Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage.
— John F. Kennedy
Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.
— Lou Holtz
I believe that God gave us crises for some reason – and it certainly wasn’t for us to say that everything about them is bad. A crisis can be a momentous time for a team to grow.
— Mike Krzyzewski
In crises the most daring course is often safest.
— Henry Kissinger
In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature’s way of forcing change – breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.
— Susan Taylor
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
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
Determination helps you recover from temporary setbacks and keeps you working day after day during those times that you seem to be spinning your wheels.
— Patrick Cohn
When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
— Reginna Brett
A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men.
— Thomas Fuller
Every time someone tells me I can’t do something, I tell myself I not only can, but must.
— Billie Jean King
What this power is I cannot say, all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
— Alexander Graham Bell
I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race.
The highest of distinctions is service to others.
— King George VI
No man has ever risen to real stature until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.
— Woodrow Wilson
The definition of a successful life must include serving others.
— George Bush
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
— Matthew 20:26-28
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
— Vince Lombardi
For most of us, it’s not that we don’t have the ability to be great, it’s that we don’t devote the time. You have to put in the effort and put up with all the frustrations and obstacles.
— Dean Simonton
I claim to be no more than an average man with below average capabilities. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have if he or she would put forth the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
— Mahatma Gandhi
Great practitioners in any field make it look easy, so bystanders murmur in awe about talent. What the bystander never sees is the agony of effort, study and practice that made the final performance appear effortless – the fruits of a professional attitude.
— Jack Bickham
The strengthening of faith comes through staying with it in the hour of trial.
— Catherine Marshall
A weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.
— Viktor Frankl
Faith given back to us after a night of doubt is a stronger thing, and far more valuable to us than faith that has never been tested.
— Elizabeth Goudge
Your seed of greatness will not grow without you using your faith to stretch yourself beyond your past limitations.
— T.D. Jakes
Faith is not conjuring up, through an act of your will, a sense of certainty that something is going to happen. No, it is recognizing God’s promise as an actual fact, believing it is true, rejoicing in the knowledge of that truth and then simply resting because God said it.
— L.B. Cowman