September 28, 2005
"Optimism is the key to success."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Don S., Age 19 --- Georgia

September 28, 2005
"Laziness is often mistaken for patience."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Boitumelo M., Age 19 --- South Africa
So get up folks & make things happen. Don't wait four them to happen!

September 28, 2005
"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."
Aristotle --- Submitted by Robert B., Age 13 --- New Zealand

September 28, 2005
"It's only those who do nothing who make no mistakes."
Joseph Conrad --- Submitted by Stephanie G., Age 15 --- Canada

September 28, 2005
"The road of chaos leads to freedom."
Copyright © 2005 Jade Sowden
I came up with this phrase after the craziest year of my life. My love of 3 years broke up with me, I graduated high school and my closest friends and I went our separate ways. I lost my best friend to overdose of heroin, lost my grandmother to cancer, and tried to find a job. When I did get a job, my manager verbally sexually harassed me on a daily basis. I was on the verge of going to doctor and trying to get prescribed to some anti-depressant just so I could be happy. But one day I painted an awesome painting and labeled it "The Road of Chaos leads to Freedom". To me this phrase means: On the long journey of your road through life, you are going to come upon some of the most chaotic things you will have to go through. But after you have overcome these mind tangling problems, you are going to be a stronger person in the end. At the end, whatever way you interpret, you are going to be free of the stress. You will reach your freedom and will be such a stronger person.

September 26, 2005
"Be a voice, not an echo."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Brittany C., Age 15 --- Wyoming
Be yourself not somebody else!

September 26, 2005
"Live in the present and the present only. For the past is done and over with and the future may never come."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Cassie S., Age 13 --- West Virginia
I kind of live by this quote. I hate when people bring back the past because it is over with. Live in the present, simply because when you plan out a future, or worry about the future, you never know; the future may never come.

September 26, 2005
"It's better to be hurt by the truth than by a lie."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Luz V., Age 18 --- Rhode Island
Before you're honest with everyone, be honest with yourself.

September 26, 2005
"You have to know when to accept rejection and reject acceptance."
Ray Bradbury --- Submitted by M.S., Age 18 --- Florida

September 26, 2005
"You are not capable of your full potential unless you give other people the chance to help you."
Written in 2005 by Mike T., Age 18 --- Nebraska

September 21, 2005
"Life is what you make it. So make it amazing."
Written in 2005 by K.W., Age 16 --- Oklahoma
I wrote this when one day I realized I didn't have to let others who are judgmental and problems that come and go affect me negatively. I just realized I can learn from my mistakes and help others along the way. I am 1000% confident in myself and loving life. I just want to help others realize life can be good if you blow off all of the jerks & devastating things that can happen on the path of life. Those people are only being rude because of their own insecurities. I realized it's MY life not anyone else's so I'm going to stop living it the way they want me to & start living it for me. And if you have a 'friend' being a jerk or being unbearably negative, make sure they know how they're making you feel. If they persist, tell them why & lose them and say that until they change you don't need them bringing you down because they're putting an obstacle in your way. Live life better than you could ever imagine!

September 21, 2005
"If all you do in life is exist, rather than truly live life to its full potential, then your life has not been worthwhile."
Written in 2005 by Erin W., Age 16 --- Texas
This helps me think truly of how I want to be. I should not simply try to get by, but make my life awesome!

September 21, 2005
"If you're always looking down, you'll never see the stars."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tatum S., Age 14 --- Iowa
This is very true. Never look down or you'll never see anything good.

September 21, 2005
"If you reach for the stars, ANYTHING is possible!"
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jazmine B., Age 14 --- California

September 21, 2005
"What is extraordinary rarely begins in perfection."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by L.J., Age 16 --- Victoria, Australia

September 19, 2005
"Impossible is nothing. You can do anything you set your mind to. You just have to want to do it bad enough to push yourself."
Written in 2005 by Kelly M., Age 15 --- Ohio
I was going through a really hard time recently. I was upset and moody all the time. I took everything so seriously, and was on edge all the time. I woke up one morning and decided, "Why am I like this? I hate myself. I want to be more laid back, and not so edgy all the time. Starting now, I'm going to make myself into a better person. I'm going to be living with myself for the rest of my life, so why not have a decent relationship with me?" It took a while and I'm still in the process of bettering myself, mentally. But you just have to have the motivation from within to make things happen.

September 19, 2005
"If you decide to quit, you have decided to fail. But, if you decide to keep going, when the pain is the worst, then, and only then have you decided to succeed, both at your goal, and your life."
Written in 2005 by Tobias T., Age 13 --- New Mexico
I am a middle schooler, running for a high school team. My first meet is coming up, and I have a small shot at running varsity. When I train, this goes through my mind.

September 19, 2005
"Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy."
Bill Blackman --- Submitted by Courtney R., Age 15 --- Texas
If you really think about it, it's really true. Although it's not always easy to put out good effort, we still need to try our best to do so.

September 19, 2005
"Ordinary people can do extraordinary things because no one expects them to."
Written in 2005 by Brittney G., Age 15 --- Michigan

September 19, 2005
"When you get bucked off of your horse, get back on. Don't let the fear of falling off keep you from enjoying the ride!"
Written in 2005 by Cotton L., Age 13 --- Georgia
This simply means if you go through a hard time and you get hurt(not physically), to keep on trying not to give up. Because if you do, then you don't know what kind of fun you could of had while doing it.

September 14, 2005
"Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.K., Age 14 --- Alberta, Canada

September 14, 2005
"You make choices and you live with them. It's how you deal with them that matters."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by John R., Age 15 --- North Carolina
Everyone makes mistakes, don't dwell on or regret any of them. No matter what the mistake is, it can't be erased. It happened, so learn from it and move on.

September 14, 2005
"If you are happy, you can make others happy too."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shravan M., Age 18 --- Delhi, India

September 14, 2005
"Don't let the bad get you down.....let the good lift you up higher."
Written in 2005 by C.W., Age 13 --- Canberra, Australia
I really mean is awesome if you make it fun :)

September 14, 2005
"So many things go wrong in life but you have to realize your life is a gift and you should take it to it's full advantage before it's too late."
Written in 2005 by Brittany K., Age 15 --- Wisconsin
Things go bad all the time but if you look past it all, you'll see that life is more than we see it. We should take every chance we can, so we don't live in regret.

September 12, 2005
I'm not gonna get drunk to please the crowd
I'm not gonna be a slut and sleep around...
I'm gonna say what I think and say it loud...
I'm gonna say what I believe and I'm gonna stand proud....
I'm gonna be me, no matter who I'm around...
Author Unknown --- Submitted by R.M., Age 13 --- QLD, Australia
This has just helped me be to be myself and say what I believe in

September 12, 2005
"The people who are truly your friends will maintain that friendship. Love can overcome anything, distance, or high schools. And the people who don't maintain your friendship can still live on in your wonderful memories of them."
Pat Russo --- Submitted by Carolyn K., Age 13 --- New York
My favorite teacher always said this, and I think that it is definitely true.

September 12, 2005
"There are no such things as problems, just the opportunity for solutions."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Nick B., Age 17 --- United Kingdom
I look at and use this quote any time I have a problem in life and say to myself "what can I do about it?"

September 12, 2005
"If we wait for our hands to stop shaking, we will never open the door."
Naomi Newmen --- Submitted by Janice H., Age 17 --- New York
One day, when I was feeling like I'd never accomplish any thing, I received this quote in my email and I always read it when I feel that way. I just hope that it can affect people as much as if affected me.