Favorite Quotes
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I am not confined to a wheelchair; I am mobilized by one. I am not ventilator-dependent; I am a happy consumer of a lung-expanding breathing device which allows me to continue doing the things I love. ~ The Honorable Justice Sam Filer, using a computer-activated communication system

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived, this is to have succeeded." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart! Always think of the power words have. Because everything you hear and read will affect your actions! Therefore: ALWAYS be . . . POSITIVE and above all: Be DEAF when people tell YOU that you cannot fulfill your dreams!" ~ Unknown

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." ~Chief Seattle

"It is not "forgive and forget" as if nothing wrong had ever happened,but "forgive and go forword" building on the mistakes of the past and the energy generated by reconciliation to create a new future." ~Carolyn Osiek

"As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears. Never let me become so indifferent, that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child. Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them forget, at least momentarily, the unpleasantness in their lives. And in my final moment, may I hear You whisper:
"When you made My people smile, you made Me smile."" ~Unknown

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are. -Author Unknown

"Stick to your gun if you believe in something no matter what, cause it's better to be hated for who you are, than loved for who you're not." - Van Zant

"Smile, even if it is a sad smile,
Because sadder than a sad smile
Is the sadness of not knowing how to smile." ~ Unknown

"Life isn't a destination, it's a journey.
We all come upon unexpected curves and turning points,
Mountain tops and valleys.
Everything that happens to us
Shapes who we are becoming.
And in the adventure of each day,
We discover the best in ourselves." ~ Unknown

"Never argue with a stupid person.
First they'll drag you down to their level,
then they will beat you with experience." ~ Unknown