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Letter to a Future Date MAG

January 8, 2010
By PinkCleats GOLD, Newark, Ohio
PinkCleats GOLD, Newark, Ohio
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Dear Whatever-Your-Name-Is, I'm writing this to convince myself that you're out there. I really hope you're out there. Please be out there. Right now I am 14 and the Amazing Non-Dating Girl of my middle school.

This is all my parents' doing. I am not allowed to think about guys (the horror!) until I finish college. And maybe a doctorate.

But if, by some miracle, you find me before my oh-so-imperative education has run its course, my mom has consented to let me bring you home for dinner. She will make lasagna and ask where you go to church. My dad will wear his clergy collar, bleached extra-white for the occasion, and carry a pair of nunchucks looped through his belt. He will drill you on math, so come prepared.

My twin brother might enter with pictures of me in my “braces and acne” stage a few years ago – but only if he's feeling protective. If he's feeling normal, he will try to sneak the bright yellow whoopee cushion he got in his Christmas stocking onto a chair. Please be aware of this upon entering the house. If you sit on it, he won't stop laughing until dinner.

My younger sister, Angie, will be examining your clothing with the scrutiny of a New York fashionista, so don't mix your prints. Devin … well, it depends whether he's mad at me today, and what kind of extinct animal he's currently studying. You might see him, you might not. If you do, please refrain from making fun of his bad haircut. It's a sensitive subject among 11-year-olds.

Dear Whatever-Your-Name-Is, I'm only slightly exaggerating. I might not have to finish a doctorate before I can date.

I hope I didn't scare you off. Please don't get scared off. I've prepared you the best I can.

The author's comments:
Some names have been changed to protect the identity of the siblings of the Amazing-Non-Dating-Girl. They would kill me if they found out I wrote about them. =)

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This article has 43 comments.

Disneylover said...
on Jan. 22 2019 at 2:59 pm
Disneylover, Opelika, Alabama
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This is amazing! I smiled all the way threw this. It reminds me of me. Please keep writing!

on Apr. 12 2012 at 6:22 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Very sweet~ I smiled the whole time reading this article:)

on Feb. 9 2012 at 8:57 am
MistrBrighterside BRONZE, Bethel, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Move on. It's just a chapter in the past. But don't close the book, just turn the page." ~ Anonymous

That was really cute! Do more Dear Whatever-Your-Name-Is stories.

on Nov. 23 2011 at 2:57 pm
silentpeacock BRONZE, Whitney, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
all it takes is all youve got

u totally remind me of me!

Afra- SILVER said...
on Nov. 4 2011 at 8:40 am
Afra- SILVER, Colombo, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Even when the sun sets the moon will rise.

wow it remind me of soemone i know


on Oct. 25 2011 at 9:04 am
Countrylife4 GOLD, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
"Someday soon we're gonna catch that dream we've been chasing"
"Seven days without a horse makes one weak."
"The worst part of riding is when you dismount."

Insult my clothes, I say, “Okay, thanks for the compliment.”
Insult the way I look, I say, “Thanks for notifying me.”
Mock me and say riding isn’t a sport, and I’ll say,”You say that ’cause you can’t ride.” But before you make fun of my horse, make sure you have “911″ on your speed dial.

I love it!!!! Keep Writing! :D

on Oct. 22 2011 at 7:05 am
pens-are-mightier-than-swords SILVER, Caledonia, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"we often put up walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down"
~Author Unknown

Lovely! Very relatable, simple, and yet very effective. Keep on writing!

Naomi518 GOLD said...
on Oct. 2 2011 at 8:47 pm
Naomi518 GOLD, Windsor, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light" ~Albus Dumbledore

my parents wouldn't let my date until high school. trust me, your not missing much. :) I've been single for about a year now and proud of it!

on Jul. 30 2011 at 4:53 am
IAmWhoIWantToBe PLATINUM, Manila, Other
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Favorite Quote:
‎"I’m learning how to drown out the constant noise that is such an inseparable part of my life. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world: I run my world." - Beyoncé

This is cute and at the same time kinda funny. :)))

on Jun. 12 2011 at 11:38 pm
AddyMarie123 BRONZE, Mt. Washington, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
You know your in love when you cant fall asleep because reality is finally better than you dreams.
- Dr. Suess
& Life's like an hourglass glued to the table. No one can find the rewind button now, so craddle your head in your hands & breathe.

This was really good! (:

Cookies BRONZE said...
on May. 26 2011 at 2:58 pm
Cookies BRONZE, Willingboro, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
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Joseph Conrad
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Try again, fail again. Fail better."
Samuel Beckett
"Try not. Do or do not."
"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see."
Winston Churchill
"When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
Albert Einstein
"There are certain clues at a crime scene which by their very nature do not lend themselves to being collected or examined. How's one collect love, rage, hatred, fear...? These are things that we're trained to look for."
James Reese
"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
William Faulkner
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Samuel Johnson
"Don't forget that I cannot see myself -- that my role is limited to being the one who looks in the mirror."
Jacques Rigaut
"Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?"
Rose Kennedy
"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him."
"When love is in excess, it brings a man no honor, nor worthiness."
"The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence, rather, a condition of it."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable."
(attributed to) William Shakespeare
"With foxes, we must play the fox."
Thomas Fuller
"There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough, and liked it, never really care for anything else."
Ernest Hemingway
"The healthy man does not torture others. Generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers."
Carl Jung
"A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind."
Robert Oxton Bolton
"The question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others crazy?"
Albert Einstein
"Unfortunately, a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares."
Sir Peter Ustinov
"Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together."
Eugene Ionesco
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
"Evil is always unspectacular and always human. And shares our bed...and eats at our table."
W.H. Auden
"Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"What is food to one is to others bitter poison."
"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."
"Who so sheddeth man's blood by man shall his blood be shed."
Genesis 9:6
"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal."
Albert Pine - attributed to Pine, but actually by Mason Albert Pike, from his book “Ex Corde Locutiones: Words from the Heart Spoken of His Dead Brethren” (Google Books link)

"It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us."
Norman Maclean
Who in his mind has not probe the dark water?
"East from Eden" John Steinbeck (here used in a puzzle by the Keystone Killer)
"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."
Sir Francis Bacon (here used in a puzzle by The Keystone Killer and in Max Ryan's book on page 184).
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
Abraham Lincoln
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Friedrich Nietzsche
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W.H. Auden
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Mahatma Ghandi
"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent."
Mahatma Ghandi
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Diane Arbus
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George Bernard Shaw
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Anthony Brandt
"The house does not rest on the ground, but upon a woman."
Mexican proverb
"There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts."
"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves."
François de la Rochefoucauld
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
Albert Einstein
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
George Orwell
"No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one
Elbert Hubbard

"The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind."
Francois de la Roche Foucauld
"It has been said that time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue, and the pain lessens, but it is never gone."
Rose Kennedy
"The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one who inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it."
Mark Twain
"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars."
Khalil Gibran
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
Oscar Wilde
"The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but that this humiliation is seen by everyone."
Milan Kundera
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."
Helen Keller
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
"It's not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it."
John Wooden
"The ultimate choice for a man, in as much as he is given to transcend himself, is to create or destroy, to love or to hate."
Erich Fromm
"Crime butchers innocents to secure a prize. And innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime."
Maximilien Robespierre
"If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate."
Elbert Hubbard
"Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always."
Mahatma Ghandi
"Some of the best lessons are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future."
Dale Turner
"In order to learn the most important lessons of life, one must each day surmount a fear."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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T.S. Eliot
"Between the desire and the spasm, between the potency and the existence, between the essence and the descent, falls the shadow. This is the way the world ends."
T.S. Eliot
"All secrets are deep. All secrets become dark. That's in the nature of secrets."
Cory Doctorow
"Evil brings men together."
"I didn't have anything against them, and they never did anything wrong to me, the way other people have all my life. Maybe they're just the ones who have to pay for it."
Perry Smith
"There is not a righteous man on Earth who does what is right and never sins."
Ecclesiastes 7:20
"From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate."
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."
"Our life is made by the death of others."
Leonardo Da Vinci
"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."
Thomas Paine
"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
Robert Kennedy
"The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul."
John Calvin
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
Mahatma Ghandi
"There can be no good without evil."
Russian proverb
"Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Leo Tolstoy
"One man's wilderness is another man's theme park."
"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."
James Anthony Froud
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
Herman Melville
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles."
Charles Chaplin
"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects."
Oscar Wilde

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone."
George Washington
"He who controls others may be powerful but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."
Philosopher Lao Tzu
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs though it's intimate and psychological; resistant to generalization; a mystery of the individual's soul."
Barbara Ehrenreich
"Nothing is easier than to denounce the evil doer; Nothing more difficult than understanding him."
Fyodor Dostoevsky
"Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."
G.K. Chesterton
"Now what else is the whole life of mortals, but a sort of comedy in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each ones part until the manager walks them off the stage?"
"An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects."
Martin Luther
"Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters."
Francisco Goya
"God sends meat and the devil sends cooks."
Thomas Deloney
"Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none."
William Shakespeare
"Superman is, after all, an alien life form. He's simply the acceptable face of invading realities."
Clive Barker
"The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor. He's dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time.”
Frank Miller
"It doesn't matter who my father was, it matters who I remember he was."
Anne Sexton
"A simple child that lightly draws it's breath and feels its life in every limb. What should it know of death?"
"No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies."
Daisy Bates
"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
William Shakespeare
"I know indeed what evil I intend to do, but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury...fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils."
"For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won."
Lucy Maud Montgomery
"...within the core of each of us is the child we once were. This child constitutes the foundation of what we have become, who we are, and what we will be."
Neuroscientist, Dr. R. Joseph
"There is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings."
Arthur Rubinstein
"There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession."
Daniel Webster
"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering."
Ben Okri
"A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ."
John Steinbeck
"We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered."
Tom Stoppard
"There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses."
George Bernard Shaw
"If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find."
John Churton Collins
"No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities."
Christian Nestell Bovee
"A woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself. "
Susan B. Anthony
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life before we can enter another."
Anatole France
"What though the radiance that was once so bright, be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."
William Wordsworth
(This is not a quote but part of a poem.)
"The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities is an enthusiast; the man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic."

"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime."
Ernest Hemingway
“We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”
Chuck Palahniuk
“The past is our definition. we may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.”
Wendell Berry
"To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly."
Benjamin Franklin
"Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it."
Ayn Rand
"A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell."
Thomas Fuller
"Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden."
"Plenty sit still. Hunger is a wanderer."
Zulu proverb
"Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea, And the East and West the wander-thirst that will not let me be."
Gerald Gould
"Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind and finds the readiest response."
Amos Bronson Alcott
"I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay."
Bob Dylan
“What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.”
Friedrich Nietzsche
“There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance.”
Gilbert Parker
"Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles..."
Mark Twain
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The minute people fall in love, they become liars."
Harlan Ellison
"Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely."
P.J. O'Rourke
"We are all brothers under the skin, and I, for one, would be willing to skin humanity to prove it."
Ayn Rand
"...for he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother."
William Shakespeare
"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats."
H.L. Mencken
"There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were."
President Dwight Eisenhower
"No mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore."
Sigmund Freud
"Delay is the deadliest form of denial."
British Historian C. Northcote Parkinson
"There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained."
Winston Churchill
"The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other."
Mario Puzo
"And so, all the night-tide, I lay down by the side. Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride. In the sepulchre there by the sea. In her tomb by the sounding sea."
Edgar Allan Poe (this is from his poem, "Annabel
"For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible."
Stuart Chase
"I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn."
Albert Einstein
"In youth we learn; in age we understand."
Austrian novelist, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
"The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture."
Camille Paglia
"He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done."
Leonardo Da Vinci
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
James Joyce
“Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.”
Roman author Publilius Syrus
“Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call destiny.”
John Hobbes
"We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out."
Tennessee Williams
"I have loved to the point of madness; That which is called madness, That which to me, is the only sensible way to love."
Francoise Sagan
"Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it."
Terry Pratchett
"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."
Stephen King
"To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself."
Dr. Burton Grebin
"Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold."
Andre Maurois
"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."
Francis Bacon
"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible."
George Chakiris
“I'm not sure about automobiles. With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization.”
Booth Tarkington
“The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.”
Mahatma Ghandi
"It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt and it will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt."
Exodus 9:9
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it."
Helen Keller
"If there were no hell, we would be like the animals. No hell, no dignity."
Flannery O'Connor
"Sometimes there are no words. No clever quotes to neatly sum up what's happened that day... sometimes the day... just... ends."
Aaron Hotchner (Note: This is the first time that a quote used in the beginning or end of the episode had one of the main characters as its author.)

"A weak man has doubts before a decision. A strong man has them afterwards."
Carl Kraus
"One need not be a chamber to be haunted, one need not to be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place."
Emily Dickinson
"There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man."
"Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical"
Blaise Pascal
"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice."
Abraham Lincoln
"There is no lasting hope in violence, only temporary relief from hopelessness."
Kingman Brewster, Jr.
"These violent delights have violent ends."
William Shakespeare
"You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around -- and why his parents will always wave back."
Journalist William D. Tammeus
"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee..."
Matthew 5:29
"Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you."
Guru Nanak
"In all the darkest pages in the malign supernatural, there is no more terrible tradition than that of a vampire - a pariah even among demons."
Writer Montague Summers
"Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self."
Writer Cyril Connolly
"Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else unless it's an enemy."
Albert Einstein
"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty."
Haniel Long
"It's love that makes the world go round. If that is true, then this world must have spun a little bit faster with Haley in it."
W. S. Gilbert
"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure."
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love."
Washington Irving
"Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness, possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions."
Mildred Lisette Norman
"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate."
Isaac Asimov
"Life is a game, play it....Life is too precious, do not destroy it."
Mother Teresa
"Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn."
C.S. Lewis
"If I am what I have, and if I lose what I have, who then am I?"
German Psychologist Erich Fromm
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.
Sir Walter Scott
"Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when his son gives to his father, both cry."
William Shakespeare
"Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all."
Emily Dickinson
"We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life."
Tennessee Williams
"The family is a haven in a heartless world."
Christopher Lasch
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."
Mother Teresa
"A lions work hours are only when he's hungry; once he's satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together."
Chuck Jones
"Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness...is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
Helen Keller
"A sincere artist tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing."
Painter William Dobell
"I have seen children successfully surmount the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul."
Mohandas Gandhi
"Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man."
John Morley
"Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength."
Ralph W. Sockman
"The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place."
George Bernard Shaw
"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."
Eric Schmidt
"And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men."
Alfred Lord Tennyson

"A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one other it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden."
The Buddha
"A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy."
Jean Racine
I'm thankful for my years spent with this family; for everything we shared, every chance we had to grow. I'll take the best of them and lead by their example; where ever I go. A friend told me to be honest with you, so here it goes. This isn't what I want, but I'll take the high road. Maybe it's because I look at everything as a lesson, or I don't want to walk around angry. Or maybe it's because I finally understand. There are things we don't want to happen, but have to accept; things we don't want to know, but have to learn, and people we can't live without, but have to let go.
AJ Cook
"Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were."
Marcel Proust
"When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not; but my faculties are decaying, now, and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the latter. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it."
Mark Twain
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
Abraham Lincoln
"We all wear masks and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing our own skin."
André Berthiaume
"All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul."
Mahatma Ghandi
“But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.”
Robert Frost
"If an injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared."
Niccolo Machiavelli
“Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of its trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse for impossibility, for it thinks all things are lawful for itself and all things are possible.”
Thomas A. Kempis
"The herds seek out the great, not for their seed, but for their influence and the great welcome them out of vanity or need."
Napoleon Bonaparte
"Without heroes we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go."
Bernard Malamud
"Fame will go by and, so long, I've had you, fame. If it goes by, I've always known it was fickle. So at least it's something I experience, but that's not where I live."
Marilyn Monroe
"I believe humanity
was born from conflict. Maybe that's why in all
of us lives a dark side. Some of us embrace it. Some have no choice. The rest of us fight it. And in the end, it's as natural as the air we breathe. Some point, we're forced to face the truth...ourselves.
Penelope Garcia
"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."
Ralph Ellison
"Evil endures a moment's flush and then leaves but a burnt up shell."
Elise Cabot
"When we were children, we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability, to be alive is to be vulnerable."
Madeleine L'Engle
"Children begin by loving their parents. As they grow older they judge them, sometimes they forgive them."
Oscar Wilde
"There is no such thing as part freedom."
Nelson Mandela
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."
Galileo Galilei
"No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks."
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
Helen Keller
"What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering."
Frederich Nietzsche
"What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today."
William Glasser
“Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.”
Paul Rodriguez
"Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it."
Vladimir Nabokov
“It's hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.”
Sally Kempton
“There's no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet, tomorrow is too often a repetition of today."
James T. Mccay
"Most people of action are inclined to fatalism and most people of thought believe in providence."
Honore de Balzac
"When I Let go of what I am, I become what I might be."
Lao Tzu
"Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence."
Dorothy Dix

Awesome letter. This is so what you must warn your "perfect person" about. I hope you find him. :D

on Jan. 9 2011 at 7:45 pm
aspiringauthor_ BRONZE, Fairfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - MLK Jr.

Haha yeah same... I loved this! :) Already I'm getting teased by my siblings.... For just saying a boy's name! When I bring a boy home... Oh, the horror! :)

on Dec. 27 2010 at 2:20 pm
buzzlikebea GOLD, Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
Shoot for the moon. For, even if you miss, you'll still land amongst the stars.

this is so cute. i'm the oldest of all my siblings, and i always get picked on when im talking to a guy, on the phone or even just texting. great job

on Nov. 3 2010 at 3:37 pm
okinawagirl SILVER, Yuma, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD shall be praised-Proverbs 31:30
"All the World's a Stage"-Shakespeare

Cute- and I can relate. My family would react the same way :)

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A.J.v12 BRONZE said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 8:57 pm
A.J.v12 BRONZE, Littleton, Colorado
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Clever; good word choice and I can picture your family. Very good.

on Oct. 13 2010 at 8:43 pm
PinkCleats GOLD, Newark, Ohio
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I have one now, actually. And he did recieve this letter(:

on Oct. 13 2010 at 5:52 pm
whatshername GOLD, Carlsbad, California
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this is great!

Khellific said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 4:10 pm
I like this article because your descriptions of your family members really tell what their personality is like.

on Oct. 13 2010 at 2:21 pm
This sounds sad. Do you want to have a guy?

on Oct. 13 2010 at 2:21 pm
You are very deep