There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
— Lady Mary Montagu
The only things that are going to change you from where you are today to where you are going to be five years from now are the people you meet and the books you read.
— Lou Holtz
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
— Helen Keller
Men of power have no time to read; yet the men who do not read are unfit for power.
— Michael Foot
I try to make time for reading each night. In addition to the usual newspapers and magazines, I make it a priority to read at least one newsweekly from cover to cover. If I were to read only what intrigues me – say, the science and business sections – then I would finish the magazine the same person I was when I started. So I read it all.
— Bill Gates
To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
— William Shakespeare
Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
— Reginna Brett
I remember, after my grandfather’s death, seeing Dad in the hall with tears streaming down his face. I don’t think I had ever seen him cry before. I’m glad I did see him. It helped me know that it was okay for men to cry.
— Fred Rogers
Her little girl was late arriving home from school so the mother began to scold her daughter, but stopped and asked, “Why are you so late?”
“I had to help another girl. She was in trouble,” replied the daughter.
“What did you do to help her?”
“Oh, I sat down and helped her cry.”
It’s okay to let your children see you cry.
— Reginna Brett
We can depend on God to fulfill His promise, even when all the roads leading to it are closed.
— Matthew Henry
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
— Psalm 34:18
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
— Victor Hugo
None of us can see the future, but we can know for sure that whenever we get there, God will have been there ahead of us. And as long as He’s there, what do we have to fear?
— Pat Williams
I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.
— Psalm 37:25
My strongest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
— Bjorn Borg
Character is determined in the second half.
— Bernie Casey
I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn’t all that important to me.
— Lisa Alther
A champion is one who gets up when he can’t see.
— Jack Dempsey
Doers are willing to break through the barriers of pain that stand between themselves and a goal. The pain barriers might be emotional or physical – or both. Doers realize that any goal of substance is not meant to be achieved easily and they will face severe tests of their patience and determination along the path to fulfillment.
— Gary Player
Adversity will usually start to resolve itself when you begin to take action.
— Rick Pitino
Pray not for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.
— Theodore Roosevelt
The game was to just find something about everything to be glad about – no matter what it was. You see, when you’re hunting for the glad things, you sort of forget the other kind.
— Eleanor Porter
If you don’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.
— Erk Russell
The way you react to adversity is the key to success. People who succeed are the ones who respond the right way in adverse circumstances.
— Tom Landry, to his players after he was fired as head coach of the Cowboys
Goals help you overcome short-term problems.
— Hannah More
The mere act of defining a goal puts you that much closer to achieving it.
— Ron Blue
When you know you are working toward a goal, when there is a challenge to be met, you are more likely to rise to the occasion and perform at your best than when there is no deadline to be met or no task to be completed.
— Richard Chang
Happiness, wealth and success are byproducts of goal setting; they cannot be the goal themselves.
— John Condry
The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.
— Claude Bristol
We pray for silver, but God often gives us gold instead.
— Martin Luther
We look upon prayer as a means for getting things for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.
— Oswald Chambers
The best disposition for praying is that of being desolate, forsaken, stripped of everything.
— St. Augustine
If you want to be able to pray better, you must be able to pray more.
Prayer is a joy. Prayer is the sunshine of God’s love, prayer is hope of eternal happiness, prayer is the burning flame of God’s love for you and for me. Let us pray for each other, for this is the best way to love one another.
— Mother Teresa