If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me."
-- Ann Landers --
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt --
"Only you can hold yourself back, only you can stand in your own way...Only you can help yourself."
-- Mikhail Strabo --
"To be nobody but myself - in a world which is doing it's level best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting
-- EE Cummings (1894-1962) --
Suicide is not chosen, it happens when pain exceeds resources from coping with the pain.
Happiness is not where you think it is.
Sometimes being surrounded by a lot of people is the lonest place to be.
People who question your sexuality usually have something to hide.
The most important things are the hardest to say.
Don't like people for what they have, like them for who they are.
There is a flame in each of us that must never be allowed to go out. As long as it burns within us, we cannot be destroyed. -" the power of one"
I have been laughed at that many times that it doesn't hurt anymore
Silence is the most powerful cry - "life is beautiful"
When one door of happiness closes, another one opens.
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say.
If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them.
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them"
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."
People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
--Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist and author (1926- )
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
--William Connor Magee
And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the
realist adjusts the sails."
--William Arthur Ward"
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
"Only those who will risk going too far can possible find out how far one can go."
Skilful sailors never learn their skills on calm seas.
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on
trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
"Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear."
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 BC)
"Joy and sorrow walk hand in hand. It is impossible to truly know one without having experienced the other."
"Do not be 'against' anything. Being 'against' weakens you.
Be 'for' what you want. Being 'for' empowers you."
"To know how to wait is the great secret of success."
--Joseph de Maistre
"If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round.
Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.
I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy.
But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Victory belongs to the most persevering."
"Men stumble over the truth from time to time,
but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."
--Sir Winston Churchill
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing."