"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
"Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led diffcult lives and led them well."
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing”
“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”
“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be”
“Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.”
***Malcolm S. Forbes
“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven't planted”
"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
***Peter F. Drucker
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
***Often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed"
"If a man will advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours"
***Henry David Thoreau
"You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one."
***James A. Froude
"Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor."
***Oliver Wendell Holmes
"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation."
***Pearl S Buck
"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude"
***Ralp Waldo Emerson
"It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done."
"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."