"The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication."

Cecil B. DeMille
US movie producer (1881 – 1959)

"Happiness arises in a state of peace, not of tumult."

Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764
English writer and pioneer of the gothic novel (1764 – 1823)

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Ettiene De Grellet

"For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use being anything else."

Sir Winston Churchill, speech at the Lord Mayor’s banquet, London, November 9, 1954
British politician (1874 – 1965)

"Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice."

George Jackson (1941 – 1971)

"Self-regulation will always be a challenge, but if somebody’s going to be in charge, it might as well be me."

Daniel Akst, We Have Met the Enemy: Self-Control in an Age of Excess, 2011

"To err is human; to forgive, infrequent."

Franklin P. Adams
US journalist (1881 – 1960)

"Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
US poet (1807 – 1882)

"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent."

Sophia Loren
US (Italian-born) movie actress (1934 – )

"Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence."

George F. Will
US editor, commentator, & columnist (1941 – )

"Act as if it were impossible to fail."

Dorothea Brande

"Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses."

Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)

"It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it."

Arnold Toynbee
English historian & historical philosopher (1889 – 1975)

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."

James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926
US essayist & novelist (1879 – 1958)

"They can conquer who believe they can."

Roman epic poet (70 BC – 19 BC)

"The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character."

Isabelle Eberhardt

"There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness."

Franz Kafka
Austrian (Czechoslovakian-born) author (1883 - 1924)

"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will; and the other from a strong won’t."

Henry Ward Beecher, Seven Lectures to a Young Man, 1844
US abolitionist & clergyman (1813-1887)

"You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough."

Frank Crane

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try."

Beverly Sills
US opera singer (1929 – )

"Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself."


"Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness."

Shakti Gawain

"The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly."

Corra Harris

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

Bill Cosby
US comedian & television actor (1937 – )

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Anatole France
French novelist (1844 – 1924)

"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."

Frank Tibolt

"It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it."

Arnold Toynbee
English historian & historical philosopher (1889 – 1975)

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others."

Cicero, ‘Pro Plancio,’ 54 B.C.
Roman author, orator, & politician (106 BC – 43 BC)

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Abraham Lincoln
16th president of US (1809 – 1865)

"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible."

Albert Einstein
US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955)

"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."

Samuel Johnson
English author, critic, & lexicographer (1709 – 1784)

"Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success."

Brian Adams

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."

Christopher Reeve

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."

Abraham Lincoln 16th president of US (1809 – 1865)






S0….we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Winston Churchill

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O divine master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console. To be understood, as to understand. To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, It is in forgiving that we are forgiven, It is in dying that we are born to eternal life." THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISSI

"It ain't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know for sure..that ain't so." -- Will Rogers

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. " -- Theodore Roosevelt

"There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching out to lift someone up."

"We are here to Add what we can to, not Get what we can from life." - Sir William Osler