I used to think that I wouldn't change anything from my past, because doing so would inevitably affect who I am now. But considering my current state, I'm thinking it might not be a bad idea to go back in time to fix things.

- Megan McCafferty, Charmed Thirds

There is a prayer intended to give strength to people faced with circumstances they don't want to accept. The power of the prayer comes from its insight into human nature. Because so many of us rage against the hand life has dealt us. Because so many of us are cowards and afraid to stand up for what is right. Because so many of us give into despair when faced with an impossible choice. The good news for those who utter those words is God will hear you and answer your prayer. The bad news is that sometimes the answer is no.

- Desperate Housewives

When the truth is ugly, people try to keep it hidden because they know if revealed the damage it will do. So they conceal it within sturdy walls, or they place it behind closed doors, or they obscure it with clever disguises. But truth, no matter how ugly, always emerges; and someone we care about always ends up getting hurt; and someone else will revel in their pain; and that's the ugliest truth of all.

- Desperate Housewives

Our best decisions, the ones that we never regret, come from listening to ourselves.

- Felicity

Show me a girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a girl who can't put her pants on.

- Annik Marchand

This is why you should never, ever get your hopes up. This is why you should see the glass as half empty. So when the whole thing spills, you aren't as devastated.

- Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed

The American Philosopher William James (a closet phobic) wrote an article in 1884 pondering the nature or fear. He used an example of a person encountering a bear. Does he run because he feels afraid, or does he feel afraid after he has already started running? In other words, does a person have time to think something is frightening, or does the reaction precede the thought?

- Michael Robotham, Suspect

If you are afraid of criticism. Say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

- Unknown

Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States can't make it without Texas!

- Sam Houston

I'd been through so much, falling short again and again, and only recently had found a place where who I was, right now, was enough.

- Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

He learned that a word was a powerful thing. An inslut didn't have to be shouted at you to make you bleed; a vow didn't have to be whispered to you to make you believe. Hold a thought in your head, and that was enough to change the actions of anyone and anything that crossed your path.

- Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle

A woman is like a tea bag. you never know how strong she is, until she gets in hot water.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning, malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody's friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief. I make innocent people cry in their pillows. Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip. Office gossip - shop gossip - party gossip - telephone gossip. I make headlines and headaches. Remember, before you repeat a story, ask yourself: is it true? Is it fair? Is it necessary? If not, do not repeat it. Keep quiet! Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, shallow mind discuss people.

- Ann Landers

I began to realize that being beautiful is like having a rent-controlled apartment over-looking the park: completely unfair and usually bestowed upon those who deserve it least.

- Sex and the City

In life God does not give you the people you want. He gives you the people you need ; to teach you, to hurt you, to love you, to make you laugh...to make you exactly the person you should be.

- Unknown

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

- Nelson Mandela

Never think about the future - because it comes soon enough.

- Albert Einstein

Life is truly a ride. We're all strapped in, and no one can stop it. As you make your way from youth to adulthood to maturity, sometimes you put your arms up and scream; sometimes you just hang onto the bar in front of you. But the ride is the thing. I think the most you can hope for at the end of life is that your hair is messed up, you're out of breath, and you didn't throw up.

- Jerry Seinfeld

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.

- Marcel Proust

All teenagers knew this was true. The process of growing up was nothing more than figuring out what doors hadn't yet been slammed in your face. For year's her own parents had told her that she could be anything, have anything, do anything. That was why she'd been so eager to grow up -until she got to adolescence and hit a big, fat wall of reality. As it turned out, she couldn't have anything she wanted. You didn't get to be pretty or smart or popular just because you wanted it. You didn't control your own destiny; you were too busy trying to fit in.

- Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle

You've only got three choices in life- give up, give in, or give it all you've got.

- Unknown

I was desperate to just start fresh, just be a face in a the crowd, where no one knew me. Sometimes we just need that.

- Unknown

The key to individuality is to get rid of that "I'm-afraid-of-looking-stupid" fear.

- Unknown

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.

- Jane Austen 

You have to stand for what you believe in. And sometimes you have to stand alone.

- Queen Latifah
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