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“Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”

RICHARD NIXON
37TH U.S. PRESIDENT
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

“As for courage and will we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.”

ANDRE NORTON
NOVELIST
COURAGE

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself he becomes wise.”

ALDEN NOWLAN
POET
FORESIGHT

“Don't let your failures define you--let them teach you. ”

BARACK OBAMA
44TH U.S. PRESIDENT
OPTIMISM

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”

BARACK OBAMA
44TH U.S. PRESIDENT
TEAMWORK

“Here, with whitened hair, desires failing, strength ebbing out of him, with the sun gone down and with only the serenity and the calm warning of the evening star left to him, he drank to Life, to all it had been, to what it was, to what it would be. Hurrah!”

SEAN O'CASEY
DRAMATIST
LIVE LIFE

“Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.”

AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO
THEOLOGIAN
HUMILITY

“... to a poet, the human community is like the community of birds to a bird, singing to each other. Love is one of the reasons we are singing to one another, love of language itself, love of sound, love of singing itself, and love of the other birds.”

SHARON OLDS
POET
LOVE

“My work is loving the world.”

MARY OLIVER
MARY OLIVER (B. 1935), POET
LOVE

“One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.”

P.J. O'ROURKE
US JOURNALIST
RESPONSIBILITY

“Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.”

JOSE ORTEGA Y GASSET
PHILOSOPHER
HARD WORK

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

JESSE OWENS
OLYMPIC ATHLETE
LIVE YOUR DREAMS

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

THOMAS PAINE
SCHOLAR, INTELLECTUAL, WRITER
CHARACTER

“We have it in our power to change the world over.”

THOMAS PAINE
SCHOLAR, INTELLECTUAL, WRITER
MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.”

THOMAS PAINE
SCHOLAR, INTELLECTUAL, WRITER
EQUALITY

“The world is my country, all mankind are my bethren, and to do good is my religion.”

THOMAS PAINE
SCHOLAR, INTELLECTUAL, WRITER
UNITY

“The secret to mastery in any field is to forever be a student.”

MARTIN PALMER
LEARNING

“Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.”

THEODORE PARKER
CLERGYMAN, SOCIAL REFORMER
CONFIDENCE

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

DOLLY PARTON
SINGER-SONGWRITER, ACTRESS, AUTHOR, PHILANTHROPIST
LIVE LIFE

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

DOLLY PARTON
SINGER-SONGWRITER, ACTRESS, AUTHOR, PHILANTHROPIST
PERSEVERANCE

“The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.”

BLAISE PASCAL
MATHEMATICIAN, PHYSICIST, RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHER
DEDICATION

“The strength of a man's virtue must not be measured by his efforts, but by his ordinary life.”

BLAISE PASCAL
MATHEMATICIAN, PHYSICIST, RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHER
LIVE LIFE

“The heart has reason which reason cannot understand.”

BLAISE PASCAL
MATHEMATICIAN, PHYSICIST, RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHER
SOUL

“Whoever you are, whatever your dream, you have to be strong in your head and strong in your heart. Be strong. There's no quitting in the person who wants it bad enough.”

CARLY PATTERSON
GOLD MEDAL GYMNAST IN 2004 OLYMPICS
STRENGTH

“If a man does his best, what else is there?”

GEORGE S. PATTON
AMERICAN GENERAL IN WORLD WAR I AND II
MOTIVATION

“Tolerance is only complacence when it makes no distinction between right and wrong.”

SARAH PATTON BOYLE
AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
COURAGE

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”

RANDY PAUSCH
PROFESSOR, AUTHOR
RIGHT CHOICES

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

M. SCOTT PECK
PSYCHIATRIST, AUTHOR
STRENGTH

“I wouldn't be human if I didn't feel pride and something that transcends pride humility.”

JAMES CASH PENNEY
FOUNDER OF J.C. PENNEY CORPORATION
HUMILITY

“Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.”

ALFRED EDWARD PERLMAN
CIVIL ENGINEER, BUSINESSMAN
LEARNING

“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”

WILFERD A. PETERSON
AUTHOR, BUSINESSMAN
AMBITION

“Now the alternative to despair is courage. And human life can be viewed as a continuous struggle between these two options. Courage is the capacity to affirm one's life in spite of the elements which threaten it. The fact that courage usually predominates over despair in itself tells us something important about life. It tells you that the forces that affirm life are stronger than those that negate it.”

PAUL E. PFUETZE
COURAGE
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