Each person’s work is a portrait of himself.
— Samuel Butler
There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Don’t work hard only when your master is watching and then shirk when he isn’t looking; work hard and with gladness all the time, as though working for Christ, doing the will of God with all your hearts.
— Ephesians 6:6 (TLB)
A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Once you are sure your dream is right, dedicating yourself completely to it necessarily involves a clear-cut decision of your will. It also means pledging an unstinting, joyous and lavish giving of all your time, effort and talent.
— Catherine Marshall
People who chase their dreams do what they love and they go for greatness. Those kinds of dreams, the dreams that fill their minds with purposeful energy, are the most potent source of motivation I know.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
If you don’t daydream and plan things out in your imagination, you never get there. So you have to start someplace.
— Robert Duvall
Those who learn to recognize the promptings of their heart and then find the courage to follow them are the ones who win races, rule nations and create masterpieces.
— Richard Chang
At least once a day, allow yourself the freedom to think and dream for yourself.
— Albert Einstein
That impossible dream you dreamed when you were young but got talked out of, the one you thought you outgrew, might be the key to awakening your genius. That special talent you never followed through on might be an important source of delight, the one you should commit to. That old dream might be the one thing that will bring the magic of meaning to your life.
— Mark Hansen and Barbara Nichols
Life follows the 95/5 rule. Ninety-five percent of what we worry about will never happen. And 95 percent of the time, if it does happen, the anticipation has been far worse than the reality.
— Roger Crawford
Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God, so there’s no room left for worry thoughts.
— Howard Christy
I try to only worry about things I have control over.
— Steve Nash
All worry is caused by calculating without God.
— Oswald Chambers
Work doesn’t make a person tired, worry does. It saps your energy and attacks your dreams. It tries to make you believe you can’t succeed when success is almost within your grasp. Win over worry, and you’ll find that victory is at hand.
— John Maxwell
If there’s one characteristic all winners share, it’s that they care more than anyone else. No detail is too small to sweat or too large to dream.
— Jack Welch
Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, pursue one of your passions every day. Watch your health and esteem grow as you feed your soul through regular exercise of passionate interest.
— Dr. Ellen McGrath
The most successful people are the ones who have a passion for what they do. They never get bored, they still look forward to their work, and that’s what keeps them going.
— Yogi Berra
Passion is the key to success. Every achiever I’ve met is quick to admit that the passion for his or her dream made it happen.
— Robert Schuller
The more excited you are about accomplishing something that is important to you, the more excited others will be about helping you do it. Emotions are contagious. The more passion you have for your life and your activities, the more charisma you will have, and the more cooperation you will gain from others.
— Andrew Wood and Brian Tracy
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
— Napoleon Hill
Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
— Jonathan Swift
The ones who maintain their commitments are sustained by a vision of themselves as they would like to be. The ones who falter are those who rely on progress to sustain their motivation. When progress stops, so does their commitment.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
You know what it’s like when you put on someone else’s glasses by mistake: You get an instant headache and the world is a blurry mess. That’s just what happens when you use someone else’s vision as a guide for your own life.
— Deborah Shaw
In every block of marble I see a statue;
See it as plainly as though it stood before me,
Shaped and perfect in attitude and action.
I have only to hew away the rough walls
Which imprison the lovely apparition
To reveal it to other eyes, as mine already see it.
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with bricks that others throw at him.
— David Brinkley
There has never been a big dream anywhere at any time that wasn’t called stupid by somebody.
— Pat Williams
Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.
— Dale Carnegie
Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.
— Robert Heinlein
It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, if he fails, at least fails while bearing greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Break down your problem into bits and it won’t overwhelm you. Setbacks won’t feel insurmountable. Big dreams will seem within reach.
— Joe Torre
The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.
— James Allen
It’s possible to lose sight of your dream when you’re working hard in the trenches. That’s why it’s important to always keep your eye on the big picture. Keep it before you as a daily reminder – for motivation, inspiration and direction.
— John Maxwell
If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
— Walt Disney
Ask yourself: What would be a great thing to do with my life before I die? Whatever it is, decide to do it. If it’s more education you need, get it. If it’s more money you need, find it. Whatever you do – don’t blow the opportunities that are still before you. God is desperately trying to instill a dream into your imagination. Don’t torpedo it by saying it’s impossible.
— Robert Schuller