1. Whenever you leave behind failure that means you’re doing better. If you think everything you’ve done has been great, you’re probably dumb. – Louis CK

  2. The basic narrative fuel is always the slow unveiling of the final answer. – Lee Child A Simple Way to Create Suspense NYTimes article

  3. Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. The courage to continue is what counts. - Winston Churchill

  4. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. ― Albert Camus

  5. I think whether you’re having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude. ― Colin Powell

  6. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ― David Brinkley

  7. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ― Lao Tzu

  8. Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. ― Winston Churchill

  9. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie

  10. The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

  11. If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade. ― Tom Peters

  12. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. – Bertrand Russell

  13. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

  14. We each need to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly. – Shakti Gawain

  15. I would become an aristocrat of the spirit, who prides himself on his incompetence in the middling tasks that are the world’s business. Who does not seek after material gain. Who is his own law. – Wesley Yang, Paper Tigers

  16. The natural instinct is to turn Donatist, to build an ark and defend what’s precious. The counterintuitive but more successful strategy is to follow Augustine, to exploit a moment of weakness by making yourself even more vulnerable, by striking outward into complexity, swallowing the pure and impure, counterattacking crisis with an evangelical assault. – David Brooks, How Movements Recover

  17. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ― Thomas A. Edison

  18. What angers us in another person is more often than not an unhealed aspect of ourselves. If we had already resolved that particular issue, we would not be irritated by its reflection back to us. - Simon Peter Fuller, author

  19. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie

  20. “It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” – Isaac Asimov

  21. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ― Abraham Lincoln

  22. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” ― Walter Elliot

  23. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ― Walt Disney

  24. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” – Vincent Lombardi

  25. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

  26. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ― Thomas A. Edison

  27. “Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about it.” ― Kathleen Casey Theisen

  28. “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  29. “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ― Brian Tracy

  30. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.” – Gail Devers

  31. “Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.” ― Mike Norton

  32. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  33. “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  34. “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – Woody Allen

  35. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” ― Abraham Lincoln

  36. “If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair with them, it is like expecting a lion not to eat you because you don’t eat lion…” ― Unknown

  37. “Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  38. “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” – Bertrand Russell

  39. “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” ― Henry Ford

  40. “Compound interest is the foundation upon which the majority of fortunes are built. It works silently but incessantly— Sundays, weekdays, holidays. It works while you sleep and while you play.” — T. X. MacGregor.

  41. “Further, my characterization of a loser is someone who, after making a mistake, doesn’t introspect, doesn’t exploit it, feels embarrassed and defensive rather than enriched with a new piece of information, and tries to explain why he made the mistake rather than moving on. These types often consider themselves the “victims” of some large plot, a bad boss, or bad weather.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

  42. “All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” ― Brian Tracy

  43. “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ― Eric Thomas

  44. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.” ― Napoleon Hill

  45. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  46. “Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.” ― Stieg Larsson

  47. “One change always leaves the way open for the introduction of others.” – Niccoló Machiavelli

  48. “Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.” ― Thomas Carlyle

  49. “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ― Walt Disney

  50. “Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” ― Dan Millman

  51. “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” ― Vernon Howard

  52. “Approval isn’t necessary. It’s nice when you get it, but it’s not going to stop us from being who we are. I mean, if I’d have listened to approval, I’d never have made it one day onstage. But to be criticized, if there’s validity, as upset as you are, you can learn from it.” ― Jared Leto

  53. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou

  54. “Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” ― Barbara De Angelis

  55. “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 difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

  56. “When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation – it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams.” ― Les Brown

  57. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  58. “People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” ― Brian Tracy

  59. “Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You… Be Free… Share.” ― Steve Maraboli

  60. “The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.” ― Brian Tracy

  61. “The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.” ― Osho

  62. “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

  63. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” ― Albert Einstein

  64. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there. ” ― Zig Ziglar

  65. “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ― Aristotle

  66. “Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” ― Winston Churchill

  67. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ” ― Steve Jobs

  68. “Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. ” ― Jack Canfield

  69. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” – Gilda Radner

  70. “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. ” ― Buddha

  71. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ” ― Henry David Thoreau

  72. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ” ― John Quincy Adams

  73. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart

  74. “For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.” – Viktor Frankl

  75. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” – Thomas A. Edison

  76. “The neurotic who learns to laugh at himself may be on the way to self-management, perhaps to cure.” – The Individual and His Religion, Gordon W. Allport

  77. “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. ” ― Jim Rohn

  78. “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  79. “I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” – Marie Curie

  80. “Our patience will achieve more than our force. “ Edmund Burke

  81. “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. ” ― Groucho Marx

  82. “Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant

  83. “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” – Niels Bohr, Danish physicist and Nobel prize winner.

  84. “What a man can be, he must be.” — ? (maslow’s hierarchy of needs)

  85. “…I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He [father] taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead, embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” — Roald Dahl in My Uncle Oswald

  86. “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.” — C. S. Lewis

  87. “‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.” — Henry Ward Beecher

  88. “Few human beings are proof against the implied flattery of rapt attention.” -— Jack Woodford in strangers in love

  89. “The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favor. No matter how hard it seems, the longer you persist, the more likely your success.” ― Jack Canfield

  90. “Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” — Seneca

  91. “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly ahead at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” — Thomas Carlyle

  92. “Let’s be content to live the only time we can possibly live: from now until bedtime.” — Thomas Carlyle

  93. “The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.” — George Bernard Shaw

  94. “The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. That requires intelligence; and it makes the difference between a man of sense and a fool.” — William Bolitho

  95. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” – Thomas A. Edison

  96. “Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” ― Denis Waitley

  97. “I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument—and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you would rattlesnakes and earthquakes.” — Dale Carnegie

  98. “If you argue and rankle and contradict, you may achieve a victory sometimes; but it will be an empty victory because you will never get your opponent’s good will.” – Ben Franklin

  99. “I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him, but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, legendary French aviation pioneer and author

  100. “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered…I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” — Thomas Jefferson

  101. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ― Napoleon Hill

  102. “The more you do something and the more you practice it, at a certain point it becomes second nature.” – Barack Obama on WTF podcast with Marc Maron

  103. “When I’m writing, if I get bored, I’ll stop immediately, mid-sentence, that’s it, I don’t write anything that bores me.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  104. “Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” – Ralph Charell

  105. “Happiness consists in earning a little and spending a little less.” — Robert L. Stevenson.

  106. “To spend money for things which add to one’s power— mental, physical, moral, or economic— is thrift.” — T.N. Carver

  107. There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go. ― Richard Bach

  108. To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them. ― Picabo Street

  109. “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.” — Albert Einstein

  110. “If you want to be successful, find out what the price is and then pay it.” — Unknown

  111. “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become reality.” — Earl Nightingale

  112. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein

  113. “The existential vacuum manifests itself mainly in the state of boredom.” – Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning.

  114. “Never lose your own idealism, and press on regardless.” — John Bogle

  115. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” ― Lao Tzu

  116. “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dahl