I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
— Pablo Picasso
The work will teach you how to do it.
— Estonian proverb
Learn from everyone; copy no one.
— Don Shula
It is only by doing things that one learns how to do things.
— E.W. Scripps
I took violin lessons from age six to fourteen, but had no luck with my teachers, for whom music did not transcend mechanical practicing. I really began to learn only after I had fallen in love with Mozart’s sonatas. The attempt to reproduce their singular grace compelled me to improve my technique. I believe, on the whole, that love is a better teacher than sense of duty.
— Albert Einstein
The wisest person is not the one who has the fewest failures, but the one who turns failures to best account.
— Richard Grant
I failed my way to success.
— Thomas Edison
In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.
— Bill Wilson
Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It’s also a powerful motivator.
— Yogi Berra
I think you learn a lot more in failures and defeats, many times, than you do in victories. God has those difficult times to teach us and to help us grow. I didn’t look at those 27 years as “failure years.” There were things I learned that helped create that Super Bowl win.
— Tony Dungy
Don’t be so busy in the kingdom that you don’t have time for the King.
— Dawson Trotman
What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.
— A.W. Tozer
Every activity and every relationship on earth will fulfill its ultimate purpose only when it drives me toward a vital, growing relationship with God.
— Dave Dravecky
Job did not seek the Giver because of His gifts; when all gifts were removed he still sought the Giver.
— Philip Yancey
I am not at all concerned about that, that the Lord is on our side in this great struggle, for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation may be on the Lord’s side.
— Abraham Lincoln
One of the problems with worry is that it keeps you from enjoying what you have.
— Charles Swindoll
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
— Mark Twain
Worry is poison.
— Peter Thomson
Most of the troubles of humanity are imaginary and should be laughed out of court. It is folly to cross a bridge before you come to it, or to bid the Devil good-morning before you meet him – perfect folly. All is well until the stroke falls, and even then, nine times out of ten, it is not so bad as anticipated. A wise man is the confirmed optimist.
— Andrew Carnegie
As soon as you believe it can be done, a great psychological barrier is broken and you begin to work toward higher goals.
— Byron Nelson
Even if you aren’t number one, you should have the attitude that you are number one.
— Joe Paterno
God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe.
— Billy Mills, entry in his training diary prior to his upset Olympic gold medal 10,000-meter win in the Tokyo Olympics
The enemy is in front of us, behind us, to the left of us and to the right of us. They can’t escape us this time!
— Lewis Puller, marine lieutenant
Notice that the most interesting and successful people have acquired the habit of talking about what they are for rather than what they are against. Their optimism pulls and propels them forward. They lean into life rather than away from it.
— Bob Moawad
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
— André Gide
Learn to bear your ill fortune without appealing for sympathy.
— Harold Hilton
There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
— Washington Irving
There are no obstacles that hard work and preparation cannot cure.
— Barbara Jordan
It’s up to us how we respond to adversity. We can go into a blue funk, give up, quit, or, as Billy Graham taught me to do, we can say, “Thank you, God, for giving me this challenge. I’ll show you what I’m made of,” and respond with courage, enthusiasm and even joy.
— Gary Player
A sense of humility is a quality I have observed in every leader I have deeply admired.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
The devil has least power to fasten a temptation on him that is most humble.
— Thomas Brooks
Always remember that there are two types of people in this world. Those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are!”
— Francis Collins
The higher we are placed, the more humble we should walk.
A humble man can do great things with an uncommon perfection because he is no longer concerned about accidentals, like his own interests and his own reputation, and therefore, he is no longer needing to waste his efforts in defending them.
— Thomas Merton