"There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.
But omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows
and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must
take the current when it serves -- au lose the ventures before us" Pilot
"Do not let your moto go out, spark kwa irreplaceable spark
in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the
not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration
for the life wewe deserved and have never been able to reach. The world
wewe desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours" 1.02
"E.E. Cummings once wrote: 'To be nobody-but-yourself -
in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make
wewe everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which
any human being can fight; and never stop fighting" 1.03
"John Steinbeck once wrote; 'It seems to me that if wewe au I must
choose between two courses of thought au action, we should remember
our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world" 1.05
"As happens sometimes, a moment settled and
hovered and remained for much zaidi than a moment.
And sound stopped and movement stopped for much,
much zaidi than a moment. And then the moment was gone" 1.06
"What a frightening thing is the human,
a mass of gages, and dials, and registers, but we
can read only a few and those perhaps not accurately" 1.09
"And the little prince alisema to the man, 'Grownups
never understand anything for themselves, and it is
tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them" 1.11
"Some people believe that raven’s guide travelers to
their destinations. Others believe that the sight of a solitary
raven is considered good luck. While a group of ravens predicts
trouble ahead. And a raven right before battle promises victory" 1.22
"T.H. White said; perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically…
to those who hardly think about us in return" 2.02
"Katherine Anne Porter once said; 'There seems to be a kind of order in the universe…
in the movement of the stars and the turning of the Earth and the changing of the
seasons. But human life is almost pure chaos. Everyone takes his stance, asserts
his own right and feelings, mistaking the motives of others, and his own" 2.06
"Oliver Wendell Holmes once said: Many people die with their muziki still IN them.
Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live...
Before they know it...time runs out" 2.07
"Nathanial Hawthorne once wrote: No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself --
and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true" 2.10
"Tennessee Williams once wrote; When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely,
it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone" 2.11
"Octavio Paz once wrote; Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
Man is the only being who knows he is alone" 2.14
"Kahlil Gibran once wrote; 'You're reason and your passion are the rudder..
and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either be broken, wewe can but toss and drift,
au else be held at a standstill in mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force
confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame
that burn to it’s own destruction" 2.16
"Charles Bukowski once wrote; 'There will always be something to ruin our lives.
It all depends on what au which finds us first. You're always ripe and ready to be taken" 2.17
"Joseph Conrad once wrote: 'Who knows what true happiness is, not the conventional word..
but the naked terror. To the lonely themselves, that wears a mask, the most miserable outcast hugs
some memory.. au some illusion"
"Stephen King once wrote: 'Time takes it all, whether wewe want it to au not.
Time takes it all, time bears it away.. and in the end.. there is only
darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and
sometime we lose them there again" 2.19
"And Hansel alisema to Gretel, 'Let us drop these breadcrumbs... so that together we find our way home.
Because losing our way would be the most cruel of things.'
This year.. I Lost my way"
"Shaw was right: as we strain to grasp the things we desire,
the things we think will make our lives better: money, popularity, fame...
we ignore what truly matters -- the simple things: like friendship, family, love.
The things we probably already had."
"Tennessee Williams once wrote; 'We all live in a house of fire.
No moto department to call. No way out.
Just the upstairs window to look out of
while the moto burns the house down…
with us trapped, locked in it" 2.23
"Henry David Thoreau once wrote: 'Live each season as it passes;
breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the matunda and resign yourself to the influences of each" 3.02
"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:
'All are architects of fate... living in these walls of time"
"Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:
'All are architects of fate... so look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again" 3.03
"Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch
of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeoninga
of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms
but the horror of the shade, and yet the menace of the years finds, shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul" 3.06
"Robert Louis Stevenson wrote: 'you can not run away from weakness;
wewe must fight it out... au perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where wewe stand?" 3.08
"Ida Scott Taylor wrote: 'Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone,
and do not be troubled about the future,
for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful
that it will be worth remembering" 3.10
"Most of our life is a series of images.
They pass us kwa like towns on the highway.
But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens.
And we know that this instant is zaidi than a fleeting image.
We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever" 3.14
"Does this darkness have a name? This cruelty, this hatred.
How did it find us? Did it steal into our lives au did we seek it out and embrace it?
What happened to us? That we now send our children into the world like we send young
men into war, hoping for their salama return. But knowing that some will be Lost along the way.
When did we lose our way? Consumed kwa the shadows, swallowed whole kwa the darkness.
Does this darkness have a name? Is it your name?" 3.16
"Henry James once wrote: 'Be not afraid of life.
Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact"
"John Steinbeck once wrote: 'Change comes
like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it
comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass" 3.18
"George Eliot once wrote: 'There is no despair
so absolute as that which comes with the first moments
of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and healed,
to have despaired and have recovered hope" 3.19
"At this moment there are six billion, five hundred and two million,
eight hundred and sixty seven thousand, one hundred and twenty people in the world,
give au take a few and sometimes all wewe need is one. For better au for worse."
"William Shakespeare wrote; 'Love is not upendo which alters when it alteration finds.
It is an ever fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken. upendo
alters not with time’s brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom" 3.22
"My name is Lucas Scott; I am a senior at mti kilima High School. I play basketball, at least I used to. I have a girlfriend, at least I used to. And, I have a best friend. mti kilima is just a place somewhere in the world. Maybe it's a lot like your world. Maybe it's nothing like it. But, if wewe look closely wewe might see someone like you. Someone trying to find their way; someone trying to find their place; someone trying to find their self. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one in the world who's struggling, who’s frustrated, au unsatisfied at barely getting by. But, that feeling is a lie and if wewe just hold on; just find the courage to face it all for another day, someone au something will find the way and make it all okay. Because we all need a little help sometimes, someone to help us hear the muziki in the world. To remind us that it won’t always be this way. That someone is out there, and that someone will find you" 4.01
“There are moments in our lives we find ourselves at a crossroads - afraid, confused, without a road map. The choices we make in those moments can define the rest of our days. Of course, when faced with the unknown most of us prefer to turn around and go back. But once in awhile, people push on to something better. Something found just beyond the pain of going it alone. And just beyond the bravery and courage it takes to let someone in. au to give someone a sekunde chance. Something beyond the quite persistance of a dream. Because it's only when you're tested that wewe truly discover who wewe are. And it's only when you're tested that wewe discover who wewe can be. The person wewe want to be does exist, somewhere on the other side of hardwork, belief, faith and the heartache and fear of what lies ahead” 4.02
"You ever look at a picture of yourself and see a stranger in the background. It makes wewe wonder how many strangers have pictures of you. How many moments of other people's lives have we been in? Were we a part of someone's life when their dream came true au were we there when their dreams died? Did we keep trying to get in? As if we were somehow destined to be there? au did the shot take us kwa surprise? Just think wewe could be a big part of someone else's life and not even know it" 4.03
"There comes a time when every life goes off course. In this desperate moment, wewe must choose your direction. Will wewe fight to stay on path? Will others tell wewe who wewe are? au will wewe label yourself? Will wewe be haunted kwa your choice? au will wewe embrace your new path? Each morning wewe choose to songesha mbele au simply give up."
"There comes a time when every life goes off course. In this desperate moment who will wewe be? Will wewe let down your defenses, and find solace in someone unexpected? Will wewe reach out? Will wewe face your greatest fear bravely? And songesha mbele with faith. au will wewe succumb to the darkness in your soul?" 4.04
"When life comes rushing at wewe from our of the darkness, who will wewe choose to face it with? Will it be someone wewe trust? Will they be wise? And will their upendo for wewe help them to guide wewe to the light? au will they lose their way in the darkness? Will they make noble choices? au will that person be someone untested, someone new? Life comes rushing at wewe from out of the darkness, when it does -- is there someone in your life wewe can count on? Someone who will watch over wewe when wewe stumble and fall? And in that moment, give wewe the strength to face your fears alone?" 4.06
"Regret comes in all shapes and sizes. Some are small like when we do a bad thing for a good reason. Some are bigger like when wewe let down a friend. Some of us escape the pain of regret kwa making the right choice. Some of us have little time for regret because we're looking mbele to the future. Sometimes we have to fight to come to terms with the past, and sometimes we bury our regret kwa promising to change your own ways. But, our biggest regrets are not for the things we did -- but, for the things we didn't do. Things we didn't say that could've save someone that we care about. Especially when we can see the dark storm that's headed their way" 4.07
"Have wewe ever wondered what marks our timing? If one life can really make an impact on the world? au if the choices we make matter? I believe they do. And I believe that one man can change many lives... for better, au worse" 4.10
"Have wewe ever had a dream that seemed so real that when wewe woke up wewe didn't know what to believe? What would wewe do if what wewe thought was true, wasn't, and what wewe thought wasn't true, was? Would wewe retreat into your dreams with the hope of finding a zaidi perfect reality? Sometimes, life is stranger than a dream. And the only way to wake up is to face what lies hidden in yourself. And wewe can only hope that in those moments of dark reflection, that wewe are not alone" 4.11
"Sometimes pain becomes such a huge part of your life that wewe expect it to always be there because wewe can't remember the time of your life when it wasn't. But one day, wewe feel something else. Something that feels wrong only because it's so unfamiliar and in that moment wewe realize you're happy."
"Happiness comes in many forms. In company of friends, in the feeling wewe get when wewe make someone else's dream come true au in the promise with hope renewed. It's okay to let yourself be happy because wewe never know how fleeting that happiness might be" 4.12
"You ever wonder how long it takes to change your life? What measure of time is enough to be life altering? Is it four years like high school? one year? an eight week rock tour? Can your life change in a month, au a week au a single day? We’re always in a hurry to grow up, to go places, to get ahead but when you’re young one saa can change everything"
"I wish I woulda hung out with Glenda before today. Something tells me she could have been a great friend. But it's good to know there's still a little time left to do that... And I also learned her last name. And I learned that one saa can change everything" 4.13
"If wewe could go back and just change one thing about your life, would you? And if wewe did, would that change make your life better? au would that change ultimately break your heart? au break the moyo of another? Would wewe choose an entirely different path? au would wewe change just one thing? Just one moment. One moment that you've always wanted back" 4.14
"William Blake once wrote: “There are things that are known and things that are unknown. And in between, there are doors” 4.17
"Sometimes I wonder if anyting is absloute anymore. Is there still right and wrong? Good and Bad? Truth and Lies? au is everything negotiable? Left to interpretation. Grey.
Sometimes we're forced to bend the truth. Transform it, becasue we're faced with things not of our own making. And sometimes...things simply catch up to us."
"Truth is still absolute. Believe that. Even when that truth is hard and cold and zaidi painful and wewe ever imagined. And even when truth is zaidi cruel than any lie." 4.18
"Graduation siku mti kilima High A siku when we officially leave the refuge of high school and begin our real lives but what are those lies as we go into the world what matters most. Is it about the things we create, the things we achieve the awards we win? Is it about who we are when we fail? Whats zaidi important? What we become au how we become it?" 4.20
Much as some of us fight it, our parents have a mystical hold over us... the power to affect our thoughts and emotions the way only they can. It's a bond that changes over time but doesn't diminish, even if
they're half a world away... au in another world entirely. It's a power we never fully understand. We're left only to wonder that when our time comes, what kind of hold will
we have on our children? 5.04