Many a humble soul will be amazed to find that the seed it sowed in weakness, in the dust of daily life, has blossomed into immortal flowers under the eye of the Lord.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe
I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague.
— Helen Keller
I wasn’t the greatest athlete, and I couldn’t jump out of the gym, and I wasn’t an extraordinary ball handler. I was just someone who loved the game.
— Cheryl Miller, on being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame
When we come to the end of ourselves, we come to the beginning of God.
— Billy Graham
It is always upon human weakness and humiliation, not human strength and confidence, that God chooses to build His Kingdom; and that He can use us not merely in spite of our ordinariness and helplessness and disqualifying infirmities, but precisely because of them.
— James Stewart
Sin is disappointing. Whoever got out of sin half as much pleasure as he expected?
— Ignatius Smith
When Christ’s hands were nailed to the cross, He also nailed your sins to the cross.
— St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Pride opens the door to every other sin, for once we are more concerned with our reputation than our character, there is no end to the things we will do just to make ourselves “look good” before others.
— Warren Wiersbe
God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a “No Fishing” sign over the spot.
— D.L. Moody
If there’s one characteristic all winners share, it’s that they care more than anyone else. No detail is too small to sweat or too large to dream.
— Jack Welch
Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, pursue one of your passions every day. Watch your health and esteem grow as you feed your soul through regular exercise of passionate interest.
— Dr. Ellen McGrath
The most successful people are the ones who have a passion for what they do. They never get bored, they still look forward to their work, and that’s what keeps them going.
— Yogi Berra
Passion is the key to success. Every achiever I’ve met is quick to admit that the passion for his or her dream made it happen.
— Robert Schuller
The more excited you are about accomplishing something that is important to you, the more excited others will be about helping you do it. Emotions are contagious. The more passion you have for your life and your activities, the more charisma you will have, and the more cooperation you will gain from others.
— Andrew Wood and Brian Tracy
The infectiously joyous men and women are those who forget themselves in thinking about others and serving others.
— Robert McCracken
Te be of service is a solid foundation for contentment in this world.
— Charles Eliot
Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
— Leo Tolstoy
When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.
— John Gardner
Servants work for low pay, long hours and no applause, “wasting” their talents and skills among the poor and uneducated. Somehow, though, in the process of losing their lives they find them.
— Philip Yancey
I didn’t want to look back when I’m an old man and say, “You had a special talent and you didn’t get the most of it.” That’s been a real motivating factor for me, something I think about every day.
— Kerry Collins
When my time is up and I stand before my maker, I’d like to be able to say, “God, I don’t have one ounce of talent, love, compassion or energy left. I used every gift you gave me.”
— Montel Williams
Trying to get by on talent is a fatal mistake.
— Pete Maravich
It is not the possession of extraordinary gifts that makes extraordinary usefulness, but the dedication of what we have to the service of God.
— Frederick Robertson
Let your goals be important enough to override your distractions.
— Billy Casper
There were dozens, even hundreds, of small goals that led me to the point where I finally became a Yankee.
— Derek Jeter
Motivated people raise the bar to supposedly unreachable heights and then establish the methods necessary to reach those heights. They purposely set difficult goals for themselves, because they realize that if the challenge isn’t worthy, the payoff will be empty and unsatisfactory.
— Rick Pitino
Make sure your goals are clear and specific. If your goals are nebulous, the results are likely to be nebulous too.
— Pat Williams
If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not being very innovative in what you’re doing.
— Weston Agor
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
— Mary Irion
If you lived today as if it were your last, you’d buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn’t you?
— Garrison Keillor
Yesterday is a memory; tomorrow is an imagination; today is eternity. Cut out two days of your life, yesterday with its mistakes, tomorrow with its fears, and live only today.
— Virgil Reed
Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.
— Douglas Pagels
One of the most difficult yet basic fundamentals to master is the art of enjoying each moment that you are given on this planet. It’s easy to do that, of course, when the birds are singing and life is going your way. It’s not so easy when you are struggling. Yet even the struggle is a gift, if you are willing to see it that way.
— Isiah Thomas