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I AM ...

The words "I am ..." are potent words;

be careful what you hitch them to.
The thing you're claiming
has a way of reaching back
and claiming you.

A. L. Kitselman

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"I believe in you."

How easy it is to let those words
rise from our heart, over our lips,
and into someone else's heart.

"I believe in you."
How wonderful the feeling inside
when someone says that to you,
especially if you're going through a tough time in your life.

"I believe in you."
How powerful those words are
in turning someone's life around
and helping them to believe in themselves again.

"I believe in you."
Oh, the light that just went back on
in your child's eyes!

"I believe in you."
Their smile just beamed brighter
than it's ever beamed before.

I believe in you.
Yes, you!
In spite of the weaknesses and shortcomings
that only you see in yourself.
I don't see them.

I believe in you.
And when you wish upon that star just remember ...
I made those stars for all of your wishes.

I believe in you.
And I believe in your dreams,
and I know you can make them all come true ...
if you believe, too.

I believe in you.
I really do.

I believe in you.
I always have ... and I always will.
I promise.

I believe in you.


Jace Carlton

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I had a monumental idea this morning,

but I didn't like it.

Samuel Goldwyn

Movie Producer

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Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the things you can think if only you try!
Theodor Geisel
"Dr. Seuss"


There is no limit to what you can imagine,
and with commitment, with effort,
what you can imagine you can become.
Put your mind to work for you.  Believe you can do it.
The world will tell you that you can't.
Yet, in your belief you'll find the strength, you'll find the ability,
to do it anyway.

Ralph Marston
Maci Usher


There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings;
but none when they are under the influence of imagination

Edmund Burke
Anglo-Irish Statesman, Author, Orator, Political Theorist and Philosopher
1729 - 1797

Imagination is everything.
It is the preview of life's coming attractions

Albert Einstein
German Physicist and Recipient of the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics
for work he performed in his "miraculous year" - 1905

1879 - 1955

This world is but canvas to our imaginations.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Erik Carlton

You can't depend on your eyes
when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

  If the winds of fortune are temporarily blowing against you,
remember that you can harness them
and make them carry you toward your definite purpose,
through the use of your imagination.

Napoleon Hill

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By asking for the impossible,
obtain the best possible.

Italian Proverb

The only way to find the limits of the possible
is by going beyond them to the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke
British Author, Inventor and Futurist
1917 - 2008


Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

St. Francis of Assisi
Founder of the Order of Friars Minor
(commonly known as the Franciscans)
1181 - 1226


What folks think is impossible
is just stuff they haven't seen before.

Robin Williams
from the movie
"What Dreams May Come"

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men
who find it easier to live in the world they've been given
than to explore the power they have to change it.
Impossible is not a fact.  It's an opinion.
Impossible is not a declaration.  It's a dare.
Impossible is potential.  Impossible is temporary.
Impossible is nothing.

from an Adidas advertisement

It's kind of fun
to do the impossible!

Walt Disney

"I can't believe impossible things," said Alice.

"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.
"When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.
Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Lewis Carroll

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A common mistake people make
when trying to design something completely foolproof
is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools

Douglas Adams
British Author, Comic Radio Dramatist and Amateur Musician
He is known most notably as author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

1952 - 2001

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do
and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

George S. Patton

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it;
never desert your own line of talent.
Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed;
be anything else
 and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.

Sydney Smith

In the end,
each of us will be judged by our standard of life,
not by our standard of living;
by our simple goodness,
not by our seeming greatness.


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Many people have gone further than they imagined they could
because someone else believe in them.
Jace Carlton

There is a voice in the Universe urging us to remember our purpose
for being on this great Earth.  This is the voice of inspiration,
which is within each and every one of us.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

You can't wait for inspiration.
You have to go after it with a club.

Jack London

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant.
There is a fuel in us which n
eeds to be ignited with sparks.

Johann Gottfried von Herder
German Philosopher, Poet and Literary Critic
1744 - 1803

Lecturing or demanding others live peacefully
is one of the least effective ways to inspire them;
however, when we simply demonstrate that we're living peacefully,
we offer other people a large dose of inspiration
by our mere presence.

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Inspiration is what happens when an idea takes hold of you.
Motivation is what happens when you take hold of an idea.

Dr. Wayne Dye

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It is not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong;
not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich;
not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned,
and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity

Sir Francis Bacon
English Philosopher, Statesman and Essayist
1561 - 1626

People are alike in their promises.
It's only in their deeds that they differ.

If you are describing any occurrence
make two or more distinct reports at different times.
We discriminate at first only a few features,
and we need to reconsider our experience from many points of view,
and in various moods,
in order to perceive the whole

Henry David Thoreau

When we know deep down that we're acting with integrity
despite impulses to do otherwise,
we feel gates of higher energy and inspiration open inside of us.

Dan Millman

Integrity is one of several paths.
It distinguishes itself because it is the right path
and the only one upon which you will never get lost.

M.H. McKee

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.

Abraham Lincoln

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You have a thought, and as you ponder it ideas are created.
You work on those ideas, and you sift through for the best ones -
the best ideas become your dreams.
You begin to see yourself achieving your dreams,
and you begin to set specific goals.
Then you create a plan to achieve those goals,
and as you do so,
a fire begins to burn within -
a fire fueled by your deepest desires and passions.
You feel those passions growing, and believe you can do it.
You act ... and your dreams begin to come true.

It all begins with you.

Jace Carlton

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The words say "It's not easy being green,"
but the song is about knowing who you are.
And in it you hear Jim's message most clearly.
He believed that people are good
and that they want to do their best
and that no matter how or why
we might be different from anybody else,
we should learn to love who we are
and be proud of it.

Ray Charles

from the book
"It's Not Easy Being Green"
Jim Henson
The Muppets and Friends

From "The Sesame Street Book and Record".
'Green' is (c)1970 Jonico Music, Inc.

Lyrics by Joe Raposo

It's not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold...
or something much more colorful like that.

It's not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ord'nary things.
And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
or stars in the sky.

But green's the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain,
or tall like a tree.

When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful!
And I think it's what I want to be.

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Looking back you realize that a very special person
passed briefly through your life.  And that person was you.
It is not too late to become that person again.

Robert Brault
American Freelance Writer


Make the decision, right now,
that no matter what obstacles have held you back in the past
they will no longer stop you from fulfilling your potential,
following your dreams, achieving your goals,
and living the life you desire.
It's as easy as looking at those obstacles and saying to them,
"NO MORE!  IT'S OVER!  You will NEVER stop me again!"
Jace Carlton

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