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
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
Pain is temporary, but quitting is forever.
— Lance Armstrong
The cure for grief is motion.
— Elbert Hubbard
When pain doesn’t go away, endurance increases.
— T.D. Jakes
Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor the best opportunities; they will never come.
— Janet Stuart
Try as we may, none of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread. The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.
— Bernard Baruch
The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.
— Frank Hamilton
Experience has taught me that if I focus predominantly on what I do not have, I am very seldom productive. More often than not, I am frustrated and discouraged. But if I focus only on what I have to work with, I start finding new solutions to old problems.
— Art Berg
The lesson which repeats and constantly enforces is, “look under your foot.” You are always nearer the divine and the true source of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour.
— John Burroughs
What good we have opportunity of doing we should do quickly. He that will never do a good work till there is nothing to be objected against it will leave many a good work forever undone.
— Matthew Henry
The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.
— C.S. Lewis
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
— Pat Riley
The harder you work, the luckier you will get. Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still beat the pack.
— Gerald Ford
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’re got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
— William James
Some days, doing “the best we can” may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect – on any front – and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
— Fred Rogers
My father always emphasized maximizing my ability in anything I do, whether it is academics, music or sports. “There are a lot of talented people in the unemployment line,” he told me when I was giving less than my best at anything. “Naturally ability can only carry you so far,” he said. “Making the most of your talent is the yardstick for success in this family.”
— Jim Courier