Michelle Vecchio, Senior
Whitmore Charter High School
"When I was in sixth grade, my mom bought my sister and I journals to help us record quotes we stumbled upon that we found especially meaningful. Over the last six years, I've filled pages of my 'book of wise words' with excerpts from some of my favorite books and quotations from some very wise individuals. While I have several favorite quotes in my journal, one of the quotes I find most profound (and convicting) is by the author Goethe. He writes, 'Tell me what you are busy about, and I will tell you what you are.' Eye-opening, isn't it?"
Nora Cassidy, Junior
Modesto High School
"Although I am a big fan of the quote 'Dyslexic devil worshippers sell their souls to Santa,' my favorite quote was said by Eleanor Roosevelt, 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.' It seems to say it all. Nothing great will ever be accomplished until someone goes out on a limb and tries for it. I try to remember this when I am doing something that I want but am tempted not to because of other people's opinions. The reference to dreams also reminds me of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 'I Have A Dream' speech, which I think in itself proves Roosevelt's point."
Victoria Pardini, Sophomore
Modesto High School
"My favorite quote is by Juan Ramón Jiménez: 'If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.' It sends a good message about being individualistic and true to yourself among pressures in society to conform."
Sasha Riddle, Junior
Beyer High School
"I just finished reading 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower,' by Stephen Chbosky, and if I could, I would put the entire book as my favorite quote. Obviously, since I can't exactly do that, this quote in particular stood out to me: 'So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel OK about them.' "
Emily Shrader, Sophomore
Enochs High School
" 'Emily, you're so weird!' That quote has become pretty famous at school, and it usually gives me a chuckle. But my favorite quote with actual meaning is from the Bible. 'Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand,' -- Isaiah 64:8. I love this verse because I believe God has an amazing plan for my life and is guiding my journey through this crazy life, each day helping me carry out my special purpose for living on this Earth."
Rebecca Mears, Freshman
Modesto High School
"I would have to say one of my favorite quotes is from the French philosopher Voltaire. He said, 'I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.' Although it may not be the coolest or most famous of quotes, it really means a lot to me. My history teacher, Mrs. Garvin, first brought this quote to my attention. It stuck in my head, because I have always strived to live a life where I value others' opinions (no matter how wrong they might seem to me). Nothing in the entire world is worse than not being able to speak your mind."
E.J. Plata, Senior
" 'Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.' -- St. Francis of Assisi. I believe that we all should be spiritual in some way, however it may be. I don't think we should preach or show people our spirituality by talking about it unless they're interested. The strongest way to lead someone is by example. Make them question why you are so optimistic about things. Have them wonder, and come to you and ask. Spirituality is supposed to better us, right? So why not have some? What is there to lose? I think if people who believe in a faith stopped telling us what life is supposed to be like, and started showing us, we'd be in a very different age."
Amelia Varni, Sophomore
Central Catholic High School
"I often find myself quoting Chris Crocker, the guy who posted the 'Leave Britney Alone' video on YouTube. He is hilarious. However, my favorite quote is 'Peace begins with a smile.' These words were spoken by Mother Teresa. I love this quote because anyone who knows me knows that I am constantly smiling!"