“Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.” – Margaret Mead, anthropologist

“It’s sad that in this world, people would rather see two men holding guns, killing each other, than to see two men, holding hands, loving one another.”

“All this talk about equality, the only thing people really have in common is that they’re all going to die.”
-Bob Dylan

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
-Maya Angelou



“People who try to whittle you down are only trying to reduce you to their size.”
-Author Unknown

“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”

 “Haters are like crickets, they make a lot of noise. You hear them but you can’t see them. And when you pass by them, they become quiet.”

 “How many people become successful by doing something they hate?”

“Evil is knowing better, but doing worse.”

“There is something more painful than hate: indifference.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It ON

“The evil always thinks it’s doing right.”
-Sheldon Cooper, Big Bang Theory

“I am thankful for the difficult people in my life. They have shown me exactly who I don’t want to be.”

 “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways.”

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

“Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody loves you.”
-Paulo Coelho

“One does evil enough when one does nothing good.”
-German Proverb

“Sarcasm is the refuge of scandals.”
-Ann Deveraux In

“When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.”
~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949

 “We give more attention to a necessary evil than a necessary good. Instantly, fear and not confidence occupies us, each one thinks only of himself, not of the others. That is why we are all weak. Cowardice, rightly understood, begins with selfishness and ends with shame.”
–Elias, Noli Me Tangere

“In life, it is not the criminals who arouse the hatred of others, but the men who are honest.”
–Elias, Noli Me Tangere

“Kronos wants you unraveled. He wants your life disrupted, your thoughts clouded with fear and anger. Do not give him what he wants. Train patiently. Your time will come.”
–Chiron, Percy Jackson Series

“Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, then you destroy yourself.”

“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”
-Marcus Aurelius

“Never hate your enemies; it affects your judgment.”
-Michael Corleone

 “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”
-Lily Tomlin

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

“When men speak ill of you, so live that nobody will believe them.”

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”
-Maya Angelou

“A person who smiles in the face of adversity, probably has a scapegoat.”

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always make you do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
-Mark Twain

 “People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question.”
-Samuel Richardson

 “Keep in mind that we should always thank those who hurt us, especially those who did so bad we are forced to transform. They risk the eternal verdict of going to hell just to make us better than who we are.”
-Tyra Banks

 “Love your haters, they’re your biggest fans.”

“Hate pollutes the mind.”

 “Evils are not corrected by other evils. And our misfortune, all of us share in the guilt.”
–Crisostomo Ibarra, Noli Me Tangere

 “No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.”

“If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself. If it be a lie, laugh at it.”

 “Evil brings men together.”

 “The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the MORAL FAILURE of those who evade the fact that THERE CAN BE NO COMPROMISE on basic principles.”
-Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966)

 “Haters are confused admirers who can’t understand why everybody loves you.”
–Paulo Coelho

“There are days I hate being me, then I smile because I’m not you.”

“Love your haters, they’re your biggest fans.”

“One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It could be worse, I could be you.”

“I don’t hold a grudge; you just give me a new reason to hate you everyday.”

“I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.”
-Leo Rosten

“Sorry, but I’m not insulting you, I’m describing you.”

“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire?”
— Dale Carnegie

“Only those below you would try to bring you down.”

“Your hurt may have harmed you, but it doesn’t have to destroy you.”


“There should be an 11th commandment: thou shall not whine.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you’ve growled all day long.”
-Author Unknown

“Do you count your blessings or do you think blessings don’t count?”

The easiest way to find happiness is to stop complaining.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you don’t have. Rather, remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.”
-Author Unknown

“Whining doesn’t solve problems.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“I don’t have the right to complain about something if I had the power to change it and did not.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Never complain without offering a solution.”
– Thank You and You’re Welcome


The only thing that beats an adventure of a lifetime is a lifetime of adventure.
-Gideon Lasco, www.pinoymountaineer.com

“The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty ‘YES!’ to your adventure.”
— Joseph Campbell

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
– T.S Eliot

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

“Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.”
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.”
— Wilfred Peterson

“And the day came when the wish to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
— Anais Nin

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.”
— John Amatt

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!

TRAVEL: Why You Should Stop Traveling Alone

You should stop traveling alone.

Not because it’s dangerous. Your level of danger when you’re out in the wind has little to do with the number of travelers in the group and a lot to do with where you go and the choices you make.

Not because it’s lonely. Solitary travelers meet other solitary travelers easily. As long as you’re in a place with a guesthouse or a hostel you can find someone to join you at least on day trips. When I traveled on the Trans-Mongolian Railway or across Southeast Asia I made new friends nearly every day.

No, you should stop traveling alone because traveling with people you know is a better way. The best part of travel comes from the actual travel itself. That’s the most exciting aspect. The second best part of travel comes in the reward of talking about the trip for years after it’s over.

Sure you become Facebook friends with your fellow lonely travelers from Austria and New Zealand and Finland, but how often are you going to see those people again in your life, if ever? You took pictures and videos of swimming in Lake Baikal with the two Italians and you tell your friends about them, but wouldn’t it be better if it were your friends with you in the first place? People from the life you’ll go back to?

Trust me, I know getting your friends to come with you can be a problem. They have their jobs, their finances, their lack of available time. Most of us want to go before we get too old. We go when we can and often we can’t wait.

But if you have a choice, take someone with you. It’s harder to meet people when you’re already with someone, but if you’re friendly, and fun, you can still join other groups or have them join yours. Of course the wrong person can ruin the place for you forever. Take that risk. It’s worth it. The right person will help the experience live between you. They’ll push you to travel farther, to experience more.

It’s easy to be lazy when you’re on your own. You can get scared or sick or just plain exhausted. Having a friend to help you, to push you, heightens the experience. If you’re good together you’ll be able to do what you want and also what the other person wants, which will take you beyond yourself, to new places. And that’s what you want from traveling anyway.

I’m starting to know more and more people who say, “I’m not traveling by myself anymore.” They all seem to agree on the same things, that it’s too lonely, that their experiences have become secrets that only they know, that while they were traveling alone the first time they thought “it would be great if this person or that person was here” and then they said that the second and third time they were on their own, until their resolve to do it with another person finally stuck.

Traveling alone is useful at first — you learn that if you want to be alone your whole life you could, and then you realize how awful that would be. You reach a point where you realize it’s only good if it’s shared.


“It is not our abilities that show who we truly are; it is our choices.”
– Albus Dumbledore

“Greatness inspires envy, envy engenders spite, spite spawns lies. You must know this, Dumbledore.”

Harry Potter: Is it real, or is it happening in my head?
Dumbledore: Of course it’s happening in your head, Harry. Does that mean it’s not real?