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
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
Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road.
— Sheryl Johnson
The process of getting there – all the blood, sweat and tears, all the lumps and disappointments – is what makes winning great.
— Joe Gibbs
When you understand that your happiness comes from the process, instead of the results, it becomes much easier to embrace the importance of working your hardest at every job.
— Russell Simmons
The real magic is not so much in achieving the victory, itself. The real magic is in the journey we take to get there.
— Phil Mickelson
Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.
— Harold Melchart
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
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see it is what you would have wanted had you known.
— Garrison Keillor
I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
— Thomas Jefferson
Don’t count on luck to get you out of a tight spot.
— Harvey Penick
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
— Darrell Royal
Luck means the hardships which you have not hesitated to endure; the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep, the airplanes you never failed to catch.
— Margaret Clement