Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind it. Something we call “heart power.” Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.
— Vince Lombardi
The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.
— Henry Overstreet
Until you are committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, which leads to ineffectiveness. The moment you definitely commit yourself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help you that would never otherwise occur.
— William Murray
Commit yourself to a dream. Nobody who tries to do something great but fails is a total failure. He can always rest assured that he succeeded in life’s most important battle – he defeated the fear of trying.
— Robert Schuller
Form a mental picture of a time or situation in which you never gave up, a time when you faced your fears and defeated them, or think of someone whose strength inspires you. Store that image in your mind and use it as an inner source of strength when you need to fortify your commitment and determination to achieve your goals and live your dreams.
— Isiah Thomas
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
Give yourself at Christmas; there really is no more wonderful gift.
— Dorothy Wilson
As a kid, sometimes my Christmas present was an orange. We were poor and fruit was a once-a-year thing. To this day, that’s why I still love the smell of oranges.
— Dolly Parton
When we exchange gifts, we always stay within our means. You see we once had the good fortune of being poor.
— Danny Thomas
The most precious Christmas gift parents can give their children is time.
— Fred Rogers
The family traditions I love the most are the holiday celebrations. I look forward to the planning, shopping and cooking almost as much as the holiday itself. You know, you don’t need a lot of money to make it special. Why, when we were children, the best Christmas gifts we got would seem cheap today – an orange in each child’s stocking. When I think of Christmas, I can still smell those oranges.
— Sarah Delany