One of the things you will learn about me is I like quotes.  I always jot down in my journal, quotes that I hear or read that move me.   My Uncle Boad will send me quotes via email every Monday.  He said “to the mom of my favorite Asian American, Monday Quotes honoring Asian Pacific.”  I absolutely love and cherish these emails. So here are some powerful quotes in honor of these individuals that have helped to shape this world. 

“In a time of destruction, create something” quote by Maxine Hong Kingston, Author and Activist

“Books help kids to explore the world.  They are the real ambassadors.” Quote by Gene Luen Yang, Cartoonist and Teacher (my uncle would appreciate this, because he and my Aunt Punki have sent me, my siblings and our children many books over the years).

“Success is a collection of problems solved.” By I.M. Pei, Architect

“I think that glamour is about confidence and really owning the look.” Quote by Monique Lhuillier, Filipino Designer

“The things that go unsaid are often the things that eat at you.” Quote by Celeste Ng, Author

“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” By Lisa See, American writer

“Why is it so hard to articulate love yet so easy to express disappointment?” Quote by Kaui Hart Hemmings, Writer and Actor

“Don’t ever think that just because you do things differently, you’re wrong.” By Gail Tsukiyama, Writer

“Humor’s the hardest thing to translate.” Quote by Bharati Mukherjee

“Life isn’t perfect, any failures you have are actually learning moments.  They teach us how to grow and evolve.”  By Philipa So

“Steal as much wisdom from other people as you can.” Quote by Aziz Ansari

“A single seed can turn into a forest.  A single heart can transform a nation.” By Bryan Thao Worra, Notes Regarding The Living Heart

“We all, to some degree, absorb the mythologies around us, our vision refracted by the prisms of our particular time and place.” Saying by Alex Tizon

“No matter how busy I am, I find time to read, day and night.” Lucio Tan, Filipino Businessman

“We want to uplift the culture of Filipino – our respect to our elders, how we pray before we eat and sleep.  These are things the younger generations tend to forget because of our exposure to other cultures.”  Coco Martin, Filipino Actor

“I remember as a little boy I ate one meal a day and sometimes slept in the street.  I will never forget that and it inspires me to fight hard, stay strong and remember all the people of my country, trying to achieve better for themselves.”  Manny Pacquiao, Filipino Athlete

“No Notes. You speak from deep in your heart. It’s easy” Manny Pacquiao

I picked the last few because they are from people that have lived, born or from the Philippines.  I did this for my son, Daxston, since he is Filipino.   I hope some of these quotes move you like they have me.  I find somethings simply suggest powerful movements of realization.  Quotes are a snapshot into the brain of someone else, enjoy the journey. 

PS, Shari’s favorite quote “I can’t concentrate in flats” Victoria Beckham