A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.
— Joe DiMaggio
A leader leads by example not by force.
— Sun Tzu
Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.
— Charles Borromeo
Model good emotional and mental stability. All eyes are on you, particularly in times of stress or crisis. Be a role model your children will remember – how strong you were, how resilient you were, how you held things together when life seemed like it was breaking apart.
— Phillip McGraw
The price of progress is trouble.
— Charles Kettering
Trouble is a part of life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
— Dinah Shore
There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
— Thomas à Kempis
Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
— Henry Kaiser
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.
— Lou Holtz
The times are bad. Very well, you are there to make them better.
— Thomas Carlyle
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
— Theodore Vail
My mother taught me about family and hard work and sacrifice. She held steady through tragedy after tragedy. And she held our family together through tough times.
— Bill Clinton
When the world seems huge and dark and meaningless, focus on little things – sunlight through leaves, a cat sprawled across your knees, the taste of an apple, a dew-bright spider’s web. Now is the time for gentle comforts, for friendly and familiar things.
— Pam Brown
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
— Victor Borge
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain
A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.
— Barbara Walters
Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people, and you can fill up those openings with something positive.
— Goldie Hawn
Adversity will usually start to resolve itself when you begin to take action.
— Rick Pitino
Pray not for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.
— Theodore Roosevelt
The game was to just find something about everything to be glad about – no matter what it was. You see, when you’re hunting for the glad things, you sort of forget the other kind.
— Eleanor Porter
If you don’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.
— Erk Russell
The way you react to adversity is the key to success. People who succeed are the ones who respond the right way in adverse circumstances.
— Tom Landry, to his players after he was fired as head coach of the Cowboys
Goals help you overcome short-term problems.
— Hannah More
The mere act of defining a goal puts you that much closer to achieving it.
— Ron Blue
When you know you are working toward a goal, when there is a challenge to be met, you are more likely to rise to the occasion and perform at your best than when there is no deadline to be met or no task to be completed.
— Richard Chang
Happiness, wealth and success are byproducts of goal setting; they cannot be the goal themselves.
— John Condry
The person with a fixed goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is thus enabled, thanks to its generative and sustaining power, to realize his goal in a minimum of time and with a minimum of physical effort. Just pursue the thought unceasingly. Step by step you will achieve realization, for all your faculties and powers become directed to that end.
— Claude Bristol
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
— Napoléon Bonaparte
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
— John Quincy Adams
Many times I have found that my best ideas have come when I thought I could not work for another minute and when I literally had to drive myself to finish the task before a deadline.
— Richard Nixon
It took me twenty years to become an overnight success.
— Eddie Cantor
One thing I’ve noticed in all my years of coaching is that the most successful athletes, the most successful people in all walks of life, in fact, have one thing in common – they persist. They refuse to let anyone tell them their dreams can’t come true. They never waver in their belief in themselves. They refuse to be denied.
— Rick Pitino