The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.There's always going to bad stuff out there. But here's the amazing thing - light trumps darkness every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but can't stick the dark into the light. Jodi Picoult
Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. Marcus Aurelius
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Joseph Campbell
Be strong, go with your heart, and believe in miracles because anything . . . anything can happen. Marlo Javidando
And grandchildren - they're pretty good cheerleaders too - regardless of their language abilities, their words are always profound.