If you desire to accomplish little, sacrifice little. But if you want to accomplish great things, sacrifice much.
— John Maxwell
I like to think of sacrifice as being an investment in the future, rather than an irreplaceable loss.
— Mary Lou Retton
For a person who leads a spiritual life, self-sacrifice brings a bliss that far transcends the pleasure of a person who lives by the self-indulgent satisfaction of his animal passions.
— Leo Tolstoy
Mental toughness is singleness of purpose and, once you have agreed upon the price that you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to forget that price. It enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure and the temporary failures.
— Vince Lombardi
I remember when I dreamed of the day I’d be getting the pay I can’t live on now.
— Tom Wilson
I was never more unhappy than when I had won five Gold Medals. It’s kind of ironic, isn’t it?
— Matt Biondi
I have a great many friends in baseball, but the day I hung up my uniform, I never saw so many doors close so quickly. My phone stopped ringing and I didn’t hear from anybody.
— Don Hoak
That was the Cervin, and I had been up it. And then, I must confess, that at bottom I felt almost sorry. I had many times dreamed of this ascent, which every climber is covetous to make. For a long time I had ardently hankered after this exploit, and now I was appeased. What a singular being is man, who burns to possess and, in the moment of possession, repents of his desire.
— Emile Javelle
One sign of maturity is knowing when to ask for help.
— Dennis Wholey
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulder of giants.
— Sir Isaac Newton
No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
— Andrew Carnegie
Associate with those who help you believe in yourself.
— Brooks Robinson
No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.
— Brian Tracy
The turning point at which you begin to attain success is usually defined by some form of defeat or failure.
— Napoleon Hill
It’s impossible to fail without having been partially successful. You did succeed at overcoming the fear of getting started.
— Robert Schuller
The fear of failure is infinitely greater than failure. Failure gets me up earlier the next morning than success. If you get right back to work, yesterday’s pain becomes today’s inspiration.
— Neil Simon
Those who try and fail are much wiser than those who never try for fear of failure.
— André Bustanoby
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
— Albert Schweitzer
Success means not putting yourself first in life and remembering that the more you give away, the more you have.
— Christopher Reeve
Money spent on myself may be a millstone about my neck; money spent on others may give me wings like the angels.
— Roswell Hitchcock
A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth, and spreading fertility; it is, therefore, more delightful to give than to receive.
Those who are successful are those who have known more than the average person considers necessary.
— F.D. Van Ambergh
Try to do what you already know; and in doing so, you will in good time discover the hidden things you now inquire about.
Knowledge is like money; to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.
— Louis L’Amour
The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.
— Proverbs 18:15
Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.
— Lord Chesterfield
If we do not define our day and put demands on it, the day will define us, rule us and squeeze us into its own mold.
— Todd Duncan
A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
— General George Patton
When you learn to take charge of your schedule and manage your commitments instead of letting them manage you, you’ll discover a new sense of calm and control that spills over into every area of your life.
— Mary Lou Retton
Plan your work. Without a system, you’ll feel swamped.
— Norman Vincent Peale
An intelligent plan is the first step to success. People who plan know where they are going, know what progress they are making and have a pretty good idea when they will arrive. Planning is the open road to your destination. If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?
— Basil Walsh