"One person in six million will be struck by lightning. Fifteen people in a hundred will experience clinical depression. One woman in sixteen will experience breast cancer. One child in 30,000 will experience a serious limb deformity. One American in five will be victim of a violent crime. A day in which nothing bad happens is a miracle, a day in which all the things that could have gone wrong didn't. The dull day is a triumph of the human spirit, and boredom is a luxury unprecedented in the history of our species" ~ Douglas Coupland, All Families are Psychotic

"The one thing that we yearn for in our living days, that makes us sigh and grown and undergo sweet nauseas of all kinds, is the remembrance of some lost bliss that was probably experienced in the womb and can only be reproduced (though we hate to admit it) in death" ~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

"Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguising or a little mistaken" ~ Jane Austen, Emma

"You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses" ~ Ziggy

"You will never forget your first love. That's what makes it so special. You love so hard, so deeply, and so intensely because you don't know any different. It's the best until it's over. Then you hurt like you've never been hurt before. Eventually you love again, but you love differently. You will love more carefully, more cautiously. Just know that there is so much more love waiting for you, but there will always only be one first" ~ Unknown

"No man was ever great by imitation" ~ Samuel Johnson, Rasselas

"When I'm good, I'm very good, and when I'm bad ... I'm even better" ~ Mae West

"I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion" ~ Jack Kerouac, On The Road

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, / And therefore, is winged Cupid painted blind" ~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

"... what affects our hearts / Is not the exactness of peculiar parts; / ‘Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call, / But the joint force and full result of all ... No single parts unequally surprise, / All comes united to the admiring eyes" ~ Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

"There is no end to what can be said about the world" ~ Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

"The question on the table is, 'How drunk, is drunk enough?' and the answer is that it's all a matter of brain cells. That's right Hardy, every drink of liquor you take kills a thousand brain cells, but that doesn't much matter cause we got billions more. First the sadness cells go, so you smile real big. Then the quiet cells go, so you start sayin everything real loud for no reason at all. (laughing) But that's ok, that's ok, cause the stupid cells go next, so everything you say is real smart. And last, come the memory cells..... these are tough son's a bitches to kill" ~ Matt Damon, The Legend of Bagger Vance

"Brains in a woman was like a hidden rivier ... it could pop out from under a rock and drown you anytime" ~ Rebecca Miller, Personal Velocity

"Life is holy and every moment is precious" ~ Jack Kerouac, On the Road

"We think we don't deserve love, we think if we let it in we'll become too soft. But a wise man named Levine said it right. He said, ‘Love is the only rational act'" ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

"I have always noticed in high school yearbooks the similarity of all the graduate write-ups — how, after only a few pages, the identities of all the unsullied young faces blur, how one person melts into another and another ... At what point in our lives do we stop blurring? When do we become crisp individuals? What must we do in order to end these fuzzy identities — to clarify just who it is we really are" ~ Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma

"Two roads diverged in a wood; and I — / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference" ~ Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"

"For what reason did not dictate reason cannot explain" ~ Samuel Johnson, Rasselas

"The greatest opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world" ~ John Burroughs

"Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos ... suppose a weird or random event happens to you, like a falling cedar tree crushes your pet cat, or you get held as a hostage in the hold-up of a cut rate diner ... It's nobody's fault. It's chaos. Just chaos. Random numbers popping up in a cosmic Lotto draw" ~ Douglas Coupland, All Families are Psychotic

"Nothing yeildes more pleasure and content to the soule then when it findes that which it may love fervently, for to love and live beloved is the soule's paradice, both heare and in heaven" ~ John Winthrop, A Modell of Christian Charity

"Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too — even when you're in the dark. Even when you're falling" ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie


"To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform" ~ Theodore H. White

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet" ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Success is never final and failure is never total. It's courage that counts" ~ Success Unlimited

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, never know how soon it will be too late" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No woman ever falls in love with a man unless she has a better opinion of him than he deserves" - Ed Howe

"I suppose you can drive yourself crazy trying to figure out why things happen, the way they happen, for what reason, if there is a reason, it all seems so random. You can't always know why" ~ Once and Again

"Sometimes naming things, defining them, analyzing them, rationalizing them is basically pointless. Sometimes you just feel what you feel" ~ General Hospital

"Question: would I do it the same way all over again? Absolutely - because I learned something along the way. Most people don't learn things along the way. Or if they do, they conveniently forget those things when it suits their need. Most people, given a second chance, fuck it up completely. It's one of those laws of the universe that you can't shake. People, I have noticed, only seem to learn once they get their third chance - after losing and wasting vast sums of time, money, youth, and energy- you name it. But still they learn, which is the better thing in the end" ~ Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma

"Nobody really seems normal once you know how they like to fuck or what they think about when they jerk off." ~ Pat Califia

"Remember ... Everything happens for a reason! Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul" ~ Unknown

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got" ~ Janis Joplin

"Beginnings are scary, and endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts the most" ~ Hope Floats

"You don't have to answer for anything you do ... only yourself. Be your own judge, not the judge of others" ~ Unknown

"It's a truth universally acknowledged that the moment one area of your life starts going ok, another part of it falls spectacularly to pieces" ~ Bridget Jones's Diary

"It's a trip ya know, when you're a kid you see the life you want and it never crosses your mind that it's not going to turn out that way" ~ Love and Basketball

"Yesterday is experience. Tomorrow is hope. Today is getting from one to the other as best we can" ~ John M. Henry

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on" ~ Havelock Ellis

"There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen" ~ Hugh Prather, Notes on Love and Courage

"What is about men and nudity? Particularly breasts, how can you be so interested in them? ... Seriously, they're just breasts. Every second person in the world has them ... They're odd-looking, they're for milk, your mother has them. You've seen a thousand of them. What's all the fuss about?" ~ Julia Roberts, Notting Hilll

"Never answer an angry word with an angry word. It's the second one that makes the quarrel" ~ G.K. Chesterton, More Quotable Chesterton

"If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances" ~ Julia Sorel

"Everything happens for a reason is no reason not to ask yourself if you are living it right" ~ John Mayer

"Fate goes ever as fate must" ~ Beowulf

"Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around" ~ Vanilla Sky

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never fires, and a touch that never hurts" ~ Charles Dickens

"Every single second of our life we're reaching goals of some sort. Every single second of our lives we're crossing a finish line of some sort, with heaven's roaring cheers surrounding us as we win our way forward. Our smallest acts — crossing a street, peeling an apple, giving Miss January the one-hand salute — are as though we are ripping an Olympic ribbon to thunderous applause. The universe wants us to win. The universe makes sure we're winning even when we lose" ~ Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma

"Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing, but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn't. You take certain things for granted, when you know you should never take anything for granted. A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. And most of us live somewhere in the middle" ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

"The most important journey of our lives doesn't necessarily involve climbing the highest peak or trekking around the world. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams" ~ Oprah Winfrey

"It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got" ~Sheryl Crow

"When you look up at the sky, you realize nothing that you ever do really matters" ~ Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

"For aught that I could ever read, / Could ever hear by tale or history, / The course of true love never did run smooth" ~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Love is the bond of perfection" ~ John Winthrop, A Modell of Christian Charity

"Not all kisses are magic, and most boys do not live up to your expectations, but there are those times when everything, I mean love, romance, relationships, it all falls together perfectly and it's incredible. It's those moments, no matter how depressingly few and far between, that make growing up worth it" ~ Dawson's Creek

"There are three things we cry for in life — things that are lost, things that are found, and things that are magnificent" ~ Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning" ~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

"You already are what you want to be when you grow up" ~ Unknown

1999 - 2001

"Dress warmly, eat well, stay safe and sound, and keep smiling" ~ The Tigger Movie

"We are just earth ... But what a miracle of earth flesh is, earth shaped and changed so it takes on feeling and can breathe and think and remember" ~ Robert Morgan, from Gap Creek

"Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable" ~ The Wizard of Oz

"I always knew that looking back on my tears would make me laugh, but I never knew that looking back on my laughter would make me cry" ~ Unknown

"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be" ~ Goethe

"The Lord is with us as we go about our work. He is with us when we milk the cow or chop wood. He is with us while we sleep, and when we are sick. He is with us in the still small hours, and he is with us at the hour of our death. He will hold our hand in our moment of grief, and he is present in our greatest joy. He is with the mother who nurses her child, and he is with the mother who loses her child. The Lord is in eternity, but he is with us in time also. His is present in each hour and each minute and second. The blessing of his presence is in each moment and the thought of each moment. The Lord is in the fullness of memory, and the fullness of hope for the future. The Lord is in the promise of tomorrow" ~ Robert Morgan, from Gap Creek

"One kind word can warm three winter months" ~ Japanese Proverb

"The human spirit is stronger than anything that happnes to it" ~ C.C. Scott

"Sometimes it seems like we're all living in some kind of prison, and the crime is how much we hate ourselves ... admit the truth - that when you really look closely, people are so strange and so complicated that they're actually beautiful" ~ My So-Called Life

"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least" ~ Goethe

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born" ~ Anais Nin

"True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without then is like life on a desert island" ~ Baltasar Gracian

"A real friend is someone that knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you've forgotten the words" ~ Unknown

"Until you conquer the fears inside you, you will never be more than a child" ~ Alice In Wonderland

"Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it" ~ Hebrews 13:2

"Somewhere in my soul is a boarding house full of people I was once" ~ Robert Fulghum

"So much of hearing is listening to what we expect and tuning out the rest" ~ Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever

"The art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at a tempting moment" ~ Unknown

"It's a beautiful life, it's just as advertised. It's all for one low price. Just read the fine print and you'll be content with your beautiful life" ~ Edwin McCain

"Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits into this empty place in your heart" ~ My So-Called Life

"Angels never came down, there's no one here they want to hang around, but if they knew you at all, then one by one the angels would fall" ~ Melissa Etheridge

"You must give your gift to someone who will use it well, and who can learn that only things that matter are those made of truth, and joy, and not of tin and glass" ~ Richard Bach, There's No Such Thing As Far Away

"One can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love, to work for the person one loves and to love one's work" ~ Tolstoy

"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly" ~ St. Francis DeSalas

"Experience is the ceaseless assault life makes upon our innocence, moving us to a greater wisdom about ourselves and the world around us" ~ Abcarian

"Be a thunderstorm: Be dangerous. Be unpredictable. And make a lot of noise" ~ My Girl

"People always say how you should be yourself, like yourself is this defininite thing, like a toaster or something. Like you can know what it is, even" ~ My So-Called Life

"Possibilites exist in even the smallest grains of sand: it is the eye of faith which discovers hidden promise, the heart of hope which sustains the dream, and the hand of perserverance which creates magic from seeming nothingness" ~ Unknown

"Death remains invested with a special awe - perhaps because it infalibly mediates between all human differences" ~ Abcarian

"Home is the place that'll catch you when you fall. And we all fall. ~ Billie Letts, Where The Heart Is

"The only ones for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved desirous to everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like the fabulous roman candles" ~ Kerouac

"I will not play tug-of-war. I would rather play hug-of-war where everyone hugs instead of tugs and everyone giggles and rolls on the floor. Where everyone kisses, and everyone grins, everyone cuddles, and everyone wins" ~ Shel Silverstein

"Perhaps it's best to live with the possibility that around any corner, at any time, may come the person who reminds you of your own capacity to surprise yourself, to put at risk everything that's dear to you. Who reminds you of the distances we have to bridge to begin to know anything about one another. Who reminds you that what seems to be - even about yourself - may not be" ~ Sue Miller, While I Was Gone

"We each have a star, all we have to do is find it. Once you do, everyone who sees it will be blinded" ~ DMX

"Silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox" ~ Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

"The tectonic layers of our lives rest so lightly one on top of the other that we always come up against earlier events in later ones, not as matter that has fully formed and pushed aside, but absolutely present and alive" ~ Bernhard Schlink, The Reader

"I wanna walk and not run. I wanna skip and not fall. I wanna look at the horizon and not see a building standing tall. I wanna be the only one for miles and miles, except for maybe you and your simple smile" ~ Dixie Chicks

"Sometimes you let circumstances go their own direction ... but sometimes you have to get in the middle of situations and manage them" ~ Robert James Waller, Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend

"It's just weird ... when you have a picture of how something's going to be and it turns out completely different" ~ My So-Called Life

"Pain my be a gift to us ... Remember, after all, that pain is one of the ways we register in memory the things that vanish, that are taken away. We fix them in our minds forever by yearning, by pain, by crying out. Pain, the pain that seems unbearable at the time, is memory's first imprinting step, the cornerstone of the temple we erect inside us in memory ... Pain is part of memory, and memory is a God-given gift ... Pain triggers memory. And memory is a kind of new birth, within each of us. And it is that new birth after long pain, that resurrection - in memory - that to our surprise, perhaps, comforts us" ~ Sue Miller, While I Was Gone

"Humankind is drawn to dogs, because they are so like ourselves - humbling, affectionate, confused, easily disappointed, eager to be amused, grateful for kindness and the least attention" ~ Pam Brown

"Belief is only as strong as the knowledge upon which it is based. Knowledge is only as powerful as its application and its application only possible through belief" ~ Tarot Card

"The only life worth living is the magical one" ~ Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever

"It's so much more friendly with two" ~ Piglet, Winnie the Pooh

"A friend is like a piece of paper - useful, commonplace, versatile, firm - and sometimes just a thin space between ourselves and who we really are" ~ Unknown

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world" ~ Unknown

"The family - the dear octopus for whose tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to" ~ Dodie Smith

"You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back" ~ Barbara DeAngelis

"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the same advantages that you've had" ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

"Change our thought, and the world around us changes" ~ Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever

"A friend is a gift you give yourself" ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Intimate relationships cannot substitue for a life plan. But to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan must include intimate relationships" ~ Harriet Lerner

"Some people come into our lives and quickly so. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same" ~ Unknown

"We can't hate each other for getting older, but we must forgive each other for growing up" ~ The Wonder Years

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places" ~ Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end" ~ Semisonic

"Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead" ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

"Age is a very high price to pay for maturity" ~ Unknown

"There are so many different ways to be connected to people. There are the people you feel this unspoken connection to, even though there's not even a word for it. There are the people you have known forever, who know you in this way that other people can't, because they've seen you change. They've let you change" ~ My So-Called Life

"Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts the Lord has given us, with it comes understanding" ~ Dawson's Creek

"Other people may be there to help us, teach us, guide us along our path. But the lesson to be learned is always ours" ~ Melody Beattie

"Stardust, well it's a funny thing. It can make you cuss, it can make you sing. And the need to touch it gets hard to explain some days" ~ Dixie Chicks

"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul and the blueprints of your ultimate achievements" ~ Napolean Hill

"When I act you will know my reasons and when I speak you will know my heart" ~ G.W. Bush

"Men and women and the earth and all upon it are simply to be taken as they are" ~ Walt Whitman

"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday" ~ Unknown

"The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place" ~ Barbara DeAngelis

"The task ahead is never as great as the power behind us" ~ Alcoholics Anonymous

"If you don't daydream and kind of plan things out in your imagination, you never get there. So you have to start some place" ~ Robert Duvall

"There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it's easy" ~ Unknown

"There is no greater power than the power of goodbye" ~ Madonna

"Enjoy it, man, life has some pretty unexpected benefits" ~ Dawson's Creek

"I dwell in Possibility ... The spreading wide my narrow Hands / To gather Paradise" ~ Emily Dickinson

"Somewhere there's someone who dreams of your smile, and finds in your presence that life is worth while, so when you are lonely, remember it's true: somebody, somewhere is thinking of you" ~ Unknown

"You must always know how long to stay and when to go" ~ Dixie Chicks

"Why is it so hard to figure out what guys are thinking? I guess they really don't want you to know. Like it would take away their power, or something. It usually looks like they know nothing at all. That can't be right" ~ Once & Again

"I have learned that neither kindness nor cruelty by themselves, independent of each other, creates any effect beyond themselves; and I have learned that the two combined, together, at the same time, are the teaching emotion" ~ Edward Albee, The Zoo Story

"I would like to say that I believe in God and I believe in karma. Why I exist beats the shit out of me, but I do and I am grateful for every breath of air I get to inhale knowing how unpredictable life on earth is" ~ Fred Durst

"It's only after we lose everything, we can do anything" ~ Fight Club

"You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict the weather" ~ Outkast

"Faith is the aniseptic of the soul ... it pervades the common people and preserves them" ~ Walt Whitman

"Sometimes people fill their minds with all these stupid things to keep themselves from thinking about what's really important" ~ My So-Called Life

"Sometimes people aren't who you need them to be at a certain moment and unfortunately there's nothing you can do about it" ~ Once & Again

"Life is one big party when you're still young, but whois gonna have your back when it's all done" ~ Shaggy

"Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly" ~ Edward Albee, The Zoo Story

"If you stop judging people long enough to give them a new start, they have the chance to be wonderful" ~ General Hospital

"Everything in the world is wonderful until proven to be crap" ~ Dawson's Creek

"Life can really be so much simpler than people let it be most of the time" ~ Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

"Life's just a blast, just it's moving really fast, better stay on top or life will kick you in the ass" ~ Limp Bizkit

"If we weren't so afraid of letting go, we wouldn't feel so free when we did" ~ Dawson's Creek

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The most potent muse of all is our own inner child" ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

"At the height of laughter, the universe if flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities" ~ Jean Houston

"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible" ~ Oscar Wilde

"The only thing that is predictable is that nothing is predictable" ~ Larry King

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical sunstances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed" ~ C.G. Jung

"To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive" ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why" ~ Eddie Cantor

"We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open" ~ Shakti Gawain

"Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are imcomparable" ~ Brenda Ueland

"Do I dare disturb the universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse" ~ T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

"Error is all in the not done" ~ Ezra Pound, The Cantos

"Things will happen, slowly and swiftly. At times it will seem that nothing changes at all ... and then again ... the sudden dramatic events which make history leap into the future. And then quiet again" ~ Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

"Some of us have great stories, pretty stories, that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad ... A lot of people that's their story, good times, noodle salad" ~ As Good As It Gets

"Don't never go looking for love ... Just wait. It'll come. Like the rain fallin' from heaven, it'll come. Just don't never give up on love" ~ Sonja Sanchez, "Just Don't Never Give Up On Love"

"Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish" ~ Ovid

"The words that enlighten the soul are more precious then jewels" ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

"Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame" ~ Erica Jong

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult" ~ Seneca

"In a dark time, the eye begins to see" ~ Theodore Roethke

"It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve Him. Serving Him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create" ~ Leo Tolstoy

"You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want" ~ Margaret Young

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm" ~ Colette

"Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over" ~ Octavia Butler

"Hold on to your sex ... it is the most powerful tool you have in a relationship. Only share that gift with someone who you can trust to use it right" ~ Unknown

"But it won't always be confusion and hurting, the body will find itself through this pain; remember Michelangelo, who believed that in marble, from already exists, the artist's hands simply pulling it out into the world" ~ Judith Ortiz Cofer, "Unspoken"

"If goodness lies within ... then goodness will come out" ~ General Hospital

"Fate is shaped half by expectation, half by inattention. But somehow, when you lose something you love, faith takes over. You have to pay attention to what you lost. You have to undo the expectation" ~ Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

"The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one of the most serious misunderstandings that divide them" ~ Simon de Beauvoir

"Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat" ~ Notting Hill

"It takes courage to go places alone ... to do things for yourself. But it feels great to succeed, to know that you did it and you didn't have to hide behind the shadow of a friend. Whether it be going to another country or just to a restaurant alone, there is no other feeling than to know deep down inside that you are your own person and you can do it for you. When you hold your head up high and say, 'table for one' you know your character is strong. When you feel self-conscience that people are staring at you, they only are out of admiration. May everyday you have someone to hold your hand if you need it ... but may you never have to" ~ Unknown

"You can't help but lose your balance and fall. And after you pick yourself up, you realize you can't trust anybody to save you -- not your husband, not your mother, not God" ~ Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

"The more I think about things the more I see no rhyme or reason in life. No one knows why some things work out and some things don't" ~ Notting Hill

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars" ~ Les Brown

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" ~ Albert Einstein

"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless" ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage" ~ Anais Nin

"Learning is movement from moment to moment" ~ J. Krishnamurti

"In the middle of difficulty lies opporunity" ~ Albert Einstein

"The life which is not examined is not worth living" ~ Plato

"Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us" ~ Meister Eckhart

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it" ~ Somerset Maugham

"Adventure is guaranteed for those who march to their own drummer" ~ General Hospital

"When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure" ~ Alice Hoffman, Here On Earth

"Do not fear mistakes - there are none" ~ Miles Davis

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious" ~ Albert Einstein

"Until we accept that fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing" ~ Henry Miller

"It is sometimes possible to look at a person and see inside, although this happens so rarely it's always a shock, like a form of electricity traveling from one soul to another. It can only be glimpsed for an instant, but in that instant you can see the core of a person, even in the middle of a crowded barroom" ~ Alice Hoffman, Here On Earth

"The sky isn't always blue, the sun doesn't always shine, it's alright to fall apart sometimes" ~ Robert Miles

"Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind, it often exists in a man of fifty more than a boy of twenty-three" ~ Nathan Morris, of Boyz II Men

"Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves ... we need oxygen and a candle to help ... the oxygen, for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle could be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. A pleasant warmth grows within us, fading slowly as time goes by, until a new explosion comes along to revive it. Each person has to discover what will set off those explosions in order to live, since the combustion that occurs when one of them is ignited is what nourishes the soul. That fire, in short, is its food. If one doesn't find out in time what will set off these explosions, the box of matches dampens, and not a single match will ever be lighted" ~ Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

"When someone loves you it's like having a blanket all round your heart" ~ Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

"Some kind of help is the kind of help that helping's all about. And some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without" ~ Shel Silverstein, "Helping"

"Time's passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystalize at any given moment at will: a thousand days are melted into one conversation, one glance, one hurt, and one hurt can be shattered and sprinkled over a thousand days. It is silent and elusive, refusing to be dammed and dripped out day by day; it swirls through the mind while an entire lifetime can ride like foam on the deceptive, transparent waves and get sprayed onto the consciousness at ragged, unexpected intervals" ~ Gloria Naylor, The Women of Brewster Place

"Take chances, get messy, make mistakes" ~ The Magic School Bus

"Nobody should have to make excuses for growing up" ~ General Hospital

"We can do no great things -- only small things with great love" ~ Mother Teresa

"From small beginnings come great things" ~ Proverb

"At certain times in your life everything goes wrong and you don't know which way to turn and it is as if everywhere around you stainless steel doors are clamping shut like in Star Trek. What you have to do is be a heroine and stay brave, without sinking into drink or self-pity and everything will be OK" ~ Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary

"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale" ~ Hans Christian Anderson

"Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you" ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle" ~ Albert Einstein

"Happiness is the intoxication produced by the moment of poise between a satisfactory past, and an immediate future, rich with promise" ~ Ella Maillart

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen" ~ John Steinbeck

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

"We don't know who we are until we see what we can do" ~ Martha Grimes, Writer's Handbook

"Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have" ~ Doris Mortman, Circles

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves" ~ Carl G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

"Being yourself is not remaining what you were, or being satisfied with what you are. It is the point of departure" ~ Sydney J. Harris

"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves" ~ Henry David Thoreau

"We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our worst enemies" ~ Roderick Thorp, Rainbow Drive

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do" ~ Benjamin Spock, MD, Baby and Child Care

"Imagination is the true magic carpet" ~ Norman Vincent Peale

"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds" ~ G.K. Chesterton

"Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly" ~ Lauren Bacall, Lauren Bacall, By Myself

"Hold fast to dreams / For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird / That cannot fly" ~ Langston Hughes, The Dream Catcher

"Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours" ~ Doug Larson

"Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark" ~ David Ogilvy

"Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither" ~ C.S. Lewis

"The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving" ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

"The hardest thing in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn" ~ Laurence J. Peter

"To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have" ~ Ken S. Keyes Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness

"Conscience is that still, small voice that is sometimes too loud for comfort" ~ Bert Murray, The Wall Street Journal

"A conscience, like a buzzing bee, can make a fellow uneasy without ever stinging him" ~ American Farm & Home Almanac

"Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life" ~ Sandra Carey

"There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience" ~ French Proverb

"You'll have bad times, but they'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to" ~ Good Will Hunting

"Don't brood on what's past, but never forget it either" ~ Thomas H. Raddall

"A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes" ~ Doug Larson

"There is a great difference between knowing a thing and understanding it" ~ Charles Kettering with T.A. Boyd, Prophet of Progress

"The wise person questions himself, the fool others" ~ Henri Arnold

"The golden rule of friendship is to listen to others you would have them listen to you" ~ David Augsburger

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else" ~ Charles Dickens

"The art of living consists in knowing which impulses to obey and which must be made to obey" ~ Sydney J. Harris

"Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it" ~ Doug Larson

"A friend is someone you can do nothing with, and enjoy it" ~ The Optimist Magazine

"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own" ~ Abraham Lincoln

"Love and time -- those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent" ~ Gary Jennings, Aztec

"You can't have everything you want in life. Some of what you want but not everything you want. Is not what happens to you in life that counts by how you play the cards you are dealt ... think about the future" ~ Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones - The Edge of Reason

"The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear" ~ Socrates

"The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour" ~ Japanese Proverb

"Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone, and more fragile than a rose" ~ Turkish Proverb

"An optimist is the human personification of spring" ~ Susan J. Bissonette

"The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say ‘I was wrong'" ~ Sydney J. Harris, Pieces of Eight

"If you don't want anyone to know, don't do it" ~ Chinese Proverb

"Always put off until tomorrow what you shouldn't do at all" ~ Morris Mandel

"The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers" ~ Arthur Koestler, The Act of Creation

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet" ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Success is never final and failure is never total. It's courage that counts" ~ Success Unlimited

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, never know how soon it will be too late" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person." ~Somerset Maugham

"Life herself is the only school-mistress of life. There is no pedagogy that will work. One learns to live only by living, and each man has to being the apprenticeship of life from the beginning" ~ Miguel de Unamuno, Mist

"I will not forgive you again. I've closed my heart. It is useless to cry. It is useless to call. I will never forgive you" ~ Spanish poem, found in When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago

"La verdad, anugue severa, es amiga verdadera," meaning "Truth, although severe, is a true friend" ~ Spanish proverb

"There's a long way between what people say and what is" ~ Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican

"Life smiles on the person who smiles on it, not the one who makes faces at it" ~ Carmen de Icaza, Cristina Guzman

"Strange things happen all the time. Our mistake lies in the fact that we insist on applying the law of gravity to them, or the law of clock time, or some other law that we obey unquestioningly. It is difficult for us to admit that such things have there own law" ~ Carmen Martin Gaite, The Back Room

"No one can ever promise you they will never hurt you, because at one time or another it will happen. The real promise is if the time you spent together will be worth the pain in the end" ~ Unknown

"It's a big project, this life thing. I'm glad we are here to give it a shot" ~ Fred Durst

"I always tell my children : you are students maintained by your parents. Work hard so as to merit their sacrifices. Cultivate yourselves instead of protesting. When you are adults, if your opinions are to carry weight, they must be based on knowledge backed by diplomas. A diploma is not a myth. It is not everything, true. But it crowns knowledge, work" ~ Mariama Ba, So Long A Letter

"Love comes to those who still hope although they have been disappointed, to those who still believe although they have been betrayed, and who still love although they have been hurt before" ~ Unknown

"One does not fix appointments with fate. Fate grasps whom it wants, when it wants. When it moves in the direction of your desires, it brings you plentitude. But more often than not, it unsettles, crosses you. Then one has to endure ... Think of human destiny. Each life has its share of heroism, an obscure heroism, born of abdication, of renunciation and acceptance under the merciless whip of fate" ~ Mariama Ba, So Long A Letter

"Love, like life, is much stranger and far more complicated than one is brought up to believe" ~ Kay Jamison

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next" ~ Gilda Radner

"Everybody likes to play a part of some kind, senorito, and nobody is the person that he is to himself, but only the person that the other people make him" ~ Miguel Unamuno, Mist