Once you’ve created a work ethic second to none, and you’ve learned to motivate yourself, you look in the mirror and you see someone different.
— Rick Pitino
Watching my father work, the great care and pride he took in painting, made me admire him, though I knew I wouldn’t follow in his footsteps.
— Muhammad Ali
My dad was my biggest influence. The thing that he gave to all of his kids was a good sense that you need to work hard and be dedicated and committed to what you are doing. So my work ethic, which I think is a good one, comes straight from my dad.
— Tom Lehman
As a kid, I used to wonder why Pop worked so hard. Now I know it was his Old Country values: discipline, responsibility, self-sacrifice and an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. He was setting an example for all of us.
— Yogi Berra
Though neither rich nor educated, my dad cared for all nine of us, teaching us to work hard and appreciate what we had. We knew everything was attainable, if only we had courage to pursue it. His work ethic carried me to my goals: winning a Silver Medal in the Winter Olympic Games in 1972 and playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.
— Henry Boucha
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
Each person’s work is a portrait of himself.
— Samuel Butler
There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from lack of work.
— Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Don’t work hard only when your master is watching and then shirk when he isn’t looking; work hard and with gladness all the time, as though working for Christ, doing the will of God with all your hearts.
— Ephesians 6:6 (TLB)
A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
— Leonardo da Vinci
Once you are sure your dream is right, dedicating yourself completely to it necessarily involves a clear-cut decision of your will. It also means pledging an unstinting, joyous and lavish giving of all your time, effort and talent.
— Catherine Marshall
Happiness has more to do with what you do with what you have than with what you have.
— Dr. Bob Rotella
Happiness is like perfume; you can’t pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.
— James Van Der Zee
Happiness is a byproduct of something greater, not an end in itself. Happiness cannot be pursued and caught, anymore than one can pursue a sunny day, put it in a bottle, and then bring it out on a rainy day to enjoy. True happiness comes from a different pursuit – the pursuit of God.
— Billy Graham
There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends and a wife and children to share life’s beauty with you.
— J. Kenfield Morley
The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action.
— William Burnham
When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all.
— Les Brown
Anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
— Psalm 34:4
Fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success. If it turns out my best isn’t good enough, then at least I’ll never be able to look back and say I was too afraid to try.
— Michael Jordan