PEOPLE: Abraham Lincoln

“He has the right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”

“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.”

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”


Les Miserables

My favorite lines/ scenes from Les Miserables


Yet why did I allow that man
To touch my soul and teach me love?
He treated me like any other
He gave me his trust
He called me brother
My life he claims for God above
Can such things be?
For I had come to hate the world
This world that always hated me

Take an eye for an eye!
Turn your heart into stone!
This is all I have lived for!
This is all I have known!

One word from him and I’d be back
Beneath the lash, upon the rack
Instead he offers me my freedom
I feel my shame inside me like a knife
He told me that I have a soul,
How does he know?
What spirit comes to move my life?
Is there another way to go?

I am reaching, but I fall
And the night is closing in
And I stare into the void
To the whirlpool of my sin
I’ll escape now from the world
From the world of Jean Valjean
Jean Valjean is nothing now
Another story must begin!


At the end of the day you’re another day older
And that’s all you can say for the life of the poor
It’s a struggle, it’s a war
And there’s nothing that anyone’s giving
One more day standing about, what is it for?
One day less to be living.

At the end of the day you’re another day colder
And the shirt on your back doesn’t keep out the chill
And the righteous hurry past
They don’t hear the little ones crying
And the winter is coming on fast, ready to kill
One day nearer to dying!

At the end of the day there’s another day dawning
And the sun in the morning is waiting to rise
Like the waves crash on the sand
Like a storm that’ll break any second
There’s a hunger in the land
There’s a reckoning still to be reckoned and
There’s gonna be hell to pay
At the end of the day!


And still I dream he’ll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather


Why should I save his hide?
Why should I right this wrong
When I have come so far
And struggled for so long?

If I speak, I am condemned.
If I stay silent, I am damned!

Who am I?
Can I condemn this man to slavery
Pretend I do not feel his agony
This innocent who bears my face
Who goes to judgement in my place
Who am I?
Can I conceal myself for evermore?
Pretend I’m not the man I was before?
And must my name until I die
Be no more than an alibi?
Must I lie?
How can I ever face my fellow men?
How can I ever face myself again?


Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading
Don’t you see the evening star appearing?
Come to me, and rest against my shoulder
How fast the minutes fly away and every minute colder.

Hurry near, another day is dying
Don’t you hear, the winter wind is crying?
There’s a darkness which comes without a warning
But I will sing you lullabies and wake you in the morning.


I know a place where no one’s lost,
I know a place where no one cries,
Crying at all is not allowed,
Not in my castle on a cloud.


Look down and see the beggars at your feet
Look down and show some mercy if you can
Look down and see the sweepings of the street
Look down, look down,
Upon your fellow man!


Those who follow the path of the righteous
Shall have their reward
And if they fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame

And so it has been and so it is written
On the doorway to paradise
That those who falter and those who fall
Must pay the price!


It is time for us all
To decide who we are
Do we fight for the right
To a night at the opera now?
Have you asked of yourselves
What’s the price you might pay?
Is it simply a game
For rich young boys to play?
The color of the world
Is changing day by day…

Red – the blood of angry men!
Black – the dark of ages past!
Red – a world about to dawn!
Black – the night that ends at last!

Had you been there tonight
You might know how it feels
To be struck to the bone
In a moment of breathless delight!
Had you been there tonight
You might also have known
How the world may be changed
In just one burst of light!
And what was right seems wrong
And what was wrong seems right!


Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!


In my life
She has burst like the music of angels
The light of the sun
And my life seems to stop
As if something is over
And something has scarcely begun.
You’re the friend who has brought me here
Thanks to you I am one with the gods
And Heaven is near!
And I soar through a world that is new that is free

EPONINE (to herself)
Every word that he says is a dagger in me!In my life
There’s been no one like him anywhere
Anywhere, where he is…
If he asked… I’d be his

He was never mine to lose
Why regret what cannot be?


And now I’m all alone again nowhere to turn, no one to go to
without a home without a friend without a face to say hello to
And now the night is near
Now I can make believe he’s here

Sometimes I walk alone at night
When everybody else is sleeping
I think of him and then I’m happy
With the company I’m keeping
The city goes to bed
And I can live inside my head

On my own
Pretending he’s beside me
All alone
I walk with him till morning
Without him
I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me

In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever and forever

And I know it’s only in my mind
That I’m talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say, there’s a way for us

I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone
The river’s just a river
Without him
The world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers

I love him
But every day I’m learning
All my life
I’ve only been pretending
Without me
His world will go on turning
A world that’s full of happiness
That I have never known

I love him
I love him
I love him
But only on my own


And little people know
When little people fight
We may look easy pickings
But we’ve got some bite
So never kick a dog
Because he’s just a pup
We’ll fight like twenty armies
And we won’t give up
So you’d better run for cover
When the pup grows up!


You are wrong, and always have been wrong.
I’m a man, no worse than any man.
You are free, and there are no conditions,
No bargains or petitions.
There’s nothing that I blame you for
You’ve done your duty, nothing more.


Who is this man?
What sort of devil is he
To have me caught in a trap
And choose to let me go free?
It was his hour at last
To put a seal on my fate
Wipe out the past
And wash me clean off the slate!
All it would take
Was a flick of his knife.
Vengeance was his
And he gave me back my life!

How can I now allow this man
To hold dominion over me?
This desperate man whom I have hunted
He gave me my life. He gave me freedom.
I should have perished by his hand
It was his right.
It was my right to die as well
Instead I live… but live in hell.

And does he know
That granting me my life today
This man has killed me even so?


There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone.

Here they talked of revolution.
Here it was they lit the flame.
Here they sang about `tomorrow’
And tomorrow never came.

From the table in the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
I can hear them now!
The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
On the lonely barricade at dawn.

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.

Phantom faces at the window.
Phantom shadows on the floor.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.


Come with me
Where chains will never bind you
All your grief
At last, at last behind you.


Do you hear the people sing
Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people
Who are climbing to the light.

For the wretched of the earth
There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end
And the sun will rise.

They will live again in freedom
In the garden of the Lord.
They will walk behind the plough-share,
They will put away the sword.
The chain will be broken
And all men will have their reward.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?

Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Do you hear the people sing?
Say, do you hear the distant drums?
It is the future that they bring
When tomorrow comes…

Tomorrow comes!

Quotes: On Education, Knowledge, Philosophy and Wisdom

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill wonder and mystery. There is always mystery.”
–Anais Nin

“Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools, because they have to say something.”

“Wise men are not always silent, but they know when to be.”

“I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.”
–Groucho Marx

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
–Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
–Albert Einstein

“An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
–Albert Einstein

“Those who know, DO. Those who understand, TEACH.”

“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
-Kahlil Gibran

“If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.”
–March Hare (Alice in Wonderland)

“The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”
–Mark Twain

“The desire to get something for nothing, has been very costly.”
–Paulo Coelho

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.”

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”
–Albert Einstein

“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.”

“To repeat what others have said requires education. To challenge it, requires brains.”
–Mary Pettibone Poole

“A lot of people are dying to get physically fit, and hardly no one even bothers to be mentally fit.”

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”
-V. Havel

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
–Derek Bok

“The only waste of human resources is letting them go unused.”
–Mark Victor Hansen

“The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.”
–Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness (1964)

“The beauty of Philosophy is that you have the leisure of re examining already defined things.”
–Professor Isidro ValeroUP Diliman Philo Dept

“With friction comes illumination.”
–Professor Isidro Valero, UP Diliman Philo Dept

“Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as it could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.”
–Bertrand Russell

“If the human brain was simple enough to understand, we would still be so stupid that we couldn’t understand it.”
–Immanuel Kant

“Education is an ornament in prosperity, and a refuge in adversity.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
–Albert Einstein

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
–Mark Twain

“Common sense in an uncommon degree  is what the world calls wisdom.”
–Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.”

“Seek not to understand what you may believe, but believe what you may understand.”
–Saint Augustine

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
–Gerry Spence

“In youth, we learn. In age, we understand.”
–Marie Von Ebner Eschenbach

“He who laughs last thinks the slowest.”
–Author Unknown

“Most of my friends, and most of my friends’ children, also have degrees. That doesn’t mean that they’ve managed to find the kind of work they wanted. Not at all. They went to university because someone, at a time when all universities were important, said that, in order to rise in the world, you had to have a degree. And thus the world was deprived of some excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors and writers. Perhaps this is the moment to review the situation. Doctors, engineers, scientists and lawyers need to go to university, but does everyone?”
–Paulo Coelho, The Importance of a Degree, Like The Flowing River

“Psychologists claim that leadership asserts itself early in life. They’re wrong. How many who were voted ‘most likely to succeed’ at your school ever amounted to anything? Leaderhip is acquired. It is forged in the hell of combat. Being called upon to ‘face fire’ transmutes ordinary men into leaders. It matters not whether the bullets are lead kind or the more insidious projectiles of corporate battle.”
–Wilson Harell

“You are in UP because you think and speak for yourselves by your own wits and YOUR OWN TWO FEET, and you can do so NO MATTER WHAT THE REST OF THE PEOPLE in the room may be thinking. You’re in UP because NO ONE CAN TELL YOU TO SHUT UP if you have something SENSIBLE and VITAL to say. You’re in UP because YOU DREAD NOT THE POVERTY OF MATERIAL comforts but the POVERTY OF THE MIND. You’re in UP because you care about something abstract and sometimes as treacherous as the idea of “nation” even if it kills you.”
-Butch Dalisay

“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”
–Woodrow Wilson

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”
–Alvin Toffler

“It is a miracle that curiousity survives formal education.”
–Albert Einstein

“Education is not preparation for life; Education is life itself.”
–John Dewey

“To repeat what others have said, requires Education. To challenge it, requires brains.”
–Mary Poole

“In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather, how many of them can get through to you.”
–Mortimer Adler

“The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine.”
–William H. Danforth

“I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.” – Socrates

Ibarra: And you write in heiroglyphics, but why?
Tasio: So that they won’t be able to read me now.
Ibarra: And why do you write if you don’t want to be read?
Tasio: Because I do not write for this generation. I write for other ages. If the present one were able to read me, they would burn my books, the work of a lifetime, on the other hand, the generation that can decipher these characters would be my educated generation; they would understand me and would say: ‘Not all slept during the night of our ancestors.’ The mystery, the curious characters, will save my work from the ignorance of men, as the mystery and the strange rites have saved many truths from the destructive priestly class.
-Noli Me Tangere

“If a child does not learn his lesson, I blame his lack of effort, never his lack of brain.”
–Jose Rizal

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
-Paul Sweeney

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
–Dr. Seuss

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
–Arthus Weasley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.”

“To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.”

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin

“Mediocrity will always try to drag excellence down to its level. Don’t trade your superiority for their inferiority.”

“The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it from you.”
-B.B. King

“And, trust me, I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“You can have a fancy education and still not be wise.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Some people are moneyed, but not cultured.”
-via @JudeBacalso

“You can inherit wealth but never wisdom.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“We grow only when we push ourselves beyond what we already know.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Wisdom is not how much you know but how you use what you know.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“But how much more are you, Harvard graduates of 2008, likely to touch other people’s lives? Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received, give you unique status, and unique responsibilities. Even your nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.”
-JK Rowling

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker: expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy, speak your mind and fear less the label of crackpot than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.”
-Thomas Watson

“The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time.”
-George Orwell