When God contemplates some great work, He begins it by the hand of some poor, weak, human creature, to whom He afterwards gives aid.
— Martin Luther
Lean, thin hair, can’t be photographed very well, not much personality and so forth. Also dances.
— Anonymous, film studio executive commenting on Fred Astaire after a 1928 screen test
He looked like he was falling apart when he ran. Looked like he was coming apart when he threw. His stance at the plate was ridiculous. When he swung he’d lunge and hit bad balls. There was no way he could hit the ball like that. But no one told Roberto Clemente that.
— Robin Roberts
I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency.
— Abraham Lincoln
Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; then he spent forty years on the back side of the desert realizing he was nobody; finally, he spent the last forty years learning what God can do with a nobody.
— D.L. Moody
Like an ant carrying a morsel of bread to his dwelling place, greatness is often dragged by persons who seem too small.
— T.D. Jakes
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
— Hugh Cameron
God does not always choose great people to accomplish what He wishes, but He chooses a person who is wholly yielded to Him.
— Henrietta C. Mears
The people we admire are ordinary people that have been able to accomplish some extraordinary things. The things that make them extraordinary are things that we all possess.
— Rolf Benirschke
God is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.
— L.B. Cowman
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.
— Henry Drummond
Everyone has in him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish. And what your potential is.
— Anne Frank
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
— Picabo Street
Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or triple our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved.
— Thomas Watson
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
— Victor Borge
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain
A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.
— Barbara Walters
Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people, and you can fill up those openings with something positive.
— Goldie Hawn
I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
— Helen Keller
My mother never let me use my deafness as an excuse. We had a positive environment, where if you fail, just try again.
— Heather Whitestone
The truth is, I’m sort of lucky to have this body because it forced me to find my strength and beauty within.
— Aimee Mullins, amputee
When I was young, my mother taught me never to feel sorry for myself, because handicaps are really things to be used.
— Stevie Wonder
Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world – making the most of one’s best.
— Harry Emerson Fosdick
A plan takes all your dreams and talents and maximizes them by bringing structure to the concept.
— T.D. Jakes
Without a plan we keep covering old territory.
— Rick Pitino
Your mind is always satisfied with the harmony produced by a well-organized plan. Anxiety develops from a poorly organized plan.
— Napoleon Hill
Planning is deciding what to change today so tomorrow will be different from yesterday.
— Ichak Adizes
He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of light which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.
— Victor Hugo
You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.
— Max Lucado
It is better to have faith in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
— Bobby Bowden
Every man is born with the ability to do something well. This is what the Lord intended him to do. Using that ability – that’s what life is all about.
— George Allen
God requires a faithful fulfillment of the merest trifle given us to do, rather than the most ardent aspiration to things to which we are not called.
— St. Francis de Sales
What men call training and preparation, God calls the end. God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the waves of the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present: if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious.
— Oswald Chambers