The great thing, and the hard thing, is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.
— Janet Stuart
Genius is perseverance in disguise.
— Mike Newlin
The slow penny is surer than the quick dollar. The slow trotter will out-travel the fleet racer. Genius darts, flutters and tires; but perseverance wears and wins.
— Orison Marden
The urge to quit is the signal that an opportunity to excel is at hand.
— Greg Quinn
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
— Calvin Coolidge
There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother.
— Sarah Hale
For any normal woman in normal circumstances there is bound to be a special excitement and joy and gratitude to God when she holds her first baby in her arms.
— Rose Kennedy
To get time for civic work, for exercise, for neighborhood projects, reading or meditation, or just plain time to themselves, mothers need to hold out against the fairly recent but surprisingly entrenched myth that “good mothers” are constantly with their children.
— Wendy Sanford
It is at our mother’s knee that we acquire our noblest and truest and highest ideals.
— Mark Twain
No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment and make the most of it.
— Jim Valvano
Each day comes bearing its gifts. Untie the ribbons.
— Anna Schabacker
Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.
— Elisabeth Elliot
Remember then: there is only one time that is important – now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.
— Leo Tolstoy
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
— Dale Carnegie
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
The poor man is not he who is without a cent but he who is without a dream.
— Harry Kemp
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or by cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
— John F. Kennedy
My mother always told me how important dreams are. “Never give up on your dreams, because dreams are where reality begins,” she said.
— Marcia Mahan
The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.
— Og Mandino
It is a happy talent to know how to play.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
A little play lets the subconscious go to work.
— Napoleon Hill
Remember, play is not frivolous behavior. The word “recreation” contains the two words “re” and “create.” Play is the way to re-create yourself, every day, and remind yourself you are not your work.
— Laura Stack
The sole purpose of play is to have fun, to be diverted and amused, to frolic meaninglessly and gleefully for a while, outside the realm of the intellect. When we do this, we discover a positive side of ourselves that celebrates life without analysis, one of the basic components of love.
— Leo Buscaglia
You need to have the expertise and the guidance of someone else. You cannot train yourself. The church is the gym of the soul.
— Sylvester Stallone
Houses of worship are wonderful places of sanctuary where we can distance ourselves from our outside cares and reflect on what’s important to us.
— Mary Lou Retton
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
— Abigail Van Buren
Take care of your inner self. Pray. Take time to be with God. If you’re not involved in a good church, start looking for one right away – a place where you can fellowship with people of faith who can support and encourage you.
— Pat Williams
One of the most important qualities of many really successful people is humility. If you have a degree of humility about you, you have the ability to take advice, to be teachable. A humble person never stops learning.
— Todd Blackledge
Those most worthy of our praise are the ones who are made most uneasy by it.
— John DeFore
With everyone I work with, I stress the humility factor. Humility should be everyone’s final achievement. It is the crown jewel of life. Without it your life will never be full.
— Peter Burwash
To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.
— Benjamin Franklin
When victory is achieved, that feeling can be overwhelming. Keep your common sense about you, and be gracious. Silence is often the best tactic after a win. If you must talk, praise your opponent and praise your teammates. Never praise yourself.
— John Madden