If you can meet success and failure and treat them both as imposters, then you are a balanced man, my son.
— Rudyard Kipling
Never equate losing with failure.
— Arthur Ashe
In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
— Vince Lombardi
If I lose, I’ll walk away and never feel bad. Because I did all I could, there was nothing more to do.
— Joe Frazier
It ain’t like losing a leg.
— Billy Joe Patton, on narrowly losing the Masters at Augusta in 1954
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
— Charles Dickens
If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
If I have learned anything, I owe it neither to precepts nor to books, but to a few opportune misfortunes. Perhaps the school of misfortunes is the very best.
— Louise de Choiseul
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.
Keep a record of the times you’ve triumphed over misfortune. It will assure you that you can do so again. Remember your moments of joy and happiness. They will serve as a reservoir of strength when you most need it.
— Leo Buscaglia
When I have a cause I’m committed to, achieving it becomes much more important to me than the obstacles in the way.
— Marilyn Tam
The happiest people have a sense of commitment in everything they do, whether it’s playing golf, running a restaurant or selling hardware. They approach their undertakings with passion.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
With my dad, once I started something, I had to finish it and I couldn’t start anything else. As much as I begged and pleaded, he wouldn’t let me quit. He said, “Well if you want to play basketball and lacrosse, you still have to go to band practice.”
— John Tesh
Commitment is nearly sacred to the most successful people I work with. They never merely go through the motions. They work with intensity. The strength of their commitments is such that they never let more than a day or two go by without following the regimen they know will lead to improvements and success.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
Fitness doesn’t take a lot of money and fancy equipment. What it takes is will and opportunity. I’ve never paid for a push-up or a sit-up in my life and I’ve done millions.
— Arnold Schwarzenegger
I work out 50 weeks a year because I want to keep getting better.
— Derek Jeter
Any workout routine must be regimented and consistent. You can’t lift weights this week and not the next. It requires a real commitment to building a powerful body, toning it or whatever your overall goal might be.
— Tiger Woods
Set aside time in your schedule to exercise at least three times a week for one hour a day.
— Patrick Cohn
As the CEO of a substantial company, finding time to exercise three or four days a week was the most difficult thing in the world. I finally learned to treat it like another appointment. I even told my secretary to schedule it.
— Joe Sciortino
After more than sixty years of almost daily reading of the Bible, I never fail to find it always new and marvelously in tune with the changing needs of every day.
— Cecil B. DeMille
Any reading is better than none, but I prefer the book of the century rather than the book of the week or any cheap novel. Better still the book of four centuries – the book of proverbs.
— Theodore Roosevelt
The New Testament contains surprisingly specific guidance for us. It’s wisdom has the sure touch of ultimate truth. It is really a primer on the techniques of happy, workable relationships with other people. And that, after all, is the biggest single problem for any of us.
— Catherine Marshall
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
— Psalm 119:97
Though ancient, the Bible has never lost its relevance. Though battered, no one has ever improved on its content. Though old, it never fails to offer something pure, something wise, something new.
— Charles Swindoll
Think enthusiastically about everything, especially your job. If you do, you’ll put a touch of glory in your life. If you love your job with enthusiasm, you’ll shake it to pieces. You’ll love it into greatness, you’ll upgrade it, you’ll fill it with prestige and power.
— Norman Vincent Peale
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
— Dale Carnegie
I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
— George Burns
I’m a firm believer in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy.
— Jack Nicklaus
Success is built by doing everything the best possible way. If you really want to be happy in your life, you must learn to enjoy and even love your work.
— Kemmons Wilson
Never let yesterday take up too much time of today.
— Sign in Tex Schramm’s Office
Let the past go, but hang on to the things it taught you.
— Pat Williams
The past is history. Make the present good, and the past will take care of itself.
— Knute Rockne
Never look back unless you want to go that way.
Having loosened our grip on the past, we are free to reach for the future.
— Ann Clark