"Everything happens for a reason... Just believe."
"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars."
"My soul is my art." -me (My soul is in my art. My art IS my soul.)
"I cannot live without books." - Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1815
“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J. R. R. Tolkien
"Making art is the closest I get to God." -Rhonda Zwillinger (provided by Big Picture Classes 8/2/11)
"You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star." -Nietzsche
"I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me." -Selena Gomez, "Who Says" lyrics
"Silliness makes your soul smile." - Doe Zantamata
"Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." -Eleanor Roosevelt
"If you're lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everybody else... don't EVER change." -Taylor Swift
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - Albert Einstein
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." -Milton Berle
"You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it."
"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."
"Happiness is a journey, not a destination." -Ben Sweetland
"Remind yourself it's okay not to be perfect."
"Every day is a second chance."
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." -Confucius
"If life was easy where would all of the adventures be?"
"Stars can't shine without darkness."
"Don't follow your dreams, chase them."
"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." -Marilyn Monroe
"Don't define your world in black and white because there is so much hiding amongst the greys."
"You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream." -C. S. Lewis
"Smile. Let everyone know that today you're a lot stronger than you were yesterday."
"You are amazing. And don't you forget that."
"Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." -Lord Byron
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Only shooting stars break the mold." -Smash Mouth
"Do or do not. There is no try."
"If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain." -Dolly Parton (also quoted as "You can't have a rainbow without the rain.")
"I am not perfect nor do I strive to be." -Blue October
"Without change there would be no butterflies."
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.” -Richard Buckminster Fuller
"To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest." -Mahatma Gandhi
"Life isn't meant to be easy, it's meant to be LIVED. Sometimes good, other times rough. But with every up and down, you learn lessons that make you STRONG. Never give up."
"If ever there was a time to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, now is certainly that time."
"If you only walk on sunny days you'll never reach your destination." -Paulo Coelho
"Don't start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Every day is a fresh start. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the first day of our new life."
"A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence." -James Watkins
"I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength." -Alex Elle
"An arrow can be shot only by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going launch you into something great."
"When the world says give up, hope whispers try one more time."
"People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel."
"Don't be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others."
Be strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now, but it never rains forever."
"Scars show us where we have been, they do not dictate where we are going." -David Rossi
"A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well." "Don't stop dreaming just because some of your dreams did not come true. They didn't come true because something better awaits." -Amanda Brazel
"Don't be afraid to sparkle." "I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid. Doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be." -Joseph Campbell
Danielle: It is not fair, sire. You have found my weakness, but I have yet to learn yours. Henry: But I should think it was quite obvious.
Henry: You told me it was a matter of life or death. Leonardo da Vinci: [unrolling the Mona Lisa] A woman always is, sire.
Henry: I feel as if my skin is the only thing keeping me from going everywhere at once.
[after da Vinci opens a locked door by removing the pins from the hinges] Louise: Why, that was pure genius! Leonardo da Vinci: Yes! I shall go down in history as the man who opened a door!
Henry: I have not slept for fear I would wake to find all this a dream.
Henry: Do you really think there is only one perfect mate? Leonardo da Vinci: As a matter of fact, I do. Henry: Well then how can you be certain to find them? And if you do find them, are they really the one for you or do you only think they are? And what happens if the person you're supposed to be with never appears, or, or she does, but you're too distracted to notice? Leonardo da Vinci: You learn to pay attention. Henry: Then let's say God puts two people on Earth and they are lucky enough to find one another. But one of them gets hit by lightning. Well then what? Is that it? Or, perchance, you meet someone new and marry all over again. Is that the lady you're supposed to be with or was it the first? And if so, when the two of them were walking side by side were they both the one for you and you just happened to meet the first one first or, was the second one supposed to be first? And is everything just chance or are some things meant to be?
Leonardo da Vinci: You cannot leave everything to fate, boy. She's got a lot to do. Sometimes you must give her a hand.
(and my most favorite of all) Danielle: Just breathe...