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"I believe there is little you cannot do once you set your mind to it."

—P.C. Cast, Burned

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"I welcome each new day with a hopeful expectancy that I, too, will rise above the ordinary. For I am not content to live a merely “normal” life or settle for an average existence. No, I am destined for more—much, much more."

—Melody Carlson, Finding Alice

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"Set a goal so big that if you achieved it, it would blow your mind."

—Rhonda Byrne, The Secret

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"Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored."

—Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all."

—Anna Quindlen

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"There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved for the sake of something greater."

—Veronica Roth, Allegiant

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"Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace."

—Robert J. Sawyer, Calculating God

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"When you are your own best friend, you don’t endlessly seek out relationships, friendships, and validation from the wrong sources because you realize that the only approval and validation you need is your own."

—Mandy Hale, The Single Woman

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"Rather than concentrating on what you should have done, concentrate on what you can do now."

—Rachel Van Dyken, Ruin

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"I hope you do not let anyone else’s expectations direct the course of your life."

—Julianne Donaldson, Edenbrooke

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"Sometimes pain and hurt are good things because it means you strived for something in your life."

—Kathryn Vance-Perez, Love and Truth

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"There’s a lot for you to live for. Good things are definitely in your future. I’m sure of it. You have no idea how many interesting people you’ll meet after high school’s over. Your life partner, your best friend, the most wonderful person you’ll ever know is sitting in some high school right now waiting to graduate and walk into your life—maybe even feeling all the same things you are, maybe even wondering about you, hoping that you’re strong enough to make it to the future where you’ll meet."

—Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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"Stop looking at the past and all the things you can’t change. They’re done and over with. Now is the time for you to look to the future, grasp it by the hand, and decide where you want to go."

—Lacey Weatherford, Chasing Nikki

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"Don’t do it. Don’t go to that job you hate. Do something you love today. Ride a roller coaster. Swim in the ocean. Go to the airport and get on the next flight to anywhere just for the fun of it. Maybe stop a spinning globe with your finger and then plan a trip to that very spot; even if it’s in the middle of the ocean you can go by boat. Eat some type of ethnic food you’ve never even heard of. Stop a stranger and ask her to explain her greatest fears and her secret hopes and aspirations in detail and then tell her you care because she is a human being. Sit down on the sidewalk and make pictures with colorful chalk. Close your eyes and try to see the world with your nose—allow smells to be your vision. Catch up on your sleep. Call an old friend you haven’t seen in years. Roll up your pant legs and walk into the sea. See a foreign film. Feed squirrels. Do anything! Something! Because you start a revolution one decision at a time, with each breath you take. Just don’t go back to that miserable place you go every day."

—Matthew Quick, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

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"I want this day to be my fresh start. I want this to be the day I step out of my comfort zone and go somewhere new."

—Jessi Kirby, Golden