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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I need to
Douglas Adams (1952-2001) British humorist & science fiction novelist

We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can.
George Matthew Adams (1872-1962) American writer
[5, pg. 235]

He who cannot do what he wants must make do with what he can.

Publius Terentius Afer (190-159 BC) Roman dramatist
[5, pg. 285]

A man can do all things if he but wills them.

Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472) Italian architect
[2, pg. 47]

What keeps me going is goals.

Muhammad Ali (1942- _____ ) heavyweight boxing champion
[4, pg. 208]

Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's
Muhammad Ali (1942- _____ ) heavyweight boxing champion
[5, pg. 414]

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.

James Allen (1864-1912) British writer
[4, pg. 323]

We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.

R. C. Allen
[4, pg. 158]

If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don't, you have
achieved half your failure.
David V. A. Ambrose
[5, pg. 235]

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment to an
unrelenting pursuit of your goal– a commitment to excellence– that will enable you to
attain the success you seek.
Mario Andretti (1940- _____ ) race car driver

All great achievements require time.

Maya Angelou (1928- _____ ) American poet

You win only if you aren't afraid to lose.

Rocky Aoki (1938-2008) founder of Benihanna restaurant chain
[4, pg. 112]

Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion.

Arab proverb
[2, Pg. 54]

I count him braver who overcomes his desires, than him who conquers his enemies; the
hardest victory is the victory over self.
Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher
[5, pg. 155]

We learn by doing.
Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher
[9, pg. 26]

Give yourself something to work toward– constantly.

Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001) founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
[4, pg. 208]

You can always tell when you're on the right road, when it's all uphill.
The Atlanta Star (derivative)

God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
[5, pg. 65]

The successful man is one who had the chance and took it.
Roger Babson (1875-1967) business forecaster & statistician
[5, pg. 370]

Knowledge itself is power.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English statesman
[2, pg. 82]

He that never climbed– never fell.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English statesman

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that
something inside them was superior to circumstance.
Bruce Barton (1886-1967) advertising executive
[4, pg. 64]

Hold yourself responsible to a higher standard than anyone else expects of you.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American religious leader
[13, pg. 11]

Fear is met and destroyed with courage.

James F. Bell (American educator)
[4, pg. 128]

If you do not find peace in yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
Paula A. Bendry
[5, pg. 28]

Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

Bernard Berenson (1865-1959) American art historian
[16, pgs. 58-59]

Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get,
the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive.
Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) actress

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

Milton Berle (1908-2002) comedian & actor

Life management begins with time management.

A. R. Bernard (1953- _____ ) American religious leader
[10, pg. 24]

It ain't over 'til it's over.

Yogi Berra (1925- _____ ) baseball player and manager
[18, pg. 98]

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it
reduces him to his fighting weight.
Josh Billings (pen name, real name Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818-1885) American writer
[5, pg. 65]

The champion makes his own luck.

Earl Henry "Red" Blaik (1897-1989) Dartmouth & Army college football coach
[5, pg. 365]

Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe
in yourself.
William J. H. Boetcker (1873-1962) American religious leader
[5, pg. 156]

You cannot raise a man up by calling him down.

William J. H. Boetcker (1873-1962) American religious leader

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more.

Pierre-Claude-Victor Boiste (1765-1824) French lexicographer
[5, pg. 156]

If Nature is against us, we shall fight Nature, and make it obey.

Simon Bolivar (1783-1830) South American patriot
[1, pg. 105]

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French military leader
[4, pg. 56]

The word impossible is not in my dictionary.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French military leader
[16, pg. 33]

The only conquests which are permanent, and leave no regrets, are our conquests over
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French military leader

In war there is no second prize for the runner-up.

Gen. Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981) American general
[5, pg. 363]

Expect victory and you make victory.

Preston Bradley (American clergyman)
[4, pg. 109]

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Dr. Harriet B. Braiker (1949-2004) psychologist & management consultant

I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.
Mary Gardiner Brainard (1837-1905) American poet
[5, Pg. 110]


Start where you stand and never mind the past,

The past won't help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that's enough, you're done with it, you're through;
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don't give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won't care about your old defeats

If you can start anew and win success;
The future is your time, and time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand-new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, old triumphs aid,

To-day's the thing, to-morrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history,
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned;
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

by Berton Braley (Poems That Touch the Heart, compiled by A. L. Alexander,

Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 1956, pg. 129-130;
reprinted from A Banjo At Armageddon, George H. Doran Co., Publishers, 1917)

Act as if it were impossible to fail.

Dorothea Brande (1893-1948) American writer & editor
[5, pg. 229]

Whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

Marlon Brando (1924-2004) American actor
[18, pg. 36]

He who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.

Joan L. Brannon
[5, pg. 270]

To've got to stay in the game.

Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951) American writer
[4, pg. 14]

If you believe you can do a thing, you can do it.

Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951) American writer
[4, pg. 16]

You have to think big to be big.

Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951) American writer
[4, pg. 323]

Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-_____ ) psychologist & columnist
[4, pg. 19]

Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we do our best.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (American writer)
[13, pg. 8]

You are where you are today because you have chosen to be there.
Harry Browne (1933-2006) American writer & politician
[4, pg. 26]

A man's reach should exceed his grasp.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet

When you soar like an eagle, you attract hunters.

Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet

What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
Paul "Bear" Bryant (1913-1983) University of Alabama college football coach
[13, pg. 18]

Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything that comes in second.

Paul "Bear" Bryant (1913-1983) University of Alabama college football coach

Hold on; hold fast; hold out.

Georges de Buffon (1707-1788) French naturalist
[5, pg. 218]

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) Italian artist
[2, pg. 26]

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) English Statesman
[17, pg. 59]

Let us do or die.
Robert Burns (1759-1796) Scottish poet

Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to
become what we want to be.
Anne Byrhhe (1906-1981) Norwegian family counselor
[2, pg. 39]

I came, I saw, I conquered.

Gaius Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) Roman general and statesman
[3, pg. 41]

Be bold and be strong; for God has not planned any defeat for you...only victory.
Rev. David Candole (Pastor of Solid Rock Church International in Harrisburg, PA)

A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish writer & historian
[4, pg. 154]

The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a
stepping stone in the path of the strong.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish writer & historian
[5, pg. 408]

Be steadfast, my boy, when you're tempted,

To do what you know to be right.
Stand firm by the colors of manhood,
And you will o'ercome in the fight.
"The right," be your battle cry ever
In waging the warfare of life,
And God, who knows who are the heroes,
Will give you the strength for the strife.
Phoebe Cary
[15, pg. 10]

Every winner has scars.

Herbert N. Casson (1869-1951) American writer & publisher
[4, pg. 164]

It is possible to excel in mechanics and fail in dynamics. There is an abundance of

machinery; what is wanting is power.
Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932) American theologian

The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Ilka Chase (1900-1978) American actress & novelist
[18, pg. 50]

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
Lord Philip Chesterfield (1694-1773) English Statesman

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
Chinese proverb
[4, pg. 160]

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul...
Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:28)

If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Jesus Christ (Mark 9:23)

It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long
as life.
Queen Christine of Sweden (1626-1689)
[2, Pg. 38]

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large
or petty– never give in.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman
[2, Pg. 50]

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the hard
may be; for without victory there is no survival.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman
[5, pg. 363]

We shall go on to the end...We shall never surrender.

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman
[5, pg. 402]

Courage is the virtue which champions the cause of right.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman statesman
[15, pg. 68]

If you can be deceived, you can be conquered.

Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 20]

The difference between men who succeed or fail is their ability to handle pressure.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, Pg. 26]

The man without an organized system of thought will always be at the mercy of the man
who has one.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 27]

There are times when silence is golden, others when it is just plain yellow.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 28]

Faith is believing that what you cannot see will come to pass. Fear is believing that what
you cannot see will come to pass.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 41]

What is submitted to grows stronger, while what is resisted grows weaker.

Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 44]

A reason some men fail and others succeed is their attention to detail.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 93]

Fame can come in a moment, but greatness comes with longevity.

Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 110]

The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who knows why will always
be his boss.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[10, pg. 125]

Champions are not men who never fail, but men who never quit.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network
[11, pg. 148]

You don't drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.
Edwin Louis Cole (1922-2002) author & founder of Christian Men's Network

In every defeat there is a lesson showing you how to win the victory the next time.
Robert Collier (1885-1950) American writer & publisher
[4, pg. 31]

When difficulties confront you, baptize them opportunity and set the man inside you to
finding the way to turn them from difficulties into opportunities.
Robert Collier (1885-1950) American writer & publisher
[4, pg. 34]

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out...
Robert Collier (1885-1950) American writer & publisher
[4, pg. 70]

You can have anything you want– if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you
want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish anything you set out to accomplish– if
you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose...
Robert Collier (1885-1950) American writer & publisher
[4, pg. 89]

See things as you would have them be, instead of as they are.
Robert Collier (1885-1950) American writer & publisher
[4, pg. 192]

Success doesn't come to go to it.

Marva Collins (1936 - _____ ) American educator
[4, pg. 224]

If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the
strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve
your goals.
Bob Conklin
[4, pg. 84]

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher
[4, pg. 242]

Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish-born British writer
[2, pg. 53]

I find I'm luckier when I work harder.

Dr. Denton A. Cooley (1920- _____ ) cardiothoracic surgeon
[5, pg. 366]

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th U.S. President

Nobody can do it for you.

Ralph J. Cordiner (1900-1973) American corporate executive
[4, pg. 275]

To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory.

Pierre Corneille (1606-1684) French dramatist
[5, pg. 323]

The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that
you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.
Howard Cosell (1918-1995) attorney & sports broadcaster

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman (American marketing entrepreneur)

The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is
not to have conquered but to have fought well.
Baron Pierre De Coubertin (1863-1937) founder of the modern Olympics
[4, pg. 3]

The best way to predict our future is to create it.

Stephen R. Covey (1932 - _____ ) motivational speaker & consultant

He who stops being better stops being good.

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) English general & statesman

You can't have any successes unless you can accept failure.
George Cukor (1899-1983) movie director
[5, pg. 356]

To be nobody but yourself– in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make
you everybody but yourself– means to fight the hardest battle which any human being
can fight, and never stop fighting.
Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962) American poet
[16, pg. 63]

We are so outnumbered there's only one thing to do. We must attack.

Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (1883-1963) British admiral
[5, pg. 230]

We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.

Georges Jacques Danton (1759-1794) French revolutionary
[5, pg. 405]

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man
rebelled, these wrongs would last forever.
Clarence S. Darrow (1857-1938) American attorney
[1, pg. 190]

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be
David (Psalms 16:8)

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I
will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon
the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
David (Psalms 18:2-3)

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

David (Psalms 18:32)

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord
our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
David (Psalms 20:7-8)

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
David (Psalms 34:4)

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the
righteous to be moved.
David (Psalms 55:22)

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

David (Psalms 56:3)

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
David (Psalms 56:11)

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

David (Psalms 118:8)

I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
David (Psalms 118:17)

In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.

David (Psalms 120:1)

The first and great commandment is, don't let them scare you.
Elmer Davis (1890-1958) American writer
[1, pg. 195]

Defeat teaches you that the things which don't kill you make you stronger– both
mentally and physically.
Dr. Jonathan Davis (boxing cornerman)
[13, pg. 96]

Dream as if you'll live forever– live as if you'll die today.

James Dean (1931-1955) American actor

We can never succeed until we believe we'll succeed.

Keith DeGreen
[4, pg. 18]

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely
the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
Richard M. DeVos (1926- _____ ) founder of Amway (now Alticor)
[4, pg. 17]

You have to believe in yourself. And you have to, down deep within the bottom of your
soul, feel that you can do the job that you've set out to do.
William Castle DeVries (1943 - _____ ) cardiothoracic surgeon
[4, pg. 4]

We never know how high we are

Till we are called to rise.
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.
Emily Dickinson
[2, pg. 50]

All of my successes have been built on my failures.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) English statesman
[4, pg. 32]

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) English statesman
[4, pg. 79]

The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.
Mack R. Douglas (motivational writer)
[4, pg. 84]

If you do your best, you cannot do more.

Horatio W. Dresser
[4, pg. 293]

They can conquer who believe they can.

John Dryden (1631-1700) English poet & dramatist
[4, pg. 16]

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies
and bear arms against himself.
Alexandre Dumas (1824-1895) French novelist
[5, pg. 315]

Say not, "Too poor," but freely give;

Sigh not, "Too weak," but boldly try;
You never can begin to live
Until you dare to die.
Henry Van Dyke
[15, pg. 59]

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) American inventor
[4, pg. 14]

To dream anything that you want to dream. That is the beauty of the human mind. To
do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself
to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.
Bernard Edmonds (1910-2003) British writer

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-born American physicist
[4, pg. 227]

The world is a dangerous place to live in, not because of the people who do evil, but
because of the people who just sit and let it happen.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-born American physicist

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-born American physicist

No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) American general & 34th U.S. President
[5, pg. 224]

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot (1819-1880) British novelist
[5, pg. 231]

Nothing external to you has any power over you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet

[4, pg. 67]

When there is no vision, a people perish.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet
[5, pg. 244]

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat
impossible to any other.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet
[5, pg. 275]

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet
[5, pg. 359]

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet
[5, pg. 404]

Difficulties exist to be surmounted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet
[5, pg. 409]

So nigh is grandeur to our dust,

So near is God to man,
When duty whispers low, "Thou must"
The youth replies, "I can."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet
[8, pg. 47]

For they conquer who believe they can.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet

One does not have to stand against the gale. One yields and becomes part of the wind.
[5, pg. 56]

No man is free who is not a master of himself.

Epictetus (1st-2nd century BC) Greek philosopher
[4, pg. 133]

Difficulties are the things that show what men are.

Epictetus (1st-2nd century BC) Greek philosopher
[4,pg. 158]

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Epictetus (1st-2nd century BC) Greek philosopher
[4, pg. 221]

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
William Feather (1889-1981) American author & publisher
[4, pg. 238]

God Almighty hates a quitter.

Gen. Samuel Fessenden (1784-1869) attorney & politician
[3, pg. 45]

When I am delivering my very best, then that is when I feel successful.

Art Fettig (motivational speaker & humorist)
[4, pg. 292]

He conquers who endures.

Aulus Persius Flaccus (34-62) Roman satirist
[4, pg. 243]

Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus (or Horace, 65-8 BC) Roman poet
[5, pg. 193]

The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.

Marshal Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929) French military leader
[5, pg. 235]

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered
heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to
become discouraged by their defeats.
Bertie Charles Forbes (1880-1954) financial journalist, founder of Forbes magazine
[4, pg. 238]

Failure is success if we learn from it.

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990) publisher of Forbes magazine
[4, pg. 113]

When you cease to dream you cease to live.

Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990) publisher of Forbes magazine
[4, pg. 325]

If you've had a good time playing the game, you're a winner even if you lose.
Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990) publisher of Forbes magazine
[5, pg. 358]

Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American auto manufacturer
[4, pg. 115]

Anybody can do anything that he imagines.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American auto manufacturer
[16. pg. 33]

In order to win, you must expect to win.

Dan Fouts (1951- _____ ) San Diego Chargers quarterback
[4, pg. 109]

There are no gains without pains.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman
[4, pg. 2]

God helps those who help themselves.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman
[9, Pg. 268]

A man without courage is a knife without an edge.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman

Knowing where you're going is all you need to get there.

Carl Frederick
[4, pg. 154]

What I can do, plus what God can do, equals enough.
Free Methodist
[9, pg. 14]

Only those who dare, truly live.

Ruth P. Freedman
[5, pg. 319]

All that I can, I will.

French saying
[18, pg. 44]

The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost (1874-1963) American poet

We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.

Sen. James William Fulbright (1905-1995) American politician
[5, pg. 225]

A stumble may prevent a fall.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) English author
[4, pg. 32]

Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.

Frank Gaines (1890-1977) American activist
[5, pg. 290]

I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and
I will be heard.
William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) American abolitionist
[5, pg. 376]

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two
small steps.
David Lloyd George (1863-1945) British prime minister
[9, pg. 26]

We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and we must
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) English historian
[2, pg. 48]

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
Charles D. Gill
[16, pg. 49]

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German writer
[2, pg. 153]

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.

Thaddeus Stanley Golas (1924- _____ ) American writer
[4, pg. 161]

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.
Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) English author
[4, pg. 27]

If you want to succeed in the world, you must make your own opportunities.
John B. Gough (1817-1886) temperance activist
[5, Pg. 370]

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often
Billy Graham (1918 - _____ ) American religious leader
[16, pg. 20]

I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) American general & 18th U.S. President
[3, pg. 94]

One of my superstitions has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do

anything, not to turn back, or stop, until the thing intended was accomplished.
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) American general & 18th U.S. President

You have to make it happen.

"Mean" Joe Greene (1946- _____ ) Pittsburgh Steelers lineman
[4, pg. 275]


When you're up against trouble,

Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you

And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worse is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem futile,

When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whate'er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

by Edgar A. Guest (It Can Be Done: Poems of Inspiration, collected by Joseph Morris
and St. Clair Adams, George Sully & Company: New York, NY, 1921, pg. 62; reprinted
from Just Folks, The Reilly & Lee Co.)

Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.

George Halas (1895-1983) Chicago Bears football coach
[13, pg. 1]

I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. And what I
can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the Grace of God, I shall do.
Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909) son of patriot Nathan Hale

The way to succeed is never quit.

Alex Haley (1921-1992) American writer
[5, pg. 357]

Strike– till the last armed foe expires;

Strike– for your altars and your fires;
Strike– for the green graves of your sires;
God– and your native land.
Fitz-Greene Halleck
[3, pg. 269]

There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by
circumstances to meet.
Admiral William F. Halsey (1882-1959) American Naval Officer

To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal,
and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.
Michael Hanson (1863-1908) American mathematician
[2, pg. 46]

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.
Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) English theologian & writer
[5, Pg. 270]

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act
Corra Harris (1869-1935) American writer
[2, pg. 52]

You cannot have the success without the failures.

H. G. Hasler
[4, pg. 31]

Positive thinking is reacting positively to a negative situation.

Bill Havens
[4, pg. 10]

Winners are men who have dedicated their whole lives to winning.
Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes (1913-1987) Ohio State University football coach
[5, pg. 372]

If you've got the guts to stick it're going to make it.

Brian Hays
[4, pg. 242]

There's only one way to fail– and that's to quit.

Brian Hays
[4, pg. 244]

If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830) English writer
[4, pg. 109]

Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings
worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American writer
[1, pg. 311]

Man is not made for defeat.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American writer
[1, pg. 311]

If it isn't happening, make it happen.

David Hemmings (1941-2003) British actor
[18, pg. 39]

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) British writer
[5, pg. 166]

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

George Herbert (1593-1633) English poet
[5, pg. 158]

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

Herodotus (5th century BC) Greek historian
[5, pg. 321]

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

John Heywood (1497-1575) English playwright
[4, pg. 85]

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again.

William E. Hickson (1803-1870)
[4, pg. 241]

What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American author
[4, pg. 18]

If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American author
[4, pg. 53]

Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American author
[4, pg. 239]

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Hillel (30 BC-9 AD) Jewish teacher
[4, pg. 56]

Success...seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They

make mistakes, but they don't quit.
Conrad Nicholson Hilton (1887-1979) founder of Hilton Hotel chain
[4, pg. 238]

It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.
Evander Holyfield (1962- _____ ) American heavyweight boxing champion

Knowledge is power,
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) English philosopher
[3. pg. 175]

You begin by always expecting good things to happen,

Tom Hopkins (motivational speaker)
[4, pg. 110]

Never be afraid to dare.

Vladimir Horowitz (1904-1989) Russian-born American pianist
[2, pg. 57]


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must– but don't you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns,

As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow–
You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt–
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit–
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

by Clinton Howell (The Best Loved Poems of the American People, selected by Hazel
Felleman, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 1936,
pg. 113-114; The Speaker's Sourcebook: Quotes, Stories and Anecdotes for Every
Occasion, by Glenn Van Ekeren, Prentice Hall, Business & Professional Division,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632, 1988, pg. 274.)

The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American writer
[4, pg. 113]

How many a man has thrown up his hands at a time when a little more effort, a little
more patience, would have achieved success.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American writer
[4, pg. 239]

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose
time has come.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French novelist and poet

What a man does, tells us what he is.

Frederic D. Huntington (1819-1904) American clergyman
[4, pg. 27]

The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) Norwegian poet
[1, pg. 346]

To see one's goal and drive toward it, steeling one's heart, is most uplifting.
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) Norwegian poet
[18, pg. 80]

A man should be like tea, his real strength appearing when he gets in hot water.
The Irish Digest

Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great
multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
Isaiah (2 Chronicles 20:15)

Ye shall not need to fight in this battle; set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the
salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed;
tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
Isaiah (2 Chronicles 20:17)

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our
Isaiah (2 Chronicles 32:8)

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with
wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah (Isaiah 40:31)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen
thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my
Isaiah (Isaiah 41:10)

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise
against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.
Isaiah (Isaiah 54:17)

When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard
against him.
Isaiah (Isaiah 59:19)

The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist, the opportunity in
every difficulty.
Lawrence Pearsall Jacks (1860-1955) British educator
[4, pg. 33]

One man with courage makes a majority.

Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) 7th President of the U.S.
[5, pg. 329]

In everything you do, aim to excel; for what's worth doing, is worth doing well.
Robert F. Jackson, Harrisburg (PA) High School administrator

Duty is ours. Consequences are God's.

Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) Confederate officer

Events are influenced by our very great desires.

William James (1842-1910) psychologist and philosopher
[4, pg. 84]

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of
any misfortune.
William James (1842-1910) psychologist and philosopher
[4, pg. 112]

We're still not where we're going, but we're not where we were.
Natash Josefowitz (Jewish author & poet)
[5, pg. 360]

Without a goal to work toward, we will not get there.

Natash Josefowitz (Jewish author & poet)

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd President of the U.S.
[4, pg. 227]

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd President of the U.S.
[13, pg. 52]

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 3rd President of the U.S.

And they shall fight against thee: but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with
thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.
Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:19)

And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against
thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to
deliver thee, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah (Jeremiah 15:20)

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English lexicographer
[18, pg. 52-53]

Most people plot and plan themselves into mediocrity, while now and again somebody
forgets himself into greatness.
E. Stanley Jones

I have not yet begun to fight.

John Paul Jones (1747-1792) American naval officer
[3, pg. 94]

I pray as if it were all up to God, but work as if it were all up to me.

Lawrence Clifton Jones (1882-1975) American educator

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do
nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones (1955 - _____ ) New Zealand author
[4, pg. 12]

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
David Starr Jordan (1861-1964) American educator
[5, pg. 289]

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord
thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua (Joshua 1:9)

One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for
you, as he hath promised you.
Joshua (Joshua 23:10)

In the end, we do battle only with ourselves. Once we understand this and focus our
energy on what we can do to control our lives...we begin to gain important insights into
how life works.
H. Stanley Judd
[4, pg. 48]

We cannot change anything unless we accept it.

Carl Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist
[5, pg. 57]

I wish it, I command it. Let my will take the place of reason.
Decimus Junius Juvenalis (60-140 AD) Roman poet
[5, pg. 279]

You must set the standard.

Charles H. Kellstadt
[4, pg. 274]

We choose to go to the moon and do other things, not because they are easy, but
because they are hard.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th President of the U.S.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) American statesman
[5, pg. 321]

I don't want men of experience working for me. The experienced man is always telling
me why something can't be done. The fellow who has not had any experience is so
dumb he doesn't know a thing can't be done– and he goes ahead and does it.
Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958) Electrical Engineer & Manufacturer

Victory becomes, to some degree, a state of mind. Knowing ourselves superior to the
anxieties, troubles, and worries which obsess us, we are superior to them.
Basil King (pen name, real name William Benjamin Basil, 1859-1928) American novelist
[4, pg. 66]

Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.

Basil King (pen name, real name William Benjamin Basil, 1859-1928) American novelist
[5, pg. 320]

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) American religious leader
[5, pg. 50]

You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.
Stephen King (1947- _____ ) American fiction writer
[10, pg. 37]

Make sure you want it enough.

Frank Kingdon (AKA Francis Kingdon Ward, 1885-1958) British botanist & writer
[4, pg. 215]


I fight a battle every day

Against discouragement and fear;
Some foe stands always in my way,
The path ahead is never clear!
I must forever be on guard
Against the doubts that skulk along;
I get ahead by fighting hard,
But fighting keeps my spirit strong.

I hear the croakings of Despair,

The dark predictions of the weak;
I find myself pursued by Care,
No matter what the end I seek;
My victories are small and few,
It matters not how hard I strive;
Each day the fight begins anew,
But fighting keeps my hopes alive.

My dreams are spoiled by circumstance,

My plans are wrecked by Fate or Luck;
Some hour, perhaps, will bring my chance,
But that great hour has never struck;
My progress has been slow and hard,
I've had to climb and crawl and swim,
Fighting for every stubborn yard;
But I have kept in fighting trim.

I have to fight my doubts away

And be on guard against my fears;
The feeble croaking of Dismay
Has been familiar through the years;
My dearest plans keep going wrong,
Events combine to thwart my will;
But fighting keeps my spirit strong,
And I am undefeated still!

by Samuel E. Kiser (The Best Loved Poems of the American People, selected by Hazel
Felleman, Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, 1936,
pg. 132-133; reprinted from Glorious Day published by George Sully & Co. and The
New York American)


I have hoped, I have planned, I have striven,

To the will I have added the deed;
The best that was in me I've given,
I have prayed to God for my need.

I have dared and reached only disaster,

I have battled and broken my lance;
I am bruised by a pitiless master
That the weak and the timid call Chance.

I am old, I am bent, I am cheated

Of all that Youth urged me to win;
But name me not with the defeated,
To-morrow again, I begin.

by Samuel E. Kiser (It Can Be Done: Poems of Inspiration, collected by Joseph Morris
and St. Clair Adams, George Sully & Company: New York, NY, 1921, pg. 17; reprinted
from Poems That Have Helped Me, P. F. Volland & Co., Chicago, IL)

All of the significant battles are waged with the self.

Sheldon Kopp (1929-1999) psychologist
[4, pg. 65]

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.

Michael Korda (1933 - _____ ) American writer & editor
[4, pg. 208]

It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes.

Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894) Hungarian statesman
[5, pg. 422]

Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Ray A. Kroc (1902-1984) founder of the McDonald's restaurant chain
[16, pg. 42]

I bend, but I do not break.

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) French poet
[5, pg. 403]

True courage is to do without witness everything that one is capable of doing before all
the world.
Duc Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer
[15, pg. 71]

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything.

Duc Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer
[16, pg. 7]

Victory is won not in miles, but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later
win a little more.
Louis L'Amour (fiction writer)
[5, Pg. 393]

The Lord gave us two ends– one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends
on which one we use the most.
Ann Landers (1918- _____ ) advice column writer

A winner never stops trying.

Thomas W. Landry (1924-2000) Dallas Cowboys football coach
[13, pg. 2]

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao-Tzu (604 - 531 BC) Chinese philosopher
[4, pg. 197]

Let not the sun set upon any given day without being satisfied that we have snatched
every opportune moment and squeezed every ounce of advantage.
G. T. Lawrence

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) Canadian economist & writer
[16, pg. 45]

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Francis W. Leahy (1908-1973) Notre Dame football coach
[5, pg. 420]

Like the cobra, you remain coiled in a loose but compact position and your strike should
be felt before it is seen.
Bruce Lee (1940-1973) actor and martial arts expert
[12, pg. 39]

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. Yet, it sometimes seems that
intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents as well.
Bruce Lee (1940-1973) actor and martial arts expert
[12, pg. 207]

Knowing is not enough, you must apply it. Being willing is not enough, you must do it.
Bruce Lee (1940-1973) actor and martial arts expert when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and
you see it through no matter what.
Nelle Harper Lee (1926- _____ ) American fiction writer
[15, pg. 43]

We have fought this fight as long, and as well, as we know how. We have been
defeated...there is now but one course to pursue. We must accept the situation.
Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) American Confederate general
[5, pg. 356]

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the U.S.
[4, pg. 79]

I do the very best I know how– the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until
the end.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the U.S.
[4, pg. 293]

Without the assistance of the Divine Being...I cannot succeed. With that assistance I
cannot fail.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the U.S.
[5, pg. 109]

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards out of men.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the U.S.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Green Bay Packers coach
[4, pg. 168]

It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up again.
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Green Bay Packers coach
[4, pg. 242]

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

Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Green Bay Packers coach
[4, pg. 245]

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.
Vince Lombardi (1913-1970) Green Bay Packers coach

The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

[3, pg. 124]

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Luke (Luke 1:37)

I am bigger than anything that can happen to me.

Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928) American writer and editor
[4, pg. 68]

Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.

Martin Luther (1483-1546) German reformation leader
[5, pg. 270]

You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.

Charles A. Lynch (management consultant)
[4, pg. 14]

The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life clearly discerns
his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers.
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English politician and novelist
[4, pg. 37]

Genius does what it must, talent does what it can.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873) English politician and novelist
[5, pg. 274]

In war there is no substitute for victory.

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) American general
[1, Pg. 450]

It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.

Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) American general
[5, pg. 235]

When you believe you can– you can.

Maxwell Maltz (1899-1975) American cosmetic surgeon & author
[4, pg. 17]

It doesn't matter how many times you have failed...What matters is the successful
Maxwell Maltz (1899-1975) American cosmetic surgeon & author
[4, pg. 14]

Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will
taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow– after you have done your best
to achieve success today.
Maxwell Maltz (1899-1975) American cosmetic surgeon & author
[4, pg. 115]

Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has
encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against
overwhelming odds.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 2]

Many a one has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If
he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 12]

He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 16]

We fail to see that we can control our own destiny; make ourselves do whatever is
possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 22]

The hopeful man sees successes where others see failure, sunshine where others see
shadows and storm.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 32]

To know how to wring victory from defeat, and make stepping-stones of our stumbling
blocks, is the secret of success.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 33]

What are stumbling blocks and defeat to the weak and vacillating are but stepping-
stones to victory to the determined soul.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 33]

The giants of the race have been men of concentration, who have struck sledge-
hammer blows in one place until they have accomplished their purpose. The successful
men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single
and intense purpose.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, Pg. 37]

There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the
battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 44]

Be larger then your task.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 64]

A will finds a way.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4. pg. 82]

We make the world we live in and shape our environment.

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 100]

No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence is gone. As long as a man
faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he
turns his back on life.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 114]

No man fails who does his best...

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 116]

Our trials, our sorrows, and our griefs develop us...

Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 159]

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them
great...weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 228]

All men who have achieved great things have been dreamers.
Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924) American writer
[4, pg. 322]

For all your days prepare,

And meet them ever alike.
When you are the anvil, bear;
When you are the hammer, strike.
Edwin Markham (1852-1940) American poet
[4, pg. 79]

Whoever falls from God's right hand is caught in his left.

Edwin Markham (1852-1940) American poet
[5, pg. 109]

They can because they think they can.

Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil, 70-19 BC) Roman poet
[2, pg. 47]

Recall your courage, and lay aside sad fear.

Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil, 70-19 BC) Roman poet
[15, pg. 50]

We conquer by continuing.
George Matheson (1842-1906) Scottish therologian
[5, pg. 397]

You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.
Christy Mathewson (1880-1925) N. Y. Giants pitcher
[5, pg. 423]

It is a very funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very
often get it.
William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British writer
[16, pg. 25]

Courage is when you do what you have to do though people don't think you can.
Courage is when you think you can't do something, but you do it. Courage is when you
are down and out and all the odds are against you, and you come out on top; it's when
you stare your worst fear or toughest obstacle in the face and beat it. Courage is when
you take on the impossible or fight an unwinnable fight. That's what courage is.
Alan McCord
[15, pg. 40-41]

If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.

William McFee (1881-1966) American novelist
[5, pg. 365]

There is no achievement without goals.

Robert J. McKain (estate planner & author)
[4, pg. 153]

We can always live on less when we have more to live for.

S. Stephen McKenney

You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be
made. But I just kept pushing.
Rene McPherson
[4, pg. 240

I will not fear, for you (God) are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my
perils alone.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) American clergyman
[5, pg. 110]

There is no penalty for overachievement.

George William Miller (1925-2006) U.S. Treasury Secretary
[18, pg. 46]

The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American writer
[5, pg. 28]

There is something healthy and invigorating about direct action.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American writer
[5, pg. 326]

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.

Hugh Miller (1802-1856) Scottish geologist

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673) French playwright and actor
[4, pg. 3]

The only lack or limitation is in your own mind.

N. H. Moos
[4, pg. 255]

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Hannah More (1745-1833) writer
[5, pg. 289]

The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay
where you are.
John J. B. Morgan & Ewing T. Webb (motivational authors)
[4, pg. 99]

The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Moses (Exodus 14:14)

Dread not, neither be afraid of them. The Lord your God which goeth before you, he
shall fight for you...
Moses (Deuteronomy 1:29-30)

Ye shall not fear them: for the Lord your God he shall fight for you.
Moses (Deuteronomy 3:22)

For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies,
to save you.
Moses (Deuteronomy 20:4)

Good, better, best.

Never rest
Until good be better
And better best.
Mother Goose
[13, pg. 38]

Losing is part of winning.

J. Richard "Dick" Munro (CEO of Time, Inc. & TimeWarner)

If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?

Joe Namath (1943- _____ ) N. Y. Jets quarterback
[5, pg. 170]

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change
the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) American theologian
[5, pg. 50]

That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) German philosopher
[5, pg. 65]

Grant me the courage not to give up, even though I think it is hopeless.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz (1885-1966) American naval leader
[5, pg. 405]

A man is not finished when he's defeated; he's finished when he quits.
Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) 37th President of the U.S.
[4, pg. 245]

Experience is not what happens to a man, it's what a man does with what happens to
Roger von Oech (inventer, author & speaker)

If you don't execute your ideas, they die.

Roger von Oech (inventor, author & speaker)

You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you
want to take it.
old German proverb
[5, pg. 50]

Among the blind the one-eyed is a king.

old Proverb

He who does not hope to win has already lost.

Jose Joaquin Olmedo (1780-1847) South American statesman and poet
[4, pg. 110]

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals– this alone
is worth the struggle.
Sir William Osler (1849-1919) Canadian physician
[4, pg. 245]

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited

for; it is a thing to be achieved.
Ronald E. Osborn (theologian)

Trying times are not the times to stop trying.

Ray Owen
[14, pg. 1]

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) American political philosopher
[4, pg. 3]

Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not sure of his own correctness will
learn many things.
Palestinian maxim
[2, pg. 36]

The road to success is always under construction.

Arnold Palmer (1929 - _____ ) legendary golfer
[18, pg. 63]

Better that we should die fighting than be outraged and dishonored. Better to die than to
live in slavery.
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) British women's rights activist
[5, pg. 323]

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Dolly Parton (1946- _____ ) American singer

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French chemist
[5, pg. 398]

The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.

Joseph V. "Joe" Paterno (1926- _____ ) football coach
[13, pg. 13]

Accept the challenge, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) American general

Always do more than is required of you.

Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) American general
[4, pg. 102]

If a man has done his best, what else is there?

Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) American general
[4, pg. 294]

The fixed determination to have acquired the warrior soul, to either conquer or perish
with honor, is the secret of victory.
Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) American general
[5, pg. 324]

The courageous man is the man who forces himself, in spite of his fear, to carry on.
Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) American general
[15, pg. 37]

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who
are the called according to his purpose.
Paul (Romans 8:28)

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the
devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Paul (Ephesians 6:12-13)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Paul (Philippians 4:13)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound
Paul (2 Timothy 1:7)

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
Paul (2 Timothy 4:7)

If a door slams shut it means that God is pointing to an open door further on down.
Anna Delaney Peale (mother of Norman Vincent Peale)
[5, pg. 140]

Change your thoughts, and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American religious leader
[5, pg. 223]

We have met the enemy and they are ours.

Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) American naval officer
[3, pg. 76]

They shall not pass.

Gen. Henri Philippe Petain (1856-1951) French general
[3, pg. 424]

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exult you in
due time. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Peter (1 Peter 5:6-7)

If a task is once begun, never leave it till it's done. Be the labor great or small, do it well
or not at all.
James Cash Penney (1875-1971) founder of the J. C. Penney department store chain is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire
to achieve.
Wilferd Arlan Peterson (1900-1995) American author
[4, pg. 38]

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is
not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford (1893-1979) American actress
[4, pg. 242]

To be vanquished and yet not surrender, that is victory.

Josef Pilsudski (1867-1935) Polish statesman
[4. pg. 243]

The first and best victory is to conquer self.

Plato (428-347 BC) Greek philosopher
[4, pg. 53]

Mistakes are stepping-stones to success.

Charles E. Popplestone
[4, pg. 14]

You must be resolutely determined that whatever you do shall always be the best of
which you are capable.
Charles E. Popplestone

The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise.
Pierre J. Proudhon (1809-1865) French journalist
[3, pg. 124]

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all
thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Proverbs 30:5

There is no sense in the struggle, but there is no choice but to struggle.

Ernie Pyle (1900-1945) American journalist
[5, pg. 59]

Any individual can be, in time, what he earnestly desires to be, if he but set his face
steadfastly in the direction of that one thing and bring all his powers to bear upon its
J. (John) Herman Randall, Sr. (American clergyman)
[4, pg. 37]

If you're not big enough to lose, you're not big enough to win.
Walter Reuther (1907-1970) American labor leader
[4, pg. 112]

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are
Edward V. Rickenbacker (1890-1973) American aviator
[2, pg. 55]

Some defeats are only installments to victory.

Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914) American social reformer
[4, pg. 10]

If you're prepared, then you're able to feel confident...

Robert J. Ringer (motivational author)
[4, pg. 44]

The sense of accomplishment is the motivation that fuels our endeavors.

David Allen Rivera (1957- _____ ) author & researcher

Obstacles are only challenges waiting to be overcome.

David Allen Rivera (1957- _____ ) author & researcher

Experience makes your best better.

David Allen Rivera (1957- _____ ) author & researcher

Ingenuity finds a way, determination makes a way– Jesus is the way.

David Allen Rivera (1957- _____ ) author & researcher

Making money is good– making a difference is better.

David Allen Rivera (1957- _____ ) author & researcher

Do not let what you perceive to be a failure affect your future.

David Allen Rivera (1957- _____ ) author & researcher

I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) American oil magnate & financier
[4, pg. 31]

I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality
of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.
John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) American oil magnate & financier
[4, pg. 238]

Even if you're on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there.
William Penn Adair Rogers (1879-1935) American humorist
[16, pg. 30]

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.

Jim Rohn (1930 - _____ ) motivational speaker

A hero is a man who does what he can.

Romaine Rolland (1866-1944) French writer
[5, pg. 151]

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt
[2, pg. 46]

You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it
with courage and with the best you have to give.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt
[15, pg. 77]

We, too, born to freedom and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain
freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our
feet, than live on our knees.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd President of the U.S.
[1, pg. 346]

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd President of the U.S.
[3, pg. 93]

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) 32nd President of the U.S.
[5, pg. 401]

If we stand idly by, if we seek merely swollen, slothful ease, and ignoble peace, if we
shrink from the hard contests where men must at hazard of their lives and at the risk of
all they hold dear, then the bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by and will win for
themselves the domination of the world.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.
[1, pg. 595]

My hat's in the ring. The fight is on and I'm stripped to the buff.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.
[1, pg. 597]

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.
[5, pg. 169]

The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who
know the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy
cause; who at their best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst,
if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and
timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.
[13, pg. 29]

Keep your eyes on the stars, keep your feet on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.
[16, pg. 13]

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered
by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.
[16, pg. 43]

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided but never hit
too softly.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.

Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th President of the U.S.

Creating success is tough. But keeping it is tougher. You have to keep producing, you
can't ever stop.
Pete Rose (1941- _____ ) Cincinnati Reds baseball player and manager
[5, pg. 361]

I may not amount to much, but at least I am unique.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) French philosopher
[5, pg. 109]

By striving we reach the stars.

Royal Air Force motto
[18, pg. 18]

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.

George Herman "Babe" Ruth (1895-1948) legendary N.Y. Yankees player
[13, pg. 80]

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Jim Ryun (1947- ______ ) track star & U.S. Congressman

Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.

Johann C. F. von Schiller (1759-1805) German poet
[5, pg. 321]

Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity.

Helen Schucman (1909-1981) & William Thetford (1923-1988) psychologists
[4, pg. 225]

Winning starts with beginning.

Robert H. Schuller (1926- _____ ) American televangelist
[4, pg. 200]

Never say never.

Robert H. Schuller (1926- _____ ) American televangelist
[4, pg. 258]

All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men
who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them.
Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939) American industrialist
[4, pg. 102]

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939) American industrialist

Do what you fear and fear disappears.

David Joseph Schwartz (motivational speaker)
[4, pg. 128]

Look at they can be.

David Joseph Schwartz (motivational speaker)
[4, pg. 255]

Believe big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little
goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember
this too. Big ideas and big plans are often easier– certainly no more difficult– than small
ideas and small plans.
David Joseph Schwartz (motivational speaker)

It's always too soon to quit.

David Tyler Scoates (American clergyman)
[13, pg. 64]

Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
Frank Scully (American columnist in 1940s & 1950s)

If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC - AD 65) Roman writer
[2, pg. 15]

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC - AD 65) Roman writer
[2, pg. 49]

But be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some
have greatness thrust upon 'em.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright
[3, pg. 124]

This, too, shall pass.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English playwright
[5, pg. 215]

You see things; and say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) British writer
[4, pg. 326]

I have always believed that anybody with a little guts and the desire to apply himself can
make it, can make anything he wants to make of himself.
William Lee "Willie" Shoemaker (1931-2003) legendary jockey
[4, pg. 88]

Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll
show you a permanent loser.
O. J. Simpson (1947- _____ ) Buffalo Bills running back
[5, pg. 307]

The day you stop making excuses is the day you start to the top.
O. J. Simpson (1947- _____ ) Buffalo Bills running back
[9, pg. 27]

The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were
perhaps to win it without honour. If there were no difficulties there would be no success;
if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Scottish writer
[4, pg. 4]

No pains, no gains.
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Scottish writer
[4, pg. 2]

The work of many of the greatest men, inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering
and trial and difficulty. They have struggled against the tide, and reached the shore
Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Scottish writer
[4, pg. 160]

The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else.
Roy L. Smith (theologian)
[5, pg. 156]

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.

Roy L. Smith (theologian)

Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will
Sydney Smith (1771-1845) English clergyman & writer
[5, pg. 275]

Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.

Tobias Smollet (1721-1771) Scottish novelist

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might...

Solomon (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

He that has learned to obey will know how to command.

Solon (630-559 BC) Greek lawgiver

There is no success without hardship.

Sophocles (496-406 BC) Greek dramatist
[4, pg. 2]

Welcome every problem as an opportunity. Each moment is the greatest challenge, the
best thing that ever happened to you. The more difficult the problem, the greater the
challenge in working it out.
Grace Speare (self-help author)
[4, pg. 34]

Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

Motto of the Special Olympics
[5, pg. 388]

If you don't take chances, you can't do anything in life.

Michael Spinks (1956- _____ ) American boxer
[5, pg. 319]

I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the
ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.
Sylvester Stallone (1946- _____ ) American actor and writer
[5, pg. 270]

I am not the smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeeded because I
keep going, and going, and going.
Sylvester Stallone (1946- _____ ) American actor and writer

[5, pg. 356]

You cannot run away from a weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if
that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish writer
[5, pg. 303]

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Scottish writer
[16, pg. 48]

You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best
develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the
things around you helping you toward your success– or are they holding you back?
William Clement Stone (1902-2002) businessman & self-help author
[4, pg. 98]

Never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) American writer
[4, pg. 239]

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a
Muriel Strode (also attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

Joseph W. Stilwell (1883-1946) American general
[1, pg. 664]

Freedom cannot be granted. It must be taken.

Max Stirner (1806-1856) German writer
[1, pg. 664]

The great are great only because we are on our knees. Let us rise.
Max Stirner (1806-1856) German writer
[1, pg. 664]

Believe that you can whip the enemy, and you have won half the battle.
Gen. J. E. B. Stuart (1833-1864) American confederate general
[5, pg. 156]

By visualizing your goals, you can get your subconscious to work toward making these
mental pictures come true.
Success magazine
[4, pg. 192]

Some people want it to happen; some wish it would happen...others make it happen.
[6, item # 730102]

Persistence prevails when all else fails.

[6, item # 732104]

To be a winner...all you need to give is all you have.

[6, item # 732122]

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins...not
through strength, but through persistence.
[6, item # 732158]

The race is not always to the swift...but to those who keep on running.
[6, item # 732220]

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a
lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
[6, item # 732232]

Don't wait for your ship to come in...swim out to it.

[6, item # 732240]

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

[6, item # 732246]

Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out.'s now
or never.
[6, item # 732360]

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest
lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the
slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a
gazelle...when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.
[6, item # 732344]

Believe and succeed.

[6, item # 744002]

Expect to win.
[6, item # 744004]

Make it happen.
[6, item # 750058]

Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder
what has happened.
[6, item # 756024]

Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.

[6, item # 756030]

View every problem as an opportunity.

Joseph Sugarman (marketing entrepreneur)
[4, pg. 34]

Don't serve time, make time serve you.

Willie Sutton (1901-1980) prolific U.S. bank robber

Success is a journey, not a destination.

Ben Sweetland (psychologist & self-help author)
[5, pg. 360]

What God envisions for your life, He empowers you to accomplish.

Charles Rozell Swindoll (1934- _____ ) American religious leader

No one knows what he can do until he tries.

Publilius Syrus (1st century BC) Latin mime writer
[5, pg. 262]

And if not now, when?

The Talmud
[5, pg. 197]


I call no fight a losing fight

If, fighting, I have gained some straight new strength;
If, fighting, I turned ever toward the light,
All unallied with forces of the night;
If, beaten, quivering, I could say at length:
"I did no deed that needs to be unnamed;
I fought– and lost– and I am unashamed."

by Miriam Teichner (It Can Be Done: Poems of Inspiration, collected by Joseph Morris
and St. Clair Adams, George Sully & Company: New York, NY, 1921, pg. 121)

When I pray, coincidences happen; and when I don't, they don't.

William Temple (1881-1994) Archbishop of Canterbury
[5, pg. 138]

If you want the fire of God, you must become the fuel of God. Fire doesn't fall on empty
Tommy Tenney (1956- _____ ) revivalist & writer

We shall live to fight again, and to strike another blow.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) British poet
[5, pg. 403]

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Margaret Thatcher (1925- _____ ) British prime minister
[5, pg. 406]

Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then

deciding what you're going to do about it.
Kathleen Casey Theisen
[5, pg. 50]

You can do what you want to do. You can be what you want to be.
Rex David Thomas (1932-2002) founder of Wendy's restaurant chain
[4, pg. 23]

I think the harder you work, the more luck you have.
Rex David Thomas (1932-2002) founder of Wendy's restaurant chain
[4, pg. 227]

There's no one to stop you but yourself.

Rex David Thomas (1932-2002) founder of Wendy's restaurant chain
[4, pg. 275]

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life
he imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American philosopher
[2, pg. 14]

I know of no more encouraging facts than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate
his life by conscious endeavor.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American philosopher
[2, pg. 40]

Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
George Tilton
[18, pg. 83]

The buck stops here.

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 33rd President of the U.S.
[9, pg. 229]

I've had a few setbacks in my life, but I never gave up.

Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 33rd President of the U.S.
[16, pg. 38]

As long as you're going to think anyway, think big.

Donald Trump (1946- _____ ) business executive
[18, pg. 65]

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) American humorist
[2, pg. 14]

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear– not absence of fear.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) American humorist
(4, pg. 66]

Opportunities come from knocking on doors until they open.

[4, pg. 224]

When you go to your knees. God will help you stand up to anything.
[5, pg. 139]

If it is to be, it is up to me.
[5, pg. 159]

Some days, the dragon wins.

[5, pg. 215]

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible.
[5, pg. 242]

A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see– and hits it.
[5, pg. 243]

If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it.
[5, Pg. 251]

Set short-term goals and you'll win games. Set long-term goals and you'll win
[5, pg. 290]

Aim at nothing and you'll succeed.

[5, Pg. 290]

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

[5, pg. 322]

No guts, no glory.
[5, pg. 323]

All glory comes from daring to begin.

[5, pg. 347]

More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.

[5, Pg. 347]

A winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.

[5, pg. 357]

The door of opportunity won't open unless you do some pushing.

[5, pg. 387]

Yard by yard, it's very hard. But inch by inch, it's a cinch.
[5, pg. 393]

I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.
[5, pg. 401]

The best way out of a problem is through it.

[5, pg. 408]

Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an

[9, pg. 14]

Adversity is the springboard to great achievement.

[9, pg. 34]

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he gives up.
[9, pg. 148]

Where there's a will, there's a way.

[9, pg. 348]

Within you lies a power greater than what lies before you.
[9, Pg. 388]

Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought,
fell, and rose again.
[13, pg. 5]

Aim high, aim far; your goal the sky, your aim the stars.
Unknown (from a plague at Williams College, in Williamstown, MA)
[14, pg. 2]

Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow.
[18, pg. 106)

Just go out there and do what you've got to do.

[18, pg. 108)

Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I'll show you a man who
cannot be trusted to do big things.

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.

God doesn't call the equipped– He equips the called.


If He leads you to it, He will lead you through it.


The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.

Dare to conquer what can only be imagined.


Determination turns obstacles into opportunities.


Dare to confront what can only be imagined.


One of the greatest pleasures in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but did you bring in the ship.


Did you tackle that trouble that came your way

With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh a trouble's a ton, or a trouble's an ounce
Or a trouble is what you make it.
And it isn't the fact that you're hurt that counts
But rather, how did you take it?

You are beaten to the earth? Well, well, what's that?

Come up with a smiling face,
It's nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there, that's disgrace.
The harder you're thrown, why the higher you bounce,
Be proud of your blackened eye;
It isn't the fact that you're licked that counts,
It's how did you fight and why?

by Unknown Author (A Roundup of the World's Best Loved Poems: A Varied Selection
of Poems for your Inspiration and Enjoyment, compiled by J. Royce Thomason, Box
24636, Dallas, TX 75224, pg. 50)


I am but one,
But I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But I can do something.
What I can do,
I ought to do.
And what I ought to do,
With God's help,
I will do.

by Unknown Author (The Speaker's Sourcebook: Quotes, Stories and Anecdotes for
Every Occasion, by Glenn Van Ekeren, Prentice Hall, Business & Professional Division:
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632, 1988, pg. 384)


Choose a wish, find a dream,

Pick a wishing star;
Let your hopes and spirits soar
High and free and far.
Reach for the unreachable,
Stretch to touch the sky,
Know no dream you treasure
Is too far away or too high.
Believe in the impossible,
Then work and try and do–
For only those who dare to dream
Can make a dream come true!

by Unknown Author (item # 01039, "Paula: Special Gifts For Special People," Desk
Plaque by C. M. Paula Company, Cincinnati, OH 45249)

If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
David Viscott (1938-1996) psychiatrist & author
[4, pg. 198]

In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try.
David Viscott
[4, pg. 244]

If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?
Basil S. Walsh
[4, pg. 153]

There are things I can't force. I must adjust.

C. M. Ward (American radio evangelist)
[5, pg. 59]

Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) American clergyman & author
[5, pg. 413]

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) American clergyman & author
[5, Pg. 420]

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; If you can dream it, you can become it.
William Arthur Ward (1921-1994) American clergyman & author

I have learned that 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 (1856-1915) American inventor & educator
[1, pg. 724]

The greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong.

Harry Weinberger (1885-1944) American attorney
[9, pg. 147]

Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) British writer
[5, pg. 56]

What on earth would a man do with himself if something did not stand in his way?
H. G. Wells (1866-1946) British writer

Every failure is a step to success...

William Whewell (1794-1866) theologian
[4, pg. 13]

You cannot conquer what you will not confront.

Paula White (1966- _____ ) evangelist, motivational speaker & author

Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.
Frederick B. Wilcox
[5, pg. 322]

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.

Ted Williams (1918-2002) baseball player
[18, pg. 73]


Shake off your doubts and then go for it.

Check out your options and act.
Find an approach to the future,
And turn today's dreams into fact.

Take a first step to tomorrow.

Start on the course of your choice.
Look at what life has to offer.
Listen to your inner voice.

Build on activities positive.

Work with abundance of heart.
By making the best of the present,
Change is the process you start.

Even though problems may surface,

Problems don't have to prevail
As long as you're one who is trying
And never just waiting to fail.

by Bruce B. Wilmer (Light Lines Originals, item # SC-247, Wilmer Graphics, Inc.: P. O.
Box 140, Huntington, NY 11743, 1992)


If you never try,

You'll never have to face defeat.
If you never run a race,
You'll never lose a heat.

If you never stretch your talents,

You won't risk a tear.
If you never take a chance,
The odds you'll never fear.

But if you have a lifelong wish

And you don't venture out,
You will never overcome
Uncertainty and doubt.
And if you have a goal to reach
And time is passing by,
You will never know fulfillment
If you never try.

by Bruce B. Wilmer (Wallet Stuffer, item # 151, Light Lines Originals, Wilmer Graphics,
Inc.: Box 140, Huntington, NY 11743, 1993)

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.

Jonathan Harshman Winters III (1925 - _____ ) comedian & actor
[5, pg. 165]


(also known as THINKING)

If you think you are beaten, you are;

If you think you dare not, you don't;
If you'd like to win, but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost,

For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.

For many a race is lost,

Without even a step being run;
Many a coward fails,
Before his work's begun.

Think big and your deeds will grow;

Think small and you'll fall behind.
Think that you can, and you will;
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are;

You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go

To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

Walter D. Wintle

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
John Wooden (1910- _____ ) UCLA basketball coach)
[4, pg. 10]

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the
things you want to see happen.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959) American architect
[5, pg. 356]

A man's doubts and fears are his worst enemies.

William Wrigley, Jr. (1861-1932) chewing gum manufacturer
[5, pg. 315]

If we cannot do what we will, we must will what we can.

Yiddish proverb
[5, pg. 58]


[13] A Hero In Every Heart: Champions from all walks of life share powerful messages to
inspire the hero in each of us
Jackson Brown, Jr. and Robyn Spizman (Thomas Nelson Publishers: P. O. Box 141000, 506
Nelson Place, Nashville, TN 37214, 1996, 149 pgs.)

[16] All Things Are Possible – Pass The Word

Barbara Mile Ohrbach (Clarkson Potter Publishers: 201 E. 50th Street, New York, NY 10022,
1995, 64 pgs.)

[ 7] The Best Loved Poems of the American People

Hazel Felleman (Editor) (Doubleday & Company, Inc.: 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036,

[ 4] The Best of Success: A Treasury of Success Ideas

Wynn Davis (Editor) (Celebrating Excellence Publishing Company: 919 Springer Drive,
Lombard, IL 60148, 1992, 336 pgs.)

[14] Bits & Pieces: a monthly mixture of horse sense and common sense about working
with people
(The Economic Press, Inc.: 12 Daniel Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004-2565, September 12, 1996, 24

[2] The Book of Success: Time-Tested Thoughts On How To Enjoy A Rich And Fulfilling Life
Richard Shea (Editor) (Rutledge Hill Press: 211 Seventh Avenue, Nashville, TN 37219, 1993,
192 pgs.)

[17] Breaking Intimidation: How to Overcome Fear and Release the Gifts of God in Your Life
John Bevere (Creation House: 600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746, 1995, 207 pgs.)

[11] Communication. Sex & Money

Edwin Louis Cole (Honor Books, Inc.: P. O. Box 55388, Tulsa, OK 74155, 1987, 236 pgs.)

[18] Go For It!

(Hallmark Cards, HarperCollins, 2001, 112 pgs.)

[1] The Great Quotations

Georges Seldes (Editor) (Book Sales Inc., Castle Books: Secaucus, NJ, 1966, 893 pgs.)

[ 8] It Can Be Done: Poems of Inspiration

Joseph Morris and St. Clair Adams (Editors) (George Sully & Company: New York, NY, 1921,
231 pgs.)

[15] Little Books of Virtue: Courage (Series One)

Benjamin Unseth (Editor) (Garborg's Inc: Bloomington, MN, 55431, 1995, 87 pgs.)

[10] Manhood 101: How to Be a Man of Courage and Integrity in a World of Compromise
Edwin Louis Cole (Honor Books, Inc.: P. O. Box 55388, Tulsa, OK 74155, 1995, 157 pgs.)

[ 3] The Pocket Book of Quotations,

Henry Davidoff (Editor) (Pocket Books, Inc.: 1 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018, 1952,
480 pgs.)

[5] The Rubicon Dictionary of Positive, Motivational, Life-Affirming & Inspirational

Quotations: Believed to be the World's Largest Collection of Such Thoughts and Sayings
John Cook (Editor) (Rubicon Press, Inc.: P. O. Box 310102, Newington, CT 06131, 1993, 434

[ 9] The Speaker's Sourcebook: Quotes. Stories and Anecdotes for Every Occasion
Glenn Van Ekeren (Prentice Hall: Business & Professional Division, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
07632, 1988, 393 pgs.)

[ 6] Successories, Inc.: 919 Springer Drive, Lombard, IL 60148.

[12] Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee (Ohara Publications, Inc.: 24715 Avenue Rockefeller, P. O. Box 918, Santa Clarita,
CA 91380, 1975, 208 pgs)