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What Students Believe

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As the school year winds down, young people across America are writing statements of belief as a final classroom exercise. And thousands of those students have submitted their essays to our series. Click the links below to read a sampling of what young people believe.

  1. Thirty Things I Believe
  2. Being Content with Myself
  3. Finding the Flexibility to Survive
  4. The Triumph of Kindness
  5. Find a Good Frog
  6. The Real Me

Teachers

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Thousands of teachers across America have asked their students to write This I Believe essays. In the process, many of those teachers have written their own statements of belief. In spite of the challenges, these educators say teaching is more than a job: it is a calling, a gift and the source of unwavering belief. Click the links below to read what they believe.

  1. Life Is A Spiritual Struggle
  2. Teenagers Matter
  3. To Know We Are Not Alone
  4. The Best Generation
  5. The Courage To Strive

Nurses

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They work long hours performing tasks many of us wouldn’t want to do. They are present during moments of tragedy and joy. And, when we need medical care, they are often the first and last people we see. Click the links below to explore the beliefs of nurses in hospitals, in battle, and at school.

  1. I Can Make Things Better
  2. To Care For Those In Battle
  3. Nurses Represent The Best Of Humankind
  4. A Moment Of Admirable Strength
  5. A Punk-Rocking Nurse

A Calling to Medicine

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For thousands of years, men and women have chosen to become healers. Some of them have chosen to take the Hippocratic Oath and become physicians. Below, you will find essays from several of them, including some from the 1950s This I Believe series.

  1. Connecting with My Patients
  2. Why Pain?
  3. Listening Is Powerful Medicine
  4. A Goal of Service to Humankind
  5. Every Person Is Precious
  6. A Doctor’s Concern

Gardening

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Spring is here and all over the country, gardeners are beginning to start planting their gardens, or at very least start planning what they are going to plant. But more than flowers and vegetables emerge from the soil. Beliefs can grow there, too. Click the links below to read how gardening has inspired these essayists.

  1. Tending Gardens And Cultivating Humanity
  2. The Simple Joys of Life
  3. Comfort Food
  4. The Fruit Is Sweet
  5. The Church of the Garden

A Place Called Heaven

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Is there such a place? What is it like, and who might be there? Questions about heaven have occupied the minds of people for generations. In pondering these questions many of our essayists have found a belief that brings them hope and comfort. Click the links below to explore a sampling of thoughts about heaven.

  1. Everyone Goes To Heaven
  2. Living In My Heaven
  3. A New World
  4. Wherever The Rest Of My Kind Go
  5. My Vision Of Heaven

Women In Activism

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The original This I Believe and our revival of the series have featured a number of high-profile women working for progress in justice, equal rights, and other social issues. In honor of Women’s History Month, click the links below to learn of the beliefs that guided these prominent women.

  1. A Balance Between Nature And Nurture
  2. When Children Are Wanted
  3. A New Control Of Destiny
  4. Living My Prayer
  5. A Force For Human Dignity
  6. The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things
  7. A Devotion To The Common Good
  8. Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing

Super Tuesday

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In the U.S., today is known as Super Tuesday, a day when citizens of 13 states and one territory go to the polls in the presidential primaries. Today we are showcasing the This I Believe essays of seven individuals who have run for president of the United States.

  1. Principles of the Republic
  2. There Is No Job More Important Than Parenting
  3. The People Know
  4. The Willingness to Work for Solutions
  5. Dictators Cannot Kill It
  6. Standing Fast in Liberty
  7. The Virtues of the Quiet Hero

Gray Hair and Wrinkles

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There is much to be said about youthful exuberance and being young at heart. However, many people find that aging brings a certain kind of wisdom, peace of mind, and certainty of self. Click the links below to read how some essayists feel about growing older.

  1. Wrinkles
  2. A Birthday Reminder
  3. Gray Hairs and Wrinkles
  4. The Beauty of Aging
  5. The Beauty Pop Culture Fails to Notice

GRAMMY Award Winners

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From classical to rap, country to pop, music holds a special place in our hearts and memories. For those who make music, there are GRAMMY awards. Click the links below to hear the beliefs of these GRAMMY-Award-winning musicians.

  1. A Musician of Many Cultures by Yo-Yo Ma
  2. The Mountain Disappears by Leonard Bernstein
  3. Music Makes Me Come Alive by Joan Tower
  4. The Learning Curve of Gratitude by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  5. Creating Our Own Happiness by Wayne Coyne
  6. How Do You Believe In A Mystery by Loudon Wainwright III
  7. Doing Things My Own Way by Bela Fleck