Motivational Sayings

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Winning is a habit, but unfortunately so is losing. - Vince Lombardi
A great many people seem to end up over the hill without ever having actually climbed it! - Unknown
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph W. Emerson
Our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail. - John C. Maxwell
When we trust God, He can make the ordinary extraordinary! - John C. Maxwell
If you plan to go the distance, YOU have to do the roadwork. - Chuck Parker
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford
Ability is important, dependability is critical! - Alexander Lockheart
The wise does at once what the fool does at last. - Gracian Baltasar
Some people who yearn for endless life don't even know what to do with a rainy afternoon. - Harvey H. Potthoff
To avoid nothing...say nothing! - Elbert Hubbard
What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it. - Irving Berlin
The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny. - Frederick Speakman
Yes, it's true: We can't control the wind or the rain or the other vagaries of weather. But we can tack our sails such that we can steer the course we desire. - Unknown
Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. - Brian Tracy
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. - Henry Ward Beecher
Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm. - Norman Vincent Peale
It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. - Claude M. Bristol
Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done. - Josh Billings
Four things come not back: the spoken word, the spent arrow, the past, the neglected opportunity. - Omar Idn Al-Halif
Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. - Mark Twain
The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. - Albert Einstein
Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. - John Huston Finley
I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best. - Akeem Olajuwon
Destiny is no matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved. - William Jennings Bryan
She didn't know it couldn't be done, so she went ahead and did it. - Mary's Almanac
The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke
You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. - Alvin Toffler
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. - Norman Vincent Peale
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. - George Bernard Shaw
Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. - Timothy Bentley
It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts. - Millard Fuller
No one knows what he can do until he tries. - Unknown
Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. - Marianne Williamson
To help me stay positively charged I will practice maintaining a positive attitude each day. - Unknown
There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. - Edith Wharton
When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration. - Robert Bresson
Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. - Unknown
He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea. - Thomas Fuller
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man; but sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can. - Vince Lombardi


That which does not kill us, makes us stronger. - Unknown
Tough times don't last, but tough people do. - Unknown
It is a rough road that leads to heights of greatness. - Senaca
We all face a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. - Unknown
Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom. - General George Patton
Close scrutiny will show that most crisis situations are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are. - Maxwell Maltz
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley. - James Rogers
Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. - Dale Carnegie
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. - Unknown
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. - Michael Jordan
If I'd known how many problems I was going to run into before I finished, I can't remember a single project I would have started. - Andy Rooney
Every adversity carries with it the seeds of a greater benefit! - Napoleon Hill


Sports do not build character; they reveal it. - Unknown
A man of character does not expect to be liked by everyone, nor does he worry about being liked by anyone. - William A. Welker


The happiest people are those who have harvested their time in others. The unhappiest people are those who wonder how the world is going to make them happy. - John C. Maxwell
Winning is the science of being totally prepared.- George Allen
Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It's awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it's bad, and your the head coach, you're responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I'm the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it's up to the head coach to assume his responsibility. - Paul "Bear" Bryant
The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren't being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country's future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief. - Paul "Bear" Bryant
If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you. - Paul "Bear" Bryan
You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it's a pat on the back, for another it's eating him out, for still another it's a fatherly talk, or something else. You're a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike. - Paul "Bear" Bryant
I'm no innovator. If anything I'm a stealer, or borrower. I've stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at. - Paul "Bear" Bryant
If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it. - Paul "Bear" Bryant
Praise in public, critize in private. - Unknown
After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him... The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut. - Will Rogers


When I'd get tired and want to stop, I'd wonder what my next opponent was doing. I'd wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I'd start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I'd push myself harder. - Dan Gable
Bad habits are like a good bed; easy to get into but difficult to get out of. - Unknown
Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. - Lou Holtz


If you don't have the time to do it right the first time, when will you have the time to do it over? - Unknown
You can drill and waste your time or you can drill and get better. Either way we will drill! - Unknown
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over and over again, but expecting a different result. - Albert Einstein


Even in the dictionary, academics comes before athletics. - William A. Welker
I will study and prepare myself . . . and someday my chance will come. - Abraham Lincoln
Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make something happen. - Lee Iacocca


Set goals - high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good. - Paul "Bear" Bryant
The poorest man is not without a cent, but without a dream. - unknown
Remember a goal isn't a goal until it is in writing, until's a dream and everyone has dreams. - Unknown
Setting goals for your game is an art. The trick is in setting them at the right level neither too low nor too high. - Greg Norman
The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it. - Mack R. Douglas
You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the other shore. - Unknown
The secret of unleashing your true power is setting goals that are exciting enough to inspire your creativity and ignite your passion. - Anthony Robbins
An obstacle is what you see when you take your eyes off the goal. - Unknown

Hard Work

Hard work is the best remedy for all of life's trials. - Unknown
The harder you work, the harder it is to lose. - Unknown
The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer. - Henry Clay, American Statesman
Before I'd get in the ring, I'd have already won or lost it on the road. The real part is won or lost somewhere far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights. - Muhammad Ali
It's not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters. - Paul "Bear" Bryant
I am a great believer in luck, The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have. - Coleman Cox
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus. - Alexander Graham Bell
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Goethe
Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation. - Robert Schuller


A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him. - John C. Maxwell
The higher you want to climb, the more you need leadership. The greater the impact you want to make, the greater your influence needs to be. Whatever you will accomplish is restricted by your ability to lead others. - John C. Maxwell
Personnel determines the potential of the team. Vision determines the direction of the team. Work ethic determines the preparation of the team. Leadership determines the success of the team. - John C. Maxwell
A man who wants to lead an orchestra must turn his back to the crowd. - Max Lucado
There are no office hours for leaders. - Cardinal J. Gibbons
It is truly said: It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do. - Chow Ching
It is the men behind who make the man ahead. - Merle Crowell


If you blame others for your failures, do you also credit them for your successes. - Unknown
In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail. - Cassius
Failure isn't fatal, and success isn't final. - Don Shula
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. - Montaigne
The man who never makes mistakes loses a great many chances to learn something. - Unknown
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. - Unknown
Defeat isn't bitter if you don't swallow it. - Unknown
Nobody is a failure until he stops trying. - Unknown
Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently. - Henry Ford
The things which hurt, instruct. - Ben Franklin
Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis. - Napoleon Hill
A failure is like fertilizer; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future. - Dennis Waitley
Luck sometimes visits a fool, but it never sits down with him. - German Proverb
The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. - Dale Carnegie
You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you. - Brian Tracy
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. - Elbert Hubbard
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. - Beverly Sills
I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned. - Carol Burnett
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. - Will Rogers


Opportunity may knock, but you must open the door. - Unknown
Desire is the key that opens the door when opportunity knocks. - Unknown
Great opportunities come to those who make the most of small ones. - Unknown
Challenges should not be seen as obstacles but rather as opportunities for acquiring new experiences in life. - Unknown


The secret of our success is found in our daily agenda. - John C. Maxwell
I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. - Muhammad Ali
He who endures conquers. - Italian Proverb
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. - James Baldwin
Progress is a tide. If we stand still we will surely be drowned. To stay on the crest, we have to keep moving. - Harold Mayfield

Positive Thinking

It isn't the load that breaks us down; it's the way we carry it." - Unknown
Your mind can hold only one thought at a time. Make it a positive one. - Unknown
A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. - William A. Ward
Never think of the consequences of failing, you will always think of a negative result. Think only positive thoughts and your mind will gravitate towards those thoughts! - Michael Jordan
Although elementary, turning negatives into positives is the best foundation to having a happy life. - Unknown
If you think you can, or you think you can't, your right! - Henry Ford
A positive mind has extra solving power. - Alexander Lockhart
When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade. - Dale Carnegie
A positive attitude is like a fire - Unless you continue to add fuel, it goes out. - Alexander Lockhart


It takes less time to do something right the first time, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. - Unknown
It isn't the hours you put in, but what you put IN the hours. - Unknown


If you fail to plan, plan to fail. - Unknown
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. - Unknown
Change favors those who are prepared. - Louis Pasteur


There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. - Gen. Colin L. Powell
To demand more of yourself than you do of others is the first step on any ladder of success. - Unknown

Team Work

Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Henry Ford
Great teamwork is the only way to reach our ultimate moments, and create breakthroughs that define our careers and fulfill our lives. - Pat Riley
Commitment to the team - there is no such thing as in-between, you are either in or out. - Pat Riley
We must all hang together, else we shall all hang separately. - Ben Franklin


Men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed. - L. Jones
Victory comes to those who make the least mistakes. - Unknown
Winners in life don't always win; they just don't give up. - Unknown
The true champion loses many battles before winning the war. - Unknown
The greatest match a man can win is won within. - Unknown
A quitter never wins and a winner never quits. - Napoleon Hill
The most distinguishing feature of winners is their intensity of purpose. - Alymer Letterman
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential - these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. - Eddie Robinson
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. - Napoleon Hill
I've got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. - Larry Bird
If you want a place in the sun, you have to expect some blisters. - Unknown


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God - (Philippians 4:6)




"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."

Thomas Macaulay English Writer/Statesman


"I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character!"

Theodore Roosevelt Twenty-Sixth President

"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."
G. K. Chesterton English Author & Mystery Novelist (1874-1936)


"You never fail until you stop trying."

Florence Griffith Joyner Sprinter Three Time Olympic Gold Medalist


"If I lose, I'll walk away and never feel bad because I did all I could. There was nothing more to do."

Joe Frazier Professional Boxer, Trainer and Manager

"I've learned that the important thing is to know that you've tried your very hardest, gave 100 percent on every play."

George Rogers NFL Halfback


"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."

Muhammad Ali Professional Boxer

"This I say - be the best, be yourself and not like the rest. Work real hard to be real tough, and remember that 100 percent is not good enough. Set the impossible as being your goal, then reach deep inside from within your soul. All you've got is all you could ask, to give your all to achieve this impossible task."

Gene Mills Wrestler World Champion

"The medals don't mean anything and the glory doesn't last. It's all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing."

Jackie Joyner Kersee Pentathlon, Long-Jumper Two Time Olympic Gold Medalist


"There is no feeling worse than realizing too late that you've set your goals too low."



"Good is not enough, if better is possible."


"The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in the man's determination."

Tommy Lasorda
Major League Manager

"Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one."

Benjamin Franklin American Statesman Inventor


"Don't steam. Don't' be angry. Don't lose your head. It's the best part of your body."

Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder Sports Broadcaster



Dan Gable Wrestler Olympic Gold Medalist College Wrestling Coach....... Dan Gable quotes : Added 11/08/08

“Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”

“Once you've wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”

“The 1st period is won by the best technician. The 2nd period is won by the kid in the best shape. The 3rd period is won by the kid with the biggest heart.”

“I shoot, I score. He shoots, I score.”

"More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill - none have wrestled without pride.”

“Right out of high school I never had the fear of getting beat, which is how most people lose.”

“Wrestling has been a way of life with me day in and day out. I won't get too far away from it. I might walk through the wrestling room once a week. I could go every day if I wanted. But just walk through, make sure it's still there.”

“Coach Gable is the spokesman for wrestling in the United States and there?s no bigger name in the sport than his, ... It was significant for our program to get the kind of exposure we need to present to the wrestling community not only on the local level but all over the country.”

“You don't really measure the year until the whole year is done. I'm sure there are some concerned people, including the coaches right now.”

“We definitely thought so at the beginning, and he's done some good things. It's just a matter of continuing to be able to show that he is able to do the best job that is needed there.”

“It would be difficult for me to make the move to come back. With my family expanding, I want to make sure that I stay healthy.”

“All I worried about was what (Owings) was doing to me, instead of what I was doing to him. When you start worrying about that stuff, you're going down the wrong path.”

“I'm delighted to be back in coaching. Our goal is to put Iowa wrestling back on top, and I want to do everything I can to make it happen.”

"But we've got to work. We can't just live on reputations at all - by any means.”

"When I'd get tired and want to stop, I'd wonder what my next opponent was doing. I'd wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I'd start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I'd push myself harder."

"You can't ever work too much because there's no such thing as being in too good condition. You can't ever lift too many weights because you can't ever get too strong. You can't ever wrestle too much because you can always do better."


"Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles."

Bob Richards Pole Vaulter Two time Olympic Gold Medalist


"If you want to be the person you ought to be, you've got to welcome competition."

Bob Richards Pole Vaulter Two time Olympic Gold Medalist

"Before I get in the ring, I'd have already won or lost it out on the road. The real part is won or lost somewhere far away from witnesses-behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road long before I dance under those lights."

Muhammad Ali Professional Boxer


"The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer."

Henry Clay American Statesman

"Champions train.....Losers complain."



"The harder you work, the luckier you get."


"A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into an exhausting pace and then at the end, punish himself even more. Nobody is going to win a 5,000 meter race after running an easy two miles. Not with me. If I lose forcing the pace all the way, well, at least I can live with myself."

Steve Prefontaine Distance Runner


"Talent is the gift plus the passion. A desire to succeed so intense that no force on earth can stop it."

Neil Simon American Playwright


Misc (Added 2/3/08)

"For all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been.'" ---John Greenleaf Whittier

"Nobody gets to pick their time to die, but living every day to the max is something we all get to do." ---No Time to Cry by Lurlene McDaniel

"A successful life doesn't require that we've done the best, but that we've done our best." ---H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again." ---William Penn

"If you love the life you live, you will live a life of love." ---Unknown

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." ---Unknown

"All children wear the sign: 'I want to be important NOW.' Many of our juvenile delinquency problems arise because nobody reads the sign."
---Dan Pursuit

"An open mind opens doors." ---Unknown

"Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves." ---Joyce C. Lock

"When faced with a challenge, look for a way, not a way out." ---David Weatherford

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." ---Mary Pickford

"The difference between holding on to a hurt or releasing it with forgiveness is like the difference between laying your head down at night on a pillow filled with thorns or a pillow filled with rose petals." ---Loren Fischer

"It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on Earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had." ---Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"Sometimes you cannot believe what you see. You have to believe what you feel." ---Morrie Schwartz

"Don't look down on anyone unless you are helping them up." ---Jesse Jackson

"It's faith that really takes the courage. The belief in things unseen." ---The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."
---Douglas Everett

"You can't win the raffle if you don't buy the ticket." ---Ally McBeal

"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it." ---Morrie Schwartz

"It's not where you're from; it's where you're going. It's not what you drive; it's what drives you. It's not what's on you; it's what's in you. It's not what you think; it's what you know." ---Gatorade commercial

"Things will happen in your life that you can't stop, but that's no reason to shut out the world. There's a purpose for the good and for the bad."
---"Crazy Pete" Sims (Walter Sparrow), Now and Then

"Forgiveness means letting go of a hurtful situation and moving on with your own happiness." ---Amanda Ford

"If you can't laugh, the days are just too long." ---Lauren Anderson

"Do not think of your fault; still less of others' faults. Look for what is good and strong and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes." ---John Ruskin

"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?" ---Fanny Brice

"Courage is about doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." ---Eddie Rickenbacker

"One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go."
---Sheila Murray Bethel

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare composed poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'" ---Martin Luther King, Jr.

"One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered."
---Michael J. Fox

"We'll see things today we shouldn't have to see, but listen up, we'll do it together. We'll be together, and we'll all come back together."
---anonymous fire lieutenant

"The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on." ---Julia Alvarez

"No one will ever see me quit, because I simply won't. If I start something, I will finish it and do it well." ---Steve Belmarsh

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ---Dr. Seuss

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do." ---Pope John XXIII

"For every person who doubts you, tell you you will fail, try twice as hard to prove them wrong." ---Unknown

"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you."
---Heidi Johnson

"Having a role model in life is a great thing to have; one who provides us with direction and inspiration. However, we will forever be restricted by that person's limitations if we live within their boundaries. Be influenced, but set your own standards and develop your own principals, if you are ever to live beyond someone else's dreams." ---Jason Shahan

"Aim not for what you are, but for what you could be." ---Lucas Hellmer

"A man's word and his intestinal fortitude are two of the most honorable virtues known to mankind." ---Jim Nantz

"Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish." ---Cecile Springer

"I just try to be the best I can be and hope that is the best ever." ---Tiger Woods

"It takes chances to make changes." ---Danielle Ballentine

"Appreciate every moment of every day because in retrospect they will all have gone by too fast." ---M. Buchwald

"Over time, people have hidden the gift of life which broadens our horizon: hope." ---Nadine Vieira-Rosario

"The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society."
---Jack Kemp

"Excellence--moral, ethical, personal excellence--is worth whatever it costs." ---Charles Swindoll

"Don't only help yourself in life, but try to help those truly in need, because you'll never know when you'll need the same support."
---Rachel Protzman

"Excellence is the result of habitual integrity." ---Lenny Bennett

"Follow your heart. It's the only right way out of darkness." ---Allison Milana

"It is your attitude at the beginning of a task that determines success or failure." ---Corrine Clewlow

"There are some things in life that you are not meant to be. Don't waste your time and tears trying to be them. Reach for the things you are meant to be, and you will reach your destiny." ---Sarah Normile

"I have learned that life may not always be easy, but it's always worth living." ---Melanie Race

"Dreams take time, patience, sustained effort, a willingness to fail, if they are ever to be anything more than dreams." ---Bryan Linkoski

"If you must trust anyone in life, let it be yourself." ---Renee Leaf

"If the dream is big enough, the facts don't count." ---Dexter Yeger

"Be yourself. An original is always worth more than a copy." ---Unknown

"If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?" ---Jeffrey Mayer

"Live only for today, for tomorrow may never come." ---Unknown

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." ---Ray Bradbury

"Better a Has-been than a Never-was. But better a Never-was than a Never-tried-to-be." ---Unknown

"It matters not the number of years in your life. It is the life in your years." ---Abraham Lincoln

"If you have integrity, nothing else matters." ---Alan Simpson

"One of the things that my parents have taught me is never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your own life and live up to your own expectations, and those are the only things I really care about." ---Tiger Woods

"We are reminded how short life really is, and how we are just passing through. So, all the people you haven't told you love lately, tell them, and live your days like you mean it." ---Hal Sutton

"Don't let the low times keep you down. Learn from them and reach for the high times." ---David Wiemers

"Life should be enjoyable; too often we think it's about achievement. The truth is that making life enjoyable is an achievement in itself."

"Strive for integrity--that means knowing your values in life and behaving in a way that is consistent with these values." ---Unknown

"Don't wait until people are dead to give them flowers." ---Sean Covey

"Don't let your pride or a lack of courage stand in the way of saying you're sorry to people you may have offended." ---Sean Covey

"When it comes down to dying, I want to know what it is like to have really lived." ---Lou Whittaker

"Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against." ---Bruce Lee

"The only thing that endures is character. Fame and wealth--all that is illusion. All that endures is character." ---O.J. Simpson

"Being committed to some goal in your life-a sense of having a mission, a purpose, even a calling-is a very motivating, very comforting thing. Some people's mission steps up to greet them, others have to hunt theirs down." ---Unknown

"Be open to discoveries. Don't have too fixed a notion of the path, but rather have some idea of the kind of things that most appeal to you."

"Dream big, and dare to fail." ---Colonel Norman Vaughan

"One of the few things that can't be recycled is wasted time." ---Sean Covey

"Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" ---Martin Luther King, Jr.

"You've got to fight against the urge to try to say and do what other people want of you. That's not how you earn their respect. They will most respect you for thinking and doing what they didn't think or what they didn't dare." ---Unknown

"The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now." ---Bill Cosby

"As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given." ---Mary Lou Retton

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
---Jesse Owens

"I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often painful process."
---Diane Nyad

"The most important factor for motivation is goal setting. You should always have a goal." ---Francie Larrieu Smith

"It's important to have a plan, a big picture. You can deviate from it or change it completely, but it gives you something to work for."
---Shannon Miller

"So one thing I want to say about life is don't be scared and don't hang back, and most of all, don't waste it." ---A Gathering of Days by Joan Blos

"The odds are very good that worrying is a waste of time. And besides, worrying won't change what happens anyway, will it?"
---A Whisper in the Night by Judie Angell

"We have no choice of what color we're born or who our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here." ---Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

"Nobody will think you're somebody if you don't think so yourself." ---African-American proverb

"There is nothing that cannot be achieved by firm imagination." ---Japanese proverb

"Never think life is not worth living or that you cannot make a difference. Never give up." ---Marcia Wright-Edelman

"If you're lucky, you won't believe in luck." ---Nick Rodelo

"Live like there is no tomorrow, and live tomorrow like there was no yesterday." ---Lindsay Matheus

"Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains." ---Marvin Ashton

"Whenever you feel that something as simple as a smile or a kind act will go unnoticed, do it anyway. You never know how much it might change someone else's life." ---Erin Bishop

"Square your shoulders to the world, be not the kind to quit; It's not the load that weighs you down but the way you carry it." ---Unknown

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." ---Albert Pike

"We all find peace if we forgive." ---Danielle Rosenblatt

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased."
---Marcus Porcius Cato

"Accept everything about yourself. I mean everything. You are you, and that is the beginning and the end; No apologies, no regrets."
---Clark Montanas

"Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were." ---Cherie Carter-Scott

"An open ear is the only believable sign of an open heart." ---David Augsburger

"If you believe in yourself, things are possible." ---Shannon Macmillan

"When you feel like nothing is there but pain and hurt and great despair, that is when we know we need to not give up, whatever it is we're going through." ---Unknown

"After I'm dead, I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one." ---Marcus Porcius Cato

"Being gentle means forgiving yourself when you mess up. We should learn from our mistakes, but we shouldn't beat the tar out of ourselves over them. The past is just that, past. Learn what went wrong and why. Make amends if you need to. Then drop it and move on. ---Sean Covey

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." ---Mark Twain

"The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time." ---Tom Hanks

"The biggest mistake you can make is continually fearing you will make one." ---Unknown

"A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones." ---Proverbs 17: 22

"Search near and far for your dreams for they may drop right in front of you without you fully realizing...then they disappear and are lost forever...recognize and embrace your dream and enjoy living the dream...make your dreams reality." ---Unknown

"If you believe in your heart that you are right, you must fight with all your might to do it your way." ---Linda Ellerbee

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." ---Confucius

"If I were asked to give what I consider the most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'"
---Ann Landers

"The more effort you put into something, the more you get in return." ---Dwight Rivera

"A true hero does what needs to be done and needs no other reason." ---Unknown

"Find your self-esteem and be forever free to dream." ---Shania Twain, "Black Eyes, Blue Tears"

"God has put something noble and good into every heart his hand has created. So while living on earth we must always remember to learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow because time will only show what has mattered throughout our journey." ---Melanie Klein

"The most important time in life is the present." ---Ahsan

"Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up." ---Proverbs 12: 15

"Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it." ---Unknown

"We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else's idea of life."
---James Van Praagh

"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its outcome." ---William James

"None of us knows how much time we have left on this earth. So why not grab each day as it comes, make the most of it, explore it to the fullest, enjoy all its delights and treasures." ---Orville Kelly

"The impossible is often untried." ---Unknown

"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just." ---Abraham Lincoln

"People whine, 'I haven't succeeded because I haven't had the breaks.' You create your own breaks." ---Chuck Norris

"If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can't just sit back and hope it will happen. You've got to make it happen." ---Chuck Norris

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" ---Matthew 6: 27

"The first step toward change is acceptance. Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do. Change is not something you do, it's something you allow." ---Will Garcia

"We win many of life's rewards by learning how to hang in there and work till the very end." ---Unknown

"The higher we reach, the longer and harder we have to try." ---Unknown

"Nothing feels quite as exhilarating as meeting a challenge." ---Dr. Yosiya Niyo

"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." ---Joseph Addison

"Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself." ---Robert Collier

"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible." ---Cadet maxim, West Point, New York

"Open your mind and your heart to the voices of your Angels...and to the good things in life that are waiting for you." ---Unknown

"The sense of achievement and joy after overcoming the impossibles are the most treasured and fulfilling ones. So, never bow down to obstacles, conquer them and enjoy the fruit of your courage." ---Tan Zhixian

"Know the true value of time: snatch, seize, and enjoy every minute of it." ---Unknown

"Never stop doing your best just because one person doesn't give you credit." ---Beth

"Being willing to suffer often brings great rewards." ---Mary (Jessica Biel), 7th Heaven

"Most of the important things in the world have been achieved by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
---Dale Carnegie

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ---Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Anything unattempted remains impossible." ---Unknown

"Never waste the chance to say 'I love you' because this chance might never come again." ---Unknown

"I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work." ---Harry Truman

"You are a superhero to someone. So act like one. Someone is watching." ---GNC commercial

"If we wait to foil a bank robbery or rescue someone tied on the railroad tracks we will never be a hero. We probably won't even come across a cat stuck in a tree. As long as we sit at the bus stop waiting for our great moment we will miss our real chance at the heroic: the infinite number of tiny daily acts inspired by the great. Our actions may seem insignificant, but their results will grow and multiply." ---Timberland boots

"You don't have to be a famous person just to make your mark." ---No Doubt, "Different People"

"I want you to know, everyone's got to face down the demons, maybe today. We can put the past away."---Third Eye Blind, "Jumper"

"Lord knows dreams are hard to follow, but don't let anyone tear them away." ---Mariah Carey, "Hero"

"You don't know what you have 'til your everything is gone. You need someone to show you how to live again." ---Blessid Union of Souls, "I Wanna Be There"

"Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but ain't no man got to be common." ---Satchel Paige

"I have always tried to be true to myself, to pick those battles I felt were important. My ultimate responsibility is to myself. I could never be anything else." ---Arthur Ashe

"All motivation is self-motivation. Your family, your boss, or your co-workers can try to get your engine going, but until you decide what to accomplish, nothing will happen." ---Seth Godin

"Make yourself a blessing to someone. Your kind smile or pat on the back just might pull someone back from the edge." ---Carmelia Elliot

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink." ---Romans 12:20

"It doesn't take strength to hold a grudge; it takes strength to let go of one." ---Jesse (John Stamos), Full House

"Somewhere along the line you have to trust someone. You've just got to be clever enough to pick someone who's smart and wholesome and worthy--and then just listen to what they say." ---Dave Joyner

"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." ---Unknown

"Shoot for the stars. You may not get the stars--but you may get the moon." ---Carlton Young

"Above all else, never think you're not good enough." ---Anthony Trollope

"Do what you will, always." ---Dave Matthews Band

"Think happy thoughts and you can fly." ---Peter Pan

"Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible." ---Unknown

"I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail." ---Muriel Strade

"At the close of life the question will be not how much have you got, but how much have you given; not how much have you won, but how much have you done; not how much have you saved, but how much have you sacrificed; how much have you loved and served, not how much were you honored." ---Nathan C. Schaeffer

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." ---Robert F. Kennedy

"I would rather make my name than inherit it." ---W.M. Thackeray

"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know who his grandson will be." ---Abraham Lincoln

"You have to dance like no one is watching, and love like it's never gonna hurt." ---Unknown

"Do not miss the purpose of this life, and do not wait for circumstance to mold or change you fate." ---Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn." ---Unknown

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ---Henry David Thoreau

"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do!" ---Walter Bagehot

"You can sit around and wait for the good things to happen to you, or you can go out and make them happen." ---Unknown

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." ---Taylor Benson

"Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst thing is not to try." ---Unknown

"Failure is the path of least persistence." ---Unknown

"Patience is counting down without blasting off." ---Unknown

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." ---Will Rogers

"We must conquer war or war will conquer us." ---Ely Culbertson

"It's better to be known by six people for something you're proud of than to be known by sixty million for something you're not." ---Albert Brooks

"Recovering from failure is often easier than building from success." ---Michael Eisner

"The life you have led doesn't need to be the only life you have." ---Carol Clurman

"Live your life so that if someone says 'Be yourself' it's good advice." ---Robert Orben

"There are no speed limits on the road to excellence." ---David Johnson

"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are." ---Tobias Wolff

"Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling, enduring, and accomplishing." ---George Sheehan

"Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot." ---Clarence Thomas

"There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by." ---Annie Dillard

"Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up." ---Dave Weinbaum

"The virtue of achievement is victory over oneself. Those who know this can never know defeat." ---A.J. Cronin

"Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows." ---Michael Landon

"We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life." ---William Osler

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." ---Unknown

"It may be that those who do most, dream most." ---Stephen Leacock

"Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be." ---Jimmy Johnson

"The world is blessed most by men who do things, not by those who merely talk about them." ---James Oliver

"I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving." ---Goethe

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up." ---J.M. Power

"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." ---W. Somerset Maugham

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." ---Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting." ---William Arthur Ward

"Go the extra mile. It's never crowded." ---Executive Speechwriter Newsletter

"When a man's willing and eager, the gods join in." ---Aeschylus

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." ---James Baldwin

"Every problem is just an opportunity waiting to be made use of." ---Unknown

"I've been trying to find the word that says what I need to be in life. 'Brave' is the only word. It's the only thing that I ask myself to be."
---Sandra Bullock 


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  • And in this corner...
  • Attitude is Everything
  • Do you prefer push or safety?
    'Cuz you're about to get pinned!
  • Face to Face
  • It's not the size of the dog, it is the size of the fight in the dog.
  • King of the Mat
  • Miracle on the Mat
  • Pride separates excellence from mediocrity
  • Ready to Rumble!
  • Take Down
  • Taking it to the mat
  • The Winner, and Still Cham-pe-en...
  • Wrestle Mania
  • Wrestlers Don't Like to Be Put on Hold
  • Wrestlers Never Lose Their Grip
  • Wrestling is ballet with violence. (Jesse Ventura)

I wrestle with demons of doubt. With my past failures. With my injuries. With that unrelenting voice that tells me to stop. But I am a wrestler and one thing is certain. I will be victorious.


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