Monthly Archives: October 2013

Benefit from Failure

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Henry Ford

I’ve made many mistakes in my career, and most of them ended up being patented.
Thomas Edison

Strong people make as many mistakes as weak people. The difference is that strong people admit them, laugh at them and learn from them. That is how they became strong.
Richard Needham

There is no failure. Only feedback.

No disappointment, setback, trauma or tragedy becomes so devastating that you cannot glean something of value to take with you to the next experience. Successful people learn from everything that happens to them. They become victorious in situations where others see themselves only as victims.
Cherie Carter-Scott

A Strong Marriage

Folks think that Nellie and I had a perfect marriage, but it was because we worked at it. There are rough patches in any marriage. Very early we understood that there would be times when we disagreed but there would never be times when we had to be disagreeable.
John Wooden

In lovers’ quarrels, the party that loves most is always most willing to acknowledge the greater fault.
Sir Walter Scott

Persistent love – like the dripping of water on a rock – can wear away a person’s resistance. It’s nearly impossible to stay angry with or emotionally distant from someone who unconditionally loves and values you.
Gary and Norma Smalley

When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart.
Helen Rowland

My father set the bar very high for the man who was going to be in my life. He was very much a gentleman, always taking my mother’s arm and my arm whenever we crossed the street. I knew that was how a man should be. And I did marry a gentleman like that. My husband treats me that way, he treats my daughter that way and my son knows how to act like a gentleman by watching his example.
Susan Lucci

When Bad Things Happen

I walked a mile with Sorrow
And never a word said she;
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me.
Robert Hamilton

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every joy that comes our way.
Philip Bernstein

He who sings drives away sorrow.

You will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.
Isaiah 30:19

No words can express how much the world owes to sorrow. Most of the Psalms were born in a wilderness. Most of the Epistles were written in a prison. Take comfort, afflicted Christian. When God is about to make pre-eminent use of a person, He puts them in the fire.
George MacDonald

The Power of Work

Every person who has become successful has simply formed the habit of doing things that failures dislike doing and will not do.
John Maxwell

The satisfaction is in the striving.
Dr. Bob Rotella

If you’re going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price than your opponent.
Bud Wilkinson

It’s a circle. Work and confidence. And more work and more confidence.
Darrell Royal

When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.
Pauline Kezer

The Joy of Discovery

My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.
Diane Arbus

The secret of all those who make discoveries is that they regard nothing as impossible.
Justus Liebig

I never discovered anything with my rational mind.
Albert Einstein

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
André Gide

Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten path occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. One discovery will lead to another, and before you know it you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thoughts.
Alexander Graham Bell

The Importance of Prayer

The value of persistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will finally hear Him.
William McGill

The higher the office, the greater the power, the more one should pray.
Corazon Aquino

Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.
George Buttrick

He who ceases to pray ceases to prosper.
Sir William Benham

He doesn’t ever stand up first. He rolls out of bed and he goes on his knees and he prays. He makes that decision every day, to humble himself in prayer.
Filicity Cunningham, on her husband Randall Cunningham

The Power of Positive Thinking

Always picture “success” no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.
Norman Vincent Peale

The possibility of losing never enters your mind. At least not in any of the good players I know.
Ted Schroeder

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
Joan Rivers

Don’t give up on proper thinking just because it doesn’t work one day.
Tom Watson

If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
Eddie Rickenbacker