Life's challenges can seem almost insurmountable at times. And things appear to be getting not only harder, but weirder as well. One seeks inspiration and turns to the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching. But sometimes they're not enough. That's when you need the Wisdom of Supermodels!

ON COURAGE "They were doing a full back shot of me in a swimsuit and I thought, Oh my God, I have to be so brave. See, every woman hates herself from behind." (Cindy Crawford)

ON SELF-KNOWLEDGE "Everywhere I went, my cleavage followed. But I learned I am not my cleavage." (Carole Mallory)

ON POVERTY "Everyone should have enough money to get plastic surgery." (Beverly Johnson)

ON FATE "I wish my butt did not go sideways, but I guess I have to face that." (Christie Brinkley)

ON ARRIVING "Because modeling is lucrative, I'm able to save up and be more particular about the acting roles I take." (Kathy Ireland, star of "Alien From L.A." and "Danger Island")

ON CAREER CHOICES "My boyfriend thinks I lost my true calling to be a librarian." (Paulina Porizkova)

ON PRIORITIES "I would rather exercise than read a newspaper." (Kim Alexis)

ON GEOPOLITICS "Mick Jagger and I just really liked each other a lot. We talked all night. We had the same views on nuclear disarmament." (Jerry Hall)

ON INNER STRENGTH "I love the confidence that makeup gives me." (Tyra Banks)

ON DEATH "Richard (Gere) doesn't really like me to kill bugs, but sometimes I can't help it." (Cindy Crawford)

ON TRAVEL "I haven't seen the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre. I haven't seen anything. I don't really care." (Tyra Banks)

ON BREAKTHROUGHS "Once I got past my anger toward my mother, I began to excel in volleyball and modeling." (Gabrielle Reece)

ON EPIPHANY "I just found out that I'm one inch taller than I thought." (Christie Brinkley)

ON HEREDITY "My husband was just OK looking. I was in labor and I said to him, 'What if she's ugly? You're ugly.'" (Beverly Johnson)

ON THE BASICS "It's very important to have the right clothing to exercise in. If you throw on an old T-shirt or sweats, it's not inspiring for your workout." (Cheryl Tiegs)

ON INTRODUCTIONS "I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself it's eerie." (Christy Turlington)

ON THE CONSERVATION OF MATTER "I've looked in the mirror every day for twenty years. It's the same face." (Claudia Schiffer)

ON TRAGEDY "The worst was when my skirt fell down to my ankles-but I had on thick tights underneath." (Naomi Campbell)

ON SURVIVAL "If I'm making a movie and get hungry, I call time-out and eat some crackers." (Carol Alt)

ON THE CASTE SYSTEM "We're not Prince Charles and Princess Di. We don't think of ourselves as royalty. We happen to be working people." (Christie Brinkley)

ON OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS "I tried on 250 bathing suits in one afternoon and ended up having little scabs up and down my thighs, probably from some of those with sequins all over them." (Cindy Crawford)

ON THINKING "When I model I pretty much blank. You can't think too much or it doesn't work." (Paulina Porizkova)

ON LOGIC "I think, If my butt's not too big for them to be photographing it, then it shouldn't be too big for me." (Christy Turlington)

ON BODY PARTS "I don't know what to do with my arms. It just makes me feel weird and I feel like people are looking at me and that makes me nervous." (Tyra Banks)

ON BODY LANGUAGE "You can usually tell when I'm happy by the fact that I've gained weight." (Christy Turlington)

ON DEPRIVATION "If they had Nautilus on the Concorde, I would work out all the time." (Linda Evangelista)

ON VERSATILITY "I can do anything you want me to do so long as I don't have to speak." (Linda Evangelista)

ON THE GRIEF PROCESS "When my Azzedine jacket from 1987 died, I wrapped it up in a box, attached a note saying where it came from and took it to the Salvation Army. It was a big loss." (Veronica Webb)

ON VENGEANCE "Girls are always getting mad at each other and they tell their hairdresser to purposely mess up another girl's hair." (Tasha)

ON MOTIVATION "It was kind of boring for me to have to eat. I would know that I had to, and I would." (Kate Moss)

ON ECONOMICS "I don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day." (Linda Evangelista)