We should not permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities.
— Booker T. Washington
Problems are the price you pay for progress.
— Branch Rickey
Those held in highest esteem by most people are those who master a hard lot with their head held high.
— Viktor Frankl
Things can always be better, but they can always be worse. Why not look on the good side?
— Fuzzy Zoeller
When will we ever learn that there are no hopeless situations, only people who have grown hopeless about them? What appears as an unsolvable problem to us is actually a rather exhilarating challenge. People who inspire others are those who see invisible bridges at the end of dead-end streets.
— Charles Swindoll
Adversity often produces the unexpected opportunity. Look for it. Appreciate and utilize it.
— John Wooden
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
— Bruce Lee
Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
— Victor Kiam
The opportunity of a lifetime is seldom so labeled.
— American proverb
In everybody’s lifetime there will come a time when one door will close on you. If you’re so concerned with the one that closes, you’ll never find the one that’s open.
— Tommy Lasorda, on retiring from the Dodgers
Few destinations have one point of access. The same is true of your vision. If your initial approach is blocked, look for alternatives.
— Andy Stanley
We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again.
— George Washington
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
You can always take what you have and make it better.
— Ted Williams
I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair products.
— C.J. Walker
The key to a happy, productive life is having multiple goals.
— Gary Player
If you don’t know where you are going, every road seems like the wrong one.
— Susan Page
No one ever accomplishes anything of consequence without a goal. Goal setting is the strongest human force for self-motivation.
— Paul Myer
There is a time when we must firmly choose the course we will follow, or the relentless drift of events will make the decision.
— Herbert Prochnow
I feel that the most important step in any major accomplishment is setting a specific goal. This enables you to keep your mind focused on your goal and off the many obstacles that will arise when you’re striving to do your best.
— Kurt Thomas
It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.
— M. Scott Peck
The ability to accept adversity and overcome it is one of the most important virtues, because it offers us the greatest opportunities for growth.
— Gary Player
I definitely believe that with all that I’ve gone through in my life with my injuries and illnesses I’m a stronger person. I’m more determined and I don’t think there is anything that I can’t encounter or conquer after what I’ve gone through.
— Gail Devers, on battling Grave’s Disease
Grief drives men into the habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding and softens the heart.
— John Adams
I found this out about a tragedy: it either leaves you diminished or enhanced. If you face up to it, if you make the best of it, you’re a better person. You appreciate love. You appreciate life. You appreciate all of the things of being with people.
— Art Linkletter, on the LSD death of his daughter and fatal car crash of his son
A new position of responsibility will usually show a man to be a far stronger creature than was supposed.
— William James
When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Commit to taking total responsibility for everything that happens to you. This one change in thinking has the power to launch you to the world-class level faster than any other single idea.
— Steve Siebold
We have no choice of what color we’re born or who our parents are or whether we’re rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we’re here.
— Mildred Taylor
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
— Albert Ellis
With each new day I put away the past and discover the new beginnings I have been given.
— Angela Wozniak
Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
— Reginna Brett
Don’t think about things that are past and done, because thinking of the past wakes regret and pain.
— Arthur Waley
The only time you want to look back is when you want to learn something.
— Charles “Chuck” Yeager
You can’t put a question mark where God has put a period. Avoid the tendency to dwell on what you could have done.
— Joel Osteen