Pressure usually represents opportunity.
— Jimmy Connors
I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
— Mary Lou Retton
Pressure is neither good nor bad. You can convert pressure into negative tension and worry – or positive expectation and enthusiasm. It’s a choice you make yourself.
— Edge Keynote
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
— James Bilkey
It’s important that you don’t fear pressure: You should embrace it. It brings out the best in all of us. You want it every day of your working life. You want to feel that each day you are under a microscope, that you are involved in something that’s important.
— Rick Pitino
Opportunities don’t present themselves in ideal circumstances. If you wait for all the lights to turn green, you will never leave your driveway.
— John Maxwell
Pain is short, and joy is eternal.
— Friedrich von Schiller
Pain and suffering are inevitable in our lives, but misery is an option.
— Chip Beck
Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.
— Ernest Hemingway
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
— George Bernard Shaw
A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
— Joe DiMaggio
A leader leads by example not by force.
— Sun Tzu
Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.
— Charles Borromeo
Model good emotional and mental stability. All eyes are on you, particularly in times of stress or crisis. Be a role model your children will remember – how strong you were, how resilient you were, how you held things together when life seemed like it was breaking apart.
— Phillip McGraw
The price of progress is trouble.
— Charles Kettering
Trouble is a part of life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
— Dinah Shore
There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
— Thomas à Kempis
Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
— Henry Kaiser
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
— Henry Ward Beecher
The reward goes to him who plods along unruffled, refusing to become angry with himself or the results of his efforts.
— Bobby Jones
They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long distance runner.
— Chuck Knox
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
— Charles Lindbergh
The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that precedes the victory.
— Karen Livingston
It’s the people who stop to consider their hurt and heartache who usually fall short of their goals. Some even drop out altogether just because they experience a little disappointment or sorrow. You’ve got to play through your pain if you want to make it where you’re going.
— George Foreman
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.
— Lou Holtz
The times are bad. Very well, you are there to make them better.
— Thomas Carlyle
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
— Theodore Vail
My mother taught me about family and hard work and sacrifice. She held steady through tragedy after tragedy. And she held our family together through tough times.
— Bill Clinton
When the world seems huge and dark and meaningless, focus on little things – sunlight through leaves, a cat sprawled across your knees, the taste of an apple, a dew-bright spider’s web. Now is the time for gentle comforts, for friendly and familiar things.
— Pam Brown
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