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***NEW*** 12/01/02
"It doesn't matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it's important to realize that whatever you're doing, it's your first attempt at it."
---Wally Amos

***NEW*** 12/01/02
"The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."
---Ivy Baker

***NEW*** 12/01/02
"Time is an ethereal and sometimes cruel goddess. In her relentless passing, she steals away our youth and vitality, often in ways that seem insignificant until we finally realize how much she has taken. Still, she is also a generous deity, who offers to replace what she has seized with a deeper wisdom and a clearer vision of life's enigmas. In this sense, time can be our most powerful ally--if we are patient enough."
---Michael Kelleher

***NEW*** 12/01/02
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending."
---Carl Bard

09/06/02
"Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter."
---Bono

09/06/02
"Optimism is a cheerful frame of mind that enables a tea kettle to sing though it's in hot water up to its nose."
---Unknown

09/06/02
"It is not intelligence alone that brings success, but also the drive to succeed, the commitment to work hard, and the courage to believe in yourself. Know that your dreams must come from your heart's deepest desires. Only then will the barriers come down before you. To know your heart, you must know yourself. You are who you decide to be, not who other people decide for you to be. Be noble. Stand on the higher ground. Create your life and then go out and live it."
---Unknown

09/06/02
"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."
---John Ruskin

07/12/02
"Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart."
---Angela Chase (Claire Danes), My So-Called Life

07/12/02
"Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you."
---Maori Proverb

07/12/02
"If you want it and you dream about it...there's nothing that's going to stop you."
---Chris Witty

07/12/02
"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."
---Oprah Winfrey

06/02/02
"Resolve to be thyself; and know that he who finds himself loses his misery."
---Matthew Arnold

06/02/02
"Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement, and we will make the goal."
---Jerome Fleishman

06/02/02
"Keep in mind that part of growing up is learning how to deal with difficult issues, and the benefits can be great if you have the courage to ask for help. Human beings are not designed to go through life alone. No one has to bear the burden of the tough times all by themselves."
---Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger

06/02/02
"If you want then start to laugh. If you must then start to cry. Be yourself. Don't hide. Just believe in destiny."
---Enigma, "The Return to Innocence"

03/09/02
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which those who dream only by night may miss."
---Edgar Allan Poe

03/09/02
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and conveniences, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
---Martin Luther King, Jr.

03/09/02
"All things change but truth, and that truth alone lives on forever."
---The Lone Ranger

03/09/02
"To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life."
---Pablo Neruda

03/09/02
"There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning."
---Louis L'Amour

11/30/01
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all."
---Emily Dickenson

11/30/01
"Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end."
---George Bush

11/30/01
"Dreams are what makes life tolerable."
---"Rudy"

11/30/01
"If you eat a live toad first thing in the morning, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day."
---Unknown

08/31/01
"Once I dropped a tear in the ocean. When I find it is when I'll stop loving you."
---Unknown

08/31/01
"To me, there are three things we should all do every day. Number 1 is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number 2 is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number 3 is you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that's a full day, that's a heck of a day."
---Jim Valvano, as his body was being ravaged by cancer

07/31/01
"Children love to be alone because alone is where they know themselves, and where they dream."
---Roger Rosenblatt

07/31/01
"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
---Sarah Williams

06/29/01
"The less we look with our eyes, the more we will see with our hearts."
---Lyndsey Albrecht

06/29/01
"I have never regretted falling in love with anyone. I have lived and learned from everyone I know, and loved. I would not change a thing."
---Nancy Williams

06/29/01
"To dream, big beautiful dreams, is to realize the dawn of our limitless horizons beaming within the depths of our eternal souls to the heights of our infinite spirit."
---Song Park

06/29/01
"Though our memories of today will soon be yesterdays, they will forever live in our tomorrows."
---Isabel Urbano

06/29/01
"Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men. Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow stong or weak; and at last some crisis shows what we have become."
---Brooke Foss Westcott

06/29/01
"All of us have at least one great voice deep inside. People are products of their environment. A lucky few are born into situations in which positive messages abound. Others grow up hearing messages of fear and failure, which they must block out so the positive can be heard. But the positive and courageous voice will always emerge, somewhere, sometime, for all of us. Listen for it, and your breakthroughs will come."
---Pat Riley

06/29/01
"Somewhere there is someone who dreams of your smile, who finds in your presence that life is worthwhile. So when you are lonely, remember it's true, that somebody somewhere is thinking of you."
---Unknown

05/31/01
"Look at everything as if you were seeing it either for the first or the last time. Then your time on Earth will be filled with glory."
---Unknown

05/31/01
"Each day I wake up not having a respirator breathing for me I feel very lucky. Someone is always worse off than you."
---Brenda Good

05/31/01
"On the road to life there are many paths... some twist, some turn, some dip, some curve. As long as you keep your focus, your destination is obtainable."
---Brenda Good

04/30/01
"If you look closely enough, amid the merciless and the bitter, there is always the chance that you may find comfort and the promise of something good."
---Bob Greene

04/30/01
"There is always more knowledge to learn, always more experiences to experience, always more tears to shed, and more coughs to cough. There is always more life to live."
---Erin Leigh Walder

03/30/01
"I love living. I have some problems with my life, but living is the best thing they've come up with so far."
---Neil Simon

03/30/01
"The most intense joy lies not in the having but in the desire. The delight that never fades, the bliss that is eternal, is only yours when what you most desire is just out of reach."
---Shadowlands

03/30/01
"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible."
---Doug Larson

02/28/01
"I'm scared today, but when comes tomorrow, my heart will not know sorrow. I will not know fear, and cry no tears, tomorrow I am stronger."
---Jennifer Hiykel

02/28/01
"There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined."
---"The Hours" by Michael Cunningham

02/28/01
"Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle."
---Marilyn Monroe

01/30/01
"Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it."
---Lucy Maud Montgomery

01/30/01
"Faith sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible."
---Unknown

01/30/01
"I'm not beautiful like you. I'm beautiful like me."
---Joy Drop, "Beautiful"

01/30/01
"To dream anything you want to--
That is the beauty of the human mind.
To do anything you want to--
That is the strength of the human will.
To trust yourself, to test the limits--
That is the courage to succeed."
---Lindsey Smith


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