The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Optimism enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The virtue you would like to have, assume it is already yours, appropriate it, enter into the part and live the character just as the great actor is absorbed in the character of the part he plays.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think the biggest thing for me was just mentally believing I should win these tournaments.
— Lindsay Davenport
I’ve gotten a long way just on sheer optimism – taking jobs I was unqualified for, never believing I would fail at them because I’m optimistic to the point of being naïve. I was willing to try things I probably should have failed at and could have failed at but didn’t.
— Liz Dolan
Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.
— Luke 16:10
The power of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.
— Blaise Pascal
Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
— Dale Carnegie
It’s not what you do once in awhile, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.
— Jenny Craig
Great battles are really won before they are actually fought. To control our passions we must govern our habits and keep watch over ourselves in the small details of everyday life.
— Sir John Lubbock
You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.
— John Maxwell
The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.
— Blaise Pascal
Every habit and faculty is preserved and increased by correspondent actions. If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write. After sitting still for ten days, get up and attempt to take a long walk; and you will find how your legs have weakened. Whatever you would make habitual, practice it.
When you look at your life, the greatest happiness is family happiness.
— Dr. Joyce Brothers
Cherish your family and friends as if your life depended on it – because it does.
— Ann Richards
There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.
— Sir Winston Churchill
No outside success can compensate for failure in the home.
— David McKay
I am happy my teams at UCLA and elsewhere did well and we earned a measure of recognition. But all of that is nothing compared to my family: my wife Nellie, our two children, our seven grandchildren and all ten of our great-grandchildren. All that love is immeasurable.
— John Wooden
To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn than to the imperishable truth to be found in this treasure house, the Bible?
— Queen Elizabeth II
A Bible in every home is the principle support of virtue, morality and civil liberty.
— Benjamin Franklin
We grew up in an atmosphere in which we believed in the Bible and the teachings of the Bible. Most of our lives was geared around that. The lessons learned in the Bible were the lessons that my father taught us at home.
— Hank Aaron
If you use the Bible as your guide, you will never lose your sense of direction.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
— Psalm 1:1-3
Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it and virtue is doing it.
—David Starr Jordan
The way to fame goes through the palaces, the way to happiness goes through the markets, the way to virtue goes through the deserts.
— Chinese proverb
There is nothing sweeter than the heart of a virtuous mother.
— Martin Luther
Virtue means doing the right thing, in relation to the right person, at the right time, to the right extent, in the right manner, and for the right purpose. Thus, to give money away is quite a simple task, but for the act to be virtuous, the donor must give to the right person, for the right purpose, in the right amount, in the right manner and at the right time.
It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.
— M. Scott Peck
The ability to accept adversity and overcome it is one of the most important virtues, because it offers us the greatest opportunities for growth.
— Gary Player
I definitely believe that with all that I’ve gone through in my life with my injuries and illnesses I’m a stronger person. I’m more determined and I don’t think there is anything that I can’t encounter or conquer after what I’ve gone through.
— Gail Devers, on battling Grave’s Disease
Grief drives men into the habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding and softens the heart.
— John Adams
I found this out about a tragedy: it either leaves you diminished or enhanced. If you face up to it, if you make the best of it, you’re a better person. You appreciate love. You appreciate life. You appreciate all of the things of being with people.
— Art Linkletter, on the LSD death of his daughter and fatal car crash of his son