We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
— Benjamin Sweetland
Make one person happy each day and in forty years you have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time at least.
He who will live for others shall have great troubles, but they shall seem to him small. He who will live for himself shall have small troubles, but they shall seem to him great.
— William Inge
I owe a debt of gratitude to a lot of people who helped me attain my dreams, and I’m determined to help others.
— Tiger Woods
While women weep, as they do now, I will fight. While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I will fight. While there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight. I’ll fight to the very end.
— William Booth, Inscribed at the entrance of the Salvation Army’s office in New York City
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
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
Try to be happy in this very present moment; don’t wait for a better day.
— Thomas Fuller
When you’re not thinking about yourself, you’re usually happy.
— Al Pacino
One can get just as much exultation in losing oneself in a little thing as in a big thing. It is nice to think how one can be recklessly lost in a daisy.
— Anne Lindbergh
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
— C.S. Lewis
If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son or growing double dahlias. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that had rolled under the radiator, striving for it as the goal itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of each day.
— Beran Wolfe
To exercise kindness without hope of reward is the only possible way to be happy.
— Charles Finney
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
— Samuel Johnson
You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity.
— Angela Merici
He who distributes the milk of human kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself.
— Sir James Barrie
It is my calling to treat every human being with grace and dignity, to treat every person, whether encountered in a palace or a gas station, as a life made in the image of God.
— Sheila Walsh
There must be more to life than having everything.
— Maurice Sendak
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
— Gloria Steinem
The funny thing about success is that without your faith, the more successful you get, the bigger the hole in your heart gets.
— Chuck Norris
Winning is like drinking salt water; it will never quench your thirst. It is an insatiable greed.
— Thomas Tutko
If you are finding your contentment and happiness in your accomplishments, or from the amount of money and possessions you own, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t last.
— Paul Azinger
The more parents try to make their children happy, the more they prevent their children from learning how to make themselves happy.
— John Rosemond
To show a child what has once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness.
— J.B. Priestley
Your most important goal as a parent is not to make your children happy on a short-term basis. It’s to raise capable, responsible human beings. There are many times when your children will be unhappy with your decisions. Usually, this means you’ve made the right decision.
— Elizabeth Pantley
Parents who don’t make happiness a goal but who concentrate on the basics – making sure their child works hard in school and takes his chores and responsibilities seriously – will produce a child whose talents and values will bring him success.
— Marilu Henner
Mother had a lot to say. This does not mean she was always talking but that we children felt the wells she drew upon were deep, deep, deep. Her theme was happiness: what it was, what it was not; where we might find it, where not; and how, if found, it must be guarded. Never must we confound it with pleasure. Nor think sorrow its exact opposite.
— Mary Lavin