Pearls of Wisdom on Grooming a Dog and other Challenges of life.

Grooming a Kerry Blue Terrier can be discouraging at times. Here are some words of encouragement from around
the world.

Courtesy of “Bits & Pieces”, ( and others.

Submitted by John Van den Bergh

Every single one of us possesses the sterngth to attempt something he isn’t sure he can accomplish.

Scott Jurek

Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth—rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your
port is the point.

Maltbie D. Babcock

Wherever you go, go with all your hart.


It is truly said: It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decided what to do.

Chow Ching

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.

Norah Jones

There is nothing to be gained by waiting for a better situation. You see where you are and you do what you can with that.

Jacob K. Javits

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Margaret Thatcher

When there’s a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.

H. Jackson Brown

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.

John Burroughs

If you organize your life around things you are passionate about, nothing is a time burden. You end up spending time with people you want to spend time
with an doing what you love.

Jeffrey Bores

You learn something best when you teach it to someone else.

Dawn Sternstien

You learn something every day if you pay attention.

Ray Leblond

The sweetest grapes hang the highest.

German Proverb

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.

Ken Keyes

Don’t dream up thousands of reasons why you can’t do what you want to; find one reason why you can.

Author unknown

I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from things that don’t work out; that’s when I’ve really learned.

Carol Burnett

This life is a process of learning.

Lauryn Hill

The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.

James Yorke

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus

Good things require time.

Dutch Proverb

We never stop growing until we stop learning. People who are learning this simple truth will grow old but never get old.

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

Bill Bradley

Knowing what you want is the first step to getting it.

Louise Hart

Competence–like truth, beauty, and contact lenses–is in the eye of the beholder.

Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

There is no disgrace to get knocked down–so long as you get back up.

Darell Royal

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results. It produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way
to accomplish results that last.

Hamilton Holt

If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns
somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know.

Thomas Wolfe

Permit no one to dissuade you from pursuing the goals you set for yourself.

Ralph Bunche

You’ve always got to have a shred of hope.

Spencer Riley

To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory.

Pierre Corneille

If you have something to do that is worthwhile doing, don’t talk about it, but do it. After you have done it, your friends and enemies will talk about

George W. Blount

When you have confidence, you have a lot of fun. And when you’re having fun, you can do amazing things.

Joe Namath

It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is.

George F. Will

Effort is a commitment to seeing a goal through to the end, not just until you get tired of it.

Howard Cato

If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win

Carl Lewis

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale

You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.

Yogi Berra

The mistakes are all waiting to be made.

Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch (1887-1956)

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that on’s work is terribly important.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

Seneca (3BC-65AD)

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.

George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while working.

Albert Giacometti (Sculptor)

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint Exupery

A clever man commits no minor blunders.

Goethe (1749-1832)

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.

Richard Bach

Education is a progressive discovery of your own ignorance.

Will Durant

Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.

Michael Landon

There’s an intrinsic value in doing something without being the best at it.

Susie Gephart

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.

John Holt

You don’t have to suffer continued chaos in order to grow.

John Lilly

Almost everybody walks around with a vast burden of imaginary limitations inside his head. While the burden remains, success is as difficult to achieve
as the conquest of Mount Everest with a sack of rocks tied to your back.

J. H. Brennan

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

John Burroughs

When you are facing a task that seems insurmountable, don’t focus on the whole enchilada. Take the job in bite-size chunks. Even the most courageous among
us can be overwhelmed by looking at what has to be done in its entirety.

Charles Swindoll

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

General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

Emile Zola (1840-1902)

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.

Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.

Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Do, or do not. There is no “try”.

Yoda (“The Empire Strikes Back”)

Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.

George Burns (1896-1996)

You don’t have to do everything, but you can always do something.

Malia Blake

It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work.

Author unknown

Doing nothing is the most tiresome job in the world, becasue you can’t stop and rest

Author unknown

Without effort, even the greatest of ideas go nowhere.

John Pearson

It’s the willingness to climb mountains that gives one the view.

Jon Winokur

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.

Theodore N. Vail

Be a can-do, will-try person. Focus on what you have and not what you don’t have, what you can do rather than what you cannot do.

Marian Wright Edelman

It’s good to have a comfort zone, but you also have to push yourself.

Kathleen Brown

Accomplishments come to those who say: “I can make it happen.”

Brian Cavanaugh

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity prevented from making
a first effort.

Sydney Smith

Life is what you make it. Opportunities are always there. But if you snooze, you lose; and if you snore, you lose more.

Phyllis George

If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.

Erma Bombeck

There are two types of preparation–physical and mental. You can’t get by with just one or the other.

Ken Stabler

If you don’t distinguish yourself from the crowd, you’ll just be the crowd.

Rebecca Mark

Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ronald Osborn

I don’t believe for a second that success is just about self-motivation. If that were were all it took, all any of us would ever need is a little pep rally
now and again and we’d soar to the stars. But after all the rah-rah and the warm feelings wear off, it’s ultimately about action.

Rob Walman

You can have the results you say you want, or you can have all the reasons in the world why you can’t have them. But you can’t have both. Reasons or results.
You get to choose.

Susan Carlson

The only people you should get even with are those who have helped you.

Author Unknown

The only time you are allowed to use the word “can’t” when pursuing your dream is when you are saying the word “miss’ immediately after it.

Perry Freking

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way: if you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

Author Unknown

The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.

Author Unknown

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

David Lliyd George (1863-1945)

British Prime Minister

Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.

Anne Wilson Schaef

The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have done it.


You’re not rewarded for having brains. You’re only rewarded for using them.

Mordecai Johnson

You can’t climb a mountain by a level road.

Norwegian proverb

When you’re a self-starter, others don’t have to be a crank.

Author Unknown

It’s an immutable law in [life] that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises–but only performance us reality.

Harold S. Geneen

Everything is possible if you develop a plan.

Mark Fox

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces.

Author Unknown

There are many trails up the mountain, but in time they all reach the top.

Anya Seton

The Turquoise

A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it.

George Gurdjieff

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously

Henry Kissinger

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

James Rogers

Never be too proud to change.

Bobby Bowden

When you learn with pleasure, you never forget.

Alfred Mercer

Whether you feel you’re successful, at the bottom of the barrel, or somewhere in between, it’s time to shake yourself into action and onto the road of
your dreams.

Milton Kastelas

Learn to do what aught to be done, when it should be done, whether you like it or not.

Roy W. Haley

Experience should be a guidepost and not a hitching post.

It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.

Wilbur Wright

It doesn’t matter what you are trying to accomplish. It’s all a matter of discipline.

Wilma Rundolph

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.

Alfred Mercer

Learn to do what ought to be done, when it should be done, whether you like it or not.

Roy W. Haley

Life is very interesting if you make mistakes.

Georges Carpentier

Success lies not in achieving what you aim at but in aiming at what you ought to achieve.

Author Unknown

There’s nothing more intoxicating than doing big, bold, things.

Jason Kilar

Whenever you fall, pick up something.

Oswald Theodore Avery

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.

Eartha Kitt

We are all manufacturers–making good, making trouble or making excuses.

H. V. Adolt

No one rises to low expectations.

Les Brown

In business, willingness is just as important as ability.

Paul G. Hoffman

Struggle is a form of education.


Melvin Chapman



Failure is not a fatal disease.

Earl Graves, Jr.

Get used to chaos: No man ever worked his way anywhere in dead calm.

John Neal

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject–the actual enemy is the unknown.

Thomas Mann

The Magic Mountain

If you’re gonna be a winner, you’ve got to have a bad case of the wants.

Erk Russell

A bad decision is when you know what to do and you don’t do it.

Duncan Goodhew

It is easier to do the job right than to explain why you didn’t.

US President Martin Van Buren

You have to believe in the impossible.

Howard Head

The first step in solving a problem is to tell someone about it.

John Peter Flynn

There may be obstacles, but keep going because the struggle is continuous.

Rachel Robinson

One of the most dangerous forms of human error is forgetting what one is trying to achieve.

Paul Nitze (1907-2004)


The person who knows where to go has the best chance of getting there.

It is more important to do something than it is to be something.

To break a bad habit, drop it.

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.

John Foster Dulles (1888-1950)


When we stop working with our hands, we cease to understand how the world really works.

Clibe Thompson


Your dream is not big enough if it doesn’t scare you.

Matthias Schmelz

Entrepreneur and author

There are three rules for success. The first: Go on. The second: Go on. and the third: Go On

Frank Crane

Recognize an failure early and go on to the next idea.

Bill Heinecke


There is an easier, better and quicker way to do most everything, and now as never before, we must seek those easier, better, quicker ways and methods.

Gustav Metzman (1886-1960)

Railroad executive

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Newt Heilscher

Procrastination is the thief of production.

Jim Bartoli

It is always the season for the old to learn.

Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.)


Nothing you know is worth anything if you don’t know how to be proud of yourself.

The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.

Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

Photographer, writer, and filmmaker

If you’re looking for a big opportunity, seek out a big problem.

Author Unknown

He who stops being better stops being good.

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)


Everything that IS was once IMAGINED!

Ted Joans (1928-2003)


Be a sponge. Spend as much time as possible with people who truly know their craft and be a great listener. That is how you learn.

Jerry Colangelo

Basketball Coach

He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning.

Danish Proverb

Train beyond your Ability,

Perform beyond your Expectations,

Reach beyond your Imagination.

Bill Spizuoco

Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.

Sarah Ban Breathnach


Justifying a fault doubles it.

Frech Proverb

Make the most of every failure. Fall forward.

You just have to do things the way you think they should be done and see what happens sometimes. If you ask outright the answer is always no.

Melvin Song

Business Executive

Education should be as gradual as the moonrise, perceptible not in progress, but in result.

Author Unknown

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.

Thomas Edison (1847-1931)


Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well, too.

David Storey


Thou hast only to follow the wall far enough and there will be a door in it.

Marguerite de Angeli

Anything that comes easy, comes wrong.

Josephine Tessier (1856-1943)

Physicist and engineer

If you have achieved any level of success, then pour it into someone else. Success is not success without a successor.

T.D. Jakes.


Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.

Robert Heinlein (1907-1988)


Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.

Marian Anderson (1897-1993)

Opera Singer and Kerry owner

No one has completed his education who has not learned to live with an insoluble problem.

Edmund Kiefer

There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don’t respond with encores.

Author unknown

One deed is worth a thousand speeches.

American proverb

My job is to be resilient. That’s why I call life a dance.

Bill Jones


Truth is something you stumble into when you think you’re going someplace else.

Jerry Garcia


Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.

Author Unknown

Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do after you do what you are expected to do.

Brian Tracy

Motivational speaker and writer

One man’s way may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.

Jane Austen


Strive for excellence: Never leave well-enough alone.

Raymond Loewy (1893-1986)

Industrial designer

Success often comes from not knowing your limitations

Frank Tyger

To err is human; to blame it on the other guy is even more human.

Bob Goddard

Puppies are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

Don’t let anything stop you. There will be times when you’ll be disappointed, but you can’t stop.

Sadie T.M. Alexander (1898-1989)

Lawyer and activist

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

Author unknown

You can judge your age by the amount of pain you feel when you come in contact with a new idea.

John Nuveen, Jr. (1896-1968)

Business leade

All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise.

Anne Bronte (1820-1849)


The best preparation for work is not thinking about work, talking about work, or studying for work: It is work

William Weld

Politician and attorney

All too often the difference between success and failure, progress and regress, happiness and depression–and yes, balance and imbalance–is simply a matter
of perspective.

Paul Wilson

Business executive and author

Take a chance: Monotony is the awful reward for the careful

A. G. Buckham

Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we’ll never achieve.

Ryszard Kapuscinski


A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative, he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks
for the best results from the worst conditions.

Norman Vinvent Peale (1898-1993)

Cleric and writer

It is never safe o look into the future with eyes of fear.

E. H. Harriman (1848-1909)

Railroad magnate

It’s not our disadvantages or shortcomings that are ridiculous, but rather the studious way we try to hide them, and our desire to act as if they did not

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)


Reality is not the same to the doer as it is to the sayer.

Haki Madhubuti

Poet and publisher

Experience teaches only the teachable.

Vernon Law

Baseball player

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing: it’s when you’ve had everything to do,
and you’ve done it.

Lord Acton (1834-1902)


There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.

William Frederick Halsey 91882-1959)

Military officer

Climbing the ladder of success: When rungs were missing, I learned to jump.

William Warfield (1920-2002)


Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant of metals.

Voltaire (1694-1778)


Remember when you were at your best? Now be there again!

Old age and the wear of time teach many things.

Sophocles (c. 496-405 B.C.)


A little experience upsets a lot of theory.

S. Parkes Cadman (1864-1936)


Sometimes only a change in viewpoint is need to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.

Alberta Flanders

Don’t play for safety–it’s the most dangerous thing in the world.

Hugh Walpole (1884-1941)


Knowledge is power, and power is the key to changing things.

Jill Nelson


A prudent person profits from personal experience, a wise one from the experience of others.

Joseph Collins

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance–it is the illusion of knowledge.

Daniel Boorstin (1914-2004)

Historian and writer

Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.

Robert Half

Staffing consultant

Continuous effort–not strength or intelligence–is key to unlocking our potential.

Liane Cadres

There comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear.

David Mahoney (1924-2000)

Business leader and philanthropist

Don’t ask of your friends what you yourself can do.

Quintus Ennius (239-c 169 B.C)


Half-heartedness never won a battle.

William McKinley (1843-1901)

U.S. President

No abilities, however splendid, can command success without intense labor and persevering application.

Alexander T. Stewart (1803-1876)


Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ronald Osborn


People mistake their limitations for high standards.

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

Poet and novelist

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire–then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.

Robert Fulghum


You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.

Charles Noble

It’s having the right stuff in the right places at the right time–and neither too much nor too little of it.

Alan Sugar


You can measure a man by the opposition it takes to discourage him.

Robert Savage

Life Lessons

If there is one skill in life that we all need to learn it’s how to get back up, dust ourselves off, and get on with things.

A.C. Fing

Motivational speaker

If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.

William McFee

Casuals of the sea

Hard work is the yeast that raises the dough.

Author unknown

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1934-1892)


Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there…and light the bloody thing yourself.

Sara Henderson


Sometimes success is due less to ability than to zeal.

Charles Buxton (1823-1871)

Philanthropist and statesman

If you can’t have fun at it, there’s no sense hanging around.

Joe Montana

Football Player

Recognition of the problem is half the solution.

James Farmer (1920-1992)


Exert control over the variables that are within your control and you’ll improve the odds that the uncontrollable variables will work in your favor.

D. A. Benton

Executive consultant

Forget the goals. Value the process.

Jim Bouton

Baseball player

I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.

A.E. Hotchener


In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.

James Lane Allen (1864-1925)


One of the sources of pride in being a human being is the ability to bear present frustrations in the interest of longer purposes.

Helen Merrell Lynd (1896-1982)

Sociologist and educator

He who graduates today, and stops learning tomorrow, is uneducated the day after.

Newton Baker (1871-1937)


The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back.

William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870)

Historian and writer

There’s no ceiling on effort.

Harvey Fruehauf

Business executive

If you don’t work, you can’t play.

J. B. Priestly

Out of Town

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I’ll try again tomorrow.”

Maryanne Radmacher

Writer and artist

Confidence is courage at ease.

Daniel Maher


Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.

Ralph Blum

I never allow myself to be bored, because boredom is aging. If you live in the past you grow old, and dull, and dusty.

Marrie Tempest (1864-1942)


If you want to be first-class, you’ve got yo act first-class.

Joe Namath

Football player

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them.

Andrew Mason


There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring.

Ernest Hemmingway

Death In The Afternoon

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.

Stephen R. Covey

Leadership consultant

A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows.

John Powell

There aren’t any rules to success that will work unless you do.

The person who never makes a mistake works for someone who does.

Hector Laing

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no mater how slow.

Plato (c. 428-c. 348 B.C.)

Better to rise to the occasion than to hit the ceiling.

Only by taking the risk of going too far can you determine how far you can go.

Joe Heuer

Motivational writer and speaker

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.

W.D. Howells (1837-1920)

Writer and critic

If we get what we think about most, why would we think about what we don’t want?

Tom Payne

Career development expert

Difficulties are things that show what men are.

Epictetus (c. 55-135)


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)


Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.

Coleman Cox


Most of the things worth doing in the world were said to be impossible before they were done.

Louis Brandeis (1856-1941)


The bad news is time flies.

The good news is you’re the pilot.

Michael Altshuler

Personal achievement coach and speaker

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.

Robert Bresson (1907-1999)

Film director

Keep Moving

Don’t get hung up on a snag in the stream, my dear. Snags alone are not so dangerous–It is the debris that clings to them that makes the trouble. Pull
yourself loose and go on.

Anne Shannon Monroe (1877-1942)


Traveling on the Road of Risk

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)


Do not pray for easy lives, pray for stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)


In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have…is the ability to take on responsibility.

Michael Korda


Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.

Karen Horney (1885-1952)


Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.

Gypsey Teague


It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God.
One must follow it.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)


It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong.

Warren Buffett

Inventor and business leader

If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning

Catherine Aird


A specialist is someone who does everything else worse.

Ruggiero Ricci


We are all manufacturers: making goods, making trouble, making excuses.

Author unknown

Before you throw in the towel and admit defeat, remember the words of the great inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), who said, “I have not failed. I’ve
just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly
more valuable regardless of physical capacity.

Harvey Ullman

Wisdom is learning from all your experience, which means maybe you don’t make the same mistake over and over again. And you’re more tolerant.

Jessica Tandy (1909-1994)


There are two reasons why people fail. One is irresponsibility. The second is fear.

Wally Amos

Founder of Famous Amos Cookies

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination..

Charles Ketteering (1876-1958)


Somewhere out there is a unique place for you to help others–a unique life role for you to fill that only you can fill.

Thomas Kinkade


Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.

Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens (1904-1996)

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren’t there.

Gene Brown

What should happen when you make a mistake is this: You take your knocks, you learn your lessons, and then you move on.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

U.S. President

What does it take to be the best? Everything. And everything is up to you.

Emmitt Smith

Football Player

One half of life is luck; the other half is discipline–and that’s the important half, for without discipline you wouldn’t know what to do with your luck.

Carl Zuckmayer 91896-1977)


Doing what’s right isn’t the problem. It’s knowing what’s right.

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

U.S. President

The more steam you put into your work, the louder you can whistle when the work is done.

When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there.

Cecil Selling

It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.

Ella Fitzgerald (1918-1996)


Before you begin a thing remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead… You can only see one thing clearly, and
that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.

Kathleen Norrris (1880-1966)


To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.

Muhammad Ali


When all else fails, read the instructions.

Agnes Allen

Every passage has its price.

Meredith Ann Pierce

If you don’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.

Erk Russell

College football coach

If you don’t place your foot on the rope, you’ll never cross the chasm.

Liz Smith


Take what you can use and let the rest go by.

Ken Kesey (1935-2001)


One of the things I learned early in life was to ask for help.

Michelle Obama

Heathcare executive

You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way.

Marvin Minsky

Scientist and educator

Work is what you do so that some time you won’t have to do it any more.

Alfred Polgar (1873-1955)


It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)


Let us resolve to do the best we can with what we’ve got.

William Feather (1889-1981)

Writer and publisher

Make good habits and they will make you.

Parks Cousins

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicate to the simple.

C.W. Ceram (1915-1972)


To succeed you have to believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a reality.

Anita Boddick

Founder of The Body Shop

The streets of the City of Failure are paved with alibis–some of which are absolutely perfect.

Harry A. Ernshaw (d. 1953)


Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Philospher and mathematician

Your failures won’t hurt you until you start blaming them on others.

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Henry Ford

The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

British Prime Minister

On the wall of my room when I was in rehab was a picture of the space shuttle blasting off, autographed by every astronaut now at NASA. On top of the picture
it says, “We found nothing is impossible.” That should be our motto.

Christopher Reeve


The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Maybe if we did a better job of listening, history wouldn’t have to repeat itself.

Trust your own instincts. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.

Billy Wilder (1906-2002)

Film producer and director

We don’t remain good if we don’t always strive to become better.

Gottfried Keller (1819-1890)


Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self, and it is a task no longer; it is joy; it is art.

Bliss Carman (1861-1929)


You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game… Confidence makes the difference.

Chris Evert

Tennis Player

The best substitute for experience is being sixteen.

Raymond Duncan

Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.

Gertrude Stein (1874-1931)


Knock the “t” out of “can’t.”

George Reeves


The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.

Madeleine L’Engle


Whatever I’m doing today is important, and I will do my level best, because I’m giving up a day of my life to do it.

Pat Williams

If you let your past control your present, then you will never have a future.

Suzie Davis

Life is too short to sit on the sidelines; it is much more fun to give it your enthusiastic best.

Bob Apple

Reputation means nothing if you don’t get the job done. So stop talking and get moving.

John Gross

There are no menial jobs; anything that needs to be done is important.

Cheryl Jinx Haas

It is OK to fail, but is is not OK to ever give up.

Norman Tanaka

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way; if you don’t, you’ll find and excuse.

Frank Banks

Not merely what we do, but what we try to do and why, are the true interpreters of what we are.

C. H. Woodward

If you are doing your best, you will not have time to worry about failure.

Robert Hillyer (1895-1961)

Poet and writer

There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.

Vice Lombardi (1913-1970)

Football coach

If you believe in what you’re doing, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish.

Jennifer Stockburger

Automotive engineer

Don’t stop now! We conquer by continuing.

George Matheson (1842-1906)

Theologian and hymn writer

Attitude: It is our best friend or our worst enemy.

John C. Maxwell

Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we’ll never achieve.

Ryszard Kapuscinski


We become what we expect to become. Greatness can be achieved only if we expect it from ourselves and from others!

James D. Ericson

Life-insurance executive

Perseverance: You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can’t, you do the next best thing. You back up, but you don’t give up.

Chuck Yeager, Test pilot

Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many you brought with you.

Will Rose

Little things have big results sometimes.

Margaret Moore

That which is loved is always beautiful.

Norwegian Proverb

No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.

James McCay

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

You have to be careful about being too careful.

Beryl Pfizer

Many a man never fails because he never tries.

Norman Macewan

If I’ve learned anything in my 70 years it’s that nothing’s as good or as bad as it appears.

Bushrod H. Campbell

I think one of life’s great milestones is when a person can look back and be almost as thankful for the setbacks as for the victories.

Bob Dole


Problems are not problems at all, but results that are dissatisfying.

Jerry Gillies


We learn to walk by stumbling.

Bulgarian Proverb

No experiment is ever a complete failure. It can always be used as a bad example.

You may fail a thousand times, but success may be hiding behind the next step. You never know how close the prize is unless you continue.

Bob Tyler

Football coach

When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.

Arland Gilbert

Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it.

B.W.M. Yoiung


I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.

Oprah Winfrey


There is no one else who can ever fill your role in the same way, so it’s a good idea to perform it as well as possible.

Humphry Osmond (1917-2004)


There is a giant asleep within every man.
When the giant awakes, miracles happen.

Frederick Faust (1892-1944)


High expectations are the key to everything.

Sam Walton (1918-1992)

Founder of Wal-Mart

Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.

Dan Reeves

Football coach and motivational speaker

Nothing would be done at all if a man waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Relogious leader

Give me time enough, and I may like it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Writer and naturalist

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you don’t know.

Daniel Joseph Boorstin (1914-2004)

Historian and writer

The First Rule of Survival: Pay Attention!

James Sitton

The only error of life is to look back and say, “I never learned from my mistakes.”

Steve A. McKown

The measure of a person is determined by what he dreams.

John Holcomb

Don’t think of it as failure. Think of it as time-released success.

Robert Obrien


The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.

Evenius (42 B.C. – 13 A.D.)

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.

Pythagoras (c. 580-c.500 B.C.)

Philosopher and mathematician

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

Jim Ryun

Olympic medallist and politician

We must not be afraid of dreaming the seemingly impossible if we want the seemingly impossible to become a reality.

Vaclav Havel

Czech Republic president and playwright

If the shoe fits, you’re not allowing for growth.

Robert Coons

Never grow a wishbone…where your backbone ought to be.

Clementine Paddleford (1900-1967) Food edit

Ask more of yourself than anyone can ever ask of you, and that way you’ll always be prepared for whatever is coming.

Darrin Dewitt Henson

Actor and choreographer

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

College basketball coach

We improve ourselves by victories over ourself.

There must be contests, and we must win.

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)


Some days you tame the tiger. And some days the tiger has you for lunch.

Tug McGraw (1944-2004)

Professional baseball player

When the going gets tough, the though get creative.

Author unknown

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination

John Lennon (1940-1980)


Your struggle may be lasting, but it is not everlasting.

Author unknown

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

John Steinbeck (1902-1968)


Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

Bette Davis (1908-1989)


Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether
you like it or not.

Vigil Thomson (1896-1989)

Composer and music critic

Go beyond your comfort zone. If you’re not playing a big enough game, you’ll screw up the game you’re playing just to give yourself something to do.

Success will not lower its standard to us. We must raise our standard to success.

Randall McBride, Jr.


You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

Rosalynn Carter

U.S. First Lady

Failures are divided into two classes–those who thought and never did and those who did and never thought.

John Charles Salak

All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.

Anthony Robbins

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

John Davison Rockefeller Jr.


Failure is an event, never a person.

William D. Brown

What would life be like if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)


Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.

Maxwell Maltz (1899-1975)


What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do.

Author Unknown

Do not let time pass without accomplishing something. Otherwise you will regret it when your hair turns gray.

Yue Fei (1103-1141)

Army general

There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Poet and journalist

Failure seldom stops you; what stops you is the fear of failure.

Jack Lemmon (1925-2001)


Success is not a destination. It is a constant, continuous journey.

George H. Denny


There’s little to say what hasn’t been said.

There’s much to do that hasn’t been done.

Earle Atkinson

What is best for you does not mean it’s best for another.

Charlie Steen

There’s a better way to do it. Find it!

Thomas Edison (1847-1931)


Experience is something I always think I have until I get more of it.

Dan Kaercher

Editor and writer

You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed.

Frederick Douglas (1817-1895)


Do something. If it doesn’t work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.

Jim Hightower

Social critic

Feel the fear, and do it anyway.

Susan Jeffers

Motivational speaker and writer

If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be the crooked lie.

Bertolt Brecht


Everyone has a fair turn to be as great as he pleases.

Jeremy Collier (1650-1726)


What small potatoes we all are, compared with what we might be!

Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)

Writer and editor

Trust in your own untried capacity.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Poet and writer

Just when you think you’ve graduated from the school of experience, someone thinks up a new course.

Mary Waldrip


The minute you start talking about what you’re going to do if you lose, you have lost.

George Schultz

Public official

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Edmund Hillary


Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Politician and philosopher

The greatest things ever done on earth have been done little by little.

Thomas Guthrie

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Quit practicing what you’re going to do, and just do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.

Marilyn Grey

Motivational speaker

We win half the battle when we make up our minds to take the world as we find it, including the thorns.

Orison Madden (1850-1924)

Founder of Success magazine

Grant me the courage not to give up even though I think it is hopeless

Chester W. Nimitz (1885-1966)

U. S. Navy Admiral

We have no limits–we create them in our mind.

Bud Labranche

Motivational speaker and writer

Take a risk: A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.

John A. Shedd

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.

West Point Cadet Maxim

You may have the loftiest goals, the highest ideals, the noblest dreams, but remember this, nothing works unless you do.

Nido Qubein

Business consultant and author

Keep your mind off the things you don’t want by keeping it on the things you do want.

W. Clement Stone (1902-2002)

Founder of Combined Insurance Co.

What counts is not the number of hours you put in, but how much you put in the hours.

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

Truman Capote (1924-1984)


What we hope to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Lexicographer and writer

Learning is discovering that something is possible.

Fritz Perls (1893-1970)


People who are always making allowances for themselves soon go bankrupt.

Mary Pettibone Poole


People are in greater need of your praise when they try and fail, than when they try and succeed.

Bob Moawad

Business leader

When you get down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you will find it simply means to follow through.


Either I will find a way, or I will make one.

Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Writer and courtier

My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.

Ovid (c. 43 B.C. – 18 A.D.)


Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore.

Sandor Minab

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley

Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

Helen Hayes (1900-1993)


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

32nd U.S. President

Doing little things well is a step toward doing big things better.

Harry Banks

There is no limitation other than what your think.

Kenneth Mills

Philosopher, composer, and artist

Stress-Buster Tip: Do yourself a favor. Overlook at least two things today.

M.J. Ryan


A good example is the best sermon.

Tomas Fuller (1608-1661)


Success is dependent on effort.

Sophocles (c. 496-406 B.C.)


There is no free tuition in the school of experience.

Failures are like skinned knees–painful, but superficial.

H. Ross Perot

Business executive

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.

George Patton (1885-1945)

U.S. Army General

We did not all come over on the same ship, but we are all in the same boat.

Bernard Baruch (1870-1965)

Presidential advisor

There will always be a conflict between “good” and “good enough.”

Henry Martyn Leland (1843-1932)

Mechanical engineer

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)


The road to success is a toll road. Pay that small, daily fee, and you’ll be able to go most anywhere you want. Leave some time for fun, and you’ll enjoy
the ride.

Steve Goodier


Always expect the best and you’ll see that the outcome is spontaneously contained in the expectation.

Deepak Chopra

Physician and writer

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

David Starr Jordan (1851-1931)

Ichthyologist and educator

Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be. And remember
that the story is never over.

Conan O’Brien

“Harvard Commencement Address”

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.

Victor Kiam (1926-2001)

Business Leader

Sometimes if you want to see a change for he better, you have to take things into your own hands.

Clint Eastwood

Actor and politician

The world always steps aside for people who know where they’re going.

Miriam Viola Larsen

Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them.

Ronald McNair (1950-1986)


Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.

Lin Yutang (1895-1976)


Find reason to do the important things, instead of reasons not to do them. Risk, experiment, and don’t forget to have some fun while you are at it.

Ernie Zelinski


Few wishes come true by themselves.

Author unknown

Live as if there were no tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever.

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it should get you pretty

Margaret Thatcher

British prime minister

If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started.

Marcus Garvey (1887-1940)


Energy follows thought; we move toward, but not beyond, what we can imagine.

Dan Millman

Speaker and writer

Every experience is a learning experience. Every time we try something — win or lose — we learn, we grow, we attain more confidence and competence for
the next time.

Pat Williams

Basketball executive

If you’re not enjoying the journey, you probably won’t enjoy the destination.

Joe Tye

Motivational speaker and coach

Success never rests. On your worst days, be good. And on your best days, be great. An on every other day, get better.

Carmen Marano

Educator and writer

No Matter how severe the storm that is trying to blow you off the road, the important thing is to keep pushing and never give up.

Erin Brockovich


Mistakes are learning tools if held at the right end.

Some people make things happen.

Some people watch things happen.

Some people wonder what happened.

The Law of the 5 Ps



The pursuit of excellence is a continuous process through life. Enjoy the pursuit.

Elaine L. Chao

U.S. Secretary of Labor

Form follows function.

Louis Henri Sullivan (1856-1924)


Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

George Washington Cleaver (1864-1943)


Everything is always impossible before it works.

Hunt Green


To get profit without risk, experience without danger, and reward without work is as impossible as it is to live without being born.

A.F. Gouthey

If you’re scared, just holler and you’ll find it ain’t so lonesome out there.

Joe Sugden (1870-1959)

Professional baseball player

Most of this world’s useful work is done by people who are pressed for time, or are tired, or don’t feel well.

Life has two rules: Number one, never quit; Number two, always remember rule number one.

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Musician and composer

It’s the start that stops most people.

Asked which of his works he would select as his masterpiece, architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the age of 83 replied, “My next one.”

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that one has overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker Washington (1856-1915)


If at first you DO succeed, try something harder.

Ann Landers

Syndicated Columnist

The door of opportunity is marked “push.”

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)


You have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror every day and say, “I did the best I could.”

Bonnie Reits

Airline executive

All things at first appear difficult.

Chinese proverb

No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work on it.

Rule #1: Take yourself less seriously.

Odette Pollar

A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

Herm Albrecht

Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

I’ve always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.

Beverly Sills

Opera singer

Defeat isn’t bitter, as long as you don’t swallow it.

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.

Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955)


If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.

Barbara Jordan (1936-1996)


Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.

Marva Collins


It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Film producer

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.

Ken Keyes, Jr. (1921-1995)


Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Founder of the Ford Motor Company

Even the things you cannot imagine are possible.

Almost everything is more complicated that it seems, but almost nothing is hopeless

Vincent Barnett

Former president of Colgate University

Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.

Ted Williams (1918-2002)

Baseball player

You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them.

Ray Bradbury


Act as it were impossible to fail.

Dorothea Brande (1893-1948)


We have forty million reasons for failure but not a single excuse.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


He who would go a hundred miles should consider ninety-nine as halfway.

Japanese Proverb

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

Henri-Louis Bergson (1859-1941)


Nothing is easy to the unwilling.

Nikki Giovanni


You can’t hit a target if you don’t have it clearly in sight.

Jo-Ellen Dimitrius and Mark Mazzarella

Give yourself a pat on the back each time you hang in there when you’re scared.

Marilyn Barrick

Psychologist and writer

Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lessons afterward.

Author unknown

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

John Wooden, Retired basketball coach

Remove failure as an option and your chances for success become infinitely better.

Joan Lunden, Journalist

It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.

Spanish proverb

If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

Yiddish proverb

The woods would be very silent if only the birds with the sweetest songs were heard.

Steve Goodier

Writer and speaker

Anything in life is possible if you make it happen. And it’s never too late.

Jack La Lanne

Fitness pioneer

Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggled for.

Marian Wright Edelman

President of the Children’s Defence Fund

Nothing makes us feel so strong as a call for help.

George MacDonald (1824-1905)


Do what you are afraid to do.

Mary Emerson (1774-1863)

Aunt of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are but in what direction we are moving.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935)

Supreme Court Justice

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)


The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.

Luc de Clapers (1715-1747)


Dreams in life may seem impossible. They are not. Impossible dreams are achieved one goal at a time.

Herman Cain

Chairman of Godfather’s Pizza

Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do,

what experience tells you to do,

and what your nerves let you do.

Bruce Crampton

Professional golfer

There may be times when the best decision is to do nothing.

Ray Josephs

Business executive

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Philosopher and writer

Almost everything comes from almost nothing.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

Philosopher and writer

Stop trying to impress others – strive to impress yourself.

Mike Scicchitano

Failure is not permanent and neither is success.

Success is the intersection where dreams and hard work meet.

Be Bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy…

Billie Jean King

Tennis player

Paths clear before those who know where they’re going and are determined to get there.

Leonard Roy Frank

Editor and writer

Commitment is never an act of moderation!

Kenneth Mills

Philosopher, composer, and artist

Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing
the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.

Cherie Carter-Scott

Preparation yesterday will help make today productive, and productivity today will help make tomorrow’s dream a reality.

Jay Kimbel

To escape criticism — do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

Designer and writer

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.

Maya Angelou


Remember every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.

James A. Brewer

Hospital worker and writer

Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal.

Les Brown

Motivational Speaker

I ignore all the doom saying nonsense. I’m in a business where the odds of ever earning a living are a zillion to one, so I know it can be done. I know
the impossible can become possible.

Marcia Wallace


Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

Founder of Franciscan Order of Priests

When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.

Leo Burnett (1891-1971)

Advertising executive

Statistically – 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in.

Wayne Gretzky

Hockey player

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.

Sir Winston Churchil (1874-1965)

British Prime Miniser

Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.

Mike Ditka

Football coach

Overcoming the unexpected and discovering the unknown is what ignites our spirit. It is what life is all about.

Daniel Golden

NASA Administrator

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

U. S. First Lady

To the daring belongs the future.

Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

Social activist

I love the challenge of starting at zero every day and seeing how much I can accomplish.

Martha Stewart


Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.

Christopher Reeve


When you reach to top, that’s where the climb begins.

Michael Caine


The journey is the reward.

Greg Norman

Professional Golfer

The key to success is for you to make a habit throughout your life of doing the things you fear.

Brian Tracy

Career development expert

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

You can reach any goal…

IF you know what the goal is;

IF you really want it;

IF it is a good goal;

IF you believe you can each it;

IF you work to achieve it;

IF you think positively.

Norman Vincent Peale

Ignore the ones who say it’s too late to start over.

Disregard those who say you’ll never amount to anything.

Turn a deaf ear to those who say you aren’t smart enough, fast enough, tall enough, or big enough — ignore them.

Max Lucado

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.

Carolyn Gilmore


None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.

Gail Godwin


An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

Friedrich Engels (1820-1895)

Philosopher and economist

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of goals — a commitment to excellence — that will
enable you to attain the success you seek.

Mario Andretti

Race car driver

“What’s your opinion of my grooming?” the young handler asked the breeder.

“It isn’t worth anything,” said the breeder.

“I know,” conceded the egotistical handler, “but give it to me anyway.”

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 shall 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 (1869-1948)

Indian nationalist leader

Those things that hurt, instruct.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.

Chinese proverb

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

George Woodberry (1855-1930)

Writer and critic

I suppose I made it look easy, but gee whiz, did I work and worry.

Fred Astaire (1899-1987)

Most people see what is, and never see what can be.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.

Roger Caras, “A Celebration of Dogs”

Never let the word “impossible” stop you from pursuing what your heart and spirit urge you to do. Impossible things come true every day.

Robert Cooper

Speaker and writer

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they never quit.

Conrad Hilton (1887-1979)

Hotel executive

As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.

Margaret Deland (1857-1945)

If the going is easy, beware! You may be going downhill.

Greg Taunt,


I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never ending
commitment to act until they achieve.

This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating
those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.

Anthony Robbins

Speaker and writer

My favorite four-letter words are “hard work.”

John Wayne (1907-1979)


The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration; then more practice and more concentration.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1914-1956)

Golfer and Olympic gold medallist

One of our greatest illusions is that there will be more time tomorrow to do the things we really want to do than there is today.

If you can’t be good, be careful.

Time is a created thing. To say, “I don’t have time” is like saying “I don’t want to…”

Lao-Tzu (+/- 6th century B.C.)


People who don’t have nightmares don’t have dreams.

Robert Paul Smith


Without pressure, the work doesn’t get done at all.

William Sarayan (1908-1981)


The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Pearl Buck (1892-1973)


The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to support you long enough to enable you to reach for something higher.

Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)

Biologist & writer

Don’t let success go to your head or failure go to your heart.

The key to success is to determine your goal and then act as if it were impossible to fail–and it shall be!

Dorothea Brande


The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.

John McEnroe

Tennis Pro

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.

Henry Link


We are our choices.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

Philosopher, writer and critic

A professional groomer is an amateur who didn’t quit.

Do what you do so well that those who see you do what you do are going to come back to see you do it again and tell others that they should see you do what you do.

Walt Disney (1901-1866)

Film and theme park entrepreneur

You will succeed if you believe it can be done; if you’re willing to work hard while being smart about it; if you’re willing to surround yourself with
great people who will challenge you every day; if you’re willing to take on the naysayers as a challenge; and if you’re willing to strive for excellence
while recognizing each day is an opportunity to learn.

Amy Love

Preparation through steady practice is the only honest avenue to achieving your potential.

Ch Chi Rodriguez

Professional golfer

People and rubber bands have one thing in common: they must be stretched to be effective.

John Maxwell


The future has several names. For the weak, it is “Impossible.” For the fainthearted, it is the “Unknown.” For the thoughtful and valiant, it is “Ideal.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)


You learn that, whatever you are doing in life, obstacles don’t matter very much. Pain or other circumstances can be there but if you want to do a job
bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it done.

Jack Youngblood

Football player

You must keep your mind on the objective, not on the obstacle.

William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951)

Publisher and Kerry owner

You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load.

Paul “Bear” Bryant (1913-1983)

College football coach

When I work, I relax; doing nothing makes me tired

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)


Whenever two ways lie before us, one of which is easy and the other hard, one of which requires no exertion while the other calls for resolution and endurance,
happy are those who choose the mountain path and scorn the thought of resting in the valley. They are the men and women who are destined in the end
to conquer and succeed.

I am not young enough to know everything.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


If there is one characteristic that all great champions share, it’s an enormous sense of pride. That’s true in all walks of life. The people who excel
are those who are driven to show the world – and prove to themselves – just how good they are.

Nancy Lopez

Professional golfer

Roadblocks aren’t barriers-they open your eyes to other routes.

Joyce Restaino


There are no gains without pains.

Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

U.S. Statesman

The purpose of obstacles is to instruct, not obstruct.

Mark Reisenberg

Professional Speaker

Live to learn and you will learn to live.

Portuguese Proverb

It’s not so much what we know as how well we use what we know.

Ernesta Procope

Business Executive

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry (1900-1944)


Do not wait for great strength before setting out, for immobility will weaken you further. Do not wait to see clearly before starting; one has to walk
toward the light.

When you take the first step, accomplish that tiny little act, the necessity of which may be apparent only to you, you will be astonished to feel that
the effort, rather than exhausting your strength, has doubled it– and that you already see more clearly what you have to do next.

Philippe Vernier

One of the greatest laborsaving inventions of today is tomorrow.

Vincent Foss

The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain–he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem–he is challenged
by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain
than a thousand foothills.

William Arthur Ward, Journalist

At last, I think I’ve discovered the secret: Do what you want to do, but DO it.

Truman Jones

Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.

J. Willard Marriott (1900-1985), Founder, Marriott Corporation

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.

Theodore Vail

Nothing fails like success because we don’t learn from it. We learn only from failure.

Kenneth Boulding (1910-1993), Economist and writer

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.

Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863), Painter

The reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.

Robert McKain, Writer

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

Eric Butterworth, Clergyman

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), Writer

Ninety percent of those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.

Paul Meyer, Entrepreneur and writer

You may not know all the answers, but you probably won’t be asked all the questions either.

Life is not a spectator sport…. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972), Baseball player

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas Edison (1847-1931), Inventor

It’s the start that stops most people.

Every little bit helps.

Every little quit hurts.

The Champion’s Creed

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed. And the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number
of times I can fail and keep trying!

Tom Hopkins

If at first you DO succeed, try something harder.

Ann Landers, Syndicated columnist

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles that one has overcome while trying you succeed.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), Educator

Winners vs. Losers

A winner says, “It may be difficult, but it’s possible.”

A loser says, “It may be possible, but it’s too difficult.”

Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.

To rise to the top you must first get to the bottom of things.

I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan

With a bit of courage and a dash of self-discipline, a small talent can go a long way.

Kitty Carlisle Hart, Entertainer.

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.

Thomas Buxton


You failed many times, although you may not remember.

The first time you tried to walk, you fell down.

The first time you tried to talk, you could hardly make a sound.

The first time you dressed yourself, you may have looked like a clown.

But you didn’t give up!

Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat?

Did you make a cartwheel the first time you tried that?

Did you jerk the car the first time you drove a stick?

Did you do it perfectly the first time you tried a magic trick?

Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out the most, when all is said and done.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.

R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.

We all fail sometimes; it’s part of success.

Just don’t stop trying!

Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try . . .

Willie Jolley


The best thing that ever happened to boxer Gene Tunney (a Kerry owner) was that he broke both hands in the ring. His manager felt that he could never again
punch hard enough to be the heavyweight champion. Instead, Tunney decided that he would become a scientific boxer and win the title as a boxer, not
a slugger. Boxing historians will tell you that he developed into one of the best boxers who ever fought. They also will tell you that as a puncher,
he would not have had a chance against Jack Dempsey (another Kerry owner), who was considered by many to be the hardest hitter in heavyweight history.
Tunney would never have been champion (September 23, 1926) had he not had the problem of his broken hands.

Message: The next time you encounter a difficult climb, obstacle, or problem, you should smile and say, “Here’s my chance to grow.”

Zig Ziglar

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Success is not getting on top-but how you bounce on the bottom that counts.

General George Patton (1885-1945)

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

St. Francis of Assissi (1181-1226)

Amateurs practice until they can get it right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

Walt Disney (1901-1966)

Regret for things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for things we did not do that is inconsolable.

Sydney Harris

All glory comes from daring to begin.

Eugene Ware

You don’t aim at the bull’s-eye. You aim at the center of the bull’s-eye!

Raymond Berry

Football coach

People who wait for something to turn up might start with their own shirtsleeves.

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Joe Sabah

Professional speaker

Don’t consider losses a waste of time. Consider them an apprenticeship.

Greg Norman

Professional golfer

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

Journalist and economist

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

6th U.S. President

The difference between an amateur and a professional is that an amateur gives up when encountering difficulties and a professional speeds up.

Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.

Chinese proverb

The shortest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time.

Samuel Smiles (1812-1904)

Physician and writer

Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

Roger Staubach

Retired pro football player

Well begun is half done.

Aristotle (384-32 B.C.)


I never tried quitting, and I never quit trying.

Dolly Parton, Entertainer

Babe Ruth struck out 1,339 times

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.

Walter Elliott

One of life’s little ironies: When you finally master a tough job, you make it look easy.

You can tell if you’re on the right track — it’s usually uphill.

A well-adjusted Kerry groomer is one who can forget it’s a necessity.

Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement.

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.

Stevie Wonder


The word “begin” is full of energy. The best way to get something done is to begin. It’s truly amazing what tasks we can accomplish if only we begin. You’re never finished if you forever keep beginning.

Rev. Clifford Warren, Welsh clergyman

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left but could say, “I used every bit you gave me.”

Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)

Syndicated columnist

Success is 99 percent failure.

Soichiro Honda

Founder, Honda Motor Corporation

Good enough never is.

After a conformation show, a defeated participant went up to the the winning handler and said: “I’d give my whole life to groom as you do.” The handler
replied: “I did.”

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