Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
— General George Patton
God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless.
— Admiral Chester Nimitz
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
— Sydney Smith
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
— Billy Graham
Hard work beats talent almost every time.
— Pat Williams
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
— George Allen
My mother taught me that hard work is a real virtue and that it can also be lots of fun.
— Ann Richards
Sweat is the greatest solvent for problems.
— Branch Rickey
I grumbled as a child with all the housework and practicing I had to do. Now, when I look back, I am grateful because hard work made me stronger and a more responsible person.
— June Kuramoto
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
The one thing that will guarantee the successful conclusion of a doubtful undertaking is faith that you can do it.
— William James
As long as we wait until we can do God’s work, we will remain in a holding pattern, because God’s work requires faith in Him, not faith in our abilities.
— David Young
Never wait for a miracle. Go after your dream. Do your part to the very best of your ability, and ask God to make up the difference. He won’t act until we step out in faith.
— John Maxwell
God’s blessings don’t necessarily come through the kindness of others. In fact, it is often in spite of a lack of others’ kindness that God is able to perform the most mighty deeds. The miracle begins when we remove the training wheels of dependency on others.
— T.D. Jakes
A great man is always willing to be little.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Humility is wisdom’s prerequisite.
— Bobby Bowden
Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
— John McCloy
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
— Thomas Carlyle
When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the earth and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the poorest man on the face of the earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘I will work through him. He won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.’”
— C. Reuben Anderson
The accomplishments of those born blind are a sure proof of how much the spirit can achieve when difficulties are placed in its way.
— George Lightenberg
Don’t be frustrated by your own inexperience. All green things grow and blossom eventually with enough nurturing.
God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.
— Leighton Ford
For all the kids out there who are struggling, and whose peers say they’re terrible, I hope I’m an inspiration. If they love it and just keep plugging away at it, something good will come out of it.
— Amy Van Dyken
To change a behavior, we must be willing to experience a certain degree of discomfort.
— Marie Lindquist
When we cannot do what and where we would, we must do what and where we can.
— Matthew Henry
Being unready and ill-equipped is what you have to expect in life. You must always do with less than you need in a situation vastly different from what you would have chosen as appropriate for your special endowments.
— Charlton Ogburn, Jr.
Don’t wait until you “feel good” to move. It’s the movement that creates the good feelings.
— Deborah Shaw
The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind – jump in.
— Charles Swindoll
There are two kinds of “disabled” persons: Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left.
— Thomas Szasz
All of God’s greats have been weak men who did great exploits for God because they reckoned on His being faithful.
— J. Hudson Taylor
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
— Philippians 4:13
When targeting problems, realize that what makes the Christian home different is not the absence of problems or conflict, but the presence of a problem solver within.
— Howard Hendricks
If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
— 1 Peter 4:11
Jesus Christ never issues a call that we’re incapable of responding to, but the timing of His call always seems too soon to us. We think we need more – more time, more money, more preparations, more qualifications, more . . . But He won’t waste time by calling us into His purpose prematurely or by allowing us to linger beyond the timing He knows is best.
— Jack Hayford