Quotes & Guides


“Change is the only constant in the world.” – Lao Tzu

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“I can’t change the direction of the wind.  But I can adjust my sails.” – Anonymous

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

“The ability to take the challenge is the ability to adapt to the change.” – Anonymous

“All phenomena in the whole universe are changing, have changed and will change. This means all physical constants that we now have will eventually change, if they haven’t yet.” – Zhang Wenda

“What medical knowledge we now know is true, for now. After a certain time, this knowledge will no longer be when new knowledge is found to be true.” – Anonymous

“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

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis’.  One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.  In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.” – Richard Nixon

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“The difficulty lays not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” – John Keynes

“Don’t wait too long.  The time will never be just right.” – Anonymous

“If you judge people you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

“If we are ever going to solve the problem of violence in our society, we’re going to have to find ways that closed hearts can open and broken lives can mend.” – Robin Casarjian

“Much maturity must be seen in making decisions beyond likes & dislikes. When there is like or dislike, there is already partiality, lopsidedness in the mind.” – Anonymous

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”- Bill Copeland

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese Proverb

“Acceptance is worth much more than tolerance. Tolerance hurts, within. Acceptance does not.”  – Zhang Wenda

“The only way for tolerance to work is restrain. If trangression overflows into actions, either verbal or physical, then restrain already fails.”  – Zhang Wenda

“Patience, in various degree, is a prerequisite of restrain.” – Zhang Wenda

“It is not differences that cause disunity. It is intolerance of differences that leads to disunity and violence.” – Shad Saleem Faruqi

“Sometimes it is unity that causes violence, untold violence. Patrioticism is unity and history has shown that it can cause wars.” – Anonymous

“Consumerism consumes the consumer.” – Anonymous

“Wisdom is worth more than intelligence. It involves the whole rather than just the part inside the head.” – Anonymous

“Wisdom includes the courage to say no in a courteous way.” – Anonymous

“Respect cannot be commanded. If one wants it, one will have to earn it with what one is worth.”– Anonymous

“There are three modes of action: the physical, the verbal and the mind. All three affect others and ourselves.” – Gotama

“A good talker is inferior to a good listener.” – Chinese Proverb

“Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” – Thomas Edison

“Learning to see the cup half-full instead of half empty is utmost difficult when things go wrong but it is still a worthier way to live.” – Zhang Wenda

“Many answers to what you seek don’t lie ‘out there’. If you look inwards, you’ll find the answer has been in you all along.”  – Celestine Chua

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

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“One of dreams is that no-one should be mentally or physically tortured due to differences of faith. Let all peoples live in freedom with responsibilities.” – Doris Jones

“Freedom of speech and action must come with responsibilities without which everybody will get hurt and injured. Hurt and injuries are not only physical.” – Zhang Wenda

“Faith without wisdom is blind. Eventually for faith to work there must be the experience of the good or bad effects from practicing the faith. If the effects are good and harmless then by all means keep the faith but if it is otherwise then there needs to be a change or adjustment.” – Zhang Wenda

“Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it. But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” – Lauren Oliver

“Connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.” – C. Joy Bell C.

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
– Bob Marley

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” – C. Joy Bell C.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Anony-mouse

“Mercy and killing are two opposing states- if one is merciful one just cannot kill. Conversely, can one be merciful to oneself by committing suicide?” – Anonymous

“The only way is to forgive, one cannot just forget.” – Zhang Wenda

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. – Dr Wayne Dyer

“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.” – Scottish Proverb

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Anonymous

“When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“Feelings come and feelings go. There is no need to fear them and no need to crave them. Let them come, and then let them go. No feeling is your permanent reality, no matter how intense it is.” – Anonymous

“Remember the last feeling of unbearable pain which when we felt it we were convinced it would last forever. Where is the pain now? It was just the characteristic of the uncultivated mind in perceiving the false sense of permanency of the world.” – Anonymous

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” – Dudley Field Malone

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

“It is never late. The first step taken is already the start even though we may not reach the end.” – Anonymous

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle

“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.” – William Shakespeare

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” – Joseph Cossman

“To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

“We see things not as they are, but as we are.” – H. M. Tomlinson

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

“Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

“Action without knowledge is foolish. Knowledge without conscience is dangerous. Action without conscience is devastating and harmful, for both the doer and the done.” – Zhang Wenda

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

“Positive anything is better than negative thinking.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Wisdom doesn’t come from thinking. You will only get headaches. The greatest wisdom comes from a mind in silence.” – Ajahn Brahm

“A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open.” – Frank Zappa 

“When you sense another’s mind is on rejection mode, stop whatever you want to convey. Change that mental state of rejection if you intend to continue whatever you need to convey. If you can’t, then there is little point in continuing.” – Simon T 

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.” – J.M. Power

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” – Napoleon Hill

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

“If not us, who? If not now, when?” – John F. Kennedy

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – Dale Carnegie

“Some men see things as they are and say why – I dream things that never were and say why not.” – George Bernard Shaw

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.” – Sidney Greenberg

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” – Bill Cosby

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

“You make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give.” – Winston Churchill

“The uninformed thinks one has won a battle when one bullies with harsh speech, but knowing how to be forbearing alone makes one victorious.” – Gautama Buddha

“Patience is an indicator of inner strength. Harsh speech is an indicator of weakness.” – Anonymous

“Be nice with the people we meet on our way up, for we will most probably meet them again on the way down.” – Anonymous

“If one wishes others to know about one’s good deeds, those are not truly good deeds. If one fears others will find out about one’s bad deeds, those are truly bad deeds.” – Master Hsuan Hua

“A prerequisite of happiness at this moment is contentment. One can never be happy while one is still searching for better things at this moment.” – Anonymous

“True education is much more than just gaining knowledge and skills. It is about how to use these knowledge and skills in bringing benefits & happiness, not harm & unhappiness, to oneself as well as to others.” – Anonymous

“The goal of teaching is to produce wise harmless students, never only intelligent ones.” – Anonymous

“The present goal in most education systems is to produce intelligent students, on academic achievements, scoring alphabets and numbers. This is the reason why so many students felt left out, disorientated, and stressed for so many years in schools. This system has failed the majority. True learning cannot be alphabetized or quantified. Even if someone remains silent, there can even be more meaningful learning within. Assessments based on behaviors and exhibitions are not enough.” – Zhang Wenda

“It takes great effort to build something, but it only takes an instant to destroy it.” – Anonymous

“There is a law in nature: ‘Do good, begets good. Do bad, begets bad. Do good begets bad, not. Do bad begets good, not.’ This very law sustains this very human world from destruction.” – Anonymous

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping that it will kill your enemies.”- Nelson Mandela

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”- Nelson Mandela

“If you know what your thoughts are, you will know how your mind is.”- Buddhadasa

“One’s thought is not one’s mind. One’s thoughts arise from one’s state of mind.” – Anonymous

“One possesses a highly state of mind if one does not believe every thought that arises in one’s head. One also possesses a highly state of mind if one does not carry out every intention that arises in one’s heart. They are properly considered before one believes or acts.” – Zhang Wenda

“We all are but a leaf on a tree, awaiting to drop. Some drop earlier than others irrespective of whether they are young, prime or old.” – Anonymous

“Simplicity is much better than complexity. A simple mind is better than a complex one. Just so a simple living is much better than a complex one.”  – Anonymous

“Intelligence is about knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to differentiate what should and shouldn’t be done with the knowledge.” – Anonymous

“Speak the truth and nothing but the truth. But not all truths need to be spoken.” – Anonymous

“If one needs to look around before one speaks, do not speak. That speech is not good enough.” – Chinese Proverb

“Freedom of speech and action must come with responsibility and accountability. If one deliberately & inconsiderately instigates hurt and anger, much less physical injuries then one must be willing to accept the retaliations and repercussions.” – Anonymous

“If you want to fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

“Reasonable profit sustains – both the customer & the trader. Maximizing profit kills both.” – Economic sense

“There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-violence is a weapon of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“During non-war time, injuries and hurt are mostly done through the inconsiderate mouth.” – Anonymous

“Humans are most unrestrained at home, behind closed doors. Humans are most on pretense when doors are opened. ‘Learning to be’ is attained when one is not pretending to be in public or alone.” – Anonymous

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” –  Mahatma Gandhi

“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“All crime is a kind of disease and should be treated as such.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

”Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein

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

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” – Albert Einstein

“Information is not knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” – Albert Einstein

“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” – Albert Einstein

Upon refusing surgery at the age of 76, Albert Einstein said:  “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.” – Albert Einstein

“He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” – Albert Einstein

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you are usually right.” – Henry Ford

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” – Henry Ford

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

“It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.” – Henry Ford

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“In war regions, dark areas, or violent homes alike, the people’s minds are harden with hate and desires. This needs much effort and time to mend.” – Zhang Wenda

“For the active soldiers where war has just ended, violence at home has just started upon their return. So value peace before someone up there decide for the people to go for war.” – Anonymous

“Common sense is actually not that common!” – Anonymous

“History does repeat itself, many times: humans just seldom learn from their own mistakes, what more from others’!” – Anonymous

“When one says or implies that ‘I have no time‘, it is a clear sign of stress. One has too much on hand to cope with fixed resource of time. One needs to adjust, reorganize, unload, mitigate, before it becomes a tragic lifestyle, even if it is a lucrative one.” – Simon T


Knowledge without value is dangerous. Value without knowledge is blindness. Knowledge without skill is a disability.

A good facilitator needs to be brave enough to let things, especially negativeones to happen in class, even in the presence of the facilitator’s evaluators, so that the negative effects of such things or causes can become evident, felt and discussed. This is in keeping to the principle of nurturing our learners in self-accountability & team responsibility.

PBL4C is as much for the students as for the facilitators/teachers to cultivate the 4 cores together, looking at the causes and results of appropriate thoughts and values in the application of knowledge and skills in context.

Cultivating a simple warm smile gradually throughout a learner’s involvement in PBL4C lessons provides the learner to experience happy living opportunities in context. This can hardly be found in most educational systems.

We teach students to calculate, we don’t students to be calculative.

The tools in gaining knowledge, either through computer, ebooks, ibooks or nobooks matters. If new tools are required then new skills will inevitably be needed to be acquired by the learners, and it does affect other areas of learning.

One part of the learning is to avoid sexual misconduct through the designing of suitable scenarios. Case study: Bill Cosby. The learning can also include how to deal with false accusations or true revelations. Learning respect for human dignity, male or female alike, on how trust is an integral essence in family living, and learning the consequences of breaking that trust, even once.

Parents who praise children too much may encourage narcissism, says study. Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study that aimed to uncover the origins of extreme selfishness.


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