These are some good quotes from the book "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah.
"If you are alive, there is hope for a better day and something good to happen. If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die."
"Even in the middle of the madness there remained that true and natural beauty, and it took my mind away from the current situation as I marveled at the sight." (While looking at the ocean)
"To survive each passing day was my goal in life."