I ran away from a thousand things waiting to be done and stole a little visit with a friend.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
— Henry Miller
Lie on your back and look at the stars.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Sometimes the road was only a lane, with thick hawthorn hedges, and the green elms overhung it on either side so that when you looked up there was only a strip of blue sky between. And as you rode along in the warm, keen air you had a sensation that the world was standing still and life would last forever. Although you were pedaling with such energy you had a delicious feeling of laziness.
—W. Somerset Maughan
Prayer is our highest privilege, our greatest responsibility and greatest power God has put into our hands.
If you begin with prayer, you can think more clearly and make fewer stupid mistakes.
— Sir John Templeton
I do not know how one could perform this job without getting on bended knee in fervent prayer.
—Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
We kneel, how weak! we rise, how full of power!
— Richard Trench
There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.
— John Wooden
Character is what you are in the dark.
— D.L. Moody
Success is the product of character. The development of your character is in your own hands, and poverty plus honest ambition is the best environment for character building.
— Charlie Jones
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
— James Miles
We’re gonna look real hard at a fella’s character before we draft him. There’s been a lot of people cut in this league who had the ability, more ability than guys who are playing.
— Bum Phillips
Poppy looked for opportunities to foster character in every situation that required out-of-the ordinary effort or carried the potential for disaster. The harder the effort or the worse the outcome, the greater the potential he saw for “character development.” From the earliest age, everything we kids hated doing (cleaning the house) or failed at (flute, banjo, saxophone) became a lesson in character development.
— Mary Matalin
Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
— Marcus Martial
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
— Bruce Lee
Confident leaders freely admit their own mistakes. And by doing it publicly, they set an example for others to take responsibility.
— Bill Parcells
A man should never be ashamed to admit he was wrong, which is but saying that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
— Alexander Pope
Admit when you’re wrong. When I’m courageous enough to admit I’m wrong or I’ve made a mistake, I’m amazed at the generosity of the person on the receiving end. This increases trust, elevates credibility and strengthens the relationship.
— Vickie Milazzo
One of the keys to success lies in understanding the nature of the obstacle before you, then using it to your advantage. Find out how that obstacle can make you stronger. Learn from it. Grow.
—Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1994, who is deaf
One method I use to discover the treasure in my personal trials is to write on a piece of paper a list of my past trials and what possible benefits have come from each of them.
— Gary and Norma Smalley
I view adversity, in all its forms, as a test of my faith in God. If I develop the habit of trusting God on a regular basis with the myriad little problems that constitute daily life, then I’m prepared when the larger issue of adversity arises.
— Bobby Bowden
If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches.
— James Burgh
The most significant common intangible among the truly great is that they enjoy adversity. They want to be put in fear-inducing situations because they know it is the ultimate test. The true prize is not the trophy; rather, it is the knowledge that at precisely the right moment, one is able to exercise absolute self-control and precise judgment. This, in turn, allows the skills to take over, and the triumph follows.
— Gary Player
By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day over a period of time, you will become a lot better. Only then will you be able to approach being the best you can be. It begins by trying to make each day count and knowing you can never make up for a lost day.
— John Wooden
Just do the best with what you have, and you’ll soon be doing it better.
— Gil Hodges
Achieving your personal best is all one can ask of themselves. If the results are first, fourth or thirtieth, and it is the best you have ever done, then that is something to be proud of.
— Bonnie Blair
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
— George Halas
It’s easy to say success is having a gold medal or winning a championship, but I think it is much more than that. It’s knowing I did everything I could possibly do to win. The results are less significant than the effort.
— Kelly Williams
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Inside a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.
— Muhammad Ali
I learned from my father not to wallow in disappointment. He taught me to use these experiences to fight back – not only for myself, but also in a way that’s constructive and beneficial to many others. He was a very generous person and despite his lifetime of disappointments, he was an incredible optimist.
— Lani Guinier
Ever tried and failed? No matter. Try again and fail better.
— Samuel Beckett
Long before any championships were ever won at UCLA, I came to understand that losing is only temporary and not all-encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.
— John Wooden