When you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me.’ You just scream.

- John Lennon

You expect the characters you cast in your life to behave a certain way, to read from a script. The best ones never do.

- Unknown

Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future. 

- Jonathan Safran Foer

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. 

- Bill Cosby

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never get it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

- Unknown

We are all unkind from time to time. We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it’s like chasing clouds. 

- Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty

A learning experience is one of those things that says, “You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that."

- Douglas Adams

People don't change. They modify. They adjust. Underneath, we are who we are. People just get better at covering up their flaws. 

- Amelia Shepherd

How does one become a butterfly? They have to want to learn to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. 

- Trina Paulus

Woke up wasted with whiskey on my breath
I hate the taste of it, the day after regret
I got down on my knees, I said ‘God it’s me again
Don’t quit listening and don’t give up on me yet’

- Sean McConnell

There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. 

- C. S. Lewis

I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it because you can't know. You can't ever really know the meaning of your life. And you don't need to. Just know that your life has a meaning... Every life has a meaning, whether it lasts one hundred years or one hundred seconds. Every life... And every death... changes the world in its own way. Ghandi knew this. He knew his life would mean something to someone, somewhere, somehow. And he knew with as much certainty that he could never know that meaning. He understood that enjoying life should be of much greater concern then understanding it. And so do I. You can't know. So don't take it for granted, but don't take it too seriously.Don't postpone what you want. Don't leave anything misunderstood. Make sure the people you care about know. Make sure they know how you really feel, because just like that... it could end.

- Remember Me

They say that life only grows short, I say the road only grows long.

- The Avett Brothers

The eye is always caught by the light, but shadows have more to say. 

- Gregory Maguire

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. 

- Maya Angelou

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do no let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration, for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists… it is real… it is possible… it’s yours. 

- Ayn Rand

If you want to reach out for something new, you must first let go of what’s in your hand.

- Sonia Choquette

When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on—series polygamy—until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.

- Tom Robbins

Music is the bonding factor between pain and happiness. 

- Stoney LaRue

Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself; maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you understood what you wanted out of it.

- Jodi Picoult, Handle With Care

A shutter is clicked, a flash goes off, and you've stopped time, if just for the blink of an eye. And if these pictures have anything to say to future generations it's this: I was here, I existed, I was young, I was happy. and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.

- One Hour Photo

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

- Unknown

Sometimes, she thought, courage was simply a matter of putting one foot in front of another and not stopping.

- Anita Shreve, The Pilot's Wife

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flames by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. 

- Albert Schweitzer
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