All we need to be really and truly happy is to have something to be enthusiastic about.
— Kemmons Wilson
Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes.
— Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Enthusiasm for one’s goal lessons the disagreeableness of working toward it.
— Thomas Eakins
People can succeed at almost anything for which they have unlimited enthusiasm.
— Charles Schwab
The only reason I majored in psychology was that my first psych professor was full of energy and enthusiasm. I know now you can’t accomplish anything without those things.
— Jerry Glanville
A genius is a talented person who does his homework.
— Thomas Edison
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.
— George Lewes
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
— Aldous Huxley
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
— Thomas Edison
Those folks who succeed simply remain enthusiastic longer than those who fail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Enthusiasm is the breath of genius.
— Earl of Beaconsfield
Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
— Jean de la Fontaine
Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
— John Wesley
Keep excited – it’s more fun working toward something than just waiting around for nothing in particular to happen.
— Jack Nicklaus
The measure of an enthusiasm must be taken between interesting events. It is between bites that the lukewarm angler loses heart.
— Edwin Teale
It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail.
— John Wooden
You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.
— Joe Namath
As long as a person doesn’t admit he is defeated, he is not defeated – he’s just a little behind, and isn’t through fighting.
— Darrell Royal
Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. The body will always give up. It is always tired morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired. When you were younger the mind could make you dance all night, and the body was never tired. You’ve always got to make the mind take over and keep going.
— General George Patton
A difficult crisis can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.
— John Maxwell
Success demands singleness of purpose.
— Vince Lombardi
To have a great purpose to work for, a purpose larger than ourselves, is one of the secrets of making life significant, for then the meaning and worth of the individual overflow his personal borders and survive his death.
— Will Durant
Don’t be afraid to follow your bliss, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
— Joseph Campbell
Keep a written copy of your definite major purpose and your plan for it inside your notebook. Then, whenever your enthusiasm is ebbing, pick up your notebook. Not only will it remind you of the reason you should be enthusiastic, but it will also review for you the benefits of that enthusiasm.
— Napoleon Hill
Enthusiasm and persistence can make an average person superior; indifference and lethargy can make a superior person average.
— William Ward
Duty without enthusiasm becomes laborious; duty with enthusiasm becomes glorious.
— Artemus Ward
There is nothing more contagious than exuberance and enthusiasm, and it is sure to get an audience.
— Harry Houdini
No one keeps his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspiration, new efforts, new vision.
Every memorable act in the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.
— Og Mandino
Flash powder makes a more brilliant light than the arc lamp, but you can’t use it to light your street corner because it doesn’t last long enough. Stability is more essential to success than brilliancy.
— Richard Jones
The worst bankrupt is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success.
— H.W. Arnold
Success lies, not in achieving what you aim at, but in aiming at what you ought to achieve, and pressing forward, sure of achievement here, or if not here, hereafter.
— R.F. Horton
Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won’t taste good.
— Joe Paterno
When achievement has come because of our helplessness linked to God’s power, it has a rightness about it that no amount of self-inspired striving can have. Furthermore, it does not bear in it the seeds of increasing egocentricity that success sometimes brings.
— Catherine Marshall