"Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy." - Robert A. Heinlein My parents made sure that I could take care of my own, stuff wasn't handed to me. I see kids today, and worry not only for their future but for mine as well.
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." Move past your hardships and prepare for the good things that come afterwards. Don't let your hardships jade you or blind you to the greatness that life is offering.
This is SO TRUE - You really don't understand it fully until it happens to you. "There are some people who could hear you speak a thousand words and still not understand you. And there are others who will understand without you even speaking a word.
Never, never be afraid to do what`s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society`s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.