Life doesn't turn out as we expect it to. When we come out into the world, our future seems as smooth and unmarred as virgin snow. It is an illusion, of course, and soon we weave a web of mistakes and failures as much as achievements and triumphs , and become used to walking on broken pavements rather than on paths of gold. It is what makes life so interesting, one quickly learns that one never knows what is going to happen next.

- Elizabeth Aston

It makes me sad. And then it makes me laugh, because sadness at any length is terrifying.

- Jill A. Davis, Girl's Poker Night

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

- Unknown

I think every day is made up of tiny little tests. Some are tests of character. Some are tests of fortitude. Others are tests of friendship. And if you're lucky, when it really matters, you'll pass with flying colors.

- Scrubs

You must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. 

- Gandhi

The question isn't 'who is going to let me'; it's 'who is going to stop me.'

- Unknown

I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person.  

- Audrey Hepburn

People only pray because they believe god will help them if they do.

- The Number 23

You have four years to be irresponsible here . Relax . Work is for people with jobs . You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends . So, stay out late . Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does. 

- Tom Petty

It's interesting to cut yourself to pieces once in a while, and wait to see if the fragments will sprout. 

- TS Eliot

If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. 

- Jim Rohn 

After all, what would be "beautiful" if the contradiction had not first become conscious of itself, if the ugly had not first said to itself: I am ugly.

- Nietzsche

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.

- Mark Twain

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers... I kind of wanted to be a vampire. 

- Angelina Jolie 

Keep looking up', Mama used to tell me. 'There's nothing on the ground but your feet.'

- Lee Martin, The Bright Forever 

So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.

- Oprah

Better a true sadness than a false joy. Better a saddened love than a joyful hatred.

- Unknown

A country is not just what it does it is also what it tolerates. 

- Andre Comton-sponville

We are punished by our sins, not for them.

- Elbert Hubbard 

Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people in the whole world. I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid worlds. Not just one world, hundreds of them, maybe thousands.

- Neil Gaiman

It seems that differ ent people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there' s me.  

- Ani DiFranco

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

- Anthony Robbins

Why do we do that? Not experience what we can when we can? We're there, within thirty yards or thirty feet or thirty football fields of incredible, beautiful, natural treasures, and we just sit dumbly in a car. Look out at stuff like we're watching a movie. 

- Amanda Boyden, Pretty Little Dirty

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

- Maya Angelou

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without shielding yourself from happiness.

- Unknown
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