The cure for boredom is not diversion, it is to find some work to do, something to care about.
— John Gardner
Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
— James Allen
The road to success is paved with sweat and calluses.
— Tiger Woods
As kids, sports energized us; it was a great outlet, and our success or failure was pretty much up to us. I always tell kids they can do anything they want as long as they’re willing to work for it.
— Yogi Berra
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
— Sir Winston Churchill
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do.
— Henry Drummond
Everyone has in him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be. How much you can love. What you can accomplish. And what your potential is.
— Anne Frank
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
— Picabo Street
Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or triple our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved.
— Thomas Watson
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.
— Lou Holtz
The times are bad. Very well, you are there to make them better.
— Thomas Carlyle
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
— Theodore Vail
My mother taught me about family and hard work and sacrifice. She held steady through tragedy after tragedy. And she held our family together through tough times.
— Bill Clinton
When the world seems huge and dark and meaningless, focus on little things – sunlight through leaves, a cat sprawled across your knees, the taste of an apple, a dew-bright spider’s web. Now is the time for gentle comforts, for friendly and familiar things.
— Pam Brown
It doesn’t take great men to do things, but it is doing things that makes men great.
— Arnold Glasgow
Never fail to do something because you don’t feel like it. Sometimes you just have to do it now, and you’ll feel like it later.
— Marie Freeman
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
— Mahatma Gandhi
It’s easier to act your way into new ways of feeling than to feel yourself into new ways of acting.
— Susan Glaser
Motivation doesn’t really exist outside of action. Motivation is movement. By taking action, by setting out along the path, we start the process, we create our own motivation.
— Anthony Grant and Jane Greene
Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart. Every great achievement is the story of tremendous passion.
— Mary Lou Retton
— Anita Roddick
If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
— Elizabeth MacKay
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because of their passion.
— Martha Graham
I owe so much of my success as a hockey player to what I have learned from my father. The passion he shows in his daily life has taught me to always love what I am doing. In loving my pursuits, I learned the value of working hard and enjoying the benefits that sacrifice and dedication bring.
— A.J. Mleczko