JULY 2003

    July 30, 2003
    "When you are alone, I will be your shadow. When you are sad, I will be your smile. When you need a hug, my arms are wide open. When you need a shoulder, I will be your shoulder. And when you need a friend, I'll just be me."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kerry R., Age 18 --- Massachusetts
    Always be this kind of person... I'm proud to say I am.
    July 30, 2003
    "You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime."
    Dale Carnegie --- Submitted by Diana F., Age 17 --- New York
    July 30, 2003
    "It's easier to pull a person down than to lift a person up. Don't always take the easy path in life."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mia W., Age 13 --- Texas
    If you feel you aren't as good as someone else, it is much easier to pull them down to your level than to lift them up to a higher one.
    July 30, 2003
    "Everyone experiences suffering at one time or another. The cause is desire, the desire to want what you can't have. To overcome your suffering, you must over come desire."
    Written in 2003 by Meghan A., Age 15 --- Massachusetts
    I wrote this when my boyfriend broke up with me. I was upset for a really long time and I came to realize that he is something I want but I can't have. So I figured in order to get over him, I would have to get over the desire to want him.
    July 30, 2003
    "Treat life's problems like opportunities, not obstacles."
    Copyright © 2003 Stephani Saffel
    July 28, 2003
    "Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
    Muhammad Ali --- Submitted by Lindsay W., Age 15 --- Indiana
    July 28, 2003
    "When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe --- Submitted by Amanda H., Age 17 --- New York
    July 28, 2003
    "The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lindsay M., Age 17 --- Arizona
    July 28, 2003
    "A positive mental mindset can make all the difference. Attack every one of life's obstacles with the desire and determination to overcome them, no matter how bleak they may seem."
    Written by C. R., Age 15 --- Michigan
    July 28, 2003
    "Everything is meant to be but you wonder why it's meant to be that way."
    Written in 2003 by Alexa T., Age 15 --- New York
    I wrote this quote when a lot of things were going on in my life and I believed it was all meant to be, but I couldn't figure out why some of it was.
    July 23, 2003
    "We all go through times of grieving but whatever the circumstance may be, we will all get through it. Just always remember that you aren't alone, everyone has problems that they all have to face! Faith is the key to success. You must believe that you can make it through or it makes it impossible for you to want to try. So when the going gets rough, always remember that beginnings are happy endings and sometimes sad but, it's the middle that makes everything worth it! Never give up, believe in yourself but most of all believe in others and, don't be afraid to take a risk!"
    Copyright © 2003 Kristin Mulvaney
    I am only 14 years old so I can't give the best of advice but I love to try to help people and no one likes to be sad. We all need a friend and a shoulder to lean on. It is my mother who inspires me. She's not perfect but she makes me want to be a better person. My father also inspires me. He has helped me through so many hard times. He has listened to me when I didn't make sense and he never gave up hope or lost faith in me. So never give up because someone loves you and believes in you whether you know it or not!
    July 23, 2003
    "If you believe in fate let it happen. But if you believe in creating your own destiny, create it and live everyday to the fullest."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kate L., Age 16 --- Texas
    July 23, 2003
    "What is a Dream? A dream is an ultimate goal that is so great, so perfect, that in order to find it you must dream it irst."
    Copyright © 2003 Chris Wood

    July 23, 2003
    "I believe that everyone is capable of success. All you have to do is get up, realize your limits and then surpass them."
    Written in 2003 by Tiffany L.-H., Age 15 --- New Brunswick, Canada
    This takes my thoughts and throws them together to show others and myself that there is not one single person in this world that isn't capable of being great in one way or another.
    July 23, 2003
    "You have to be yourself. Be honest about who you are, and if people like you, fine. If they don't, that's their problem."
    Sting --- Submitted by Amanda S., Age 14 --- California
    I like this quote because it is so true!
    July 21, 2003
    "Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Christa J., Age 17 --- Minnesota
    My dad told me this ever since I was little. I think this quote has a lot to do with why we trust each other.
    July 21, 2003
    "Never get on your high horse if there's only rock below."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by S.G., Age 17 --- VIC, Australia
    July 21, 2003
    "'Impossible' is just a word."
    Written in 2003 by Trudi F., Age 15 --- England
    I think this is one of the most important things to remember.
    July 21, 2003
    "People say true friends should always hold hands, but true friends don't need to hold hands because they know that the other hand will always be there."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Crissy S., Age 18 --- New Mexico
    July 21, 2003
    "If someone puts you down, the hardest part is to pick yourself back up!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Laura C., Age 13 --- England
    This is when my friend upset me and I carried on with my life; she still holds on to the past.
    July 16, 2003
    "Make your choices based on the highest values you hold and there will be no reason to fear what others think."
    Ralph Marston --- Submitted by Brisa A., Age 13 --- New York
    I like this quote because its simple and yet, at least to me, it speaks volumes if you read and think deeply about it.
    July 16, 2003
    "The journey in-between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Randee C., Age 14 --- Arkansas
    July 16, 2003
    "Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries."
    Corita Kent --- Submitted by Claire D., Age 15 --- Maryland
    I love this quote. It really inspires me to go out and be the best that I can be.
    July 16, 2003
    "This is just another ending to a never-ending story."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by L.L., Age 13 --- Connecticut
    I said this to my friend when she graduated from high school and she was scared about college. It made her feel a little better to think and know that it is a never ending story and she has to play her role.
    July 16, 2003
    "One cannot exist while the other survives."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by L. P., Age 14 --- Kansas
    In other words...a true hate for someone cannot exist as long as your love for someone (else) survives...where there is love, hate can never exist.
    July 14, 2003
    "Whenever you feel as if the whole world is against you and you will get nowhere in life, just ask yourself one thing: "Do I want to succeed?" You'll be amazed how far those 5 words will take you."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by P.N., Age 13 --- New Jersey
    On my eighth grade graduation, I was expecting to receive one award or another. I had this strange confidence inside me, until all the awards were given out to other people. I was in shock and couldn't believe what had just happened. I did no celebrating, just crying the whole night. I thought I was doomed for life. I just asked myself, "Do I want to succeed?" I kept repeating it and I've had a motivation to work my hardest since then. If I had actually received an award, I wouldn't have any of that powerful motivation today. Every cloud DOES have a silver lining.
    July 14, 2003
    "Looking at my life I see a person I never expected to be, a person I don't want to be, and the only one who can change that is ME."
    Written in 2003 by Amanda P., Age 16 --- New York
    July 14, 2003
    "If a smile is worth 1000 words...what are the other 997..? 'cuz 'I love you' are the only three words that matter, and a smile speaks for itself when its from the right person."
    Written in 2003 by Tiziana C., Age 17 --- Ontario, Canada
    When you love someone... you can't stop smiling and that smile will never fade if you don't allow it to.
    July 14, 2003
    "It doesn't matter how long you have feelings for someone; what counts is what those feelings are."
    Written in 2003 by Jessie-ca H., Age 14 --- Ohio
    July 14, 2003
    "The good always comes out. Maybe not at the right time, or too late, but it always finds a way."
    Copyright © 2003 Lauren Bils
    July 9, 2003
    "You will never know the ending if you leave before the story is over."
    Kimberly Nichols --- Submitted by Elaine S., Age 15 --- Indiana
    July 9, 2003
    "To succeed, not only use positive comments for motivation, use the negative comments as fuel to keep you striving for what you desire."
    Copyright © 2003 James Friedman
    July 9, 2003
    "You go through life meeting people and not knowing what an impact they have had on you until you're faced with the fact that things are changing. Don't ever forget what people did for you and how much certain people could make you smile because those are the ones you'll miss the most."
    Written in 2003 by Michelle K., Age 15 --- Ohio
    I wrote this quote when I thought I was going to lose someone very important in my life, because of my acting as though I was blind. Make sure you don't forget the important things and don't remember the stupid ones.
    July 9, 2003
    "You can't change the inevitable, what's bound to happen will happen."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Melissa F., Age 15 --- Florida
    July 9, 2003
    "To find the sun, you must face the rain."
    Written in 2003 by Liz S., Age 17 --- Utah
    July 7, 2003
    "Once you realize how good you really are, you never settle for playing less than your best."
    Reggie Jackson --- Submitted by Jackie K., Age 14 --- Georgia
    July 7, 2003

    "You can live everyday or die everyday watching the life you live."
    Copyright © 2003 Brenda Tuliszewski
    I found myself dying inside over a guy who I loved but I still don't know if he loves me. I can't keep wasting my time on him, because each minute I spend on him I die inside. He wouldn't do that to me if he loved me so I need to just let go.

    July 7, 2003
    "Love is like Christmas; both giving and receiving are heart felt."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ashley W., Age 16 --- Washington
    To love and be loved is the greatest gift of all.
    July 7, 2003
    "Don't let anyone bring you down... You have to move on... Forget about the past and the mistakes... You only have one life... Live it without anyone holding you back!"
    Copyright © 2003 Kashay Ford
    I made this up on my own because I have been holding back on my life and relationship life because of one little guy and he was a mistake, full of pain. But in the end, it was worth it. But now it is time for me to move on.
    July 7, 2003
    "Life is not guaranteed tomorrow... make each day special, as if you were to die tomorrow."
    Copyright © 2003 Wintana Berhane
    I wrote this to every person that holds back and doesn't do what their heart feels. If you are not doing something special with your life each day, what will you be remembered by? Someone who lived their life doing things and accomplishing goals or a person who never lived their life because they thought they were guaranteed life the next day?
    July 2, 2003
    "If you wait patiently through a stormy night, the stars will eventually appear."
    Copyright © 2003 Jessica Townley
    I wrote this quote during a thunderstorm during a very difficult time in my life and every time I read it, it gives me hope that if I wait long enough and I wait patiently, in the end everything will be alright.
    July 2, 2003
    "Negative comments may hurt happy feelings."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Paula --- Argentina
    Sometimes we don't know that saying something negative we may be hurting others for the only fact that they feel happy that day. We use to think that hurting others is saying offensive words, but sometimes only saying 'What an ugly day!' we're spoiling others' feelings.
    July 2, 2003
    "Some things are worth believing in even though we find no reason to."
    Copyright © 2003 Mikhaela Ozaraga
    July 2, 2003
    I loved him so much...but didn't realize it till he was gone
    I tried so hard to keep him but he wanted to move on.
    I never knew what love felt like until I met this guy
    He made me laugh, he made me smile, and he even made me cry.

    He told me many lies, but I stayed true to him till the end
    I never got to see him much he was always out with friends.
    He never seemed to care when he didn't see me for days
    But I still treated him the same and cared in many ways.

    I miss him a lot...But I know I need to move on
    And part of me will always be sad that he is gone.
    I wanted him back...I missed him...but he didn't want or miss me
    So I kept my head up high...moved on...and let my heart be free.

    We are friends, and talk to each other every once in a while
    And every time we talk I can't help but show a smile.
    I may have a broken heart, and I may have cried at times
    But my heart is healing, and I'll never forget the memories shared by him and me.

    Life gives you memories to remember through many, many years
    And God will always be there to help you through the tears.
    So if you have lost someone special remember this simple phrase
    Written in 2003 by Brittany H., Age 16 --- Illinois
    Follow your heart in everything that you do.
    July 2, 2003
    "At the end of your life you will regret the things you were to scared to do more than the ones that were embarrassing after having done them."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.N., Age 15 --- New York