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Updated: January 26, 2016


"It's not what you know, it's what you can prove"

-- Detective Harris (Denzel Washingon) in the movie "Training Day" (2001)



"If you can make a difference in just one person's life... that's really not enough"

-- Dennis Miller (2011)


"Oh, now I feel it comin' back again
Like a rollin' thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin' from the center of the earth again
I can feel it.

-- Live (1994) "Lightning Crashes" from the album "Throwing Copper" (Radioactive Records)


"Let's work the problem people. Let's not make things worse by guessing. "

-- Gene Kranz, Apollo 13 (1995)

"I get knocked down, but I get up again,
You're never gonna keep me down."

-- Chumbawamba "Tubthumping" (1997)

"It's not who you are underneath; it's what you do that defines you"

-- Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), Batman Begins (2005)

O'Dell: "God's honest truth, Homer. What are the chances... a bunch of kids from Coalwood... actually winning the National Science Fair?"
Homer: "A million to one, O'Dell."
O'Dell: "That good? Well, why didn't you say so? "

-- October Sky (1999)

"Yeah runnin' down a dream
that never would come to me
workin' on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads
runnin' down a dream"

-- Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Mike Campbell (1989) "Runnin' Down a Dream" on Full Moon Fever Gone Gator Music (ASCAP)/ SBK April Music Inc. (ASCAP)


"Well I won't back down, no I won't back down
you could stand me up at the gates of hell
but I won't back down

Gonna stand my ground, won't be turned around
and I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
gonna stand my ground and I won't back down

Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out
hey I will stand my ground
and I won't back down

Well I know what's right, I got just one life
in a world that keeps on pushin' me around
but I'll stand my ground and I won't back down"

-- Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne (1989) "I Won't Back Down" on Full Moon Fever Gone Gator Music (ASCAP)/ SBK April Music Inc. (ASCAP)


"Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted…One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?"

"You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
 You own it, you better never let it go
 You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
 This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo"

-- Eminem [Marshall Mathers] (2002) "Lose Yourself" from the soundtrack of "8 Mile", Universal International


"If I could see something ...... You can see anything you want boy
 If I could be someone.....You can be anyone, celebrate boy
 If I could do something.... Well can you do something...?
 If I could do anything.....Well can you do something out of this world?"

-- R. Hodgson and R. Davies (1974) "Dreamer" on SuperTramp: Crime of the Century, Rondor Music, London


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