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Victory belongs to the most persevering. - Napoleon

It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages. - Francis Wayland

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. - C. Malesherbes

"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything; "I will try" has performed wonders. - George P. Burnham

The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm. - Thomas J. Watson

Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The right man is the one who seizes the moment. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. - Ayn Rand

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. - Peter Marshall

Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. - Francis of Assisi

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. - Anatole France

There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. We all have a choice. You can decide which type of person you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the first group.  - Mary Kay Ash

Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as you mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.  - Mary Kay Ash

Achieving the summit of a mountain was tangible, immutable, concrete. The incumbent hazards lent the activity a seriousness of purpose that was sorely missing from the rest of my life. I thrilled in the fresh perspective that came from tipping the ordinary plane of existence on end. (from 'Into Thin Air') - Jon Krakaur

To enhance the quality of the day... That is the highest of the arts. - Henry David Thoreau

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

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. - Elbert Hubbard

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don't have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes.  - Jim Rohn

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. - George Bernard Shaw

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime. Therefore, we must be saved by hope. - Reinhold Niebuhr

El chiste es ir superando - superando uno a otro. (The point is to keep going beyond - to keep surpassing one another.) - Leonel Quezada (Casa Grandes, Mexico)

Everything comes to those who hustle while they wait. - Thomas Edison

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. - Michelangelo

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.  - Mahatma Gandhi

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. - Albert Einstein

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.  - Albert Einstein

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

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius

One day we will realize that big hearts will bring us more peace than big weapons. - Malathy Drew

I do it because I can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't. - Author Unknown

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn Rand

Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time but have done your best. - Sir Robert Baden-Powell

There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. - Plato

Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions. Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you a feeling that you can become great too. - Mark Twain

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things. - Ray Bradbury

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - George Eliot

If you're serious about changing your life, you'll find a way. If you're not, you'll find an excuse. - Jen Sincero

Failure is a great teacher, and I think when you make mistakes and you recover from them and you treat them as valuable learning experiences, then you've got something to share. - Steve Harvey

I learned the value of hard work by working hard. - Margaret Mead