I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
— Helen Keller
My mother never let me use my deafness as an excuse. We had a positive environment, where if you fail, just try again.
— Heather Whitestone
The truth is, I’m sort of lucky to have this body because it forced me to find my strength and beauty within.
— Aimee Mullins, amputee
When I was young, my mother taught me never to feel sorry for myself, because handicaps are really things to be used.
— Stevie Wonder
Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world – making the most of one’s best.
— Harry Emerson Fosdick
The accomplishments of those born blind are a sure proof of how much the spirit can achieve when difficulties are placed in its way.
— George Lightenberg
Don’t be frustrated by your own inexperience. All green things grow and blossom eventually with enough nurturing.
God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.
— Leighton Ford
For all the kids out there who are struggling, and whose peers say they’re terrible, I hope I’m an inspiration. If they love it and just keep plugging away at it, something good will come out of it.
— Amy Van Dyken
To change a behavior, we must be willing to experience a certain degree of discomfort.
— Marie Lindquist
If there was just one word I could use to describe a successful person, that one word would be attitude.
— Bart Starr
Mental attitude plays a far more important role in a person’s success or failure than mental capacity.
— Kemmons Wilson
When a happy person comes into the room, it is as if another candle has been lit.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.
— William James
It’s a person’s attitude toward life that is important, not whether they’re in a wheelchair or not.
— Mark Wellman, who climbed El Cap and Half Dome after being paralyzed in a climbing accident
I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn’t pronounce my R’s. I wasn’t a beauty.
— Barbara Walters
Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.
— Knute Rockne
Identify your personal limits, and then push past them. Then set new barriers, and repeat the process, again and again and again.
— Nicole Haislett
The weaker we feel, the harder we lean on God. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow.
— Joni Eareckson Tada
Change what’s wrong for the better, and of course it’ll feel strange at first. That’s normal. Don’t panic. You’ll probably get worse before you get better.
— Gary McCord
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
— Henry Link
Admit your weaknesses and establish short-term goals to overcome them.
— Rick Pitino
I became a better football player, not because I was faster or could catch the ball better, but I taught myself to do a lot of things that other guys didn’t.
— Mike Ditka
Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to your limitations again.
— James Cook
I’d had operations on both feet at the age of 13 to correct some bone deformities and I’d been in plaster for six months, and when the plaster came off, I had to learn to walk and run properly. A year later I joined the running club, doing the sprints.
— Anne Audain
We told our guys to hold on for 30 minutes of agony for 12 months of glory.
— John McDonnell, on Arkansas winning the 1993 NCAA Cross-Country title
Each year, the older I get, the harder I work because it takes that much more each week to come back.
— John Elway
Whatever you do, if you do it hard enough you’ll enjoy it. The important thing is to work and work hard.
— David Rockefeller
When I was fifteen, I had lucky underwear. When that failed, I had a lucky hairdo, then a lucky race number, even lucky race days. After fifteen years, I’ve found the secret to success is simple. It’s hard work.
— Margaret Gross
Demosthenes overcame his inarticulate and stammering pronunciation by speaking with pebbles in his mouth; his voice he disciplined by reciting speeches or verses when he was out of breath, while running or going up steep places.
We must identify our weaknesses and allow a certain amount of time in our daily routine to turn those weaknesses into future strengths.
— Rick Pitino
Knowing that we are hopelessly weak is the first step toward receiving God’s gift of might and strength.
— Marva Dawn
Focus on remedies, not faults.
— Jack Nicklaus
What it comes down to is that anybody can win with the best horse. What makes you good is if you can take the second- or third-best horse and win.
— Vicky Aragon