"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



“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

Maxi Foreman - Ambition

"Ambition is the steam that drives men forward on the road to success. Only the engine under full steam can make the grade." ~Maxi Foreman

Eric Sloane - acoustics of season

"A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air." ~Eric Sloane

Lisa Lisson - goals

"I regularly write down my personal and professional goals and look over them a few times a month. I wrote about this simple routine in a recent blog: about how it keeps me focused and committed to making progress. How do you keep track of your goals?" ~Lisa Lisson


Vince McConnell - strength

"We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist." ~Vince McConnell

A THOUGHT TO PONDER: build your strength and character

"Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow. Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons." ~Troy Amdahl

Esther Bustamante - music

"FRIENDSHIP is like music...two strings similarly tuned. they will vibrate together though touch one. Can you play " my music" my friend?" ~Esther Bustamante


Idil Ahmed - sense of self

‪"One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else." ~‬Idil Ahmed

‪George Favis‬ Quotes

"Forgiveness is an act of God, who even regretted to have made mankind because of their outrageous unforgivable sins. It's a cursed world if I may truly believe for God to react from evildoers since Eve started to disobey the first command to Adam...not to eat the forbidden fruit.." ~George Favis‬

"To achieve climbing the highest mountain in the world is sheer guts and determination!" ~George Favis

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Tobin Brothers - legacy

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


Georix Alertze Quotes

"Humour does work wonders. It's only fair; why should we take life seriously? Even God has humour. The kangaroo, the ostritch, the penguins and many other "out-of-the-normal" creatures. Humour is everywhere." ~Georix Alertze‬

"It's the food we eat that will keep us staying young and healthy, not the cosmetics in beauty shops or frequent visits to the doctor." ~Georix Alertze

"It takes a true friend to share his food even when he himself is hungry." ~from Georix Alertze (SelfHelp Academy)

"Loneliness is not synonymous with aloneness though it may seem to have the appearance of such. One can be lonely even when in a crowd. I'd rather much be alone than be with a group but lonely." ~Georix Alertze

Little Marco on my 30th Anniversary of Arrival in the Land Down Under
December 2, 2017

"Sometimes even the naughty smile of a little child brings gladness to the heart." ~‪Georix Alertze‬

"The shining, unbreakable sharp sword was made out of rough iron. The manufacturing process didn't happen overnight. It took days of pounding on the anvil and curing by fire and water before it became what it is." ~‪Georix Alertze‬

"There's much more we can learn when we just open our minds to what nature can teach us silently, for that's how GOD has willed it, rather than rely alone on what men teach us with their mouths." ~Georix Alertze

‪"Whatever the head is, the tail is, likewise." ~Georix Alertze ‬


"If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill
Be a scrub in the valley--but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree."
~Douglas Malloch

"Let the child's imagination soar. And let them learn at their own pace. I just hate seeing grade school kids here (sic) stooping to keep their balance with the heavy load of books and school materials they carry in their backpacks as they walk their way to school. Is it really that necesary? Our education system sucks." ~Charlton Morias, February 6, 2018

"Lies, Selfishness and Greed.
Who says those at the top are very honorable?"
Charlton Morias

"Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world." ~Thomas Carlyle

‪"Moringa powder is a handy remedy I can't do without. Beyond doubt, I have proven that it does deserve the name given it: "The Miracle Tree." From roots to fruits, there's use for the plant, nothing to discard. The cat at the park afflicted with scabies that I treated with Coconut-Moringa oil (I saw it yesterday) is recovering fast ... the scabies are almost gone. It has also gained weight." ~Charlton Morias‬

Little Marco playing with his new surfing toy at Water Park in Darling Harbour yesterday, April 1, 2018

"Why rub elbows in tight spaces and even run the risk of being stampeded when you can swing your arms around in an open space where there's just you and nature to explore?" ~Charles Morias, February 6, 2018

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Kevin Kruse - giving

"Life isn't about getting and having, it's about giving and being." ~Kevin Kruse


Robert V. Taylor - kindness

"Every kindness reveals your purpose." ~Robert V. TaylorYes

Lea Salonga - do your job well

"I cannot speak for who is doing what (or who isn't doing what), but allow me to say this: the only sure fire way to protect one's position is to do one's job and do it well. That is all." ~Lea Salonga


Jerry Corstens - progress

"Don't compare your progress to that of others. We alł need our own time to travel our own distance." ~Jerry Corstens


Anne-Marie Wiesman - way out

"Be the example for others to find their way out of the dark." ~Anne-Marie Wiesman


Barbara Tuchman - Humanity

"Humanity may have common ground, BUT needs and aspirations vary according to circumstances...... They have the same final objective to improve well-being and freedom of individuals, based on the inherent dignity and equality of all people." ~Barbara Tuchman, Historian

‪Nylea Mata Castilla Quotes‬

‪"Alone are you never. There is always wind, water, space and nature talking. Always is there mountains and landscapes, hearts and weather, and all activity you could appreciate. Love is allways there in every breath." ~Nylea Mata Castilla‬

‪"Shut down the mind. Thoughts are wicked." ~Nylea Mata Castilla‬

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Marcus Porcius Cato - on learning

"Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise." ~Cato the Elder, born Marcus Porcius Cato and also known as Cato the Censor, Cato the Wise, and Cato the Ancient (a Roman senator and historian known for his conservatism and opposition to Hellenization.)

Judy Blume - changes

"Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them." ~Judy Blume (Journey to Peace)

Meklit Hadero - inspiration

"...There is a kind of sonic lineage to which we all belong. So the next time you are seeking percussion inspiration, look no further than your tires, as they roll over the unusual grooves of the freeway, or the top-right burner of your stove and that strange way that it clicks as it is preparing to light." ~Meklit Hadero (from ABC Classic FM)

Ahmed G Paglinawan Quotes

"'Cause nighttime is the one time I am happy.
You see in my dreams, you love me."
~Ahmed G Paglinawan

"I suppose what I am doing on social media is merely articulating what I think and feel in light of the milieu and the temperament of the times." ~Ahmed G. Paglinawan

"If you do not understand the value of time in relation to the process of forgiving, you do not deserve forgiveness." ~Ahmed G Paglinawan

"If you must kill an enemy, kill him without any thought of whether there is a heaven for his soul or not." ~Ahmed Paglinawan

"In the province of philosophy, becoming excellent and elegant in argumentation is rewarded humbly. // The reward for having a higher learning in philosophy is to be expected to be able to understand more. // If you claim to know more, you are expected to understand people, and life, more. // There is nothing on there that says you get to win and dominate more. Nothing of that sort." ~Ahmed G Paglinawan

"Is coincidence a sufficient reference to something that screams out what seems to be the feelings of the many?" ~Ahmed G Paglinawan

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Michael LeBoeuf‬ Quotes

"The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it." ~Michael LeBoeuf‬

"The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative. Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results." ~Michael LeBoeuf

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Angela N. Blount - scenic roads

"Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn't mean to take." ~Angela N. Blount

Martin Buzacott - Finnish Music

"It's the music of the forests and the snow drifts, of the lakes and of the legends - it's music from Finland. Today, we celebrate Sibelius' birthday, and the Day of Finnish Music. Throughout Mornings this week we've featured some fantastic Finnish works. What's your favourite work by a Finnish composer?" ~Martin Buzacott, ABC Classic FM, December 8, 2017

Quotes on JOURNEY and TRAVEL

Celebrating my 30 Years in Australia 2017


"A strong woman believes that she's strong enough to face her journey, but a woman of strength has faith that it is in this journey that she will become strong." ~Anon

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

"Don’t judge the path…just take the journey. All roads eventually lead to a place of love." ~Robert Clancy on Follow Your Heart

"Everyone has their own path. Walk yours with integrity and wish all others peace on their journey. When your paths merge, rejoice for their presence in your life. When the paths are separated, return to the wholeness of yourself, give thanks for the footprints left on your soul, and embrace the time to journey on your own." ~Anon

"Journeys bring power and love back into you. If you can't go somewhere, move in the passageways of the self." ~Rumi

"My life is like the sand. People journey through my mind and leave their footprints, but then the tide rushes in." ~George Betts

"No journey is too long and arduous if you really want to get to your destination." ~Ethel Pineda

"Our life on earth is just a fragment of our journey." ~A.D. Williams

"Sometimes we just bump into certain people and suddenly, they become a part of our journey." ~Juni

"The journey is just as enjoyable as the destination." ~Ian Skippen

"To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment." ~Steve Maraboli

"We see ourselves as broken, and then set out on a long and frustrating journey to fill our emptiness. But it is not fixing that we require; it is awakening." ~Alan Cohen


"Buy the ticket, take the ride." ~Hunter S. Thompson (Kathmandu)

"Don't compare your progress to that of others. We alł need our own time to travel our own distance." ~Jerry Corstens

"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ~Lin Yutang

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” ~Agnes Repplier

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

"There's traveling around the world and then there's traveling around your worlds within. One you can do only once in a while if you're fortunate enough. The other you can do at any time on any day and each trip will yield you new and beautiful ways to see yourself, life and the immediate world around you that hopefully one day you can travel around too. There is so much within you to discover. You can begin a new journey by trying to see something in a new way...by letting go of something familiar and old....by doing something that scares you or have been putting off for a while. The most significant journey you will ever make is the one within. It will bring meaning to all other adventures you've ever had. Your heart is bottomless. There are always new places to find." ~Butterflies and Pebbles

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi

"Travel makes a man a well rounded person." ~Jack Bevans

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comforts of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things. -air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky. -all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” ~Cesare Pavese

"Traveling makes me gain back my confidence. It gives me more opportunity to appreciate other cultures: people, food and their own natural gifts of beauty surrounding them. It helps broaden my mind how much we can learn from each other. The friendliness and kindness of strangers overwhelmed me most. The discovery that my friends whom I did not see for decades or lost contact with are still around and very much willing to embrace me as I am. Above all, as I dedicate this journey in praise to Him above, I cannot deny how much blessed I am." ~Leah C. Dancel, A Long Road To Fredom, 14 April - 2 May 2013 (Visited Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Dallas, Texas; Lago Vista, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Duncanville, Texas; Loma Linda, California; Reno and Tahoe, Nevada; Sta. Clara, California, Mount San Jacinto State Park, San Jacinto Mountains, in Riverside County, California; Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California; J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California; Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, California; Hollywood, Los Angeles, California; and many other beautiful places of point of interests.

"Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." ~Gustave Flaubert

"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls." ~Anais Nin

"When you hear the call to travel it is the universe saying you have a massive lesson to learn right around the corner. Follow that calling." ~Anon

"You can't travel the back roads very long without discovering a multitude of gentle people doing good for others with no expectation of gain or recognition... Some people out there spend their whole lives selflessly." ~Charles Kuralt

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Gordon Tredgold - belief

"When we have belief the hard work follow naturally." ~Gordon Tredgold

Quotes on HEARING and SEEING

"None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see." ~Matthew Henry

"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." ~Anon

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"A great marriage is not when the perfect couple come together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences." ~Dave Meurer


Meg Meeker - character

"We should measure the success of our parenting not by the happiness of our children but by the goodness of their character." ~Meg Meeker, MD

‪Mario M. Nicolas Jr. ‬ - mirror

‪"It's easier to see others than to see oneself in the mirror." ~Mario M. Nicolas Jr. , FB, December 4, 2017‬



No legacy is so rich as honesty. ~William Shakespeare


"Being honest may not get you many friends, But it will always get you the right ones." ~John Lennon

"Honesty has a power that very few people can handle." ~from Sun-gazing dot com

"Honesty is always one of the best keys to make a good relationship." ~Anon

"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, 1 February 1975

"If you live your life honestly and truthfully, you'll be open and transparent, which leads to trust. And trust leads to friendship. This is something worth taking into account, that the basis of friendship is trust not money and warm-heartedness is essential if we are to live happy lives." ~Dalai Lama

"Isn't honesty so liberating??!! When you are honest, you are free and no one can hold you over a barrel or make you feel threatened by what others (they) "think" they know about you!!! Keep on shining like the gem you are.....a voice for all of us...if we are honest!" ~Victoria Lane Hennessy, FB On Constance Hall blog (Parent Sex) January 2016

"Life has taught me that I have nothing to lose by being honest." ~Elizabeth Glaser, 1947-1994

"No legacy is so rich as honesty." ~William Shakespeare

"No matter what you do — stand up for who you are and be honest about your feelings. Even if it seems like you will be crucified for it; even if you think you will not be as successful or as liked — in the end, it's only your honesty that will have mattered." ~Bryant McGill

“No such thing as a man willing to be honest --that would be like a blind man willing to see.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Nothing is more beautiful than honesty..." ~Steven Aitchison

“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that every lived.” ~Thomas Paine

"The plain truth is that honesty is critical to the moral fiber of every individual. Experts agree that people who are honest feel better about themselves. They are able to enjoy stronger friendships, are more successful in school and in other pursuits and, in the long run, have deeper, happier marriages. It is from honesty that so many other desirable traits spring forth." ~Betsy Brown Braun

“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

"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)


"Everyone has their own path. Walk yours with integrity and wish all others peace on their journey. When your paths merge, rejoice for their presence in your life. When the paths are separated, return to the wholeness of yourself, give thanks for the footprints left on your soul, and embrace the time to journey on your own." ~Anon

"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

"Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people. " ~Spencer Johnson

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

"Joyful people have an integrity around them. They do what is right even if there is social pressure to do otherwise. Joyful people are true to themselves and their values." ~Edith R Shipp

"Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect." ~Thomas Spencer Monson

"The slow man with integrity will ultimately catch the swift one who has none." ~Anon

"Those who conduct themselves with morality, integrity and consistency need not fear the forces of inhumanity and cruelty." ~Nelson Mandela speaking during the British Red Cross Humanity Lecture, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, England, 10 July 2003, LivingTheLegacy

"Your dazzling beauty is the result of your character integrity, your personal charm and your fantastic looks. Even your tiny flaws are enchanting because they make you more interesting! " ~Anon

"Your job is to live with love and integrity." ~Caroline, A Wish Come Clear (from The Mind Unleashed)


"I cannot speak for who is doing what (or who isn't doing what), but allow me to say this: the only sure fire way to protect one's position is to do one's job and do it well. That is all." ~Lea Salonga

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