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***NEW*** 12/01/02
"BUild upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves."
---Joyce C. Lock

***NEW*** 12/01/02
"When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out."
---David Weatherford

***NEW*** 12/01/02
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
---Mary Pickford

09/06/02
"The difference between holding on to a hurt or releasing it with forgiveness is like the difference between laying your head down at night on a pillow filled with thorns or a pillow filled with rose petals."
---Loren Fischer

09/06/02
"It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had."
---Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

09/06/02
"Sometimes you cannot believe what you see. You have to believe what you feel."
---Morrie Schwartz

09/06/02
"Don't look down on anyone unless you are helping them up."
---Jesse Jackson

09/06/02
"It's faith that really takes the courage. The belief in things unseen."
---The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

07/12/02
"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."
---Douglas Everett

07/12/02
"You can't win the raffle if you don't buy the ticket."
---Ally McBeal

07/12/02
"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it."
---Morrie Schwartz

07/12/02
"It's not where you're from; it's where you're going. It's not what you drive; it's what drives you. It's not what's on you; it's what's in you. It's not what you think; it's what you know."
---Gatorade commercial

07/12/02
"Things will happen in your life that you can't stop, but that's no reason to shut out the world. There's a purpose for the good and for the bad."
---"Crazy Pete" Sims (Walter Sparrow), Now and Then

06/02/02
"Forgiveness means letting go of a hurtful situation and moving on with your own happiness."
---Amanda Ford

06/02/02
"If you can't laugh, the days are just too long."
---Lauren Anderson

06/02/02
"Do not think of your fault; still less of others' faults. Look for what is good and strong and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes."
---John Ruskin

06/02/02
"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?"
---Fanny Brice

03/09/02
"Courage is about doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."
---Eddie Rickenbacker

03/09/02
"One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go."
---Sheila Murray Bethel

03/09/02
"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare composed poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"
---Martin Luther King, Jr.

11/30/01
"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."
---Michael J. Fox

11/30/01
"We'll see things today we shouldn't have to see, but listen up, we'll do it together. We'll be together, and we'll all come back together."
---anonymous fire lieutenant

11/30/01
"The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on."
---Julia Alvarez

11/30/01
"No one will ever see me quit, because I simply won't. If I start something, I will finish it and do it well."
---Steve Belmarsh

11/30/01
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
---Dr. Seuss

10/31/01
"Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do."
---Pope John XXIII

10/31/01
"For every person who doubts you, tell you you will fail, try twice as hard to prove them wrong."
---Unknown

08/31/01
"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you."
---Heidi Johnson

07/31/01
"Having a role model in life is a great thing to have; one who provides us with direction and inspiration. However, we will forever be restricted by that person's limitations if we live within their boundaries. Be influenced, but set your own standards and develop your own principals, if you are ever to live beyond someone else's dreams."
---Jason Shahan

07/31/01
"Aim not for what you are, but for what you could be."
---Lucas Hellmer

06/29/01
"A man's word and his intestinal fortitude are two of the most honorable virtues known to mankind."
---Jim Nantz

06/29/01
"Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish."
---Cecile Springer

06/29/01
"I just try to be the best I can be and hope that is the best ever."
---Tiger Woods

06/29/01
"It takes chances to make changes."
---Danielle Ballentine

06/29/01
"Appreciate every moment of every day because in retrospect they will all have gone by too fast."
---M. Buchwald

06/29/01
"Over time, people have hidden the gift of life which broadens our horizon: hope."
---Nadine Vieira-Rosario

06/29/01
"The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society."
---Jack Kemp

06/29/01
"Excellence--moral, ethical, personal excellence--is worth whatever it costs."
---Charles Swindoll

05/31/01
"Don't only help yourself in life, but try to help those truly in need, because you'll never know when you'll need the same support."
---Rachel Protzman

05/31/01
"Excellence is the result of habitual integrity."
---Lenny Bennett

05/31/01
"Follow your heart. It's the only right way out of darkness."
---Allison Milana

05/31/01
"It is your attitude at the beginning of a task that determines success or failure."
---Corrine Clewlow

04/30/01
"There are some things in life that you are not meant to be. Don't waste your time and tears trying to be them. Reach for the things you are meant to be, and you will reach your destiny."
---Sarah Normile

04/30/01
"I have learned that life may not always be easy, but it's always worth living."
---Melanie Race

04/30/01
"Dreams take time, patience, sustained effort, a willingness to fail, if they are ever to be anything more than dreams."
---Bryan Linkoski

04/30/01
"If you must trust anyone in life, let it be yourself."
---Renee Leaf

03/30/01
"If the dream is big enough, the facts don't count."
---Dexter Yeger

03/30/01
"Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy."
---Unknown

03/30/01
"If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"
---Jeffrey Mayer

03/30/01
"Live only for today, for tomorrow may never come."
---Unknown

03/30/01
"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."
---Ray Bradbury

03/30/01
"Better a Has-been than a Never-was. But better a Never-was than a Never-tried-to-be."
---Unknown

03/30/01
"It matters not the number of years in your life. It is the life in your years."
---Abraham Lincoln

02/28/01
"If you have integrity, nothing else matters."
---Alan Simpson

01/30/01
"One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about."
---Tiger Woods

01/30/01
"We are reminded how short life really is, and how we are just passing through. So, all the people you haven't told you love lately, tell them, and live your days like you mean it."
---Hal Sutton

01/30/01
"Don't let the low times keep you down. Learn from them and reach for the high times."
---David Wiemers

12/31/00
"Life should be enjoyable; too often we think it's about achievement. The truth is that making life enjoyable is an achievement in itself."
---Unknown

12/31/00
"Strive for integrity--that means knowing your values in life and behaving in a way that is consistent with these values."
---Unknown

12/31/00
"Don't wait until people are dead to give them flowers."
---Sean Covey

12/31/00
"Don't let your pride or a lack of courage stand in the way of saying you're sorry to people you may have offended."
---Sean Covey

12/31/00
"When it comes down to dying, I want to know what it is like to have really lived."
---Lou Whittaker

12/31/00
"Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against."
---Bruce Lee

12/31/00
"The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth--all that is illusion. All that endures is character."
---O.J. Simpson

11/30/00
"Being committed to some goal in your life-a sense of having a mission, a purpose, even a calling-is a very motivating, very comforting thing. Some people's mission steps up to greet them, others have to hunt theirs down."
---Unknown

11/30/00
"Be open to discoveries. Don't have too fixed a notion of the path, but rather have some idea of the kind of things that most appeal to you."
---Unknown

11/30/00
"Dream big, and dare to fail."
---Colonel Norman Vaughan

11/30/00
"One of the few things that can't be recycled is wasted time."
---Sean Covey

11/30/00
"Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"
---Martin Luther King, Jr.

11/30/00
"You've got to fight against the urge to try to say and do what other people want of you. That's not how you earn their respect. They will most respect you for thinking and doing what they didn't think or what they didn't dare."
---Unknown

10/31/00
"The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now."
---Bill Cosby

10/31/00
"As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given."
---Mary Lou Retton

10/31/00
"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
---Jesse Owens

10/31/00
"I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process."
---Diane Nyad

10/31/00
"The most important factor for motivation is goal setting. You should always have a goal."
---Francie Larrieu Smith

10/31/00
"It's important to have a plan, a big picture. You can deviate from it or change it completely, but it gives you something to work for."
---Shannon Miller

10/03/00
"So one thing I want to say about life is don't be scared and don't hang back, and most of all, don't waste it."
---A Gathering of Days by Joan Blos

10/03/00
"The odds are very good that worrying is a waste of time. And besides, worrying won't change what happens anyway, will it?"
---A Whisper in the Night by Judie Angell

10/03/00
"We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here."
---Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

10/03/00
"Nobody will think you're somebody if you don't think so yourself."
---African-American proverb

10/03/00
"There is nothing that cannot be achieved by firm imagination."
---Japanese proverb

10/03/00
"Never think life is not worth living or that you cannot make a difference. Never give up."
---Marcia Wright-Edelman

08/31/00
"If you're lucky, you won't believe in luck."
---Nick Rodelo

08/31/00
"Live like there is no tomorrow, and live tomorrow like there was no yesterday."
---Lindsay Matheus

08/31/00
"Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains."
---Marvin Ashton

08/31/00
"Whenever you feel that something as simple as a smile or a kind act will go unnoticed, do it anyway. You never know how much it might change someone else's life."
---Erin Bishop

08/31/00
"Square your shoulders to the world, be not the kind to quit; It's not the load that weighs you down but the way you carry it."
---Unknown

08/31/00
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
---Albert Pike

08/31/00
"We all find peace if we forgive."
---Danielle Rosenblatt

07/20/00
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased."
---Marcus Porcius Cato

07/20/00
"Accept everything about yourself. I mean everything. You are you, and that is the beginning and the end; No apologies, no regrets."
---Clark Montanas

07/20/00
"Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were."
---Cherie Carter-Scott

07/20/00
"An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart."
---David Augsburger

06/28/00
"If you believe in yourself, things are possible."
---Shannon Macmillan

06/28/00
"When you feel like nothing is there but pain and hurt and great despair, that is when we know we need to not give up, whatever it is we're going through."
---Unknown

06/28/00
"After I'm dead, I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one."
---Marcus Porcius Cato

05/28/00
"Being gentle means forgiving yourself when you mess up. We should learn from our mistakes, but we shouldn't beat the tar out of ourselves over them. The past is just that, past. Learn what went wrong and why. Make amends if you need to. Then drop it and move on.
---Sean Covey

05/28/00
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
---Mark Twain

03/29/00
"The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time."
---Tom Hanks

03/29/00
"The biggest mistake you can make is continually fearing you will make one."
---Unknown

01/30/00
"A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones."
---Proverbs 17: 22

01/30/00
"Search near and far for your dreams for they may drop right in front of you without you fully realizing...then they disappear and are lost forever...recognize and embrace your dream and enjoy living the dream...make your dreams reality."
---Unknown

01/30/00
"If you believe in your heart that you are right, you must fight with all your might to do it your way."
---Linda Ellerbee

01/30/00
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
---Confucius

12/29/99
"If I were asked to give what I consider the most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'"
---Ann Landers

12/29/99
"The more effort you put into something, the more you get in return."
---Dwight Rivera

12/29/99
"A true hero does what needs to be done and needs no other reason."
---Unknown

11/28/99
"Find your self-esteem and be forever free to dream."
---Shania Twain, "Black Eyes, Blue Tears"

11/28/99
"God has put something noble and good into every heart his hand has created. So while living on earth we must always remember to learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow because time will only show what has mattered throughout our journey."
---Melanie Klein

11/28/99
"The most important time in life is the present."
---Ahsan

11/28/99
"Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up."
---Proverbs 12: 15

10/24/99
"Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it."
---Unknown

10/24/99
"We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else's idea of life."
---James Van Praagh

09/26/99
"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its outcome."
---William James

09/26/99
"None of us knows how much time we have left on this earth. So why not grab each day as it comes, make the most of it, explore it to the fullest, enjoy all its delights and treasures."
---Orville Kelly

08/05/99
"The impossible is often untried."
---Unknown

08/05/99
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
---Abraham Lincoln

07/15/99
"People whine, 'I haven't succeeded because I haven't had the breaks.' You create your own breaks."
---Chuck Norris

06/24/99
"If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can't just sit back and hope it will happen. You've got to make it happen."
---Chuck Norris

06/24/99
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
---Matthew 6: 27

05/30/99
"The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it's something you allow."
---Will Garcia

05/30/99
"We win many of life's rewards by learning how to hang in there and work till the very end."
---Unknown

05/30/99
"The higher we reach, the longer and harder we have to try."
---Unknown

05/17/99
"Nothing feels quite as exhilarating as meeting a challenge."
---Dr. Yosiya Niyo

05/17/99
"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
---Joseph Addison

05/17/99
"Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself."
---Robert Collier

04/24/99
"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible."
---Cadet maxim, West Point, New York

04/24/99
"Open your mind and your heart to the voices of your Angels...and to the good things in life that are waiting for you."
---Unknown

04/24/99
"The sense of achievement and joy after overcoming the impossibles are the most treasured and fulfilling ones. So, never bow down to obstacles, conquer them and enjoy the fruit of your courage."
---Tan Zhixian

04/02/99
"Know the true value of time: snatch, seize, and enjoy every minute of it."
---Unknown

04/02/99
"Never stop doing your best just because one person doesn't give you credit."
---Beth

04/02/99
"Being willing to suffer often brings great rewards."
---Mary (Jessica Biel), 7th Heaven

03/19/99
"Most of the important things in the world have been achieved by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
---Dale Carnegie

03/19/99
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

03/19/99
"Anything unattempted remains impossible."
---Unknown

02/26/99
"Never waste the chance to say 'I love you' because this chance might never come again."
---Unknown

02/26/99
"I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work."
---Harry Truman

02/26/99
"You are a superhero to someone. So act like one. Someone is watching."
---GNC commercial

02/10/99
"If we wait to foil a bank robbery or rescue someone tied on the railroad tracks we will never be a hero. We probably won't even come across a cat stuck in a tree. As long as we sit at the bus stop waiting for our great moment we will miss our real chance at the heroic: the infinite number of tiny daily acts inspired by the great. Our actions may seem insignificant, but their results will grow and multiply."
---Timberland boots

02/10/99
"You don't have to be a famous person just to make your mark."
---No Doubt, "Different People"

01/28/99
"I want you to know, everyone's got to face down the demons, maybe today. We can put the past away."
---Third Eye Blind, "Jumper"

01/28/99
"Lord knows dreams are hard to follow, but don't let anyone tear them away."
---Mariah Carey, "Hero"

01/20/99
"You don't know what you have 'til your everything is gone. You need someone to show you how to live again."
---Blessid Union of Souls, "I Wanna Be There"

01/20/99
"Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but ain't no man got to be common."
---Satchel Paige

01/09/99
"I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else."
---Arthur Ashe

01/09/99
"All motivation is self-motivation. Your family, your boss, or your co-workers can try to get your engine going, but until you decide what to accomplish, nothing will happen."
---Seth Godin

"Make yourself a blessing to someone. Your kind smile or pat on the back just might pull someone back from the edge."
---Carmelia Elliot

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink."
---Romans 12:20

"It doesn't take strength to hold a grudge; it takes strength to let go of one."
---Jesse (John Stamos), Full House

"Somewhere along the line you have to trust someone. You've just got to be clever enough to pick someone who's smart and wholesome and worthy--and then just listen to what they say."
---Dave Joyner

"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
---Unknown

"Shoot for the stars. You may not get the stars--but you may get the moon."
---Carlton Young

"For all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: 'It might have been.'"
---John Greenleaf Whittier

"Nobody gets to pick their time to die, but living every day to the max is something we all get to do."
---No Time to Cry by Lurlene McDaniel

"A successful life doesn't require that we've done the best, but that we've done our best."
---H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."
---William Penn

"If you love the life you live, you will live a life of love."
---Unknown

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."
---Unknown

"All children wear the sign: 'I want to be important NOW.' Many of our juvenile delinquency problems arise because nobody reads the sign."
---Dan Pursuit

"An open mind opens doors."
---Unknown

"Above all else, never think you're not good enough."
---Anthony Trollope

"Do what you will, always."
---Dave Matthews Band

"Think happy thoughts and you can fly."
---Peter Pan

"Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible."
---Unknown

"I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail."
---Muriel Strade

"At the close of life the question will be not how much have you got, but how much have you given; not how much have you won, but how much have you done; not how much have you saved, but how much have you sacrificed; how much have you loved and served, not how much were you honored."
---Nathan C. Schaeffer

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
---Robert F. Kennedy

"I would rather make my name than inherit it."
---W.M. Thackeray

"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know who his grandson will be."
---Abraham Lincoln

"You have to dance like no one is watching, and love like it's never gonna hurt."
---Unknown

"Do not miss the purpose of this life, and do not wait for circumstance to mold or change you fate."
---Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn."
---Unknown

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
---Henry David Thoreau

"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do!"
---Walter Bagehot

"You can sit around and wait for the good things to happen to you, or you can go out and make them happen."
---Unknown

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
---Taylor Benson

"Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst thing is not to try."
---Unknown

"Failure is the path of least persistence."
---Unknown

"Patience is counting down without blasting off."
---Unknown

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
---Will Rogers

"We must conquer war or war will conquer us."
---Ely Culbertson

"It's better to be known by six people for something you're proud of than to be known by sixty million for something you're not."
---Albert Brooks

"Recovering from failure is often easier than building from success."
---Michael Eisner

"The life you have led doesn't need to be the only life you have."
---Carol Clurman

"Live your life so that if someone says 'Be yourself' it's good advice."
---Robert Orben

"There are no speed limits on the road to excellence."
---David Johnson

"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are."
---Tobias Wolff

"Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling, enduring, and accomplishing."
---George Sheehan

"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot."
---Clarence Thomas

"There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by."
---Annie Dillard

"Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up."
---Dave Weinbaum

"The virtue of achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat."
---A.J. Cronin

"Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows."
---Michael Landon

"We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life."
---William Osler

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
---Unknown

"It may be that those who do most, dream most."
---Stephen Leacock

"Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be."
---Jimmy Johnson

"The world is blessed most by men who do things, not by those who merely talk about them."
---James Oliver

"I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
---Goethe

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
---J.M. Power

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."
---W. Somerset Maugham

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting."
---William Arthur Ward

"Go the extra mile. It's never crowded."
---Executive Speechwriter Newsletter

"When a man's willing and eager, the gods join in."
---Aeschylus

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
---James Baldwin

"Every problem is just an opportunity waiting to be made use of."
---Unknown

"I've been trying to find the word that says what I need to be in life. 'Brave' is the only word. It's the only thing that I ask myself to be."
---Sandra Bullock


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