Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.
There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.
There is no medicine like hope.
Opportunity is often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be tuning in
Success is in the student, not in the university; greatness is in the individual, not in the library; power is in the man, not in his crutches. A great man will make opportunities, even out of the commonest and meanest situations. If a man is not superior to his education, is not larger than his crutches or his helps, if he is not greater than the means of his culture, which are but the sign-boards pointing the way to success, he will never reach greatness. Not learning, not culture alone, not helps and opportunities, but personal power and sterling integrity, make a man great.
The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best.
What keeps so many people back is simply unwillingness to pay the price, to make the exertion, the effort to sacrifice their ease and comfort.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.
The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes, – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. Even the bee and ant have brought their little lessons of industry and economy.
If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself.
Believe with all your heart that you will do what you were made to do.
A lobster, when left high and dry among the rock, does not have the sense enough to work his way back to the sea, but waits for the sea to come to him. If it does not come, he remains where he is and dies, although the slightest effort would enable him to reach the waves, which are perhaps within a yard of him. The world is full of human lobsters; people stranded on the rocks of indecision and procrastination, who, instead of putting forth their own energies, are waiting for some grand billow of good fortune to set them afloat.
Our thoughts and imaginations are the only real limits to our possibilities.
Most men fail, not through lack of education or agreeable personal qualities, but from lack of dogged determination, from lack of dauntless will.
Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.
Learn From Yesterday, Live for Today, hope for tomorrow.
No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.
Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.
Opportunities? They are all around us … There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.
There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do.