When God contemplates some great work, He begins it by the hand of some poor, weak, human creature, to whom He afterwards gives aid.
— Martin Luther
Lean, thin hair, can’t be photographed very well, not much personality and so forth. Also dances.
— Anonymous, film studio executive commenting on Fred Astaire after a 1928 screen test
He looked like he was falling apart when he ran. Looked like he was coming apart when he threw. His stance at the plate was ridiculous. When he swung he’d lunge and hit bad balls. There was no way he could hit the ball like that. But no one told Roberto Clemente that.
— Robin Roberts
I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency.
— Abraham Lincoln
Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; then he spent forty years on the back side of the desert realizing he was nobody; finally, he spent the last forty years learning what God can do with a nobody.
— D.L. Moody
Like an ant carrying a morsel of bread to his dwelling place, greatness is often dragged by persons who seem too small.
— T.D. Jakes
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
— Hugh Cameron
God does not always choose great people to accomplish what He wishes, but He chooses a person who is wholly yielded to Him.
— Henrietta C. Mears
The people we admire are ordinary people that have been able to accomplish some extraordinary things. The things that make them extraordinary are things that we all possess.
— Rolf Benirschke
God is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.
— L.B. Cowman
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
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
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
When we cannot do what and where we would, we must do what and where we can.
— Matthew Henry
Being unready and ill-equipped is what you have to expect in life. You must always do with less than you need in a situation vastly different from what you would have chosen as appropriate for your special endowments.
— Charlton Ogburn, Jr.
Don’t wait until you “feel good” to move. It’s the movement that creates the good feelings.
— Deborah Shaw
The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind – jump in.
— Charles Swindoll
There are two kinds of “disabled” persons: Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left.
— Thomas Szasz
All of God’s greats have been weak men who did great exploits for God because they reckoned on His being faithful.
— J. Hudson Taylor
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
— Philippians 4:13
When targeting problems, realize that what makes the Christian home different is not the absence of problems or conflict, but the presence of a problem solver within.
— Howard Hendricks
If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
— 1 Peter 4:11
Jesus Christ never issues a call that we’re incapable of responding to, but the timing of His call always seems too soon to us. We think we need more – more time, more money, more preparations, more qualifications, more . . . But He won’t waste time by calling us into His purpose prematurely or by allowing us to linger beyond the timing He knows is best.
— Jack Hayford