Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except for those who dare to believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
— Bruce Barton
If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird or a dewy morning glory.
— Mary Bethune
I am not ashamed to confess that twenty-five years ago I was a hired laborer, hauling rails, at work on a flatboat.
— Abraham Lincoln
One great technique to deal with your fears in the face of adversity is to recount past challenges that you have successfully overcome. Your ability to manage present circumstances is improved when you recall past fears that were never ultimately realized.
— Art Berg
The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.
— William Burnham
When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.
— Les Brown
Anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
— Psalm 34:4
Fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success. If it turns out my best isn’t good enough, then at least I’ll never be able to look back and say I was too afraid to try.
— Michael Jordan
Do what you fear and the death of fear is certain.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
No great thing comes to any man unless he has courage.
— Cardinal Gibbons
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the difficult place where it leads.
— Erica Jong
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
— Anaïs Nin
Leadership means having the courage to make decisions not for easy headlines in ten days, but for a better country in ten years.
— Brian Mulroney
Knowledge is the antidote to fear.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
From now on the key is knowledge. The world is becoming not labor intensive, not materials intensive, not energy intensive, but knowledge intensive.
— Peter Drucker
Knowledge is power, knowledge is safety and knowledge is happiness.
— Thomas Jefferson
No one is without knowledge except him who asks no questions.
— West African Proverb
Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge – broad, deep knowledge – is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.
— Helen Keller
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
— Thomas Carlyle
We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is nature’s warning signal to get busy.
— Dale Carnegie
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
— Lewis Cass
The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.
— Jean d’Alembert
The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.
The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.
— B.C. Forbes
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.
— Thomas Aquinas
Sticking your neck way out does not guarantee success. But to fail to stick your neck way out does guarantee beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will never be a Stanley Marcus or Donna Karan. The mad do often fail. Yet they are responsible for all the world’s great successes.
— Tom Peters
If you don’t take risks, you don’t gain anything.
— Bridget Fonda
When I began to fear that I would fall flat on my face (and possibly with disastrous results) on Mount Rainier, I responded to those doubts by reminding myself that it is okay to risk failure. I knew that I would have a much easier time living with failure than with knowing I had never tried at all.
— Pat Williams
When you have shut the doors, and darkened your room, remember never to say that you are alone; for God is within.
The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
— 1 Peter 5:10
There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.
— L. Thomas Holdcraft
In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, God has never failed me: the financial balance for the entire Inland China Mission yesterday was twenty-five cents. Praise the Lord! Twenty-five cents – plus all the promises of God.
— J. Hudson Taylor
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
— Isaiah 41:10