If you want to be considered great by your wife, start by learning to become a servant. Any time you promote her program or agenda over yours – without grumbling or complaining – you are sacrificially loving her.
— Gary and Norma Smalley
You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
— Benjamin Franklin
God desires that a husband and wife function as one person, the strengths of one balancing the weaknesses of the other. One of the biggest mistakes any husband can make is to exclude his “helpmate” from the financial decision process.
— Larry Burkett
Love is linked to self-esteem in woman. For a man, romantic experiences with his wife are warm and enjoyable and memorable – but not necessary. For a woman, they are her lifeblood. Her confidence, her sexual response and her zest for living are often directly related to those tender moments when she feels deeply loved and appreciated by her man.
— James Dobson
A great man is always willing to be little.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Humility is wisdom’s prerequisite.
— Bobby Bowden
Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.
— John McCloy
A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
— Thomas Carlyle
When someone asked Saint Francis of Assisi why and how he could accomplish so much, he replied: “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the earth and said, ‘Where can I find the weakest, the littlest, the poorest man on the face of the earth?’ Then He saw me and said, ‘I will work through him. He won’t be proud of it. He’ll see that I am only using him because of his littleness and insignificance.’”
— C. Reuben Anderson
My parents gave me the biggest gift a parent can give a child: Confidence.
— Elizabeth MacKay
A child can never be better than what his parents think of him.
— Marcelene Cox
The fact that my father had so much confidence in me helped me develop my potential. He never let me get discouraged. He gave me security and let me know that he would be there for me “come hell or high water.” I think that was the greatest gift Dad gave me.
— Bernadine Healy
No child ever has too much self-esteem. If you take every possible opportunity to point out what children do well, praise them descriptively for it and express appreciation, your child will become more cooperative, competent and confident.
— Nancy Samalin
Children arrive in our arms longing to be known, longing to accept themselves as they are, to be who they are. So when they wade into the swift current of their times, they will be able to stand firm and won’t depend on peer pressure to give them their standard.
— Charles Swindoll
If there’s one characteristic all winners share, it’s that they care more than anyone else. No detail is too small to sweat or too large to dream.
— Jack Welch
Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, pursue one of your passions every day. Watch your health and esteem grow as you feed your soul through regular exercise of passionate interest.
— Dr. Ellen McGrath
The most successful people are the ones who have a passion for what they do. They never get bored, they still look forward to their work, and that’s what keeps them going.
— Yogi Berra
Passion is the key to success. Every achiever I’ve met is quick to admit that the passion for his or her dream made it happen.
— Robert Schuller
The more excited you are about accomplishing something that is important to you, the more excited others will be about helping you do it. Emotions are contagious. The more passion you have for your life and your activities, the more charisma you will have, and the more cooperation you will gain from others.
— Andrew Wood and Brian Tracy
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood. Make big plans: aim high in hope and work.
— Daniel Burnham
Low self-esteem requires easy, attainable goals to build yourself back up. As a person’s self-esteem is raised, the expectations also can be raised.
— Rick Pitino
Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.
— Jim Rohn
If I see what I want real good in my mind, I don’t notice any pain in getting it.
— George Foreman
I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
— Johann von Goethe
When God allows one door to close, He will open another door for you, revealing something bigger and better.
— Joel Osteen
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.
— Mario Andretti
Opportunities and motivation are connected. Motivated people see opportunities, and opportunities are often what motivate people.
— John Maxwell
You create opportunity. You develop the capacities for moving toward opportunity. You turn a crisis into an opportunity and defeats into successes and frustration into fulfillment. With what? With your great invisible weapons: your good feelings about yourself, your determination to live the best life you can, and your feeling that only you can give yourself, that you are a worthwhile, deserving person.
— Dr. Maxwell Maltz