“This young man has done a lot of things wrong. I’ve seen him do a dozen things wrong, but let me tell you something right now. He is not a bad young man, and he’s certainly not a criminal. And I can tell you this kid right here has got more heart than almost any person I know.”
“Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable and we will all at some point in our lives fall; we will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts…that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us and that when it is taken from us we will be tested…we will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times…it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves.”
“Two years ago, I was afraid of wanting anything. I figured wanting would lead to trying and trying would lead to failure. But now I find I can’t stop wanting. I want to fly somewhere on first class. I want to travel to Europe on a business trip. I want to get invited to the White House. I want to learn about the world. I want to surprise myself. I want to be important. I want to be the best person I can be. I want to define myself instead of having others define me. I want to win and have people be happy for me. I want to lose and get over it. I want to not be afraid of the unknown. I want to grow up and be generous and big-hearted, the way people have been with me. I want an interesting and surprising life. It’s not that I think I’m going to get all these things.I just want the possibility of getting them.”
Friday night lights: “Now that I’m actually getting close to leaving, I’m starting to appreciate that I was shaped by my town, that I have a different viewpoint than every other person. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m surprised by how happy I am to be from where I’m from.”
I hate him. And I don’t, I don’t like hating people, but I just put all my hate on him so that I don’t have to hate anybody else. So that I can be a good person, you know, to my grandma, friends, to your daughter, and that’s all I wanna say. I just wanna tell him to his face that I hate him, but he doesn’t even have a face.