that bind,
scars of the heart and the weights of the mind
Share wonders of joy with life's bitter pain
All things fought under the sun and the rain
To hear from one's self the yearning to show,
from yonder and near,
what it takes to know
This calling must turn brave warriors to bard,
all those who endured,
and pushed back real hard
The world will then choose from these hardened knights,
with ashes and blood they'll easily write.
Published in YOU BLEED, launched 19 August 2017
"When all my faith,
can fit within,
a pocketful of dreams.
And all my hopes,
have been sent high,
and flown by Angel wings.
Then see the truths,
I dearly held,
to be not what they seemed.
It's then I know,
that I will find,
the message wisdom brings."
~George Daniel Anos
"When I'm sailing
All caught up in the reverie,
every word is a symphony
Won't you believe me?"
~George Daniel Anos
"A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses, it is an idea that possesses the mind!" ~Robert Oxton Bolton
"A plant needs to do more than stretch its leaves toward the sun. It also needs to send down roots deep into the ground. They hold on tightly in the dark, out of sight where it is easy to forget about them. But it is the fact that a plant can do these two things at once, anchoring itself to the earth even as it reaches for the sky, that makes it strong." ~Cameron Dokey
"All that you call the world is the shadow of that substance which you are the perpetual creation of the powers of thought, of those that are independent and of those that are independent of your will. Do not encumber yourself with the fruitless pains to mend and remedy remote effects; let the soul be erect and all things will go well. You think me the child of circumstances. I make my circumstance." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson from The Transcendentalist
"Anticipation is power. You gotta learn to know and recognize what's coming so you could adapt to it. You gotta be able to prepare for it." ~Project Life Mastery
"At times there will be fire; this we can't avoid. But its up to us to decide whether it will consume or purify." ~Christen Rodgers
"Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and forgiving heart. Be the one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them." ~Marvin J. Ashton
"Do not just practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it anujd knowledge can raise men to the divine." ~Ludwig van Beethoven (2017 will bring this to life)
"Don’t let anyone kill that spark that makes you special." ~Unattributed
"Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship." ~Denzel Washington
"Every dream that you left behind is a piece of your future that won't exist." ~Steve Jobs
"Fear of joy is the darkest of captivities." ~Phil Kaye
“Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it’s that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through—originality.” ~Jack Kerouac
"Grace is the face that love wears when it meets imperfection." ~Joseph R. Cooke
"Having the right mindset, the right mental attitude, is the determining factor on whether you will make it or not." ~Emeka Ossai
"He folded his fear into a perfect rose. He held it out in the palm of his hand. She took it from him and put it in her hair." ~Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
"When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents, and those moments weren't in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living, you are wrapped in endless, boundless grace. And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday." ~Morgan Harper Nichols
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." ~John Cotton Dana
"I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings." -Gustave Flaubert
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." ~Bruce Lee
"I want to hold hands with you just to see how perfectly shaped they are together. Just to feel your warmth and rough skin. Just to never have to let go of you." ~Anon
“If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions.”
"In a world that is quick to make us feel small, be the one who makes someone feel a little taller and lighter because of your kindness." ~Unattributed
"It's not what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you are not." ~Denis Waitley
"Know the difference between those who stay to feed the soil and those who come to grab the fruit." ~Anon
"Life is hard. It's a battle everyday. Why not choose to fight to improve our own feelings about ourselves, instead of fighting to change what the world thinks?" ~Melissa Lindsay Crumpton
"Love is overcoming what you are not, making the differences obsolete with patient acceptance." ~Unattributed
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to." ~Jim Jarmusch
"Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless." ~Anon
"One cannot alter a condition with the same mind set that created it in the first place." ~Albert Einstein
"One of the keys to happiness is knowing you can't be great in everything but you can be awesome in something." ~Anon
"One of the most powerful force that shapes us as human beings is the desire to leave a legacy. What legacy would you leave behind?" ~Hannibal Lecter
"Only those who care about you can hear you when you're quiet. These are the ones who deserve your love, loyalty and trust above all others." ~Unattributed
"Only when a person finally looks within and says "it's me that needs to change" will they attract and keep great experiences...if you can't admit that, you are scared to face the person behind the mask." ~Daniel Chidiac
"Our blindness don't let us see the light that shines from our hearts making us already whole and complete. We must feel it so that it can lighten up our world." ~Anon
"Our mind is like a cloudy sky: in essence clear and pure, but overcast by clouds of delusions. Just as the thickest clouds can disperse, so, too, even the heaviest delusions can be removed from our mind." ~Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
"People clap for the wrong reasons." ~Holden Caulfield
"People with low self esteem are 80 percent more likely to criticize others or to put them down in order to make themselves feel better, tougher and smarter. But people who are confident with themselves are more likely to take things as they are and enjoy them." ~Unattributed
"Poetry is essential to get a sense of how language works – how distillation pand rhythm and rhyme and colour can give the mere act of putting words together an extraordinary expressive power." ~Unattributed
"Summer friends melt like winter snow but winter friends are friends forever..." ~Stark line, Game of Thrones
“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.” ~Gautama Buddha
“The good Lord brooked no wreckage that did not contain at least a seed of hope.” ~Unattributed
"The greatest cruelty is our casual blindness to the despair of others." ~Unattributed
"The moon does not need the sun to tell her she is already whole." ~Lang Leav
"The reason why playground slides were made, is for us to experience the happiness of falling even when there's no one catching." ~Anon
"The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights." ~Giotto di Bondone
"There are moments when finishing upright is already a win." ~Unattributed
“Think, dream and expect great things. For would you rather be correct in your perception? Or would you rather be exceptional in your life?” ~Christopher Babson
"Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes for you." ~Tony Robbins
"Travelling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller." ~Ibn Battuta
"We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun." ~Winnie the Pooh
"We must become vagabonds and wander aimlessly through the uncharted spaces to truly become alive." ~Michael Doane
"We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open." ~Shakti Gawain
"When you have good mentors to guide you, you shorten your learning curve by learning from their mistakes so you don't make them." ~Emeka Ossai
"Wisdom is learning the boundaries of one's designated lane." ~Raymond Reddington
"You are powerful in that you shape the future of young people whose future is also that of our nation. This is not only in the aspect of the sizable contribution of merchant marine officers to our economy, but in their being worthy and productive citizens whose example would pass on to the next generations." ~Marichu Bergu, Guest Speaker and Lecturer
"You must learn to master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be." ~Unattributed
"Your vision becomes clear when you look inside your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." ~Carl Gustav Jung
About the Author:
The author is a member of Philippine Merchant Marine Academy's technical instructors for the College of Marine Transportation. He graduated from the same institution as Cum Laude, coming from the Class of 2001. At the same time, he also belonged to the top ten of the graduating class, was the Editor in Chief of the student's publication "The Galleon" and feature editor of the yearbook "The Helm". He was also the best speaker and team captain of the winning team in a debate. He is a father of two, his daughter Stephanie Katrin Ray and son George Jr. He sailed for sometime for various shipping companies eventually stopping as soon as he got his Chief Mate's license due to medical reasons. At PMMA, he was once the chairman of the Board of Investigation and also served as a member of the CHED's National Technical Committee for Marine Transportation. Presently, he chairs the Instructional Package Committee, is the Officer in Charge of the Training Center's Simulators and represented PMMA on the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Department of Transportation and Communication's (DOTC) Development of Aids to Navigation in Luzon and Visayas Project. He juggled his academic responsibilities whilst working on this book, featuring what he believes is the best from his collection of writings, following his lifelong dream of writing a book of poetry and proses. He felt this is the right time to do so.
YouBleed by George Daniel Anos
Dreams of gloried past,
The aged glow,
The colored mast, Lying low, Raising fast, But we will show, As shadows cast, We will throw, All doubts- AVAST*, THEY MUST KNOW, Surely they MUST,
Glories DO NOT FADE…
Nor crumble to dust.
~George Daniel Anos
10 February 2014
*Avast- a nautical command to stop or cease.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
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"How can you not have hope that things will be better?" ~Ethel Pineda, 22 August 2017
"I hope you will find your voice. May you gather the courage to seek your place under the sun, and create your own narrative. Own your life." ~Ethel Pineda, 1 January 2017
"If we will seriously take on the task of educating Filipinos on reproductive health, and providing them the means this will not be a viable undertaking. The government must be solidly secular and rational." ~Ethel Pineda
"In Medicine, you give more weight to evidence based information than testimonials. Evidence rather than consensus. The same should be true anywhere." ~Ethel Pineda
"No journey is too long and arduous if you really want to get to your destination." ~Ethel Pineda
"One cannot fully appreciate the taste of food by just contact with the tastebuds. Somehow, one has to swallow it to experience the pleasure. There must be a receptor somewhere in the pharynx that sends signals to the nucleus accumbens (pleasure center of the brain) that allows this to happen. // Next time you have a craving, try popping it in your mouth. Chew it, taste it, but don't swallow. Masarap Di ba? Did that give you a fix?" ~Ethel Pineda, 29 April 2018
Social graces defined:
"Social graces," good manners and right conduct do not work as veneers. They go hand in hand with genuine concern for people.
Social grace is not ......, sugar-coating words that ingratiate. It is knowing what is right, and acting on it without calling attention to one's self.
Social grace is knowing one's proper place. Not coveting power. Not plotting for failure of someone who was given the trust and mandate by the majority. It is honoring the will of the people." ~Dr. Ethel Pineda
"This country should be razed to the ground.
Until all politicians who have long held hostage the welfare of the citizens for money and power suffer the fate of traitors.
Until men who profess to be guardians of souls and keepers of faith but cannot keep their hands off our children taste firsthand the life of hell on earth.
Until the last drug lord has reaped the death that he sowed.
Then we will live again.
Like Phoenix rising from the ashes."
"We have to be more aggressive in the battle of perceptions." ~Ethel Pineda
"We travel along different paths, but will converge at the same destination. We are diverse,but with the same goal." ~Ethel Pineda, March 14, 2017
"You don't have to stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." ~Ethel Pineda, January 10, 2018
"Everyone lives by selling something." ~Robert Louis Stevenson
"I believe that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for this is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost." ~John Steinbeck
"I do the very best I can, I mean to keep going. If the end brings me out all right, then what is said against me won't matter. If I'm wrong, ten angels swearing I was right won't make a difference." ~Abraham Lincoln
"The prosperous inevitably decline, the full inevitably empty." ~Humane King Sutra
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“It's a question of what you might do in your wildest imagination, not what you might do because you are bound by the strictures of polite behaviour. We don't want our writing to be bound by that. We'd like our stories to be greatly expressive of our fantasy life.” ~David Mamet
"A real man is not afraid to utter apologies." ~ Krizzete Laureta Chu on PRRD, June 22, 2017
"But hope springs eternal, and although an imperceptible concept, nothing is stronger than hope." ~Krizette Laureta Chu
"Duterte has done more for this country than all past presidents after Marcos combined." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, August 2017
"..... Duterte is just a symbol of our hopes and our dreams--and men have been fighting for their hopes and dreams forever. Duterte is an idea as much as he is a living, breathing thing. And ideas don't die, and hope is hard to extinguish." ~Krizette Laureta Chu
".... Duterte is untouchable by external factors. Please learn your lesson and let us progress in peace towards a better Philippines." ~Krizette Laureta Chu
"For those who had a miserable one today, find strength in the assurance that it will be wonderful for you too. Maybe not today, maybe not next year, but it will come. It may not be with the people around you now, but someday you will find the people who will give you joy and peace and a sense of belongingness.........In the meantime, savor the day for what it is: A celebration--and a promise of--hope and renewal." ~Krizette Laureta Chu
"He inspires devotion, and unlike any Philippine president before him, he inspires us to want to, and hope for, change." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, on President Duterte
"I will continue fighting for this President with all my mind, heart, body, and soul. And not just in words but in action. I will devote my time and effort to help him bring change to this country. Let's all show our love and gratitude by being proactive members of this country instead of being whiny little bitches." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, August 2017
"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, March 25, 2017 on How You Will Be Remembered When You Die (addressed to Leni Robredo)
"My fellow Filipinos who love the Philippines, remember ..... when you fight for this country. Remember why you fight, and let it give you courage." ~Krizette Laureta Chu on "A Robredo Government"
"The enemy of change is closemindedness." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, May 6, 2017
"This is a country whose biggest thieves are not found in the darkest alleys but in the corridors of power..... And we keep electing them again and again..... Selfish thieves, from the President (obviously not Duterte) to the lowly barangay tanod." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, November 2017
“Under him, I realized the Filipino is freed from the shackles of our own self-imposed slavery to the oligarchy and to other countries. Under him, I discovered we were never truly free, our conquerors just changed, from colonizers to exploiters, some of whom are our fellow Filipinos." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, on PRRD, "THE BIRTH of a NATION", 13 June 2017
"Under this man, I learned the true meaning of independence and sovereignty" ~Krizette Laureta Chu on PRRD, “THE BIRTH OF A NATION”, June 13, 2017
“We have been a country, but we have never been a nation. But under this man [Duterte], and with the support of the majority, we are finally on our way. Bumps and roadblocks ahead, but one day, we will be a nation of a proud race.” ~Krizette Laureta Chu, "THE BIRTH of a NATION", 13 June 2017
"You can target each Duterte supporter. You can shame them or threaten them. But there will be never be a shortage of Duterte supporters as long as we see the good in this government. You can try to silence TP or Sass, but someone will always step in, and defend this government, or release damning info about LP's puppets." ~Krizette Laureta Chu, March 3, 2017
"You have nothing on our endurance, our passion is a fire that blazes and consumes us. Your name calling is nothing but a pathetic gust of wind that only serves to fan the flames of our nationalism." ~Krizette Laureta Chu on PRRD's haters, June 29, 2017
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"A lawyer boasting about the ability to debate is like a sprinter boasting he could walk." ~Darwin Cañete
"Critics complain about the cure but stay silent on the sickness." ~Darwin Cañete
"Far and above his authority as president, are the personal ties the president has with the stakeholders in Mindanao. Most analysts miss the fact that various factions can rely on the president's word of honor. He places his word and will over and above the limitations of his office. That is leadership." ~Darwin Canete,
"Freedom of speech is a defense against the government. It is not an immunity from the consequences of that speech from people you offend." ~Darwin Cañete
"I always believed that the reason why big media hates Duterte is that his win empirically proved that buying political advertisements and currying favorable coverage from their oligarch owners for purposes of election no longer matters. They stand revealed to be a big waste. That is why Duterte is a threat. Not EJK. Not the war on drugs. Duterte represents the growing irrelevance of big media and the degraded ability of oligarchs to dictate on the national agenda." ~Darwin Cañete, April 2, 2017
"I believe it is also our duty as government officials to express support for the democratically elected president of our country. And to defend him as head of state." ~Darwin Cañete, October 4, 2017
"I consider the opposition my moral compass. Their opposite is always right." ~Darwin Cañete
"Is refusing to renew the franchise of ABS CBN an abridgement of freedom of speech? No. The personnel of ABS CBN can still write and speak freely. You have to distinguish between ABS CBN itself as a juridical person and the persons who work for it. As far as I know, the live persons are not stopped from speaking their minds. Remember THAT WE OWN, collectively as a Republic, the frequency and airwaves that ABS CBN uses to spew its intrigues towards the duly elected government. They make money off what we own. We should not be held hostage by the machinations of oligarchs through their stranglehold of mass media." ~Darwin Cañete, April 28, 2017
"Let's be candid. Both China and the Middle East are impressed with strength. FVP dealing with these ancient and powerful cultures would have been comedic. We are lucky that PRRD is the one dealing with them and not some brainless pa-cute social climber." ~Darwin Cañete, April 16, 2017
"Sa manlulupig di ka pasisiil."
'Never shall invaders trample thy sacred shores.'
That is our anthem. No foreign court should ever be given the power to tell us what to do in our own country. That is an absolute fucking (sic) non-negotiable principle for any true patriot. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a traitor." ~Darwin Cañete, March 18, 2018
"Supporting the duly constituted government is our fundamental duty to the Republic and the Constitution." ~Darwin Cañete, April 1, 2017
"The best trial lawyers I ever saw were not debaters. They were readers. They were questioners. They were writers. They did not rely on tricks of language but on depth of knowledge on the issues they were litigating." ~Darwin Cañete
"The price of admission in democracy is citizenship. One of the responsibilities of citizenship is paying correct taxes." ~Darwin Cañete
"Think of Duterte as Durian. Strong aroma, a prickly fruit...but damn, a taste of heaven." ~Darwin Canete, 7 April 2016
"You cannot buy our politicians. But they rent surprisingly cheap." ~Darwin Cañete
"You know the worst fear of the yellows is? That President Duterte will prove that you can run a government without the pomp, the frills and the pablum of superficial appearances and ceremony.....that from now on, the humble, straight talking man without the backing of a transactional oligarchy WILL henceforth be...the standard by which his successors will be measured." ~Darwin Cañete
"You do not confuse rigid orthodoxy as foreign policy. Duterte has ONE CENTRAL FOREIGN POLICY...the welfare, safety and security of our islands and its people. Any day that we are not at odds with a foreign power and that our citizens are not discriminated against for being Filipinos is a triumph of that policy. If you think that this is incoherence, confusion or absence of foreign policy because it does not conform to a pro-American orthodoxy, then you're even more of an idiot than i thought." ~Darwin Cañete, April 9, 2017
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"I haven't switched sides. I just found new allies." ~Jojo A. Robles, FB
"It’s one thing for desperate politicians to attempt to conscript children in their anti-government protest actions because they can’t seem to convince any adults to join their cause anymore. It’s quite another when the administrators of the schools that these children attend, the people who have been entrusted with the care and education of very young, impressionable minds, allow this shameless and dangerous partisan politicking—while not fully informing the parents that their kids have been enlisted in such efforts." ~Jojo A. Robles, July 2017
"You may not like Duterte, but you have to admire his audacity. I’ve never seen any Philippine president who would go to the daring lengths that Duterte has to expose the hypocrisy of the Americans—and that makes me extremely proud." ~Jojo A. Robles, Manila Standard, July 26, 2017
"You want to mourn for something real? Don't mourn for your prospective and imagined loss of rights and liberties.
Mourn for those soldiers who have lost their lives defending you from terrorism. Thank them for their ultimate sacrifice so you don't have to live under the caliphate." ~Jojo A. Robles, 1 June 2017
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