"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


Tene Edwards - Know Your Worth

"You must find the courage to leave the table if respect is no longer being served." ~Tene Edwards

John Stott - WORDS

"Don't use a gallon of words to express a spoonful of thoughts." ~John Stott

‪Peter Xie-wu‬ - bright light

"Everything that irritates us about others is a bright light shining on our own WORST traits that we deny exist." ~‪Peter Xie-wu‬



"Drink nothing without seeing it; sign nothing without reading it." ~Spanish Proverb

"Of that which you see, believe only little. Of that which you are told, nothing." ~Spanish Proverb

"Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we get" ~Spanish Proverb

"There are problems, ills and circumstances that are only healed with the passing of time, either by them being actually solved or by us learning to cope with them." ~Spanish Proverb

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you." ~Spanish Saying

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

"Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie." ~Russian Proverb

"Proverbs are the people's wisdom." ~Russian Proverb

"The morning is wiser than the evening." ~Russian Proverb

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A THOUGHT TO PONDER: Life Without Difficulties

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." ~Peter Marshall


Edwin Jamora - care for the living

"There are people dying if you care enough for the living." ~Edwin Jamora


Milton Friedman Quotes

"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

"The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both." ~Milton Friedman

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Peter Wohlleben - Life-forms

"There are more life-forms in a handful of forest soil than there are people on the planet." ~Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees

‪Cesar Cahatol ‬ Quotes

‪"Our moral acts are guided by our conscience which for us, is the inner voice of God in us." ~Cesar Cahatol ‬

"Tactfulness is the art of telling the hard truth in a very diplomatic way so as not to hurt the ego of the person to whom the hard truth is intended." ~‪Cesar Cahatol‬

‪"There are really those whose visions are so advanced that contemporary minds cannot grasp and eventually oppose them." ~Cesar Cahatol ‬

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Charles E. Jefferson - Patriot

"A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country." ~Charles E. Jefferson


"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." ~Great Big Minds

"Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, values, morals or self worth. It has nothing to do with weakness and everything to do with strength. We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own." ~Great Big Minds

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Henri Juntilla - what matters

"One day, your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived." ~Henri Juntilla

Destin Sparks - photography

"Photography is the story I fail to put into words." ~Destin Sparks


"Amidst our diversity, we stand united in peace and security." ~Farah Ali Ghodsinia, UP Law Student

"Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness." ~Ola Joseph

"I think it's really important to have a cabinet that reflects the diversity of the Australian community and that means having men and women, it means having older and younger people and people who have had all sorts of life experiences." ~Tanya Plibersek, Australian Federal Health Minister (Labor Gov't Recent Cabinet Reshuffle, 12 December 2011)

"In this climate of terror, it is important for all of us who are representatives of our country and its diversity to speak and remain united against a horror that has no colour, no religion." ~Lassana Diarra, France midfielder, Guardian Australia (16 Nov 2015)

"Peace is a process of responding to diversity and conflict with tolerance, imagination, and flexibility; war is a product of our intent to stamp out diversity and conflict when we give up on the process of peace." ~George E. Lyon

"We want intellectual diversity. Not your feelings." ~President Rodrigo Duterte

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Burt Lancaster - circus

"A circus is like a mother in whom one can confide and who rewards and punishes." ~Burt Lancaster

Robert Mugabe Quotes

‪"Racism will never end as long as white cars are stil using black tyres. Racism will never end if people still use black to symbolise bad luck and white for peace. Racism will never end if people still wear white clothes to weddings and black clothes to funerals. Racism will never end as long as those who don't pay their bills are blacklisted not white listed. Even when playing Pool, You haven't won until you've sunk the black ball, and the white ball must remain on the table. But I don't care, as long as I'm still using white toilet paper to wipe my black ass I'm happy." ~Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe President‬

"Stop this habit of asking people to get married because their agemates are married. Even you, some of your agemates have died but nobody has asked you to die." ~Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

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Lois Lowry - memories

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” ~Lois Lowry, The Giver. (from Haizer Adrias Libcat)

Thought for Today: YOU DESERVE BETTER


"Never settle. Understand you deserve better." ~Barb Schmidt

"Sometimes the only closure that you need is understanding that you deserve better." ~Trent Shelton


Charlotte Gillman - home servant

"The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true motherduty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now." ~Charlotte Gillman


Dorothy Nevill - art of conversation

'The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." ~Dorothy Nevill

Baroness Edith Summerskill - truth

"Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths." ~Baroness Edith Summerskill

Grace Hansen - life

"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin." ~Grace Hansen

Cornelia Otis Skinner Quotes

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

"Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed." ~Cornelia Otis Skinner

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Costa Georgiadis

"Gardening fuels the senses: talk with hands, observe with ears, and listen with your eyes." ~Costa Georgiadis (gleaned from Lily's BUJO)


Morgan Harper Nichols Quotes

"Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else's survival guide." ~Morgan Harper Nichols

"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

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Hippocrates Quotes

"All diseases begins in the gut." ~Hippocrates (REAL FOOD. WE ARE WHAT WE EAT. THE HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS)

"Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine." ~Hippocrates

"The art is long, life is short." ~Hippocrates

“The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different." ~Hippocrates

"Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm." ~Hippocrates

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Thierry Mugler Quotes

"A photograph must come from imagination and not be a reflection of what is." ~Thierry Mugler

"Fashion is a movie. Every morning when you get dressed, you direct yourself." ~Thierry Mugler

"I am not trendy. I am not 'in fashion'. I am simply a positive human being who has a positive outlook on life." ~Thierry Mugler

"Perfume must not be linked just to fashion because that means that one day it will go out of style." ~Thierry Mugler

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Farah Ali Ghodsinia - diversity

"Amidst our diversity, we stand united in peace and security." ~Farah Ali Ghodsinia, UP Law Student

N.B. - United Nations Head Quarters New York City, May 5, 2018 New York, NY, United States
(EDD Young Leaders for Development NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION UN Youth Envoy Women Deliver Philippine Commission on Women Task Force Bangon Marawi United Nations UN Women UN SDSN Youth - Philippines Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Jess Dureza Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative United Nations Youth)


‪Devino del Panoma‬ - travellers

"All is well in the ever changing landscape of entropy in a race for sustainability prolonging the inevitable. We lay waste in our ignorance of human endeavour greatly controlled by power, pride and prestige. Indulge on negative diversity. We are meant to be star travellers until 'race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us'. We play around in our tiny space called earth instead in the vastness of universe. Let us lay waste on our ignorance. As the famous saying; 'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and im not sure about the former..'" ~‪Devino del Panoma‬ on Caloy Bueno's The Stuff of Dreams

Ibn Taymiyyah - shadow

"Dont depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness." ~Ibn Taymiyyah


Claude McKay - Idealism

“Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism.” ~Claude McKay

Claude Monet - reflection

"It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly." ~Claude Monet


"Forest Bathing is not exercise, or hiking, or jogging. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world." ~TIme dot com


N. Sri Ram Quotes

"Know for yourself the way along which you should go - do not depend on others." ~N. Sri Ram

"The dark night must descend before a new dawn." ~N. Sri Ram

"The joy and the pain, the reaching up and the falling back - all are gathered up finally into the experience of a realisation from which nothing thereafter can shake us." ~N. Sri Ram

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Mohan Dhall - child's world

"All parents must have a set of personal goals that stand in the world outside of their child's world." ~Mohan Dhall, extracted from The Dangers of overparenting published in Indian Link Magazine Sydney, April 2, 2018.

Glennon Melton Quotes

"Don't let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one." ~Glennon Melton

"It’s just a really amazing instrument which you can use to create your offering each day.... Pick up your instrument and start painting this day beautiful and bold and wild and free and YOU.” ~Glennon Melton from Butterflies and Pebbles

"Your body is not your masterpiece - your life is....
Your body is not your art, it’s your paintbrush. ...
Your body is not your offering."
~Glennon Melton

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Gina Marinello-Sweeney - first step

"How can I even light a single candle if someone blocks off the first step?” ~Gina Marinello-Sweeney, The Rose and the Sword

Justin Sachs - leader

"To be an effective leader one must have influence. But to gain influence, one must first lead." ~Justin Sachs

FEATURED QUOTE: faithfulness

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


Robert Provine - mechanism

"Laughter is an instinctive and universal mechanism." ~Robert Provine


FEATURED QUOTE: on communication from RUMI

"Conversation flowing from the heart is a sign of true friendship." ~Rumi

Barbara Kunz Loots Quotes

"Kindle my soul with the quick spark of your will.

Let love be my fuel and your truth the flame."
~Barbara Kunz Loots, THE LIGHT OF GOD

"We need only crack the dark soul's lantern door
And the spark will leap to life at its very core."
~Barbara Kunz Loots, THE LIGHT OF GOD

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Helen McDonald - beauty rich and rare

"I love the diversity of the Australian bush landscape: The blue ocean lapping at sandy shores, foaming waterfalls slipping off sheer rock faces, barren empty deserts, trees wavering disorderedly in violent winds, rivers either serenely becalmed or turbulently agitated, native animals in their natural habitats and native fauna growing magnificently despite excessive droughts – and I wanted to capture it!" ~Helen McDonald, Artist of the Outback Creative

Quotes on COLOURS

"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions." ~Pablo Picasso

"Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart." ~Wolfgang Puck

"Gardening is how I relax. It's another form of creating and playing with colors." ~Oscar de la Renta

"I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music." ~Joan Miro

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Some colors reconcile themselves to one another, others just clash." ~Edvard Munch

"The colors live a remarkable life of their own after they have been applied to the canvas." ~Edvard Munch

"The rainbow is a part of nature, and you have to be in the right place to see it. It's beautiful, all of the colors, even the colors you can't see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colors. Our sexuality is all of the colors. We are all the genders, races, and ages." ~Gilbert Baker

"We had people of all backgrounds coming together - all races, all creeds, all colors, all status in life. And coming together there was a kind of quiet dignity and a kind of sense of caring and a feeling of joint responsibility." ~Dorothy Height

"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up." ~Allen Klein

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Dag Walker - world-historic figure

"I don't know as yet much about the Philippines, but I do know that from my earliest awareness of President Duterte that I saw in him a world-historic figure on par with Napoleon. I don't mean to say he is a world conquering war-monger, but that he is a man to transform how people around the world relate to a national leader. I believe Duterte is the best political figure on the planet since... I can't think of anyone else! He is the ultimate good-guy, in my opinion. It is my intention to go to the Philippines after I do my due diligence in researching the history and culture of the nation and its people, to write books about the man and his vision so others in the world can emulate him and his works. DU30 is a grand model for all, whether we are Filipinos or not. You all just got lucky having him first. We all want him or someone like him, too. Lucky you! My best." ~‪Dag Walker‬ (2018, FB)


“Don’t believe me. Come to the Philippines. Talk to people whether there is a freedom of the press or not...” ~Alan Peter Cayetano, DFA Secretary

“Informed empowered citizens and Filipino communities strengthen our country.” ~Alan Peter Cayetano, DFA Secretary

“There are 10 million of us abroad. If every single one of us tell one person and that person believes in us — we could have 10 million more tourists. And for every two tourists it creates one job.” ~Alan Peter Cayetano, DFA Secretary

Filipino Community Assembly with DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano
18 March 2018
Sydney, Australia


"Our old people left us the key, it is all around us. From the earth to the stars, their knowledge is kept, still waiting for us to find it. If we listen they will guide us. This is my now. Our past is Our key to Our future." ~Lake Tyrel Art

Jordin Sparks - climate change

"One minute it's love and suddenly, it's like a battlefield." ~Jordin Sparks


Yung Pueblo - habits

"My most important project is building the habits that my happiness and freedom require." ~Yung Pueblo


‪Philip Kean Flores‬ - Autumn

Photo Credit to Jigsaw Puzzle Online

"Leaves may come and go through times,
letting Autumn change the leaves
for an opportune."
~‪Philip Kean Flores‬

Aveen Acuna-Gulo ~ LEADER

"Only the strong can show his weakness. This makes him THE leader. The rest are just politicians." ~Aveen Acuna-Gulo on PRRD

William Wallace - on living

"Every man dies, but not every man really lives." ~William Wallace

‪Susan Esplago Maalindog‬ - spirit

‪"It is in the realm of words that the human spirit cannot be imprisoned or clobbered." ~Susan Esplago Maalindog‬, FB

Adam Garrie Quotes

"A cycle of drug abuse, buying, selling and trafficking is the bedrock of degeneracy in large cities throughout the world." ~Adam Garrie

"Duterte has indeed proved that he is strong when it comes to fighting crime, authoring and executing a new multi-polar non-aligned foreign policy, making new international partnerships, turning the South China Sea dispute into a win-win compromise, reforming tax and labour laws, building new infrastructure and tackling both private and public sector corruption." ~Adam Garrie, May 3, 2018

"Guns don't kill people, trade wars kill people." ~Adam Garrie

"If President Duterte (who has zero tolerance policies relating to drugs) had like-minded comrades in cities across the world, crime would dramatically plummet and the people who are suffering today at the hands of violent thugs would rejoice, just as they did in Davao and now are doing throughout The Philippines under President Duterte." ~Adam Garrie

"If the people who spend their lives trying to undermine Duterte spent their time working with Duterte to build a better nation then they wouldn't have time to complain. A bunch of idiots with no clue about reailty. Duterte is the real deal." ~Adam Garrie, May 2, 2018

"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

"It is time for people in every city in the world to decide, do you want to fight crime or do you want live with drugs? There is no in-between." ~Adam Garrie, Eurasia Future (Twitter), International Political Analyst

“No one who is a serious person can say that Duterte isn’t democratic. The definition of democratic is when you serve the people, when you do the will of the people. Duterte remains so much popular in the Philippines than leaders in so many other countries. He is more popular than Trump in America, than Merkel in Germany. The list goes on and on. And he is popular for a reason. His “Build, Build, Build” program for example is putting much needed injections of cash and vitality into the very infrastructure of the Philippines.” ~Adam Garrie

"The problem with crime is a problem directly, implicitly and holistically related to drugs, there is no other way to describe it." ~Adam Garrie

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Wolfgang Puck - Cooking

"Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors - it's how you combine them that sets you apart." ~Wolfgang Puck

Dr Paloma Mari-Beffa - talking to oneself

“Talking out loud actually improves control over a task, above and beyond what is achieved by inner speech. Much of this benefit appears to come from simply hearing oneself, as auditory commands seem to be better controllers of behaviour than written ones." ~Dr Paloma Mari-Beffa (A senior lecturer of psychology at Bangor University based her research on people who talk to themselves while planning and organising their actions may have higher cognitive function than those who don’t.)

Harold V Melchert - time

"One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time." ~Harold V Melchert


Xi Jinping - mankind

"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


Ke~mi Sogunle - light

"You are a light born to shine. You are not who the world thinks you are. You are not what you think you are. You are as God created you. Never see yourself less than that. You are powerful than you know." ~Ke~mi Sogunle

FEATURED QUOTE: Leah C. Dancel - Loving Friendship

"I believe a special relationship should really spring from close and loving friendship with the presence of patience, endurance, affection and respect aided with loyalty and mantled with faith and trust." ~Leah C. Dancel

Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti Quotes

"Freedom of speech is always under attack by Fascist mentality, which exists in all parts of the world, unfortunately." ~Lawrence Monsanti Ferlinghetti

"Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone." ~Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace." ~Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti

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Angela Davis - change

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ~Angela Davis

Leigh Hunt - be a man

"The person who can be only serious or only cheerful, is but half a man." ~Leigh Hunt


Penny Graham - Art

"Art is the life and soul of any artist; be it paint, rock, song or poetry. Love it because its your best friend." ~Penny Graham on Lake Tyrel Art

‪Rose Marie Natoza Santos‬ Quotes

"As they say, everything has a breaking point and this is it...people are just fed up with all the lies, the manipulations and charades these unfit public servants and their cohorts had been doing for decades. People are now more discerning, more vigilant and more sensitive to any form of fakery." ~‪Rose Marie Natoza Santos‬, March 24, 2018 comment on TAPANG at MALASAKIT, DU30 Correspondents

"Anyone with no foresight, strong political will characterized by a deep sense of command responsibility and a genuine love for people he is supposed to govern - HAS NO RIGHT TO BE PRESIDENT AFTER PRRD!" ~Rose Marie Natoza Santos

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Michael J. Sandel - side of the question

“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question.” ~Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Administrator/Blogger Note

It was a privilege to meet Michael J Sandel, an American Political Philosopher of Harvard University and author of the book Justice, in person during his Public Discourse of What Should We Do About Truth held at Carriageworks, Eveleigh last March 24, 2018 through Centre for Ideas/University of New South Wales. I watched him as a sole panelist during the ABC QandA hosted by Tony Jones discussing an overall theme of "Democracy in Action" held at ABC Ultimo last Sunday, March 25, 2018 as a personal guest of Rado Gatchalian of DU30 Correspondents Team Member and Founder of April30forDU30 Australia Global Movement on both events.


Ella Fitzgerald - love and inspiration

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." ~Ella Fitzgerald

Phillip Adams - try again

"Unless you are willing to try, fail miserably, and try again, success won't happen." ~Phillip Adams

Emma Watson Quotes

"A grievous fault of 'feminism' is its failure and its outright refusal to discuss real issues one at a time in the context of real life. Frankly, 'feminism' is, in reality, little more than schoolyard whining writ large and somehow given centre stage in our society - to its near demise." ~The Grappler, YOUR LIFE CHOICES on Emma Watson's speech at UN on FEMINISM (September 2014)

"But it's a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn." ~Emma Watson

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Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - teacher

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

An Nasir Salahuddin - Victory

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


"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." ~Joseph Campbell

"Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the hero within us is revealed." ~Bob Riley

"It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” ~H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man 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, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” ~Robert F. Kennedy

"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” ~Patrick Henry

"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” ~Douglas MacArthur

"The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” ~George S. Patton Jr

"We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us”. ~Winston Churchill

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What sets heroes aside from the rest of humanity is the willingness to assume a personal responsibility for public problems.” ~Earl Babbie from Inspiration Line

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” ~Douglas MacArthur


"A man is a patriot if his heart beats true to his country." ~Charles E. Jefferson

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” ~Billy Graham

“Human history is work history. The heroes of the people are work heroes.” ~Meridel Le Sueur

“Live for something rather than die for nothing.” ~George Patton

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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"A candle loses none of its light by lighting another."~Rumi

"A good lighthouse is not a candle flickering in the breeze, ready to go out at the slightest. of gust. It is a lighthouse, built on rock-solid foundation, able to handle the full impact of biggest waves and keep on shining in the dark." ~Sarah McCrum

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

"Do not give them a candle to light the way, teach them how to make fire instead. That is the meaning of enlightenment.” ~Kamand Kojouri

"For what is the point of love if by lighting these candles our own flame loses its brightness?" ~Kamand Kojouri

"How can I even light a single candle if someone blocks off the first step?” ~Gina Marinello-Sweeney, The Rose and the Sword

"I burn my candle at both ends, it may not last the night,
But, oh my foes and of my friends it gives a lovely light." ~Anon

"I know i cannot make the whole world BETTER or BRIGHTER, but at least I can light a candle and keep the darkness away from my OWN small CORNER and help others with the simple light I have." ~Sparkling Dew

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it." ~Winston Churchill

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." ~Margaret Fuller

“It's the flame of a single candle which will illuminate the darkest of souls.” ~Anthony T. Hincks

“Live as intensely as possible, burn your candle of life from both ends.” ~Osho, And The Flowers Showered Discourses On Zen

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ~Anne Frank

“The candle is the light of life that is constantly thriving to hang on and light up the darkness of life. (Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was a candle in the wind. He was a fighter fighting the odds to survive. And he did so with incredible power to change the world.) Whether your life is long or short upon the earth, it is remarkable that our little flames burns on in spite of the wind, or the challenges of life.” ~Enock Maregesi

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~Buddha

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

“When you have gone beyond thinking, and if you can still remain alert, aware, as if one is fast asleep but still alert—deep down at the very core of one’s being a lamp goes on burning, a small candle of light—then you will see your original face. And to see your original face is to be back in the Garden of Eden.” ~Osho, The Secret of Secrets


"I light a candle every night
Sending wishes to my angels above
Keep him safe this man I love
Watch over him and show your light
Let him know as I close my eyes to sleep
I am in his arms as I dream.
~Sandra Gibbs

“First, the thoughts are chosen,
then the prayers are spoken.
The candles are lit,
then the plea is submitted.
But soon after you move away,
there is wax;
melting, adulterating and braiding-
a new constellation up on your blanks.”
~Jasleen Kaur Gumber


"From candlelight to early bedtime, I read." ~Thomas Jefferson

"I didn't leave home until 27. I was an only child raised in Philadelphia by my mother and grandmother. My grandmother controlled the stove. She made a lot of potato meals - mashed potato, potato souffle, potato pancakes. When we didn't have electricity, we ate romantically by candlelight." ~Jill Scott

"I don't think I am a traditional romantic who thinks about candlelight dinners and wonders if my husband is going to bring me flowers, though I'm delighted if he does. I'm more practical-minded. I find it incredibly romantic that my husband does the dishes." ~Nora Roberts

"I lived by the candlelight for two years because I couldn't afford power. It was nice and romantic at the time, but if you can't afford power you're pretty broke. You endure it." ~Jeremy Renner

"Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been." ~George Eliot

"The colors that show best by candlelight are white, carnation, and a kind of sea-water green." ~Francis Bacon

"Work a great deal at evening effects, lamplight, candlelight, etc. The intriguing thing is not to show the source of the light but the effect of the lighting." ~Edgar Degas


"Once, lovers on faraway shores sat by candlelight and dipped ink to parchment, writing words that could not be erased. They took an evening to compose their thoughts, maybe the next evening as well." ~Mitch Albom

"... the fools of this world prefer to look for sages far away. They don't believe that the wisdom of their own mind is the sage . . . the sutras say, "Mind is the teaching." But people of no understanding don't believe in their own mind or that by understanding this teaching they can become a sage. They prefer to look for distant knowledge and long for things in space, buddha-images, light, incense, and colors. They fall prey to falsehood and lose their minds to insanity." ~Bodhidharma

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Gregory Saggi - aspirations

"Ideas, memories and noble aspirations outlasts property or a person's life. Invest in them by sharing them." ~Gregory Saggi


Herb Cohen - strength

"True strength often calls for the ability to sustain the tension without flight or fight." ~Herb Cohen


Prof. A.C. Grayling Quotes

“It takes a certain ingenuous faith - but I have it - to believe that people who read and reflect more likely than not come to judge things with liberality and truth.” ~A.C. Grayling, The Heart of Things: Applying Philosophy to the 21st Century

“The problem is not the poverty but the inequality.” ~Prof. A.C. Grayling

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Humane King Sutra - the full and the prosperous

"The prosperous inevitably decline, the full inevitably empty." ~Humane King Sutra (from the post of Dr. Ethel Pineda)


FEATURED QUOTE: Robert Clancy - the winds of love

"The delicate wings of an angel are made from the fabric of glistening hope and sewn together with the light of compassion. That’s why you are meant to glide on the winds of love." ~Robert Clancy

Wendell Phillips - Common sense

“Common sense does not ask an impossible chessboard, but takes the one before it and plays the game.” ~Wendell Phillips

Paul Kalanithi Quotes

“All the idylls of youth: beauty manifest in lakes, mountains, people; richness in experience, conversation, friendships. Nights during a full moon, the light flooded the wilderness, so it was possible to hike without a headlamp. We would hit the trail at two A.M., summiting the nearest peak, Mount Tallac, just before sunrise, the clear, starry night reflected in the flat, still lakes spread below us. Snuggled together in sleeping bags at the peak, nearly ten thousand feet up, we weathered frigid blasts of wind with coffee someone had been thoughtful enough to bring. And then we would sit and watch as the first hint of sunlight, a light tinge of day blue, would leak out of the eastern horizon, slowly erasing the stars. The day sky would spread wide and high, until the first ray of the sun made an appearance. The morning commuters began to animate the distant South Lake Tahoe roads. But craning your head back, you could see the day’s blue darken halfway across the sky, and to the west, the night remained yet unconquered—pitch-black, stars in full glimmer, the full moon still pinned in the sky. To the east, the full light of day beamed toward you; to the west, night reigned with no hint of surrender. No philosopher can explain the sublime better than this, standing between day and night. It was as if this were the moment God said, “Let there be light!” You could not help but feel your specklike existence against the immensity of the mountain, the earth, the universe, and yet still feel your own two feet on the talus, reaffirming your presence amid the grandeur.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Death comes for all of us. For us, for our patients: it is our fate as living, breathing, metabolizing organisms. Most lives are lived with passivity toward death -- it's something that happens to you and those around you. But Jeff and I had trained for years to actively engage with death, to grapple with it, like Jacob with the angel, and, in so doing, to confront the meaning of a life. We had assumed an onerous yoke, that of mortal responsibility. Our patients' lives and identities may be in our hands, yet death always wins. Even if you are perfect, the world isn't. The secret is to know that the deck is stacked, that you will lose, that your hands or judgment will slip, and yet still struggle to win for your patients. You can't ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. Money, status, all the vanities the preacher of Ecclesiastes described, hold so little interest: a chasing after wind, indeed.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Literature not only illuminated another’s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection. My brief forays into the formal ethics of analytic philosophy felt dry as a bone, missing the messiness and weight of real human life.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

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

“There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“We shall rise insensibly, and reach the tops of the everlasting hills, where the winds are cool and the sight is glorious.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.” ~Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air


Paul Sudhir Arul Kalanithi (April 1, 1977 – March 9, 2015) was an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer. His book When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir about his life and illness battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. It was posthumously published by Random House in January 2016. It was on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list for multiple weeks.

Source: Goodreads

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Frank Borman - Exploration

"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit." ~Frank Borman (from Bernie Lamberz)


Protagoras Quotes

"Concerning the gods, I have no means of knowing whether they exist or not or of what sort they may be, because of the obscurity of the subject, and the brevity of human life." ~Protagoras

"Let us hold our discussion together in our own persons, making trial of the truth and of ourselves." ~Protagoras

"Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are so, and of things which are not, that they are not." ~Protagoras

"No intelligent man believes that anybody ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things do them unwillingly." ~Protagoras

"There are two sides to every question." ~Protagoras

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Newton Lee - power

"Information is power. Disinformation is abuse of power." ~Newton Lee

Robert Gronock - sleep

”He who sleeps on the floor will not fall off the bed.” ~Robert Gronock (from Yogi Alejo)


Rick Riordan - version of reality

"It's funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” ~Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Herodotus Quotes

"Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks." ~Herodotus

"In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons." ~Herodotus

"In soft regions are born soft men." ~Herodotus

"It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing." ~Herodotus

"Men trust their ears less than their eyes." ~Herodotus

“No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace – in peace sons bury fathers, but in war fathers bury sons.” ~Herodotus

"The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing." ~Herodotus

"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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Aeschylus Quotes

"From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow." ~Aeschylus

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." ~Aeschylus

"It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. " ~Aeschylus

“Nothing forces us to know what we do not want to know." ~Aeschylus, The Oresteia (Everyman's Library)

“There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.” ~Aeschylus, The Oresteia (Everyman's Library)

“What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?” ~Aeschylus on Hospitality

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Hsing Yun - growth

"It is not possible to perfect oneself in an instant. We each have our own attainments, and each day’s cultivation means each day’s growth." ~Master Hsing Yun


David Suzuki - windmills

"If one day I look out from my cabin's porch and see a row of windmills spinning in the distance, I won't curse them. I will praise them. It will mean we are finally getting somewhere." ~David Suzuki

Kylie Roberts - Photography

"Photography is a hobby for me but I do spend most of my free time rising early for sunrises and chasing sunsets and the occasional storm when I can. I tend to only photograph nature in all its wonderful elements as being immersed in nature has been a wonderful healer for me – mind, body and soul.” ~Kylie Roberts (Nikon)

Pope Clement

"Help me to conquer anger with gentleness, greed by generosity, apathy by fervor. Help me to forget myself and reach out towards others." ~Pope Clement

Lenny Kravitz - freedom

"You can take away my freedom but my spirit will run free." ~Lenny Kravitz

Charles J. Givens - future

"To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past." ~Charles J. Givens

Rune Lazuli - truth

"If you want to see the truth, you must be brave enough to look." ~Rune Lazuli


Carrie Fisher - women

"Even in space there's a double standard for women." ~Carrie Fisher



"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is infinite." ~William Blake

"Life has everything in it. But you only see what your perception allow you to see." ~Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D

"Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye." ~Miyamoto Musashi

"Perception cannot occur without the automatic actuation of previously acquired information." ~Alex Martin

"The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body." ~Bruce Lipton

"The problem of most people is having low self worth...from comparing themselves with others. Relative perception, or comparing yourself with others is baseless and meaningless. Your true worth does not depend on others. Your true worth is in the absolute reality that you are the only one of your kind in the whole Universe, totally unique! And the Universe would not be complete, and as beautiful...without you! Love starts with oneself. Appreciate, respect, and celebrate your total uniqueness...as you do all others." ~Surf Reyes

"There is neither Self-knowledge nor Self-perception to those whose senses are not under control. Without Self-perception there is no peace; and without peace there can be no happiness." ~The Bhagavad Gita

“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

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Miyamoto Musashi - perception

"Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye." ~Miyamoto Musashi


Douglas Malloch - tree

"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

(Lifted from Georix Alertze)

Thomas Plummer Quotes

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

"Every person has their own path in the sand, but most of us work much too hard trying to walk in other's footsteps rather than accept who we are and what we can be." ~Thomas Plummer

"Good people are built through bad times." ~Thomas Plummer

"There is a beauty in pain.
The darkness has to be faced or there
is never a way to the light."
~Thomas Plummer

"There will be days where you think the darkness will just never end… but the light always comes and it will find you." ~Thomas Plummer

"We need the dark days to shed the old skin of ourselves, then revealing the start of something better, beautiful, and something that never could have happened unless we had survived the ordeal only we could face." ~Thomas Plummer

"Without the struggle and darkness, you can never become who you were meant to be in life." ~Thomas Plummer

"You will learn that the days of misery and darkness always end… and that ending is then the beginning of all things beautiful in your life." ~Thomas Plummer

"Your business is simply a mirror that magnifies the weaknesses of your soul." ~Thomas Plummer

"Your business is you and perfectly illustrates everything good in you, and everything weak." ~Thomas Plummer

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Felipe Barata Moreno - cold waves

“It was five degrees below zero with wind... and I was just feet away from the cold waves coming up to shore. All these circumstances go unnoticed when the sky begins to light up and dance above your head." ~ Felipe Barata Moreno, photographer (National Geographic Magazine)

Judy Kerr Quotes

Photo: Reverie by Yours Truly

"Grammar is like drawing – if you want to do it, you want to get it right." ~Judy Kerr, Children's book author

"You can’t teach people to be creative – they have to want to be creative. But if you see somebody do something – a child – that it just does because it thought it would, I’m sure it’s good to say, ‘This is very good. Why don’t you do another one?’” ~Judith Kerr

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Dorothea Dix Quotes

"In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do." ~Dorothea Dix

25 February 2013

"The comfortable and comforting people are those who look upon the bright side of life; gathering its roses and sunshine and making the most that happens seem the best." ~Dorothy Dix

"Your minds may now be likened to a garden, which will, if neglected, yield only weeds and thistles; but, if cultivated, will produce the most beautiful flowers, and the most delicious fruits." ~Dorothea Dix

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Rakul Preet Singh - good food

"Fitness starts at home. What you eat is what you will look, just as what you sow is what you reap. Eat good food: eat fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, and don't go for sweet and trite food." ~Rakul Preet Singh

Sam Veda - right perspective

"Peace of mind happens to a man only after he has developed deep insight, only after he starts seeing the things in the right perspective." ~Sam Veda

Richard Hill - music education

Photo: Screenshot from internet. I learned this at school in my primary at Karomatan Central Elementary School

"A culture of music education starts in a school gradually. It comes, always, from a teacher. It doesn't come because you say, "it has to be there because music is good." If you don't have a good teacher, you don't have anything, it doesn't matter whether it's music, maths, English, whatever it is. If you have a good teacher, that will happen. The big difference with music is people don't see it as essential." ~Richard Gill, on ABC RN's 'What Keeps Me Awake'


INDIAN Proverbs

"A cat in a cage becomes a lion." ~Indian Proverb

"A man laughs at others and weeps for himself." ~Indian Proverb

"Anger has no eyes." ~Indian

"Never stand in front of a judge or behind a donkey." ~Indian Proverb

"The truth is half a quarrel." ~Indian Proverb

"To quarrel with a man of good speech is better than to converse with a man who does not speak well." ~Indian Proverb

"When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick him." ~Indian Proverb

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"Look to this day for it is life. The very life of life." ~Sanskrit Proverb

Time is stronger than all things else." ~Sanskrit Proverb

"Nonviolence is the supreme law of life." ~Hindu Proverb

"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self." ~Hindustani Proverb
"When we take one step toward God, He takes seven steps toward us." ~Hindu Proverb
"When halter and heel-ropes are slipped, do not give chase with sticks but with gram." ~Punjabi Proverbia

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Photo: Grabbed from FB

"The slope takes you to the windmill, but effort takes you nowhere." ~Fernando Pessoa

"There are, indeed, few merrier spectacles than that of many windmills bickering together in a fresh breeze over a woody country; their halting alacrity of movement, their pleasant business, making bread all day with uncouth gesticulation; their air, gigantically human, as of a creature half alive, put a spirit of romance into the tamest landscape." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

"There are times when each of us has to have some gumption to take a stand as to what we wish to preserve or change in order to maintain our self-respect and not be as "a reed shaken with the wind" (Matt. 11:7) . . . . We lose much credibility and strength, and we risk being weighed on an uneven balance, when, Don Quixote-like, we go around "tilting windmills". ~James E. Faust

"Windmills, which are used in the great plains of Holland and North Germany to supply the want of falling water, afford another instance of the action of velocity. The sails are driven by air in motion - by wind." ~Hermann von Helmholtz

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Sean Covey - point of view

”Seeing things from a different point of view can help us understand why other people act the way they do. We, too often judge people without having all the facts.” - Sean Covey (from Yogi Alejo)

Dr. Erwin Erfe Quotes

"No amount of statistics, research, credentials or academic justification and cover up can cloud the memory of dead children and muffle the cries of anguish of their mothers. Our children cries for justice." ~Dr. Erwin Erfe, Director, Public Attorney's Office Forensic Laboratory.(on children who died from Dengvaxia Vaccine)

“You can Destroy my Name, but no one can Erase the Evidence we saw in the Bodies of these Children." ~Dr Erwin Erfe, PAO, on children who died from Dengvaxia vaccines.

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Keanu Reeves Quotes

“I cannot be part of a world ...Where men dress their wives as prostitutes by showing everything that should be cherished.
Where there is no concept of honor and dignity, and one can only rely on those when they say “I promise”. Where women do not want children, and men don’t want a family." ~Keanu Reeves

"I always felt like I'm not from this generation. I just live in it. Because the way my mindset differs from the majority, you'd think I come from a different dimension. That's why I keep things to myself because a lot of people won't understand me." ~Keanu Reeves

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‪Mondonggo Ulam ‬ - walls

‪"The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy." ~Mondonggo Ulam ‬

Lindy Pujante Quotes

"A bird with complete set of wings never settles on fruits that fall on the ground but rather choose those unspoiled ones on top." ~Lindy Pujante

"I deeply admire and strongly support my President RRD and I don't mind how you are going to label me." ~Lindy Pujante (2018)

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Clemency Burton-Hill - works of music

"I believe the greatest works of music are engines of empathy: they allow us to travel without moving into other lives, ages, souls. They are also robust: they can handle you multitasking all around them, fitting them into your real life." ~Clemency Burton-Hill (ABC Classic FM)


Patricia Mirasol - government ineptitude

"To my mind, what comes as a pleasant offshoot of Duterte’s victory is the fact that more and more Filipinos have awoken from their indifference over what’s happening in the country and are now actually interested enough to contribute to the political discourse. I know of contacts who have now started to care enough to expect better government service, whereas before it was all just about thriving in their own comfortable spheres whilst fending off the inconveniences of government ineptitude." ~Patricia Mirasol

Louis Lim Quotes

"It was through hardship, care for the people, perseverance and leadership that brought Singapore to the forefront." ~Louis Lim

"It is easy to be narrow minded and criticize but it is leadership that leads people through difficult times that matters! Those who have not involved themselves in lifting people from poverty and difficult circumstances should not qualify to criticise, especially from their own narrow westernized standpoint! Like leaders in China, you have to first prove yourself by deeds and not words." ~Louis Lim

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