" Someone asked me the other day what I would say if I had to give advice to someone on how to live a full life. I thought long and hard and could not come up with what I believed to be a satisfying answer. I let it sit on my mind for the last few days, and I think I finally have come up with something truly worthy. It is simply this:
Spend as much time as you can with children, even if they are not your own, even if it's just for a day. They are the most magnificent and amazing beings on this planet. They have the purest thoughts, best intentions, wonderful senses of humor. They radiate innocence and beauty. They carry our future in their dreams. They strive to live each day to the fullest. They seek to love and be loved, with no questions asked. It is only adults that strip away the simplicity of childhood."
--- Copyright © 2000 Lisa M. WaldochSeptember 29, 2000
" Yesterday is gone, forget it.
Tomorrow has not come, don't worry.
Today is here, use it.
We can close our eyes
To the things we do not want to see,
But we cannot close our heart
To the things we do not want to feel."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kiran M. --- British Columbia, CanadaSeptember 29, 2000
" Just say what you mean and mean what you say. Don't expect someone to read your mind,and don't play games with heads or hearts. Don't tell half truths and expect trust when the full truth comes out. Half truths are no better then lies. Don't be cold to someone you care about - indifference hurts more then angry words.
If you are angry - say it! Give the other person the opportunity to explain or make a change for the better. They can't do that unless they know why you're angry. In the same vein - if you care about someone say that too.
When you fall in love - love with your whole heart - and expect the same in return. Realize you deserve that - more than anything. Don't expect to change someone to make them love you - it won't work and love after all is completely out of your hands.
Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can't love and respect yourself - no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are - completely; the good and the bad - and make changes as YOU see fit - not because you think someone else wants you to be different."
--- Copyright © 2000 Stacey CharterSeptember 27, 2000
" The energy expended in the mental gymnastics of failure
Is greater than the practice required to succeed."
--- Copyright © 2000 D. RomansSeptember 27, 2000
" It is okay to fail at things in life,
But it is not okay to stop trying."
--- Clauida D., Age 18 --- Manitoba, CanadaSeptember 27, 2000
" In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all
Is a kind and gentle spirit."
--- Anne Frank --- Submitted by A.P. --- UtahSeptember 25, 2000
" How you treat God is how He treats you."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Hesbon Momanyi --- Voronezh, RussiaSeptember 25, 2000
" Sometimes in life you have to give up things where you are
To get to where you want to be."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jared Lewis --- CaliforniaSeptember 25, 2000
" Don't let negative emotions and negative situations control your decisions.
Think clearly before making decisions."
--- J.D. --- California September 22, 2000
" A man's beliefs are only as strong as his will to stand up for them."
--- Copyright © 2000 Mike Van VlietSeptember 22, 2000
" As soon as you concern yourself with the "good" and "bad" of others,
You create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter.
Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weakens and defeats you."
--- Morihei Ueshiba
--- Submitted by Engelbert Laker --- Gelderland, NetherlandsSeptember 22, 2000
" If someone asked me to choose between money or power,
I think I would choose "or".
It seems so much simpler to handle."
Copyright © 2000 Roy RechebeiSeptember 20, 2000
" It is better to love someone and let go
Than to love and not know why."
--- Copyright © 1993 Rich GrossoSeptember 20, 2000
" The problem with most people is not that they aim too high and miss,
But that they aim too low and hit the target."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shaun Russell --- NSW, AustraliaSeptember 20, 2000
" Many people rush through life in black and white
And never stop to taste the sound of color."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dave F. --- OhioSeptember 18, 2000
" How can one find one's path
If he won't even dare to open his eyes?"
--- Copyright © 2000 E.S. HarrisonSeptember 18, 2000
" Experience is the best teacher,
So each day we should take mental notes."
--- Copyright © 2000 gilesplaySeptember 18, 2000
" Love wasn't put in your heart to stay;
Because love isn't love til you give it away."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Becky Hetrick --- PennsylvaniaSeptember 15, 2000
" Love is not a feeling,
It's a commitment to the well-being of another person."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lynnette Broome --- WashingtonSeptember 15, 2000
" To be mature does not mean that you feel less sad, depressed, or even hopeless. To be mature means that you are not seriously sunk in those feelings, the time to recover is shorter and shorter, for a necessary interval, but enough for being a human. To be mature means you can ignore bad banalities but it does not mean that you can do it with great things. To be mature does not mean to expose your feeling at first then hide it after that."
--- Nguyen Huu Vinh Hanh --- Hanh Vinh Nguyen Huu --- CaliforniaSeptember 15, 2000
" Though we may have fun fair,
When food and drink are done,
All our guest depart:
But, only a friend can feed
That bitter need;
The hunger of the heart."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Maria Mariasiva --- Tamilnadu, IndiaSeptember 13, 2000
" Whoever angers you, conquers you."
--- Leilani Mangalino --- Submitted by Thaddeus Mangalino --- Victoria, AustraliaSeptember 13, 2000
Believe in Yourself
Believe in yourself in whatever you do,
Each challenge that comes will begin something new.
Carry your spirit safe and sure,
Open your heart and all is pure.
Spread you wings and fly up high,
Believe in yourself, you can touch the sky!
--- Copyright © 1999 Serena Giselle McRurySeptember 13, 2000
" When the world looks down on you,
Don't look down on the world,
Instead look up and smile."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kellie Adams --- UtahSeptember 11, 2000
" Sometimes life leads you in a given direction, you don't always lead it."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kelleen Plantier --- MassachusettsSeptember 11, 2000
" Learn to give as much as you take, you'll be surprised how much better you will feel about yourself. Remember, you have made many choices in your life, and for that very reason you can't blame anyone else for the way things are. Putting others down is a cruel and insensitive way to make yourself feel better. Speaking positive to your children will help them weave their dreams!! Don't you want to be a part of that? Live your life so that when you die, you are the one smiling and those standing around you are crying."
--- Copyright © 2000 Traci KerseySeptember 11, 2000
" It was when I lost my only 10 day old baby girl. She was the most beautiful creature I'd ever seen in my life! That moment pushed this arrogant person to realize that we often take anything we have for granted until suddenly, we lost it. And that time, when I could hardly bare the pain, that dawn whispered and showed me too about what I really need to be happy in this life: A piece of heart. A piece of heart that makes me able to be thankful for whatever The Love One has given me. No more, no less."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Pria Sambadha Wirowijoyo --- DKI, IndonesiaSeptember 8, 2000
" Think of what you would do,
If you knew you would not fail."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sue T. --- MassachusettsSeptember 8, 2000
" You can't throw mud without getting some on yourself."
--- Copyright © 1999 Buddy KnothSeptember 8, 2000
" People who say "it cannot be done"
Should not interrupt the one doing it."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Phil Hawkins --- TennesseeSeptember 6, 2000
" When the world is no longer interesting to you,
Then you're dead."
--- Debbie Jerido --- Submitted by Dale Thomas --- FloridaSeptember 6, 2000
" If you want to feel rich,
Get hold of the things that money can't buy.
That's why I'm holding you close to my heart,
I feel rich having you!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by M.A. Serdoncillo ---Manila, PhilippinesSeptember 6, 2000
" The gravest tears shed over graves
Are for the words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dhiraj Mathur --- Chandigarh, IndiaSeptember 1, 2000
" I hope that I am not disappointed, when the man I am,
Meets the man I might have been."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dale Bohman --- FloridaSeptember 1, 2000
" When I fell in love, I realized
That my heart was bigger than I ever could have imagined.
When I left love I realized
That it was even bigger still."
--- Copyright © 2000 Stephanie PogsonSeptember 1, 2000
" Everything is within itself."
--- Copyright © 1999 Anthony J. LombardiAugust 30, 2000
" In life, as in our childhood,
Our intelligence dwells within our ignorance,
For knowing nothing is to know all.
But as our ignorance dwells within our intelligence,
Our search brings us answers,
If our answers will be our search.
In essence, we will always find what it is NOT and NEVER what it is."
--- Copyright © 1999 Christopher Andrew RotschAugust 30, 2000
" If I could wish for life to be perfect,
It would be tempting, but I would decline,
For life would no longer teach me anything."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Oliver Wee --- Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaAugust 30, 2000
" There are 2,598,960 possible 5 card poker hands,
But you will be dealt only one.
The beauty of it is, you don't have to be dealt the best hand to win."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tom M. --- Nova Scotia, CanadaAugust 28, 2000
" No obstacle will ever leave you the way it found you."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- WashingtonAugust 28, 2000
" You have one life, once chance, one choice,
And one thousand career opportunities.
--- Copyright © 2000 Lauren MasseyAugust 28, 2000
" Live life to it's fullest in happiness and health."
--- Dr. Myron Wentz --- Submitted by Dave FosterAugust 25, 2000
" I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest."
--- John Keats (1818) --- Submitted by Lauren D. --- ConnecticutAugust 25, 2000
" Sometimes I feel I am so poor,
I don't have anything.
I don't have face,
I don't have wealth,
And all other things.
But I peer into my heart, my inner soul,
I realize I have something:
The power to think,
The power to thank,
The power to love,
The power to create.
And again I become excited,
And think I have everything,
Especially when I look at a person
Who doesn't have anything."
--- Copyright © 2000 Prapunja PokhrelAugust 25, 2000
" If you can't control it, forget it!
Or it will control you."
--- Copyright © 2000 May AstonAugust 23, 2000
" What we call the truth is always dependant on our state of knowledge about the subject at any given point in time and space. Did you know that Scientist find new technologies by proving everything before believing?"
--- Author Unknown
--- Submitted by Itayi Desderio Gawajena --- Bulawayo, ZimbabweAugust 23, 2000
" Thomas Edison, after trying 9999 ways to perfect the electric light bulb, insisted: 'I didn't fail. I just discovered another way not to invent the electric light bulb."
--- Dr. Harry Alde --- Submitted by Stephen Tsien --- Manchester, United KingdomAugust 23, 2000
" Don't hate yourself for getting older,
Just forgive yourself for growing up."
--- Author UnknownAugust 21, 2000
" I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself;
A bird will fall frozen, dead from a bough,
Without "ever" having felt sorry for itself."
--- D.H. Lawerence --- Submitted by Mike Allegretti --- IllinoisAugust 21, 2000
" If you are angry, you're living in the past.
If you are fearful, you're living in the future.
Give up your anger and fear, and live in the present."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Richard H. Bittner --- IowaAugust 21, 2000
" You cannot direct the wind but you can adjust your sails."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tom Fenning --- PennsylvaniaAugust 18, 2000
" When you get use to something in your life
That you are with everyday,
You take it for granted.
You don't know when it will be taken from you.
You don't know when it will leave you.
You don't know when it will end.
But, in a sense, I don't think you want to know,
Because if you really like it,
If you really enjoy it,
Sometimes it's hard to let go."
--- Copyright © 2000 Lucky ChahalAugust 18, 2000
" You can't get enough of what you don't really need."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dave Terrell --- OklahomaAugust 18, 2000
" It is the mark of an intelligent mind
To be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
--- Aristotle --- Submitted by Eleshia Venners --- NSW, AustraliaAugust 16, 2000
" The best music is in that vibration that lasts in the head
Long after the singer no longer sings
And the player no longer plucks his strings."
--- Carlos Santana --- Submitted by Liz K. --- London, United KingdomAugust 16, 2000
" If tomorrow seems cloudy,
It's because you haven't finished focusing on today yet."
--- Copyright © 2000 Adrian TaylorAugust 16, 2000
" Nothing ever happens if you don't show up."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Rajesh Roy --- New YorkAugust 14, 2000
" If you think childish arguments in your relationship don't hurt,
Don't kid yourself."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jeff Boswell --- UtahAugust 14, 2000
" Dreams are not reality, but rather the start to happiness."
--- Copyright © 2000 Charles RothAugust 14, 2000
" To see is not always to understand;
To understand is not always to see."
--- Copyright © 1997 Fara MonroeAugust 11, 2000
" Having total freedom to choose or not to choose
Without having the strength of responsibility to make the right choice
--- Copyright © 1999 Trey AustinAugust 11, 2000
" Assumptions and expectations are what bring disasters in life."
--- Copyright © 2000 Maulik DaveAugust 11, 2000
" You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea."
--- Medgar Evars --- Submitted by Brad Evans --- W.A., AustraliaAugust 9, 2000
" You and I, we think one thing, feel another, say a third, and do a fourth, so we need notes and files to keep track. What Gandhi thinks, what he feels, what he says, and what he does are all the same. He does not need notes."
--- Mahadev Desai, Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi
--- Submitted by Wade B. --- MississippiAugust 9, 2000
" Before you get angry at the faults of someone else,
Take time to count ten...
Ten of your own."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jill Crittenden --- IllinoisAugust 9, 2000
" Forgive your enemies
Nothing annoys them so much!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Marcello C., Age 12 --- Quebec, CanadaAugust 7, 2000
" More thinking less,
Less thinking more."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by M.J. --- AustraliaAugust 7, 2000
" Do not tease the alligator until you have crossed the bridge
And then, only if you never have to cross that bridge again."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Darold Buzard --- WyomingAugust 7, 2000
" To avoid the cost of an accomplishment
We often opt to invest our own time,
Not realizing that sometimes our time is more valuable
Than any price we can exchange for it."
--- Copyright 2000 Steven BoehmAugust 4, 2000
" I have seen plenty of big men hit the canvas,
But it's the big hearts that get back up and keep fighting."
--- Copyright © 2000 Leigh ClarkeAugust 4, 2000
" I was thinking too much about myself,
Until I found my world empty."
--- Copyright © 1998 Bacilio E. Gallegos August 4, 2000
" The hand of fear has power
To cast a dark shadow over one's righteous path,
Only when it has a willing victim."
--- Aida Kaspari --- CaliforniaAugust 2, 2000
" The power of wisdom cannot be matched by mediocre minds,
Because the volume of knowledge can never surpass the quality of wisdom."
--- Copyright © 1987 Abby SanchezAugust 2, 2000
" When your critics scream the loudest,
You've come very close to the truth."
--- Copyright © 2000 Mike CorthellJuly 31, 2000
" Don't worry what is going into your mouth,
Instead worry what's coming out."
--- April R., Age 11 --- PennsylvaniaJuly 31, 2000
" Depressing a single key on a piano is a note.
Depressing a series of well-timed and planned accompanying notes
Creates a tune.
When it's intrinsic value is fully appreciated by it's audience,
It becomes music to the ears."
--- Copyright © 2000 Wayne BlandJuly 31, 2000
" Love fights without a sword,
Love binds without a chord."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Janice Polintan --- Rizal, PhilippinesJuly 28, 2000
" We dance around the ring and suppose,
While the secret sits in the middle and knows."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Xen Abe --- Karachi, PakistanJuly 28, 2000
" If your only tool is a hammer,
All your problems start to look like nails."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Katie K. --- NevadaJuly 28, 2000
" Being a lazy perfectionist,
I want to do did right the first time."
--- Copyright © 1990 D. HayterJuly 26, 2000
" You can't run a race horse every day and expect him to win."
--- Copyright © 1999 David DrummJuly 26, 2000
" Nothing can go wrong...."
--- Lynn Sickels --- Submitted by David Sickels --- MissouriJuly 24, 2000
" Hold a true friend with both of your hands."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Corinn Argo --- CaliforniaJuly 24, 2000
" Never tell a child that their dreams won't come true
Because if they believed you, it could be a tragedy."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jenette B. --- MichiganJuly 24, 2000
" Every once in a while, act your shoe size!"
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by J. Yachcik --- MichiganJuly 21, 2000
" Because time never stops, neither can you."
--- Mark Hughes --- Submitted by Tibor Reimann --- IndianaJuly 21, 2000
" The best teacher is experience."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mark Bauman --- New JerseyJuly 19, 2000
" Some of the most important and meaningful lessons learned in life
Are those lessons we learn the hard way."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Christine Melang --- WisconsinJuly 19, 2000
" If your lips would keep from slips
Five words you will observe with care:
Of whom you speak,
Of what you speak
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Megha Gupta --- Maharastra, IndiaJuly 17, 2000
" The sky isn't the limit, your heart is."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Adam Ninnemann --- ArizonaJuly 17, 2000
" I do not agree with a word you say,
But I will fight to my death your right to say it."
--- Voltaire --- Submitted by Y.S. --- KuwaitJuly 14, 2000
" It's perfectly okay for me to be imperfect. This includes not being a perfect person.
This means that it's okay that I have already made a lot of mistakes as a person. And that it's okay that I will make other mistakes in the future.
What's not okay is for me to pretend that I am perfect and to thereby hide my mistakes from myself.
Instead I will catch my mistakes with a smile rather that a kick and learn what they have to teach me.
That way, I won't make the same mistakes too often, and I'll never be a perfect person, and that's ok, because my goal is excellence, not perfection."
--- Dr.Leo Buscaglia
--- Submitted by Joanne Landry Gaudet --- New Brunswick, CanadaJuly 14, 2000
" Hope gives life to all human dreams."
--- Copyright © 2000 Mauricio Alcocer July 12, 2000
" Anyone may hold the helm when the sea is calm."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kofi Asinor --- PennsylvaniaJuly 12, 2000
" Degrading emotions and low self esteem are the annihilators of mankind."
--- Copyright © 2000 Saddamn AbisseJuly 10, 2000
" A true intellectual - is one who triggers the intellect in those he speaks to! A true intellectual is one who can expose the "intellectual" within you !"
--- Copyright © 2000 Moses Shohet July 10, 2000
" To love someone once is a blessing,
To misplace that someone or love is an unfortunate part of life,
To find them again and be given a second chance is a gift!
Cherish the gift!"
--- M.J.W. --- New JerseyJuly 7, 2000
" Don't be afraid to fall in love with someone for all the right reasons.
Be afraid to fall in love with someone for all the wrong reasons."
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Amanda Garza --- TexasJuly 7, 2000
" If you're going to let people walk all over you,
All you'll end up with are footprints on your back."
--- Copyright © 1999 Stacey Charter July 5, 2000
" Pain is something that's leaving the body, not entering it."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by C.K. --- New YorkJuly 5, 2000
" We learn what we live with.
We practice what we learn.
We become what we practice.
What we become has consequences.
Be careful who we choose to live with."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Demetrius Sanders --- TennesseeJuly 3, 2000
" When somebody cares about you, it's just plain stupid to push them away."
--- Nora Roberts --- Submitted by Cyndi Stone --- AlaskaJuly 3, 2000
" ...many people get down on themselves because they are overweight. Their attitude about being overweight doesn't change anything. Instead, they could embrace the fact that they've been successful in producing a result called excess fat and now they're going to produce a new result called being thin."
--- Anthony Robbins --- Submitted by Diana Salt --- Johannesburg, South Africa