If what you want does not happen for you right away, stay at it. Become good at it. You’ll be surprised at how your confidence will build as you develop self-discipline.
— Terry Bradshaw
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
— George Eliot
I sought discipline, I embraced it as a loyal friend. And, throughout my life, it’s rewarded that loyalty by proving me with nothing but success and happiness at every turn.
— Mary Lou Retton
If they’ll just give something for a short time, they’ll have happiness for a long time.
— Weeb Ewbank, on training camp
Self-discipline: everything worthwhile begins at this level. It simply means doing whatever you have to do and making whatever sacrifices are necessary to get the job done the best you know how. It’s hard work; it’s giving up things you like in order to achieve a higher goal.
— Dr. Jim Loehr
Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping-stones of genius.
— Elbert Hubbard
Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the passion with which you take hold, but upon the bull-doggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.
— A.B. Meldrum
My golf is woeful, but I will never surrender.
— Bing Crosby
As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
— James 5:11
We lift ourselves by our own thoughts; we climb upon our vision of ourselves.
— Orison Marden
Genius is little more than thinking in an unhabitual way.
— William James
Thoughts lead on to purposes, purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
— Tryon Edwards
The finest thought runs the risk of being irrevocably forgotten if we do not write it down.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. My body responds and reacts to the input from my mind. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality and victory, I can count on that kind of day.
— Charles Swindoll
All the genius I have is the fruit of labor.
— Alexander Hamilton
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
— Vince Lombardi
Our greatest weariness comes from work not done.
— Eric Hoffer
I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline.
— Vince Lombardi
Successful people are willing to engage in drudgery in the cause of something marvelous. The greater part of genius is the years of effort invested to solve a problem or find the perfect expression of an idea. With hard work you acquire knowledge about yourself that idleness never reveals.
— Tom Butler-Bowdon