compiled by Fr. Raymond T. Sabio, MSC

(Compiler's note:  St. Paul has a lot of very good insights as well as admonitions for people who wish to grow in faith and communion with the Lord in order to reach unprecedented heights. So we open and close this colorful collection of quotations (aimed at making our life interesting, fruitful and possibly, fascinating) with the simple and warm yet captivatingly challenging advices of the greatest apostle, Paul.  May we strive to follow if not approximate his dedication and enthusiasm in proclaiming the heart of the divine revelation that Jesus is the very Love of God made flesh for us. And so we could confess: "Jesus is our Lord!")
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     "Be joyful always; pray at all times;  be thankful in all circumstances. This is what  God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus." (1 Thess. 5: 16-18).
     "As an infant, man is wrapped in his mother's womb;  grown-up, he is wrapped in custom;  dead, he is wrapped in earth."  (Malay Proverb).
     "Life should be like the precious metals, weigh much in little bulk." (Seneca)
     "Whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision."  (Author unknown)
     "A great part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them.  A masterly retreat is in itself a victory." (Longfellow)
     "People whom we consider very good listeners could also be great lovers and  excellent leaders."  (Raymond T. Sabio)
     "The problem of life is not to make life easier, but to make men (and women) stronger." (David Starr Jordan)
     "If you pursue happiness, it will elude you.  But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you." (Author unknown)
     "Life is a flame that is always burning itself out,  but it catches fire again everytime a child is born."  (G.B. Shaw)
     "Nothing seems so tragic to one who is old as the death of one who is young, and this alone proves that life is a good thing." (Zoe Akins)
     "Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for."  (David Starr Jordan)
     "The two chief problems are the high cost of living and the cheapness of human life."  (Author Unknown)
     "To live is like to love--all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it."  (Samuel Butler)
     "Wars and subsequent horrible deaths are caused by leaders who listen with just one ear and speak with two mouths." (Raymond T. Sabio)
     "The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence."  (Art Linkletter)
     "Don't drag the engine, like an ignoramus, but bring wood and water and flame, like an engineer."  (Maria Weston Chapman)
     "Life is a play!  'Tis not its length, but its performance that counts." (Seneca)
     "At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement." (Benjamin Franklin)
     "Our life is made by the death of others." (Leonardo da Vinci)
     "Only when people learn to listen with their hearts and feel with their minds could world peace, liberty and harmony be attained."  (Raymond T. Sabio)
     "Be always humble, gentle and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.  Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together.  There is one body,
and one Spirit, just as there is one hope to which God has called you."  (Ephesians 4:2-4).

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