Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
If we study the lives of great men and women we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives.
— Joan Rivers
God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty.
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
— Arnold Schwarzenegger
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
— James 1:2-4
Jesus will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your weakness.
— Mother Teresa
You have never tested God’s resources until you have attempted the impossible.
I’m just a little pencil in God’s hand. Tomorrow, if He finds somebody more helpless, more hopeless, I think He will do still greater things with her and through her.
— Mother Teresa
God has provided a power through the person of the Holy Spirit that will cause us to rise above our troubles.
— Kathryn Kuhlman
We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.
— 2 Corinthians 1:8-9
The secret to success is to do the common things uncommonly well.
— John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Whoever I am or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.
— John Gardner
I’ve never been satisfied with anything we’ve ever built. I’ve felt that dissatisfaction is the basis of progress. When we become satisfied in business, we become obsolete.
— Bill Marriott, Sr.
Excellence is not a gift given but a skill perfected.
Set higher standards for your own performance than anyone around you, and it won’t matter whether you have a tough boss or an easy one. It won’t matter whether the competition is pushing you hard, because you’ll be competing with yourself.
— Rick Pitino
When God allows one door to close, He will open another door for you, revealing something bigger and better.
— Joel Osteen
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.
— Mario Andretti
Opportunities and motivation are connected. Motivated people see opportunities, and opportunities are often what motivate people.
— John Maxwell
You create opportunity. You develop the capacities for moving toward opportunity. You turn a crisis into an opportunity and defeats into successes and frustration into fulfillment. With what? With your great invisible weapons: your good feelings about yourself, your determination to live the best life you can, and your feeling that only you can give yourself, that you are a worthwhile, deserving person.
— Dr. Maxwell Maltz
Nothing demonstrates that you care about people more than spending personal time with them.
— Mike Krzyzewski
If you really love one another, you will not be able to avoid making sacrifices.
— Mother Teresa
Few things have a more positive effect on others than finding out and remembering things about them. Knowing a lot about people is a real display of your care for them, and it creates a lasting bond.
— John Maxwell
Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
— John 15:12-13
One word we use around the house a lot is love, and the kids understand it and aren’t afraid to use it. They’ve really taught me how to express love, which I didn’t do too much of in the past – being an athlete, which sometimes makes you keep your feelings inside. It’s a whole other ballgame now.
— Austin Carr
The way not to lead a monotonous life is to live for others.
— Bishop Fulton Sheen
Sociologists find that those who volunteer enjoy better health than those that don’t.
— Eugene Dorsey
To know that I have helped someone a little or made a day brighter will make my own work easier and cause the sun to shine on the dark days, for we all have them.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
Nothing is eternal but that which is done for God and others. That which is done for self dies.
— John Aughey
When you reach out to other people in need, God will make sure that your own needs are supplied. If you’re lonely today, don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Go help someone else who is lonely. If you’re down and discouraged, don’t focus on your own need. Get your mind off yourself and go help meet someone else’s need.
— Joel Osteen
One of the first things I learned is that there was a relationship between screwing up and learning. The more mistakes I made, the faster I learned.
— Michael Dell
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
— Thomas Edison
At times failure is very necessary for the artist. It reminds him that failure is not the ultimate disaster. And this reminder liberates him from the mean fussing of perfectionism.
— John Berger
You will never really be sure you have aimed high enough until you have suffered a failure.
— Robert Schuller
What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to getting better. It is defeat that turns the bones to flint and gristle to muscle and makes men invincible and forms those basic natures that are now in ascendancy in the world. Do not be afraid of defeat.
— Vince Lombardi