December 29, 2000
    "Focus on all good aspects of life.
    For each moment in which you are negative,
    Your life is wasted."
    Copyright © 2000 Brittney Lynne Allen
    December 29, 2000
    "Listen to the mustn'ts child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn't haves, the impossibles, the wont's. Listen to the never have's, then listen close to me. Anything can happen child. Anything can be."
    Shel Silverstein --- Submitted by C.J., Age 16 --- Maryland
    December 29, 2000
    "We cannot control our beginning or our end,
    But we can control our in between."
    Copyright © 2000 Jackie Larsen
    December 29, 2000
    "Success in not a gift, it is something to be achieved."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Giselle A., Age 14 --- New Jersey
    December 29, 2000
    "Being able to accept yourself and all the stuff happening around you:
    That's almost half the battle won in life."
    Copyright © 2000 Tan Ying Lin
    December 29, 2000
    "Trust is something to be earned, not given away."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lindsay A., Age 15 --- New York
    December 29, 2000
    "Just be you,and you shall will never regret!"
    Tait Akapito --- Submitted by Fetepun Seni F., Age 18 --- Chuuk.FSM, Micronesia
    December 29, 2000
    "There are stories that you can tell from your life and know that they hurt then and know that they still hurt now. It's good to have memories and never forget those stories, but stop telling stories that make you hurt, tell the ones that make you smile!"
    Copyright © 2000 Theresa Repko
    December 29, 2000
    "The strongest muscle needed to be an athlete is your HEART."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Brandy H., Age 17 --- Louisiana
    December 29, 2000
    "If you don't know me, don't judge me."
    Tupac Shakur --- Submitted by Alexa V., Age 13 --- California
    December 27, 2000
    Guardian Angel

    What is the name of your Angel?
    The one beside you there.
    Oh yes, you have a guardian angel.
    One that will always care.

    You may not think it's true,
    Because of what you've done to some,
    Or what they have done to you.

    You say that you're not special,
    Or you've been through too much.
    To believe you've had a guardian
    Is going to be tough.

    But your angel will always be there
    Helping to get by.
    And believe me when I say to you,
    One day you'll learn to fly.

    Because when it's time to fall in love
    She will show you what to do.
    So now you know how, to get through the hurt and the pain.
    Can you please tell me your Angel's name?
    Copyright © 2000 Consuela Dotson
    December 27, 2000
    "The greatest happiness that you can have
    Is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness."
    William Saroyan --- Submitted by Crystal B., Age 15 --- Missouri
    December 27, 2000
    "It takes years to build trust in someone and only seconds to break it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Stephanie F., Age 16 --- Florida
    December 27, 2000
    "Live in the reality of today, not of the past.
    For today is a gift and the past is a memory.
    So live your life to the fullest --- TODAY!"
    Copyright © 2000 Kristi Carter
    December 27, 2000
    "Life is easy looking to the future, we get somewhere faster than the past. We can't change our past from our mistakes, but we can prevent from making the same mistakes from the past. By improving our attitudes toward life, making life less stressful, and our future will be better for us. Our future is more important than our past and we need to realize our past is gone and future is here. We can keep on trying go back to the past but, it is hard to go back. Also we need to accept our mistakes and just carry the mistakes behind our mind. We need to move on to our life and realize mistakes are mistakes."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tara H., Age 18 --- Ohio
    December 27, 2000
    "If I try to be like him, who will be like me?"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by C.R., Age 18 --- Florida
    December 27, 2000
    "If you do not live for the betterment of yourself,
    Live for the betterment of those who value life more."
    Copyright © 2000 Dylan Jordan
    December 27, 2000
    "If you're living a bad life, life is nothing but a dead end road.
    But you can always learn from your failures
    And get going somewhere again."
    Copyright © 2000 Brent McCracken
    December 27, 2000
    "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
    If you can dream it, you can become it."
    William Arthur Ward --- Submitted by Carol R., Age 15 --- Texas
    December 22, 2000
    "We say that we cannot predict our final hour,
    But we think that hour is years away.
    We don't always realize that each afternoon is so certain,
    And has every hour filled in advance."
    Amie B., Age 15 --- Pennsylvania
    December 22, 2000
    "We judge ourselves by our motives, and others by their actions."
    Dwight Morrow --- Submitted by Carol R., Age 15 --- Texas
    December 22, 2000
    "I may be silent,
    But I am thinking.
    I may not talk,
    But don't mistake me for a wall."
    Tsuboi Shigeji --- Submitted by Rhae L., Age 16 --- Georgia
    December 22, 2000
    "There are no limits as to what you can do.
    The only limits you have are the ones that lie in your head."
    Lester Levenson --- Submitted by Will L., Age 18 --- United Kingdom
    December 22, 2000
    "Excuses pave the road to failure."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Celly H., Age 14 --- Illinois
    December 22, 2000
    "God helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tyler M., Age 16 --- New Jersey
    December 22, 2000
    "When you are determined you will succeed.
    When you are distracted you might succeed.
    What is the point?
    Copyright © 2000 Amber Rakush
    December 22, 2000
    Copyright © 2000 Bre Coffey
    December 22, 2000
    "Would you rather lie on your deathbed knowing you have tried and failed, than to regret not having tried at all? Time and tide waits for no man, you never know when you are going to die. So, if you have any dreams, do not have any doubts, and go for it now!"
    Copyright © 2000 Tay Xiaohan
    December 22, 2000
    "From time to time I will get back to the shadow I have left behind. Not to be like that black thing again... but to remind myself that I have to change and keep moving."
    Copyright © 2000 Stephanie G. Lim
    December 20, 2000
    "Real beauty is having the courage to be yourself."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tina S., Age 16 --- Minnesota
    December 20, 2000
    "They say that if you fly too close to the sun, you will fall back to the earth, but that's only with glued on wings. Grow your own, and you can keep on flying."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Cindy A., Age 16 --- Virginia
    December 20, 2000
    "We all come to a point in our lives where we must move on
    And it may be a tough thing to do.
    But in the long run, it will all work out for the best."
    Ashley J., Age 16 --- Alabama
    December 20, 2000
    "Don't be in a bad mood just because somebody ticked you off. You never know when God is going to take you from your loved ones, so just believe in your dreams and live life to the fullest!!"
    Copyright © 2000 Amanda Hayes
    December 20, 2000
    "Pride does not speak of what she has,
    She observes what she sees."
    Copyright © 2000 Latossha M.Joseph
    December 20, 2000
    "The road less traveled is the one most fear,
    But is the one the successful choose to take."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Derrick F., Age 17 --- California
    December 20, 2000
    "Life is short, enjoy every moment of it before it's too late."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Emilie G., Age 12 --- Ontario, Canada
    December 20, 2000

    Believe in yourself, what you think, what you feel.
    Believe in the truth, in the good, the ideal.
    Believe that your dreams can someday become real.
    Forever and always,

    Believe in yourself and what you can do.
    Believe in the goals that you strive to pursue.
    Believe in the friends who believe in you too.
    Forever and always,
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sarah S., Age 15 --- Iowa
    December 20, 2000
    "No excuses.
    Find a way."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Zach T., Age 15 --- Hawaii
    December 20, 2000
    "Life should not be measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that simply take your breath away."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mark A., Age 16 --- Florida
    December 18, 2000
    "When one God dwells in all living beings,
    Then why do you hate others?
    Why do you frown at others?
    Why do you become indignant towards others?
    Why do you use harsh words?
    Why do you try to rule and domineer over others?
    Why do you exploit folly?
    Is this not sheer ignorance?
    Get wisdom and rest in peace."
    Sivananda --- Submitted by Taylor A., Age 16 --- Massachusetts
    December 18, 2000
    "The best glimpse of heaven if often the way into hell.
    Live out loud and outside."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Aaron S., Age 15 --- Nevada
    December 18, 2000
    "A lot of things will hurt if you let them, don't let them."
    Theoren Fleury --- Submitted by James C., Age 16 --- Ontario, Canada
    December 18, 2000
    "Bridges are over some rivers that aren't really there."
    Gene Brown --- Submitted by Mackenzie S., Age 15 --- Texas
    December 18, 2000
    "The unexpected always happens and often does."
    Winston Churchill --- Submitted by Tan Ying L., Age 15 --- Singapore
    December 18, 2000
    "When you think you can't,
    Just pretend like you can,
    And do it anyways!"
    J.S., Age 17 --- Idaho
    December 18, 2000
    "Your best revenge is personal success!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Talia G., Age 18 --- Vermont
    December 18, 2000
    "There's no right or wrong, only many shades of opinion."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Katie M., Age 16 --- Ohio
    December 18, 2000
    "In a life surrounded by pain and darkness,
    There is always that one light that will guide you through it!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Joe J., Age 17 --- Illinois
    December 18, 2000
    "Keep sight of your dreams because right behind the highest star,
    You will find them."
    Copyright © 2000 Kimberly McKelvy
    December 15, 2000
    "Talent is overrated.
    Hard work achieves success."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.O., Age 17 --- New York
    December 15, 2000
    "Your focus determines your reality!"
    From Star Wars Episode One --- Submitted by Dee T., Age 16 --- Alberta, Canada
    December 15, 2000
    "Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
    It is because we are different that each of us is special.
    Don't set your goals by what other people deem important.
    Only you know what is best for you.

    Don't let your life slip through your fingers
    By living in the past or for the future.
    By living your life one day at a time,
    You live ALL the days of your life.

    Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
    Don't run through life so fast that you forget
    Not only where you have already been,
    But also where you are going."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Amy B., Age 16 --- New Hampshire
    December 15, 2000
    "Don't overlook the people you think will always be there,
    For those are the ones you'll miss the most when they're gone."
    Amy G., Age 17 --- Connecticut
    December 15, 2000
    "You only live once.......need I say more?"
    Copyright © 2000 Brian Titaro
    December 15, 2000
    "Never, Never, Never Quit!"
    Winston Churchill --- Submitted by N.P., Age 15 --- Ohio
    --- Submitted by J.P., Age 17 --- California (In loving memory of Anthony Sanchez)

    December 15, 2000
    "Uniqueness is the key to life."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jessica B., Age 14 --- Kentucky
    December 15, 2000
    "If you just found out that there is no tomorrow,
    What would you do different today?
    Live by this question every day of your life."
    Copyright © 2000 Ryan Ernst
    December 15, 2000
    "It's better to lose your pride with someone you love
    Rather than lose that someone you love with your useless pride."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Xiaohan Z., Age 15 --- Singapore
    December 15, 2000
    "Life is an endless journey!
    Follow your own yellow brick road and you will succeed!"
    Copyright © 2000 Mugunthan Sivapalan
    December 13, 2000
    "If you're afraid to go somewhere,
    Because you're afraid of what you'll have to face,
    Then you're going to be afraid of everything, eventually."
    Copyright © 2000 Andrea Fischlowitz
    December 13, 2000
    "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory."
    Copyright © 2000 Diana Emerson
    December 13, 2000
    "Taking risks, opportunities, and reaching for your dreams
    Are all combinations to open the locker to success, in the long run."
    Copyright © 2000 Carolyn Carriere
    December 13, 2000
    "Don't listen to what they are saying,
    Listen to why they are saying it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by M.U., Age 12 --- Nova Scotia, Canada
    December 13, 2000
    "Regret is one of the most useless feelings.
    Don't dwell on what was, but endure and venture on toward what will be."
    Christen B., Age 16 --- Indiana
    December 13, 2000
    "At times you have to give up the battle you are currently fighting
    To prepare for the next one."
    Amy G., Age 16 --- New Hampshire
    December 13, 2000
    "Happiness is a Swedish Sunset; it is there for all,
    But most of us look the other way and lose it."
    Mark Twain --- Submitted by Julie M., Age 15 --- Michigan
    December 13, 2000
    "Live life.
    Give thanks.
    Love will conquer all!"
    Copyright © 2000 Ramsay Taplin
    December 13, 2000
    "Whenever in doubt, visualize and conquer!"
    Copyright © 2000 Melanie Saint
    December 13, 2000
    You're never too busy to listen;
    Never to hurried to care.
    You're always so eager,
    To offer your help;
    Always so willing to share.

    When there's someone beside you,
    Lending a hand,
    Offering words that say
    "I understand",
    It's usually the truest of friends.

    When there's someone you turn to day after day,
    For the sunshine and laughter,
    That they bring your way,
    It's usually the warmest of friends.

    And when someone takes time,
    To share a warm smile,
    Reminisce about things
    And chat for a while,
    It's usually the dearest of friends.
    Lisa S., Age 18 --- Pennsylvania (Thank you Kara)
    December 13, 2000
    "I learned this in high school that it doesn't matter what other people think of you because you know who you are and you're the only one that matters. And sooner or later we will be in circumstances where people will realize that acting the way you do because of what others say is dumb. Sooner or later someone will like us for being us."
    Nolan Harper --- Submitted by Nathanael S., Age 18 --- Utah
    December 11, 2000
    "Be original... losers love company."
    M. P., Age 16 --- New York
    December 11, 2000
    "Don't do things just to please other people,
    Because at the end of the day,
    It won't be them staring back at you in the mirror."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chella L., Age 13 --- Michigan
    December 11, 2000
    "If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live?"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Valerie M., Age 16 --- Nevada
    December 11, 2000
    "Courage isn't the absence of fear,
    It's what is done in the presence of fear."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Bryan T., Age 18 --- Ontario, Canada
    December 11, 2000
    "Some things might not work out right now,
    But someday, whatever it is, just might happen."
    Ashley J., Age 16 --- Alabama
    December 11, 2000
    "The world today is saying that all teens are bad. But we are not all bad. Let us all rally together and prove the world wrong. Let's prove those who are saying that the way that we dress and the way that we act isn't because we think we're tough, but that we like to express ourself in our own different ways. So let us rally together and prove the whole world wrong."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by L.K., Age 15 --- Iowa
    December 11, 2000
    "Happy people learn that happiness, like sweat, is a by-product of activity.
    You can only achieve happiness if you are too busy living your life to notice whether you are happy or not."
    Frank Pittman III, MD --- Submitted by Crystal B., Age 15 --- Missouri
    December 11, 2000
    "Hold your head up, hold it high.
    You are who you are, no reason to hide."
    Becki B., Age 15 --- Pennsylvania
    December 11, 2000
    "Crying is God's way of telling you that you are full.
    I will always be there to back you up."
    Wayne Vredenburg --- Submitted by K.C.Z., Age 16 --- Michigan
    December 11, 2000
    "No matter how frustrating or painful something seems,
    You will always be able to find something good in your experiences."
    Copyright © 2000 Lauren Pears
    December 8, 2000
    "Don't ever give up - for your perseverance will allow you to achieve things that were never before possible, if you'll never accept anything less than the best."
    Megan S., Age 15 --- Maryland
    December 8, 2000
    "I guess we will have to let life turn its own pages when it is ready...because right now, the end of the book is unwritten."
    Copyright © 2000 Chantal J. Moshakos
    December 8, 2000
    "It's not your performance during the game.
    It's whether or not you have enough left to finish."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Adam D., Age 15 --- Illinois
    December 8, 2000
    "Treasure your life and appreciate all that has happened.
    You never know when the day might be your last.
    Treasure your loved ones and all the moments that you've spent together.
    You never know when their days might be their last."
    Copyright © 2000 Tan Ying Lin
    December 8, 2000
    "Some people make the world special... just by being in it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mindy D., Age 17 --- Nebraska
    December 8, 2000
    "Family and friends don't determine who you are... YOU do."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Diane D., Age 17 --- California
    December 8, 2000
    "It is not what happens to you in life,
    It is how you handle it."
    Lou Holtz --- Submitted by Paul P., Age 17 --- Ohio
    December 8, 2000
    "Life is like a board game; not always fair, not always how you want it,
    Just hang in there for those perfect moments."
    Copyright © 2000 Chelsea Chapkin
    December 8, 2000
    "Our greatest battles are those with our own minds."
    Jameson Frank --- Submitted by Crystal B., Age 15 --- Missouri
    December 8, 2000
    "It doesn't matter what you say to help a friend,
    It's how you listen."
    Copyright © 2000 Andrea Fischlowitz
    December 6, 2000
    "Throughout Life:

    There will always be someone better, smarter, or faster than you.
    But also you will always be better, smarter, or faster than someone else.
    So find your own niche, a comfortable spot to be yourself.
    Find something to be passionate about and become as best you can be at it.
    Only then will you be happy, because in a world
    Where someone is always better and someone is always worse,
    Being the best YOU possible is all that counts."
    Told to me by my Mom, Mary Ann --- Submitted by Carrie M., Age 17 --- California
    December 6, 2000
    "Look Closer...

    Few people actually see what's going on, likewise few people actually listen to what is being said. There's so much more than what is on the surface. It's what you don't see, and it's what you haven't heard, that is so beautiful and what makes mankind so innocent at times. Listen to what's not being said, and you'll learn something worth more than words."
    Kelli G., Age 17 --- Massachusetts
    December 6, 2000
    "Optimists believe that we are living in the best of worlds.
    Pessimists fear that this is true."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.J., Age 14 --- Iowa
    December 6, 2000
    "Nobody can sympathize for you until they know what you've gone through,
    And they won't know, until you tell them."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Heather R., Age 17 --- Pennsylvania
    December 6, 2000
    Everyday you look at me,
    But I don't think you really see.

    When you look in my eyes they seem empty and cold,
    You obviously can't see it, but there's so much to be told.

    You base who I am by what you see,
    But what do my looks really tell about me?

    Can you tell that I'm independent and smart?
    Can you tell that I finish what I start?

    Can you tell that I have a mind of my own?
    Can you tell that I wish I weren't alone?

    I know you can't no matter what you say,
    Maybe you should look again someday.

    Next time you decide to look at me,
    You should try to really see.
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Marie B., Age 14 --- California
    December 6, 2000
    "There are certain things that you can change. Only change what you can and don't fight to extend that ability so much that you can no longer do what you could've done to begin with."
    Copyright © 2000 Tiffani Johnson
    December 6, 2000
    "Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you."
    Herbert Gasser --- Submitted by Michelle B., Age 17 --- Louisiana
    December 6, 2000
    "Don't fear the fear, make the fear fear you."
    Copyright © 2000 Atul Chowdhary
    December 6, 2000
    "Life is but a journey which you must travel.
    Learn from your mistakes,
    Listen to the wise
    And love those who surround you."
    Esketta --- Submitted by Skye C., Age 17 --- New South Wales, Australia
    December 6, 2000
    "I once said I couldn't. I screamed it. I yelled it. I told everyone.
    Then... One day someone said, "I know you can't".
    Then I did it to prove them wrong."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shana K., Age 15 --- Ohio
    December 4, 2000
    "Many are the eyes that look,
    But few are the eyes that truly see."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Andrew C., Age 15 --- Georgia
    December 4, 2000
    "Learning is the key to success."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jessica L., Age 18 --- Italy
    December 4, 2000
    "The forest is magnificent, yet it contains no perfect trees."
    Gye Fram --- Submitted by Cara C., Age 13 --- Arizona
    December 4, 2000
    "Our brightest blazes of gladness
    Are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks."
    Samuel Johnson --- Submitted by Rhea T., Age 17 --- British Columbia, Canada
    December 4, 2000
    "If you don't want something bad enough to risk losing it,
    Then you don't want it bad enough."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Rebecca R., Age 16 --- California
    December 4, 2000
    "I can't has yet to accomplished anything;
    "I'll try" has performed wonders."
    George Bernard Shaw --- Submitted by Lisa S., Age 18 --- Pennsylvania
    December 4, 2000
    "Sometimes I wish I was a little kid again;
    Skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Alexandrea C., Age 13 --- Missouri
    December 4, 2000
    "When in doubt, don't."
    Saul W. Gellerman --- Submitted by Erin C., Age 16 --- Nebraska
    December 1, 2000
    "It is all right letting yourself go,
    As long as you can get yourself back."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Gloria B., Age 16 --- Florida
    December 1, 2000
    "An eraser cannot erase the past, but it can renew the future."
    Copyright © 2000 Sean McKeown
    December 1, 2000
    "I believe that bad things happen so that good things can replace them."
    Brendan Lee --- Submitted by Alison R., Age 16 --- Alberta, Canada
    December 1, 2000
    "In this theater of man's life,
    it is reserved only for God and Angels to be lookers on."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kevin R., Age 17 --- Eastern Cape, South Africa
    December 1, 2000
    "Bad days are only bad because you have good days to compare them to."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.U., Age 16 --- Washington
    December 1, 2000
    "Follow your bliss. Find where it is and don't be afraid to follow it."
    Joseph Campbell --- Submitted by Megan S., Age 17 --- New York
    December 1, 2000
    "A real friend walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Alexandra W., Age 17 --- Illinois
    December 1, 2000
    "Repetition is the mother of learning."
    Coach Mike Bair --- Submitted by Trent S., Age 18 --- Utah
    December 1, 2000
    "No one can understand how I'm feeling, they're MY feelings and only I can understand. I'm asking you please...don't hate me for what I'm feeling, because you don't know how much it hurts!"
    Copyright © 2000 Katie Leis
    December 1, 2000
    "I wasn't brave, I was scared.
    If you're not scared, then it's not brave."
    From the movie 'Bounce" --- Submitted by Kara D., Age 15 --- Massachusetts