September 30, 2002
    "We are all too unique to be classified into groups. Some people may share similar qualities, but are completely different otherwise. You are your own person with your own thoughts and values, and that is my definition of individuality."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tina S., Age 14 --- Utah
    September 30, 2002
    "A mistake is only made when nothing is learned!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.S., Age 17 --- Iowa
    September 30, 2002
    "In life there are no such things as mistakes... only happy little boo-boos."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Violet S., Age 17 --- Indiana
    Do not regret anything; just look upon it as a learning experience... even though it may sound silly to do so it helps!!
    September 30, 2002
    "Being happy with yourself is the first step to doing great things."
    Written in 2002 by Mecca G., Age 15 --- Pennsylvania
    September 30, 2002
    "Tears are the key to life. If you can't be upset about those you have lost and remember, then you can't be happy about those you remember and cherish."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ayesha H., Age 14 --- Auckland, New Zealand
    September 27, 2002
    "Map out your future, but map it out in pencil."
    Bon Jovi --- Submitted by Kelly C., Age 16 --- New Jersey
    September 27, 2002
    "What is it that drives us outward to the stars above and to the shores below? Is it the security of knowing what's there? Or is it the adventure of finding it?"
    Copyright © 2002 Chris Hogan
    September 27, 2002
    "There will come a time in your life when you think that you love somebody...but then realize that they do not love YOU. This is when you realize that you can only truly love a person that loves and respects you back. Once you have endured this pain you will know that you do not 'need' anybody but yourself."
    Copyright © 2002 Ashley Thompson
    If you can be your own friend in harsh times, then you can bear anything that may come your way.
    September 27, 2002
    "Friends will change from time to time but your family will always stay the same."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Natasha M., Age 13 --- California
    September 27, 2002
    "When everything seems to be going wrong, suck it up and say a prayer."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chelsey B., Age 13 --- Iowa
    September 25, 2002
    "Life doesn't imitate art; it imitates bad television!"
    Woody Allen ---Submitted by K.T., Age 15 --- NSW, Australia
    This is perfect for the life of a teenager... I think it reflects our lives and dramas perfectly!
    September 25, 2002
    "Don't promise me forever. I know that fantasy won't come true. Promise me for now, because that is all either of us can do. And if now becomes tomorrow, and tomorrow becomes years, you won't have broken your promise. Promise me for now. I hope with all my heart that now will last forever - but it not - you still haven't lost my trust."
    Copyright © 2002 Kayla Sullivan
    I have found that "now" is all that anyone can promise because you never know what will happen. In my experience, a promise is great, and promising for now is the best promise to make because it can't be broken. With all luck, "now" will become "forever" for you. Just be careful of your promises because a promise is the most valuable thing there is and you should cherish them!
    September 25, 2002
    "Just let it go..."
    My coach --- Submitted by C. K., Age 16 --- Florida
    September 25, 2002
    "To be loved by someone is a great thing, but to be loved for who you are inside is even greater."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Stephanie S., Age 15 --- Pennsylvania
    September 25, 2002
    "Every day you're one more step away from the past, and one step closer to your future. Walk on."
    Copyright © 2002 Lisa Chikarovski
    September 25, 2002
    "If you think you can't do something, think again."
    Written in 2002 by Matthew G., Age 12 --- Massachusetts
    September 23, 2002
    "Be real, be you, respect yourself and others. This advice will carry you everywhere and anywhere you want to go."
    Written in 2002 by E.C., Age 14 --- Massachusetts
    September 23, 2002
    "I am a not an average girl. I don't try to impress you or act different around other people. I am who I am. Who are you?"
    Copyright © 2002 Megan Heck
    September 23, 2002
    "Life can only be understood looking backward, but it must be lived looking forward."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lauren N., Age 15 --- Pennsylvania
    September 23, 2002
    "It's better to lose trying to win, then to quit trying not to lose."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chris H., Age 15 --- Texas
    September 23, 2002
    "If you don't like what a person is doing, either deal with it or do something about it. Don't just get angry. Remember people cannot read your mind so you have to tell them what you're thinking."
    Written in 2002 by Renee P., Age 15 --- Nebraska
    September 20, 2002
    "All we have is to decide what to do with the time that is given to us."
    J.R.R. Tolkien --- Submitted by G.M., Age 17 --- Washington, D.C.
    A very profound quote, from a very profound book that has actually taught me a lot (and has a lot to teach you, too!)... What more can I say?
    September 20, 2002
    "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more successfully."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by C.W., Age 16 --- North Carolina
    September 20, 2002
    "I can, I will, Just watch me."
    A.Odewin --- Submitted by C.T., Age 17 --- Victoria, Australia
    September 20, 2002
    "People think that the definition of perfection is being faultless. But if you think about it...the true definition is finding your faults, and loving them, along with the faults of others...because they are what make a person unique and whole."
    Copyright © 2002 Ashley Thompson
    September 20, 2002
    "Stop telling GOD how big your storm is and start telling your storm how big your GOD is."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Emily D., Age 16 --- Oklahoma
    September 18, 2002
    "When people talk about success they say, 'Aim for the top'.
    But I say, 'Why stop there?'"
    Written in 2002 by Maria S., Age 13 --- Pennsylvania
    This quote has made me believe that once you reach your dream, there is still a path to go to get better at what you've accomplished. So, Reach For The Stars!!!
    September 18, 2002
    "You would worry less of what others thought of you, if you realized how seldom they do."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sarah H., Age 17 --- Georgia
    As you go through school, and life, realize that this is true, so don't worry about what others think of you, because they are too busy worrying about what you think of them.
    September 18, 2002
    "I'm perfect at being me."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Danny B., Age 16 --- Illinois
    I wrote this quote down in a friend's quote book when we were discussing what perfect means and if anyone really is perfect. I think I found the answer.
    September 18, 2002
    "When you die, nothing matters but the dash. On your tombstone, it says 1933-2025, or something like that. The only thing that matters is that dash. That dash is your life. How you live is your life and were you happy with the way you lived with it."
    Mike Tyson --- Submitted by Tony H., Age 19 --- Wisconsin
    September 18, 2002
    "If it is worth getting, then it is not easy!!!"
    Phil Morrison Sr. --- Submitted by Britany M., Age 14 --- Illinois
    Think about this everyday.
    September 16, 2002
    Many people never go past start
    Other people pass it many times
    Many people never open their eyes
    Other people never close them

    Many sit it out instead of dancing
    Others dance like no one is watching
    Many people follow the world
    Other people lead it

    Many people look through a crack
    Other people walk through a door
    Many people watch
    Other people LIVE
    Never let yourself fall, fly.
    Written in 2002 by Sara D., Age 15 --- California
    September 16, 2002
    "I tried something...I looked inside myself and found out exactly who I am. All of a sudden, I found that I had much more love and understanding for others than before."
    Copyright © 2002 Ashley Thompson
    If you find yourself and love and respect who YOU are, then you can love others fully, and you will give off good energy...which in turn, draws people to you. You will find the people in life that truly care for you.
    September 16, 2002
    "You can't be afraid to fail; if you are, you will be afraid to try."
    Written in 2002 by K.S., Age 14 --- Louisiana
    I learned this from a book I read by Derek Jeter "The Life you Imagine"
    September 16, 2002
    "One thing I've learned from movies is that there's the perfect guy waiting for you. One thing I've learned from reality is that there is no perfect guy, but a lot more love than you can imagine hidden behind the imperfections, and you shouldn't miss out on that."
    Copyright © 2002 Danielle Levine
    This is a quote that made me realize that I couldn't always have the perfect guy I've seen on TV. I couldn't keep dumping guys after 2 weeks just because of imperfections. I hope this helps everyone realize that they should give every guy/girl a chance and don't keep waiting for the guy you think is out there....because he may be right in front of you.
    September 16, 2002
    "If we're all different then why do we always single out the different ones?"
    Copyright © 2002 Kyle Moulton
    September 13, 2002
    "Circumstances in life arise sometimes without warning, then we realize things we could have done better, live your life with no regrets, so when those circumstances do arise you will have no worries."
    Copyright © 2002 Gary Williams
    September 13, 2002
    Teenagers are amazing,
    I wish the world would see,
    Just how beautiful we are,
    How compassionate we can be.

    I wish they could take back,
    All the cynical things they've said,
    And see how much we shine,
    Be positive instead.

    Remark on our radiant smiles,
    And the differences we make,
    All of the people our lives touch,
    All of the chances that we take.

    Notice how we change,
    Each and every day,
    Wanting to leave childhood,
    Yet desperately trying to stay.

    I wish they could remember,
    How tough our lives can be,
    The promises that are broken,
    The violence that we see.

    Yet we still venture onward,
    Unsure of where the road may lead,
    Hoping they will take notice,
    Hoping they'll take heed,

    Of the changes that we've made,
    Of the power that we hold,
    Of the wisdom we have hidden,
    Of the stories yet untold.

    I hope the world will notice,
    What some have already seen,
    Teenagers are amazing people,
    Striving to follow their dreams.
    Jamie Haskins --- Submitted by Sara B., Age 13 --- North Carolina
    I love this poem because it's so true. When I read it, it really touched me.
    September 13, 2002
    "The student always comes before athlete in Student Athlete."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Alejandra B., Age 13 --- Iowa
    September 13, 2002
    "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little bit EXTRA!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by C.T., Age 17 --- Victoria, Australia
    September 13, 2002
    "The world may never know you're great, but TRUE friends are the ones who know you're a star!"
    Written in 2002 by Ericka B., Age 14 --- Ohio
    September 11, 2002
    "Just when you think that things can't get any worse, they do. I've learned that life is like hourglass sand. Sooner or later, everything hits rock bottom. But all you have to do is wait, and be patient for something to turn everything back around."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Maria S., age 13 --- Pennsylvania
    This quote has made a tremendous impact on my life, and I hope that it will make the same impact on someone else's.
    September 11, 2002
    "I was wrong about happiness. I thought if I just knew where to look it would be easily retrievable, like a hairbrush I lost between the cushions of the couch, or the name of someone I used to know."
    Meg Kearney --- Submitted by Courtney N., Age 13 --- New York
    September 11, 2002
    "When you need someone, don't run for help to someone else. Dig deep inside of yourself and heal your wounds on your on. After you can do that, than you may run to others for help!"
    Copyright © 2002 Megan Heck
    September 11, 2002
    " Failure is nothing but fuel which when burnt, produces heat, in turn, boiling success."
    Copyright © 2002 Jaskaran Singh
    September 11, 2002
    "Whatever you put out comes back to you, in one way or another."
    J. Clark --- Submitted by P.P., Age 13 --- Connecticut
    September 9, 2002
    " Nobody is perfect; I am not a nobody, therefore I am PERFECT."
    Written in 2002 by Nikki D., Age 16 --- Vic, Australia
    Don't let ANYONE push you around. Remember: everyone is perfect in his or her own way. Everyone is a someone.
    September 9, 2002
    "Pretend life is like a comedy and you're the main character."
    Written in 2001 by Amelia S., Age 15 --- Michigan
    A bunch of stuff will happen that you aren't too happy about. The best thing to do is to laugh it off if you can and try to see things in the best way possible. Try to stay happy and don't try to control the things you can't.
    September 9, 2002
    "If you lie once, a whole load of lies come after it. So tell the truth always."
    Written in 2002 by Jo, Age 14 --- United Kingdom
    Remember this to get through life.
    September 9, 2002
    "All we ask is one thing: All you have."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Hilary S., Age 15 --- Nevada
    September 9, 2002
    "Moving on is the easy part; it's letting go that's hard."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chanel D., Age 18 --- Ontario, Canada
    September 6, 2002
    "Never, never, never, give up for that is just the place and time the tides will turn."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe --- Submitted by Kirby B., Age 16 --- Manitoba, Canada
    This one is SOOO true!
    --- Author's name provided by Scott M. --- 9/11/02

    September 6, 2002
    It's the everlasting battle.
    It's the pain and the strife.
    It's the smiles and the laughter.
    The journey we call life.
    Copyright © 2002 Jessica Jakob
    Your life is what you make it.
    September 6, 2002
    "People might cheat you because of who you are, friends might not always be there for you. They might not realize or appreciate the efforts you make for them...but as long as know you've tried and done what you could, you will learn to be happy."
    Copyright © 2002 Patricia Lin
    BE HAPPY. God always know what we do, he's always watching us. As long as He knows, we can know for sure that our efforts are not useless.
    September 6, 2002
    "Life is like a car...you can look in the rear view mirror and see were you've been...but you always have to keep an eye on the road ahead!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Amanda A., Age 16 --- Texas
    This quote is supposed to mean that its fine to reminisce about the past but not to live in it and you always have to look towards your future cause that's what matters.
    September 6, 2002
    "If I were to stand in the middle of the road with my arms crossed, staring into an area filled with nothing, would you approach me and ask, "What are you looking at?" or would you say "Beautiful, isn't it?" For in nothing exists everything and vice versa."
    Copyright © 2002 Jason Staats
    September 4, 2002
    "I pity the man who said the sky is the limit, for he never truly reached for the stars!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Chris M., Age 18 --- South Carolina
    This quote was given to me at an officer retreat for my student council, and has really stuck with me... I just wanted to share it with everyone.
    September 4, 2002
    "Strangers are exciting, their mystery never ends, but there is nothing like looking at your own history in the faces of your friends."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Taryn C., Age 17 --- Colorado
    September 4, 2002
    "Love is recognizing the imperfections, comprehending them, enduring them, and in spite of it all, still loving the one with them."
    Copyright © 2002 Terri Kendrick
    September 4, 2002
    "If you succeed in everything you do, then your not trying hard enough."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Ashley P., Age 17 --- Florida
    September 4, 2002
    "Friendship is a promise spoken by the heart. It is not given by any pledge nor written on any paper. It is a promise renewed every time we keep in touch."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Benjamin H., Age 14 --- Marine Crescent, Singapore