Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart. Every great achievement is the story of tremendous passion.
— Mary Lou Retton
— Anita Roddick
If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
— Elizabeth MacKay
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because of their passion.
— Martha Graham
I owe so much of my success as a hockey player to what I have learned from my father. The passion he shows in his daily life has taught me to always love what I am doing. In loving my pursuits, I learned the value of working hard and enjoying the benefits that sacrifice and dedication bring.
— A.J. Mleczko
Dad put a high premium on telling the truth. “Honesty,” he said, “tells people a lot about who you are and what you are.”
— Christine Todd Whitman
Dad instilled in me the value of honesty. There was a right and wrong in my house that was almost Old Testament-like in how I was supposed to do things. I never was late with a library book. I never missed a day of school. I never got involved in drugs. He also taught me to have a work ethic.
— Jim Cramer
The greatest gift my dad gave me was honesty. He was always very fair with rules, and he was the most honest guy on the golf course.
— Vijay Singh
On Sundays, I would sometimes go with my father, who was a realtor, to the open houses that he had. I saw firsthand how honest he was with people. When he’d have a buyer come into a house, he would tell them about the unnoticed or unseen problems. If the furnace didn’t work properly, he’d tell them. He treated prospective buyers in the same way he would have liked to be treated.
— Dick Gephardt
I loved my father – always deep in my subconscious I have referred judgments back to him, what he would have thought or done.
— Edward Fitzgerald
When someone who knew my father says I’m like him, I feel flattered. He was a shy, undemonstrative man, but good natured with a great, whimsical sense of humor.
— Paul Newman
When I think about our relationship, I’m always reminded of a picture of me and my dad under his old car, Dad teaching me how to change the oil. If my dad had had his way, he would have taken me everywhere with him – including to work. I have so many great memories of time spent fishing, hunting, going to ball games together.
— Leigh Ann Hester
The graduating class at Yale University voted on this question: “What man in the world do you most admire?” And a majority answered: “My father.”
— William Phelps
Raising two daughters, Dad had to learn about dresses, ballet and even tea parties. To be candid, he wasn’t very good at any of those things. But he did give me something of himself that has sustained me through very difficult times: persistence, toughness and the unswerving belief that God is faithful and we can trust Him with our lives . . . and the lives of our children.
— Gracie Rosenberger
She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to the children, who ate with avidity.
“She hath kept none for herself,” grumbled the Sergeant.
“Because she is not hungry,” said a soldier.
“Because she is a mother,” said the Sergeant.
— Victor Hugo
I only wanted him to say he loved me.
— Russell Chatham
Love names are those little nicknames that make your heart melt. Using pet names like Snookums, Sweetie-Pie, Honey Bunch, Smoochie-Girl, Lovey or Pookey-Poo is like sharing a special, heartfelt secret. Love names tell your child that you enjoy her company – that she is extra special and this is the name you use for only her.
— Judy Ford
We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves. When we first bend over the cradle of our own child, God throws back the temple door, and reveals to us the sacredness and mystery of the father’s and mother’s love. And in later years, when they have gone from us, there is always a certain sorrow that we cannot tell them we have found it out.
— Henry Ward Beecher
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
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.
— Helen Keller
Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.
— George Meredith
To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character anyone can give. Do not let anyone see your mortification, but whatever you fancy people are saying about you, go on with your life as though nothing unpleasant has happened to you.
— W. Somerset Maugham
Perhaps only when human effort had done its best and failed, would God’s power alone be free to work.
— Corrie ten Boom
I learned the lesson about not fearing failure from my dad because I’ve seen him fail and know what a great man he is. Losing a campaign does not mean losing your integrity, or losing your decency or losing his standing in my eyes or in the eyes of honorable people. We must take risks in order to succeed and if it doesn’t work out for the moment, life itself will work out in the long run.
— George W. Bush
Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.
— Katharine Hathaway
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
— Abraham Lincoln
I am amazed (and secretly delighted) at how many people stop me to have a look at my baby. Motherhood seems to break all social barriers as conversations with strangers of all ages and backgrounds evolve.
— Simone Bloom
You have omitted to mention the greatest of my teachers – my mother.
— Sir Winston Churchill, on being asked to check a list of those who had taught him
In the event of an oxygen shortage on airplanes, mothers of young children are always reminded to put on their oxygen mask first, to better assist the children with theirs. The same tactic is necessary on terra firma. There’s no way of sustaining our children if we don’t first rescue ourselves. I don’t call that selfish behavior. I call it love.
— Joyce Maynard