January 31, 2003
    "The opposite of respectful is something you shouldn't be, disrespectful, especially to the ones who love you most like teachers, friends, family, and most importantly your parents. Think about it. If it weren't for them, you wouldn't be part of this world. They may not always agree with you or treat you right but they still deserve respect. Think about kids out there who don't have parents, but would love to have them. Respect goes a very long way; you reap what you sow."
    Copyright © 2003 Jessamine Hightower
    January 31, 2003
    "Don't let anybody tell that you can't do something just because you are a teenager. You can do anything you set your mind to, no matter what age you are."
    Copyright © 2003 Christina Huddle
    I was once told that, because I am a teenager, I would not amount to anything. I was sitting up in my room, trying to figure out why that person said what they did, when this statement came to me. I now know that even though I am a teenager, I can do many things, including getting a good education. I plan on going to college and majoring in psychology in the fall of 2003.
    January 31, 2003
    Discovery of Life's Meaning

    "At times life can seem pointless, and yet you know it's served for a purpose. Not wanting to, you go on with your day to day, in hope of discovering your reason for life. Along the way you hit what seems to be every bump, knowing there is more to life then down points. You continue, passing every shortcut. After traveling all the roads and making many wrong turns, at the last moment, you discover that life is no longer pointless simply because you can say you lived your life to the fullest despite the hard times, and no matter what some people might believe, there is a purpose to life, and the only way to find it is to first discover your inner self."
    Copyright © 2002 Autumn Arbour
    January 31, 2003
    "You haven't lived my life and I haven't lived yours, and THAT is what makes us all so interesting."
    Written in 2003 by Mona K., Age 17 --- Massachusetts
    January 31, 2003
    "Be worried about your character, not your reputation."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.R., Age 16 --- New York
    January 29, 2003
    "With a determined mindset and a focused vision, success is never far from reach."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Akshay P., Age 16 --- Maharashtra, India
    January 29, 2003
    "Although times are rough, these times are a learning experience and another story in our life. Believe in yourself and you will get through anything, because it is you who chooses to help yourself, no one else."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jennifer G., Age 17 --- Alberta, Canada
    My counselor always told me that you are the one who helps yourself get better; you have to decide before anyone else that you want to help yourself.
    January 29, 2003
    "A bad goal is BETTER than a good shot!"
    Written by Anna T., Age 15 --- California
    I love to say this after my soccer coach or other teammates make a comment on the goal being scored as being "a bad goal". This is very true! There are always NICE shots, but the shots don't count to win the game...the goals do, whether they are good or BAD! This same saying can also be used in other life situations. When I remind my team of this, it is always a laugh on the sidelines because everyone knows it's true!
    January 29, 2003
    "Your best friends are the ones who will be by your side during the worst times."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.H., Age 15 --- Pennsylvania
    January 29, 2003
    "To love is to feel loved...and to once love is to love forever."
    Brenda Tuliszewski --- Submitted by Reminance T., Age 15
    This was written by a 12 year old girl who even then, knew what love was about. Love is not about possessions or how someone appears...only about the feelings you have inside for them.
    January 27, 2003
    "Do you know where the power lies? It begins and ends with you."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Andrea J., Age 15 --- Maine
    January 27, 2003
    "If you open a window to a friend, even in the nastiest storms, you will find you never want it closed."
    Sara Alexandra Kaplan --- Submitted by Rebecca A., Age 15 --- North Carolina
    January 27, 2003
    Anything is possible, if you think it's worthwhile.
    If you're willing to go the distance, go the extra mile.
    With DETERMINATION and EFFORT, you can often achieve even more...
    For you don't always get what you wish, but what you work for!!!
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mariella M., Age 13 --- Connecticut
    January 27, 2003
    "In life, as in sports, you will try and sometimes fail; but from failure comes success."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.E., Age 15 --- Virginia
    January 27, 2003
    "Friends are the stars that make our life sparkle."
    Emily Z. --- Submitted by Kate S., Age 14 --- Massachusetts
    January 24, 2003
    "There are going to be moments in your life that scare you more than anything and leave you confused about what to do. Those are the moments that you have to just follow your heart and put your worries aside. Believe me, if you don't at least try, you'll spend the rest of your time regretting what you missed out on and it is not an easy feeling to forget. Don't think about whether or not other people are better than you. Find it in yourself to overcome that fear. Even if it ends up that the result wasn't what you were hoping for, you can at least say that you tried, and that's all that matters."
    Tracy --- Submitted by Ashley G., Age 15 --- Massachusetts
    January 24, 2003
    "Negative one times negative one equals positive one. From this you can learn to take the negatives and look at them as a positive learning experience."
    Written in 2002 by Kristen T., Age 17 --- New York
    January 24, 2003
    "It is only through defeat that we find the courage to triumph!"
    Copyright © 2002 Adrina Beaumont
    Hold on to faith!
    January 24, 2003
    "Sometimes not taking a risk, for fear of making a mistake, is the true mistake."
    John Major --- Submitted by J.M., Age 14 --- California
    January 24, 2003
    "Looks and beauty fade, but your heart and mind live forever."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sarah S., Age 14 --- Ohio
    Someone gave me this quote after I had a dream. My dream was telling me not to be so obsessed with how I look all the time. I thought it went well with my dream, and it relates to A LOT of other teens out there.
    January 22, 2003
    "Any moment can be defining... so long as you give it your heart."
    Copyright © 2002 Andrew Adams
    I don't know when this hit me. Maybe it was on the soccer field, sacrificing everything I had with my teammates. Maybe it was the day I reunited with the woman of my dreams, and decided from then on to patiently wait, through anything and everything, for the one chance to be with her again. In both cases, the message stands, There are moments in your life when the opportunity to define yourself, to set yourself apart from the rest of the world, shows itself. Put your heart into what you want, and above all believe, and you'll find "her" sooner or later.
    January 22, 2003
    "You have more power in you than you will ever know, use it wisely."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ashley W., Age 16 --- Washington
    January 22, 2003
    "If you work hard, you will not only be hard, you will be hard to beat."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Broc G., Age 15 --- Minnesota
    January 22, 2003
    "It might take years to build a city, but take care of that city, because it only takes one night to destroy it all."
    Written in 2002 by Megan S., Age 16 --- Illinois
    I said this about a past relationship I had, because it took so long to get to where we were... then all of a sudden, because of a few stupid choices, everything was destroyed in one night.
    January 22, 2003
    First best is falling in love
    Second best is being in love
    Least best is falling out of love
    But any of it is better,
    Than never having been in love
    Maya Angelou --- Submitted by Monica R., Age 17 --- Nebraska
    January 20, 2003
    "Do your work to the best of your abilities. Nobody can fault you if you try your hardest."
    Copyright © 2002 Christina Huddle
    January 20, 2003
    "If you play the game afraid to lose, then you have already lost."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chris B., Age 17 --- South Carolina
    You can't be afraid to lose. Play your best and the only place that you will lose is on the scoreboard.
    January 20, 2003
    "When you see an opportunity, grab it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sangeetha S., Age 17 --- NSW, Australia
    January 20, 2003
    "If you love someone tell them. Feelings may last forever, but people only last a lifetime."
    Written in 2002 by Christina D., Age 12 --- New York
    I was motivated to write this because of an e-mail a friend sent me. A boy wished his "best friend" was more than just a friend because he loved her, but was to shy to tell her. Years went by, his feelings only getting stronger. Graduation past, and before he knew it he was sitting in a church listening to her say "I do" to another man. Years later at her funeral they read a diary entry from her high school years that said, "I wish he was mine, I love him, we were meant to be together but I am to shy to tell him. I wish he would just tell me he loves me, but I know he doesn't feel that way about me."
    January 20, 2003
    "The only things in life that really matter are friends, family, and the people we care about."
    Copyright © 2002 Lauren Shade
    Forget about all those little things such as what clothes you want and if you got to go to kings island, and focus on the good times you've had with the people you love and care about. Then you can look back on your life and be proud.
    January 17, 2003
    Just A Girl

    Just a girl, A girl who never says never.
    A girl who pushes everyone to their limits.
    A girl who wipes off the blood, sweat, tears and continues to push.
    A girl who humbles herself.
    A girl who would love more than anything to see her team succeed.
    A girl who never asks why but does.
    A girl who smiles and listens.
    A girl who strives for the best.
    A girl who even after a loss, encourages and holds her head high.
    A girl who welcomes the good and ignores the bad everyday.
    A girl who laughs out loud, cries inside, but always smiles.
    A girl, an athlete, a friend, a leader, a sister, a daughter;
    Just an ordinary girl.
    Copyright © 2002 Ashley Messer
    January 17, 2003
    "Every time you sit down to eat dinner with your family, always thank God for 2 things: (1) A family that loves you and (2) Food to eat, because there are some people out there who don't have a family to come home to and there are others who don't even have food to eat, so be thankful for every blessing in your life, even if it is a small one!"
    Written in 2002 by Nicole, Age 16 --- Oklahoma
    January 17, 2003
    "Sometimes people push you away right when they need you the most."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kat G., Age 16 --- Wisconsin
    January 17, 2003
    No one understands me ...
    No one will ever know ...
    The secrets I hold inside of me ...
    The truth that I don't let show ...
    Feelings are something sacred ...
    Feelings are your life ...
    When you can express them ...
    You are free from strife ...
    When you find a special friend ...
    That makes the best of you show ...
    It is then and only then ...
    That you will truly know ...
    That you have found a person ...
    Who understands you well ...
    And when you find this person ...
    You will be let out of your shell ...
    Let out of your shell into the world ...
    And you will cry out with joy ...
    Scream to the mountains ...
    Yell to the seas...
    For now it is all well ...
    And you are not alone ...
    Copyright © 2002 Timothy Anza
    January 15, 2003
    "If it's possible for you, it's possible for me; it's just a matter of HOW!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kristen L., Age 15 --- QLD, Australia
    January 15, 2003
    "Love is like waiting for a shooting star...If you turn your head for just one second you might miss out on what you've waited so long for."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Miranda B., Age 15 --- Nova Scotia, Canada
    This is my favorite quote. I don't remember where and when I heard it...but it lets me know that you sometimes just have to wait for love to find you..so don't think it'll never come...it will!
    January 15, 2003
    "LOVING is easy, anyone can do it. But to be IN LOVE, that takes two very special people. Two people who are willing to commit everything to the other. They are passionate, confident, carefree, and careful. They know that love has no bounds and in order to be IN LOVE, you must be willing to risk everything- even if that everything is all that you have."
    Copyright © 2002 Kristin Sunzeri
    January 15, 2003
    "He who knows how to have fun without the drugs and alcohol, knows himself, and everyone knows him, not a twisted version of the truth."
    Copyright & © 2002 Melissa Mascaro
    January 15, 2003
    The Runner

    What brings me to this paper,
    What brings me to this pen,
    Is to give an explanation
    About runners, if I can.

    Runners aren't exactly
    What you'd call your average Joe,
    The more pain they go through
    The less and less they show.

    Their build is not of strong men,
    In fact they're rather small.
    It's their heart that gives them muscle
    And their mind that makes them tall.

    If the weather outside gets frightful
    And all others run to hide,
    Runners keep on running,
    Building up their pride.

    "Why?" the people always ask,
    "Why don't they stop and rest?"
    The answer is quite simple,
    Each wants to be the best.

    It's a quality you'll find in runners
    And only runners, please understand.
    You see, they don't run because it's popular,
    They run because they can.

    So I hope I have explained to you
    Why runners are so strange.
    Now keep this sheet for a hundred years,
    For runners never change.
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Brent D., Age 17 --- Minnesota
    January 13, 2003
    "Times change; so do people and everyone deserves a second chance."
    Cydney L. --- Submitted by Stephani S., Age 14 --- Texas
    An old friend told me this after we hadn't talked for a while, after that we picked up right where were left off. Despite our past, I guess we both gave each other a second chance.
    January 13, 2003
    "The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them."
    Conte Di Camillio benso Cavour --- Submitted by Amrutha , Age 15 --- Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
    Trust people....just be careful of whom you trust!!
    January 13, 2003
    "Don't act upon the raw emotions of the moment, every time. Sometimes it is better to wait."
    Copyright © 2002 Dave Pitre
    January 13, 2003
    "You will achieve nothing if you fear. Don't discount yourself!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Magdalen L., Age 17 --- Singapore
    January 13, 2003
    "Never have a fall back plan because then you have room to fall back."
    Chris --- Submitted by Jess L., Age 17 --- Pennsylvania
    As an inspiring director and writer, people often doubt me. So it came that if I couldn't make it as a director I would be an English Teacher, as a fall back plan. I told this to a friend of mine, who is an adult, and he was the first adult to have faith in me. He said this to me and it really lifted my spirits. Thanks Chris!
    January 10, 2003
    "No matter what life throws you, always push on to the very end. Keep going forward until there is no place left to go!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by D.S., Age 13 --- New York
    I just entered a new school and life gets harder with each step I take, but that never stops me from having the time of my life! I have my family, friends, and faith to keep me going. Just believe in yourself and you can go far!!!
    January 10, 2003
    "Life is full of painful experiences. But if you treat them with a pinch of salt and learn from these painful experiences, you will grow up to be a person with great integrity and determination!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Serene G., Age 16 --- Singapore
    January 10, 2003
    "In life what matters the most is what we learn and who we love."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kelli T., Age 18 --- North Carolina
    January 10, 2003
    "You may want a star and all you get is a moon. But just remember that trying was worth all the stars in the sky."
    Copyright © 2002 Crystal Morris
    January 10, 2003
    "We all have a fate, we all have some sort of destiny, we all have someone. But like fate and destiny, we have to wait for them.
    Copyright © 2002 Katelyn Barnum
    I believe that there is someone for everyone out there. Just right now, you have to wait. They will come.
    January 8, 2003
    "The hardest thing about growing up is having to accept things for what they are, even when it's too hard, or you're too young to understand them."
    Copyright © 2002 Lindsey C. Anderson
    January 8, 2003
    "You are your best friend, so treat your body right. You will need it."
    Copyright © 2002 Virginia King
    January 8, 2003
    "True Friends Are Never Enemies."
    Brandon Hampton --- Submitted by Sue W., Age 18 --- Pennsylvania
    January 8, 2003
    "Excuses are like belly buttons; everybody has one."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.B., Age 17 --- Worcester, United Kingdom
    Wise words from my coach about persisting with training, even when it gets tough!!
    January 6, 2003
    "Keep your head and your heart going in the right direction and won't have to worry about your feet."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Katie` K., Age 13 --- Ohio
    This quote helped me so much awhile back. I had a serious knee injury and I was out for three months. All I wanted to do was dance and this made go on and get through it. A special thanks to my dance teacher Cheryl and all my dance friends!
    January 6, 2003
    "Sometimes it's easier for me to be numb. It's easier not to feel things, to just put them away and not feel anything about them. But when I'm numb towards you, it doesn't mean I don't care. It means I care too much."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Joplin G., Age 18 --- Indiana
    This was just about the best way to explain why it took so long for me to open up to one of my friends.
    January 6, 2003
    "Your true friends are not the people who are there along with everyone else, but those who are there when no one else is."
    Written in 2002 by Angela M. --- Age 15 --- Oklahoma
    January 6, 2003
    "The greatest fraud is to cheat oneself."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Christina H., Age 18 --- Virginia
    This quote is our SCA motto and is in every classroom at my school. It's true because when you cheat, you keep yourself from learning anything of value.
    January 6, 2003
    "School shouldn't be taken too seriously or too carelessly; life is an endless process of learning, it's inevitable. You'll be whatever you're destined to be no matter what, so the question isn't whether you'll make it but how long will it take for you to get there?"
    Marie del Sol --- Submitted by km rds --- Age 14 --- Manila, Philippines