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Never Give Up Quotes

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

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

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

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

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

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

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

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

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

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

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
- Zig Ziglar

Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
- Napoleon Hill

Winners Never Quit, and Quitters Never Win.
- Vince Lombardi

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
- Henry Ford

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
- Lao Tzu

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

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

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

Every wall is a door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
- Henry Ward Beecher

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

I Walk Today's March With Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I gather strength from life's storms.
- jlh

Loving is the most unmitigated and courageous act I perform in a day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

True love has no limits.
- Anonymous

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
- Kahlil Gibran

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.
- George Washington Carver

Love me when I least deserve it, because that is when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

The magic words for a great relationship are, "I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
- Robert Browning

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
- Les Brown

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.
- Les Brown

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

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
- Wayne Dyer

Get over it - Life isn't Supposed to be fair.
Get over yourself, and be of service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.
- John Lennon

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
- The Buddha

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step - large and small - with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don't invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.
- Michelle Obama

Value your own opinion more, and others' opinions less.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw


Don’t shoot for something unattainable – completely outside of your nature or opportunity.
- Michael Johnson

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

It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way.
- Aristotle

Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed, but not defeated.
- Ernest Hemingway

You learn as much from those who have failed as from those who have succeeded.
- Michael Johnson

The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.
- Traditional Proverb

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
- Anna Quindlen

It's nice to be the best, but not when being the best brings out the worst in you.
- Rodney Dangerfield

You can make goals for family, relationships, anything.
- Michael Johnson

To succeed, you need to take that gut feeling in what you believe and act on it with all of your heart.
- Christy Borgeld

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.
- David McCullough

Success is counted sweetest by those who ne'er succeed.
- Emily Dickinson

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
- G. K. Chesterton

You owe it to yourself to find your own unorthodox way of succeeding, or sometimes, just surviving.
- Michael Johnson

To freely bloom - that is my definition of success.
- Gerry Spence

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

From success to failure is one step; from failure to success is a long road.
- Yiddish Proverb

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

(Natural Talent + Opportunity) Hard Work = Success
- Michael Johnson

There are defeats more triumphant than victories.
- Michel Montaigne, sixteenth-century French essayist

It is clearly not the journey for everyone. People succeed in as many ways as there are people. Some can be completely fulfilled with destinations that are much closer to home and more comfortable. But if you long to keep going, then I hope you are able to follow my lead to the places I have gone. To within a whisper of your own personal perfection. To places that are sweeter because you worked so hard to arrive there. To places at the very edge of your dreams.
- Michael Johnson

Volunteering and Service

Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.
Photo of girl on computer - Marianne Williamson, Author/Lecturer

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.
- David Thomas

Volunteering is not a choice, it's a responsibility.
- Ashley E. Hyder

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
- Anonymous

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.
- Gorden B. Hinkley

Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.
–Marian Wright Edelman

…no matter how big government gets, and no matter how many services it provides, it can never take the place of volunteers.
- Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president

firefighter with little girlThere is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
- John Andrew Holmes Jr., American writer and minister

Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better.
- Anonymous

The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.
- Ivan Scheier

Freely we serve,
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall.
- John Milton

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.
- Sherry Anderson

Self-Control and Discipline

girl and dog watching TVDiscipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
- Jim Rohn

Training a dog demands discipline from the dog - and the owner

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

We mustn't let our passions destroy our dreams.
- Anonymous

It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow.
- Anonymous

There is no pleasure in life equal to that of the conquest of a vicious habit.
- Anonymous

He who conquers himself has won a greater victory than he who conquers a city.
- Proverbs

There is no luck except where there is discipline.
- Irish Proverb

If you would live your life with ease; do what you ought, not what you please.
- Anonymous

Photo of little karate boyThe mind is a lousy master but a wonderful servant.
- Anonymous

Learning karate requires self-control and discipline

As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.
- Michael Johnson

There are many who's tongues might govern multitudes, if they could govern their tongues.
- Prentice

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business – or in anything else, for that matter.
- Lee Iacocca, twentieth-century businessman

He who lives without discipline dies without honor.
- Icelandic Proverb

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.
- Anonymous

The basis of self-discipline: Don’t allow the edges to blur.
- Michael Johnson


Photo of poor little boyPoverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty.
- Governor Kathleen Blanco

God is the comfort of the poor.
- Georgian Proverb

You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.
- P.J. O'Rourke

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
- Mother Teresa

Poverty is the mother of crime.
- Marcus Aurelius

A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.
- Raymond Hitchcock

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy

It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor.
- Ray Kroc

Photo of poor man holding birdMost of the poverty and misery in the world is due to bad government, lack of democracy, weak states, internal strife, and so on.
- George Soros

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
- Confucius

I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.
- Judy Garland, actress

Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every educated person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
- Governor Kathleen Blanco

Most poor people are not on welfare. . . I know they work. I’m a witness. They catch the early bus. They work every day. They raise other people’s children. They work every day. They clean the streets. They work every day. They drive vans with cabs. They work every day. They change beds you slept in these hotels last night and can’t get a union contract. They work every day . . .
- Reverend Jesse Jackson


The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Photo of shadow couple on sand - Carl Jung

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.
- David Viscott

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
- Alan Watts

Old love does not rust.
- Estonian Proverb

Love sees roses without thorns.
- German Proverb

In love beggar and king are equal.
- Indian Proverb

Are we to love only those who deserve our love? Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.
- Matthew 5:43-45

He who treads the path of love walks a thousand meters as if it were only one.
- Japanese Proverb

No fate is worse than a life without a love.
- Mexican Proverb

We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Love comes in all shape and sizesPeople are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be
shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may
be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have
and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
- Anonymous

Love understands all languages.
- Romanian Proverb

Perfect love cannot be without equality. Photo of couple walking on beach
- Scottish Proverb

All work is empty save when there is love.
- Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer

To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
- William M. Thackeray

And now I will show you the most excellent way:
If I speak in tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give up all I possess and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; it does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will pass away; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection, then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.
- I Corinthians, chapter 13

The entire law is summed up in a single command, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
- Galatians 5:14 (NIV)

meeting all over againIt is love that makes the impossible possible.
- Indian Proverb

Where there is love there is no darkness.
- Burundi Proverb
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
- Anne-Sophie Swetchine

All love at first, like generous wine,
Ferments and frets until ‘tis fine;
But when ‘tis settled on the lee,
And from th’ impurer matter free,
Become the richer still the older,
And proves the pleasanter the colder.
- Samuel Butler

Hatred stirreth up strifes, but love covereth all sins.
- The Book of Proverbs


Photo of pilot womanEach time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
- Robert F. Kennedy

Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.
- Anonymous

Everyone's life is an object lesson to others.
- Karl G. Maeser

Example sheds a genial ray which men are apt to borrow,
so first improve yourself today, and then your friends tomorrow.

You really can change the world if you care enough.
- Marion Wright Edelman

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. All progress depends upon the unreasonable man.
- George Bernard Shaw

Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.
- Anonymous

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather have one walk beside me than merely point the way.
- David O. McKay

A gentle hand may lead even an elephant by a single hair.
- Iranian Proverb

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.
- John Maxwell

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
- Ralph Nader

Let's not just transform those in need, we can also find ways to help transform those in power.Photo of Navy men

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

The best leader brings out the best in those he has stewardship over.
- J. Richard Clarke

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Don't call me a saint - I don't want to be dismissed that easily.
- Dorothy Day

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
- Matthew 5:15 (see also v.14- 16)

The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.
- Hubert Humphrey, U.S. vice president, senator

He that would be a leader must be a bridge.
- Welsh Proverb

The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say, We did it ourselves.
- Zen Proverb


It is important that you strive for humility, but not humiliation, for a cool, level-headed confidence, not a stiff, delusional arrogance. hands holding a cigarette
- Michael Johnson

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
- Anonymous

Don't be so humble; you're not that great.
- Golda Meir, to a visiting diplomat

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.
- The Reverend Jesse Jackson, American civil rights leader

How could you look more stupid than to be the guy accepting a bronze medal in gold shoes?
- Michael Johnson


a boy holding up his handHonesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
- Mark Twain

One lie ruins a thousand truths.
- Ghanaian Proverb

No legacy is so rich as honesty.
- William Shakespeare

Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.
- Mary Kay Ash

Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?
- Cicero

Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
- F.M. Hubbard

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
- Anonymous

Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
- Walter Anderson

Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
- Anonymous

Honesty is the best image.
- Tom Wilson

Truth fears no questions.
- Unknown

One man tells a lie, dozens repeat it as the truth.
- Chinese Proverb

Sooner or later the truth comes to light.
- Dutch Proverb

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
- Edgar J. Mohn

A half truth is a whole lie - Yiddish Proverb

A truthful witness gives honest testimony, a false witness tells lies - Proverbs 12:17

The truth shall make you free - John 8:32

Fulfillment and Happiness

child teething and playing with sandalsAnd in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

There's nothing as beautiful as the happiness of a child

The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.
- Madame De Maintenon

One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.
- Dick Gregory

The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
- Anonymous

Who is blind? He who can see no other world. Who is dumb? He who can say nothing pleasant about his lot. Who is poor? He who is troubled with too many desires. Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot.
- Indian Proverb

You can never be happy at the expense of the happiness of others.
- Chinese Proverb

While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.
- Hasidic Proverb

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim

Happiness itself does not stay -- only moments of happiness do.
- Spanish Proverb

Discontent is the source of all trouble, but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.
- Berthold Auerbach

The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.
- Leo Rosten, American teacher and humorist

Pencil drawing of a smiling girl by Man Gurung, an artist from NepalHappiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
- Burton Hills

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
- Storm Jameson

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret B. Runbeck

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
- Anonymous

Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.
- Ray Lyman Wilbur

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Allan K. Chalmers Vast grassy field and blue skyline

A landscape like this could cheer anyone up

May you live all the days of your life.
- Jonathan Swift

Happiness is a state of activity.
- Aristotle

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

A man is not old until regrets start taking place of dreams.
- Anonymous

Generosity and Giving

We get to make a living; we give to make a life.
- Winston Churchill

When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing.
- Anonymous

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.
- Mohammedgirls selling lemonade

You can't put a price on generosity

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain.
- Helen Keller

The only truly happy man is always a fighting optimist. Optimism includes not only altruism but also social responsibility, social courage and objectivity.
- W. Beran Wolfe

The charitable give out the door and God puts it back through the window.
- Traditional Proverb

He who lends to the poor gets his interest from God.
- German Proverb

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
- Anonymous

Listen with regard when others talk. Give your time and energy to others; let others have their own way; do things for reasons other than furthering your own needs.
- Larry Scherwitz

two boys getting ice creamWhen you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
- Philip Brooks

That which a man willingly shares, he keeps.
That which he selfishly keeps, he loses.
- Anonymous

Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away.
- Persian Proverb

Even in darkness, light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure; he will have no fear;
in the end he will see his desire on his adversaries.
He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn [dignity] will be lifted high in honor.
- Psalm 112: 4-5, 7-9

One man gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but ends up impoverished.couple with plate of food
-Proverbs 11:24

No one became poor by giving alms.
- French Proverb

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace.
- Mother Teresa, Albanian Roman Catholic missionary in India

The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.
- Leonard Nimoy, American actor, director and writer

To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large, and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in any man’s power nor an easy matter…
- Aristotle


Two happy girls share their friendshipBe patient with your enemies and forgiving of your friends.
- Afghan Proverb

A small house will hold a hundred friends.
- African Proverb

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
- Aristotle

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship is not born of words alone.
- Armenian Proverb

Tell me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are.
- Assyrian Proverb

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
- Czech Proverb

Bad friends prevent you from having good friends.
- Gabonese Proverb

group of boys dressed upGod gives us our relatives - thank God we can choose our friends.
- Ethel Watts Mumford

So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred—that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. . . . If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
- Anonymous

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
- Walter Winchell

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
- Buddha

One who seeks no friends is his own enemy.Photo of Chinese brother and sister
- Russian Proverb

The time to make friends is before you need them.
- Traditional Proverb

Friendship doubles joy and halves grief.
- Egyptian Proverb

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
- Fr. Jerome Cummings

Along with trustworthiness, consistency is the thing to look for when you surround yourself with people who can help you on your quest.
- Michael Johnson


I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.
- Matthew 17:20

When you believe in things that you don’t understand then you suffer.
- Stevie Wonder, twentieth-century American singer

At the end of every hard day, people find some reason to believe.
- Bruce Springsteen, twentieth-century American singer

Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity. Unshakable faith is faith that has been shaken.
- Unknown

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Photo of Cross against the sky - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
- Confucius

For modes of faith, let graceless zealots fight;
His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right:
In faith and hope the world will disagree,
But all mankind’s concern is charity.
- Alexander Pope

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.
- Voltaire


My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.Photo of man sitting on stairs
- Abraham Lincoln

It's okay to mourn your failure, but never ever give up

You're on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.
- Anonymous

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
- Jim Rohn

Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.
- Zig Ziglar

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
- Thomas A. Edison

You haven't failed until you quit trying.
- Anonymous

Success is the proper utilization of failure.
- Anonymous

Effort and Persistence

A big shot is a little shot that kept shooting. Photo of hikers walking on snowy mountain
- Anonymous

Keep trudging or you'll never reach the top

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

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely.
- Anonymous

Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.
- Bill Blackman

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?
- Marian Wright Edelman

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
- John Quincy Adams

The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
- Anonymous

The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.
- Blood of the Martyr

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Photo of child crawling on woody floorDefeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind.
- Bruce Lee

Most things in life require effort even if, years later, they seem easy

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill.
- Anonymous

There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.
- Anonymous

The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept,
were toiling upward in the night.
- Thomas S. Monson

The toughest part of getting to the top of the ladder, is getting through the crowd at the bottom.
- Anonymous

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
-Jane Addams

He who seeks rest finds boredom....He who seeks work finds rest.
-AnonymousHikers climb a mountain

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
- Henry J. Kaiser

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
- St. Francis De Sales

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
- Seneca

Never, never, never give up.
- Winston Churchill


Only the educated are free.
- Epictetus Photo of children writing

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
- Malcolm Forbes

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.
- Alec Bourne

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.
- Anatole France

Education means inspiring someone’s mind, not just filling their head.
- Katie Lusk

There are millions of children today who don’t attend school. However, education is the only way to get ahead in this country.
- Azim Premji

Education is one of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.
- William Lowe Bryan

Education … has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
- G. M. Trevelyan British historian

The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
Photo of father with daughter reading on book - Jean Piaget, Swiss cognitive psychologist

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

I believe that it is better to learn from the diverse people around us than to try in vain to emulate them, better to be a teacher than a role model. As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.
- Michael Johnson

Learning acquired in youth is an inscription on stone.
- Indian Proverb

No one is so poor as an ignorant person.
- Hebrew Proverb

Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life.
- Brigham Young

A teacher is better than two books.
- German Proverb

Courage and Risk-Taking

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
- Keshavan Nair

a very decorated generalCourage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

Take a risk and you will get a reward, although it may not be a medal

Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.
- Anonymous

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
- Maya Angelou

A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
- Anonymous

When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.
–Henry Drummond

Firefighters, policemen, they all risk their lives every day. Won't you risk something once and a while?

If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
- Anonymous

One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in.
- Wayne Gretzky

To succeed... you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.
–Tony Dorsett

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
- Pierre Corneille

He who dares nothing need hope for nothing.
- Anonymous

Courage faces fear and thereby masters it
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

My parents told me that I could do and be anything I really wanted. I believed them.
- Molly McDonald

The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man of courage is also full of faith - Cicero


What worth has beauty if it is not seen?
- Italian Proverb

Beauty is not so much what you see as what you dream.
- Walloon Proverb

The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not want only destroy.
- Reverend Sean Parker Dennison

People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
- Salma Hayek

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Purple Flowers - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

A heart in love with beauty never grows old.
- Turkish Proverb

Beauty is the gift of God.
- Aristotle

Photo of yellow flowers with vaseThere is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.
- Joseph Addison

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.
- D.H. Lawrence

The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head
- Proverbs 20:29

"Freedom begins not with doing what you want but doing what you ought."

"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'THANK YOU'?"

‎"Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task a new -."

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

"Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from."
- Al Franken

"Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes."
- Confucius

"We must not say every mistake is a foolish one."
- Cicero

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own lif"e. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it."
- Cullen Hightower

"Instruction does not prevent wasted time or mistakes; and mistakes themselves are often the best teachers of all."
- James Anthony Froude

"Just because you make a mistake doesn’t mean you are a mistake."
- Georgette Mosbacher

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
- Oscar Wilde

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."
- Elbert Hubbard

"Acknowledge that you failed, draw your lessons from it, and use it to your advantage to make sure it never happens again."
- Michael Johnson

"There are no mistakes, save one: the failure to learn from a mistake."
- Robert Fripp

"Only those who do nothing at all make no mistakes... but that would be a mistake."
- Anonymous