Today is the 14th anniversary of 9/11.

Arguably the worst tragedy to strike our nation, and also a point of immense patriotism and collectivism. While we (WELL staff) remember that day vividly– many, if not most, of the students we serve were too young to remember that day or to fully comprehend the gravity of the situation.  To honor those brave men and women who ran towards danger to save countless lives on that day and every day since, our Friday Five today is meant to inspire.

Here are five quotes of hope and inspiration:

  1. “Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights. Since then we’ve lived in sunshine and in shadow, and although we can never unsee what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost.” – New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at a memorial service in New York
  2. “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank
  3. “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” -Thomas Edison
  5. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” -Dr. Seuss