Preparation is everything. Noah did not start building the ark when it was raining.
— Warren Buffett
To be prepared is half the victory.
— Miguel de Cervantes
Success in not a matter of just wanting to win. It’s a matter of preparing to win – which is much more important.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Do your homework. Your competitor is.
— Rick Pitino
You know where you’d like to go, whether it’s to a national championship in basketball or a particular goal in your business or life. You must also realize that this goal will be simply a by-product of all the hard work and good thinking you do along the way – your preparation. The preparation is where success is truly found.
— John Wooden
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls, and looks like work.
— Thomas Edison
Opportunity’s favorite disguise is trouble.
— Frank Tyger
I happened on the idea of fitting an engine to a bicycle simply because I did not want to ride crowded trains and busses.
— Soichire Honda
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
— Alexander Graham Bell
When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
— Max Lucado
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
— Jeremiah 29:11
With them I gladly shared my all and learned the great truth that where God guides, He provides.
— Franklin Buchman
God will never give you an assignment that He will not, at the same time, enable you to complete.
— Henry Blackaby
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
— Isaiah 43:1-2
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
— Rick Warren
Greatness is a two-faced coin – and its reverse is humility.
— Marguerite Steen
Even though a ruler may be wise as a sage, he must humble himself and yield to others. Then the intelligent will offer him their counsel and the brave will exert themselves to the fullest for him.
— Sina Guange
Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
— John Wooden
I don’t think that because I play for the Yankees and make millions that I’m better than someone who carries my suitcase onto an airplane or someone who picks up my dry cleaning. That’s a weak attitude for anyone to have. If you ever feel that way, you need to reevaluate yourself and your priorities.
— Derek Jeter
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.
— Andrew Carnegie
If you don’t have obstacles, it probably means you’re not setting your goals high enough.
— Derek Jeter
Write down your goals. There’s something about writing things down that makes them more “real.” If your goals are written down, you can pull them out from time to time and check your progress toward accomplishing them.
— Pat Williams
The higher your goals, the more you’ll achieve, even if you don’t realize every goal.
— Gary Player
Your goals should have a specific deadline attached to them. Almost as important as what you’re going to do is when you will do it. No matter how grand your personal goals may be, if you don’t have a realistic timetable attached to them, you may find that you never achieve them at all.
— Pat Williams
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Books are the food of youth, the delight of old age, the ornament of prosperity, and the refuge and comfort of adversity.
Books are no substitute for living, but they can add immeasurably to its richness.
— May Arbuthnot
If you drop gold and books, pick up the books first, then the gold.
— Jewish proverb
One of my favorite perks during fair weather is to simply take a book out into the sunshine. After lunch I pull up a chair on my patio and spend ten minutes or so basking and browsing. The combination of the warm sun, the absorbing words and the pure relaxation is almost guaranteed to lift my spirits and send me back to work with a higher joy-quotient.
— Thomas Kinkade
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.
— Albert Schweitzer
The older you get the more you realize that kindness is synonymous with happiness.
— Lionel Barrymore
Charity does not require a large deed. It often takes little acts of kindness in the form of a warm smile or a kind word.
— Stephen Covey
Kindness makes a man attractive.
— Proverbs 19:22
It is a good idea to be ambitious, to have goals, to want to be good at what you want to do, but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of being a nice person who cares about other people and takes the trouble to treat them with kindness and decency. The point is not that they will then be nice to you. The point is that you will feel better about yourself.
— Robert Solow