"If you count your blessings not your troubles your life is more beautiful."
"The rain continues to tumble down on the already soaking ground outside and the winds blowing powerfully picking up leaves and papers and tossing them wildly, as it carries them along. In life you can feel like those leaves or pieces of paper being tossed roughly but then you have to remember that eventually you find a place to gently rest. "
"Life is not about running away from our problems it is about facing them head on and attempting to defeat them. "
"Hope is like a magic wand that whisks away your troubles and fulfills all your dreams and courage is like a golden key that opens a special door and gives you a brand new life."
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
"When your days are grey and gloomy those who love you the most will help you discover all the beautiful colours of the rainbow."
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."
"It's what makes you different that helps you discover your greatest strength."
"If the task in front of us is a mountain, we don't have to climb it all at once, if we take one small step at a time we will suddenly find we have conquered that mountain."
"Even if you can't just snap your fingers and make a dream come true, you can travel in the direction of your dream every single day. "
"Be true to the strength within your own heart then you can never go wrong."
"All the peace, wisdom and joy in the Universe are already within us, we just have to open our eyes and realise what is already here and who we really are."
"When there are clouds in our lives we should look in our hearts and we will find sunshine and warmth from the love we have there."
"Sometimes the paths we take are long and hard, but remember those are often the ones that lead to the most beautiful views. Have the courage to make that journey."
"Sometimes our path in life is unpredictable and challenging, if we don't travel this path we would not discover our true self."
"Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die then life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly. I want to be able to achieve my dreams and make a difference to other people's lives one day."
"Happiness is a grateful spirit, an optimistic attitude, and a heart full of love."
"Carry the sun inside you and reach out for the dreams that guide you. You have everything you need to take you where you want to go then. "
"The more difficulties a person encounters the more significant and the higher in inspiration their life will be."
"I believe that everyone is a special star that shines, but how brightly we shine depends on how beautiful and kind we are on the inside "
"Try to always keep a smile on your face and this will be the sunshine in your life that will make the shadows disappear. "
"When clouds finally clear, when pain eases just a little, when you see the first sparkling star at night, that is when hope has come and brought a rainbow into your life. "
"You don't always have to find your way by your brain, sometimes you have to find your way with your heart."
"To sail around the world at 16 is remarkable. It's inspirational for the country and, in a sense, represents the spirit of Australia. "
"To feel cared about without judgement is the most rewarding feeling. After the Tsunami, all I wanted was someone to give me hope that I could go on, and I wanted to give hope to others, which in turn would help me. The only way you can help other people is being true to yourself. "
"Follow your passions and take risks, and it should all work out."
"The best things in life are often the ones hardest to get. Yet they are also the ones that are the easiest to find, usually right in front of your face. "
"Any day alive in this world is a charmed life. "
"There are certain things that we can do to make our lives happier when we are able to work together to do things like building a public transport system. It's all about resources for the future, thinking beyond the next election, doing what's right and prudent; not merely what is popular at the time."
"Excellence is about achieving more than is required or expected, whether it is by many or just yourself. "
"Fear - It's a fine line between that and pushing yourself. You definitely reach new heights when you push. But fear is good. Fear keeps us alive. If we didn't have it, we'd be doing crazy things and getting in sticky situations."
"The ocean humbles you. You can go and win a world title, but you're never going to beat the ocean."
"Experiencing different cultures is one of the best things a human being can do. It puts your whole world into perspective."
"Surfers are in tune with the weather because if there's a storm coming, there are waves coming. I love the rain."
"Life's too short to sit around and wait."
"I've always had a determination to perfect whatever I'm doing. If I can't do something, I work on it until I figure it out."
"I feel like I'm nothing without wildlife. They are the stars. I feel awkward without them. "
"I say to the young blokes, when you get asked for an autograph, don't knock it back because there'll be a time where no one will ask you."
"If non-indigenous and indigenous young people come together to learn about each other's cultures, to learn the real history of this country and acknowledge it, this will hopefully improve the way we all interact. "
"If you can imagine the one family continuously occupying the same land for 40,000 years or more, using it not just to sustain life but as a place of reverence and worship, where every tree, rock and waterhole had significance, you will get some understanding of the importance of land to indigenous people. "
"There are places you can only get to by sea, and there are places you can only get to by being at sea. "
"I am immensely proud of the fact that I am a young person elected to this Parliament… As a young person, I hope that I can bring to this place, a long-term perspective – an inter-generational perspective to the significant policy challenges facing this nation into the future… A little over 14 million people voted on 21 August and I remind the House that more than 2.6 million of them were young Australians aged between 18 and 30. Many of these people are not so much disengaged from politics, they feel disenfranchised and excluded. The political parties of Australia – all political parties – have to offer more. They have to re-engage. Every decision we take – every vote that occurs here – affects someone. Politics should not be something that people avoid; it should be something that people own…"
"I didn't set out to become a leader, so I always come back to my first lesson - just do it. If you're the first one out there actively doing something to solve a problem then you'll naturally fall into a leadership role. "
"If I could give a message to young Australians, it would be that success comes from being able to place yourself in a position where you have the freedom to do what you want to do. There is a greater chance of this happening in Australia than virtually any other country in the world..."
"Hope is when you think you've left something in the future and you search to find it."
"I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream. "
"You don't have to be someone special to achieve something amazing. You've just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. "
"Live your dream. "
"For me it was always about the challenge of making this voyage. It was always a calculated risk, but life is a risk."
"You don't have to be anyone special to achieve something big. You just have to want to do it. "
"No-one can do everything for the environment, but every-one can do something to make a better world. "
"With a healthy environment all our lives are enriched. Without it our lives are diminished. The environment is and will always be number one. One Life, One World, Our Future. "
"We need to believe in a bright, compelling and sustainable future. Fear neither motivates people long-term nor brings out the best in them. Hope is a powerful motivator. "
"Making ourselves the solution, rather than part of the problem is our greatest challenge. "
"Sustainability is treating ourselves and our environment as if we are to live on this earth forever. "