Quotes by Filipino authors


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"I want ordinary people to enjoy a decent standard of living, with ever increasing security, comfort and joy"
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"I want justice to be so pervasive that it will be taken for granted, just as injustice is taken for granted today"
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"I sow; my successor reaps. This is the majesty of democracy"
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"While there's been much progress on terrorism, there's still much work to do and it is very important that the countries work together in order to address this threat together"
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"Now I ask you to make your sacrifice. Take a gamble. I took the plunge and I'm glad of it"
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"It is simply the truth that the political system that I am part of has degenerated to the point that it needs fundamental change"
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"The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better"
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"In the time one is given, the steward must make the most of the talents one is given by the Lord"
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"We have the hardest working people in the world, the most adaptable and the most congenial to employ"
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"I have sat at the sumptuous tables of power, but I have not run away with the silverware"
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"It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice"
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"While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty"
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"He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination"
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"He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish"
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"The youth is the hope of our future"
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"There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves"
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"I love writing dialogue, and I think a lot of my writing is visual and very cinematic"
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"Everything matters. Time is precious"
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"We didn't have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child"
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"I don't believe in sampling some Tibetan music just to make it sound groovy, but you do your homework, you understand what you're doing with it"
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"There were also horror shows on the radio. Very terrifying and thrilling to me as a kid. They had all these creepy sound effects. They would come on at ten o'clock at night, and I just would scare myself to death"
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"Music is very influential to my writing, as are theater and film"
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"But I think there's a genuine joy, too, a sense that no matter what, even if my stomach's growling, I'm going to dance. That's what I want to leave people with at the end of the play. After all this, people still know how to live"
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"I don't know what issues concerning identity have helped contemporary fiction evolve to what it is now. All I know is that the range of voices that are being heard and published is a lot more diverse than when I was coming up"
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"I also identify as a Latin person, a person who has Latin blood"
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"Hybridity keeps me from being rigid about most things. It has taught me to appreciate the contradictions in the world and in my life. I scavenge from the best"
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"I'm preparing for a multimedia theater piece, Airport Music, that's coming up in New York City"
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"Growing up in the Philippines, I loved all kinds of movies. We had a very healthy film industry there when I was a child. It's now gotten very limited. They only make action movies and hard-core exploitation movies. Women get raped; men get shot"
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"Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher, stronger writer"