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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Those who believe they can do something,
and those who believe they can't,
are both right.
- Henry Ford


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, Begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it, Begin it now.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dream,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and
what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
- Elbert Hubbard

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

Give Honest and Sincere Appreciation.
- Dale Carnegie

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow and unexpected weather of all sorts -
a gardener still plants.
And tends what they have planted ...
believing that Spring will come.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
- Herbert Kaufman

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

True courage is taking another small step each day toward achieving your vision.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Where there's a will, there's a way.
- old English proverb

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Energy and persistence conquer all things.
- Benjamin Franklin

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
- Bertha Calloway
(attributed)

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm.
- Arnold J. Toynbee

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
- William Blake

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
- W. Clement Stone

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
- Carl Jung

No one can give you better advice than yourself.
- Cicero

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Saying

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Motivational Sports Quotes

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Winners never quit and quitters never win.
- Vince Lombardi

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
- Vince Lombardi

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.
Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
- John Wooden

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
- Vince Lombardi

Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
- Lance Armstrong

Success demands singleness of purpose.
- Vince Lombardi

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
- Vince Lombardi

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
- Vince Lombardi

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

You can't let praise or criticism get to you.
It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
- John Wooden

Funny

Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

Get the facts first. You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog
. - Mark Twain

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
- Oscar Wilde

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

To Live By

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

Success is not the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.
If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
- Albert Schweitzer

Failure is success if we learn from it.
- Malcolm Forbes

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
- Napoleon Hill

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
- Dr. Joyce Brothers

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
- Bill Gates

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself,
beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success.
- William J. H. Boetcker

Failure does not exist.
Failure is simply someone else's opinion of how a certain act should have been completed.
Once you believe that no act must be performed in any specific other-directed way,
then failing becomes impossible.
- Wayne Dyer

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Success depends upon previous preparation,
and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- Confucius

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
- Booker T. Washington

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

The man who is successful is the man who is useful.
- Bourke Cockran

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound - so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The success of a project is best predicted by the enthusiasm of its participants.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For Students

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

The difference between school and life?
In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
- Tom Bodett

Life is a long lesson in humility.
- James M. Barrie

The starting point of all achievement is desire.
- Napoleon Hill

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
- W. Clement Stone

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you're scared.
- Eddie Rickenbacker

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.
Strong convictions precede great actions.
- Louisa May Alcott

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

For Work

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

Your example is far more influential and inspiring than any words of instruction,
or threats, or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
- Napoleon Hill

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
- Lee Iacocca

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and then starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Confucius

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
- Peter Drucker

Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.
- Ross Perot

About Life

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To live is to choose.
But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver


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