You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.
Booker T. Washington
Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington
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We love because it's the only true adventure.
A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch-what make you go beyond the norm.
"Every achiever I have ever met says, 'My life turned around when I began to believe in me.'"
Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.
Carl Denham, King Kong (1933)
Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A life lived with integrity -- even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.
There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait, but if he does not learn it, he must perish.
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way.
Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.
Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
As you live your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others.
We are made for loving. If we don't love, we will be like plants without water.
The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.
All things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation of all things. You have to make sure that the blueprint, the first creation, is really what you want, that you've thought everything through. Then you put it into bricks and mortar. Each day you go to the construction shed and pull out the blueprint to get marching orders for the day. You begin with the end in mind.
An Arabian proverb says there are four sorts of men: He who knows not and knows not he knows not: he is a fool, shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is simple, teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows: he is asleep--wake him. He who knows and knows he knows: he is wise, follow him.
Be the ball.
Ty Webb, Caddyshack (1980)
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Martin Luther King Jr.
The fire that warms us can also consume us, it is not the fault of the fire.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
The best and most beautiful things in the world can not be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
In matters of style, swim with the current, in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bitterness imprisons life, love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life, love empowers it. Bitterness sours life, love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life, love heals it. Bitterness blinds life, love anoints it's eyes.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
Live life to the fullest.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are made.
May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness and tied with love.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
All great truths are simple in final analysis, and easily understood ; if they are not, they are not great truths.
You must take personal responsibility. You can not change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Never close your lips to those whom you have opened your heart.
The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesud. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules whose would you use ?
A dream unrealized is a dream imprisoned by that enemy of all enemies - the fear of failure. Set that you will make it happen ! -
Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints in the sands of time.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
A way of life can not be successful so long as it is mere intellectual conviction. It must be deeply felt, deeply believed, dominant even in dreams.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose.
If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
Love, by its very nature, is unworldly, and it is for this reason rather than its rarity that it is not only apolitical but anti-political, perhaps the most powerful of all anti-political human forces.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
For with god all things are possible.
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.
Not being able to do everything is no excuse for not doing everything you can.
The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.
Jacques Benigne Bossuel
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Recognize that transition has a characteristic shape.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Attitude is everything.
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly , what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
I am your number one fan.
Annie Wilkes, Misery (1990)
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.
I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Tolerance can lead to learning something.
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.
Henry Ward Beecher
Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.
Hard work pays off.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Harold R. McAlindon
Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing. We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean can not be had.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Romance, like a ghost escapes touching, it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
George William Curtis
God gives us our relatives - thank God we can choose our friends.
Ethel Watts Mumford
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
We're on a mission from God.
Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers (1980)
When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard', I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what ?'
Oh, love is real enough, you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy and that is life.
Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.
When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it.
Mark Victor Hansen
The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.
John Churton Collins
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.
Martin Luther King Jr.
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all ?
If it weren't for graft, you'd get a very low type of people in politics.
The Politician, The Great McGinty (1940)
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
Charles F. Kettering
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinking palm tree overboard. Now, what's all this crud about no movie tonight ?
Ensign Pulver, Mister Roberts (1955)
Rough spots sharpen our performance. And more often than not, obstacles can be turned into advantages. You just can't let your disappointment get in the way.
Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
I can change. I can live out my imagination instead of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless potential instead of my limiting past.
Kindness is an inner desire that makes us want to do good things even if we do not get anything in return. It is the joy of our life to do them. When we do good things from this inner desire, there is kindness in everything we think, say, want and do.