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"The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it." -Will Foley

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one's destiny to do, and then do it. -Henry Ford

"To believe is to be strong. Doubt cramps energy. Belief is power." -F.W. Robertson

One day is as good as two for the person who does everything in its place. -French Proverb

Thought takes a man out of servitude into freedom. -Emerson

Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations. -Richard M. DeVos

You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself. -Harvey S. Firestone

I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. -Charles F. Lummis

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. -Norman Vincent Peale

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

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -Anais Nin

It is aspiration that counts, not realization; pursuit, not achievement; quest, no conquest. -Beatrice Harraden

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. -Washington Irving

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him. -Napoleon Hill

"If I feel depressed, I go to work. Work is always an antidote to depression." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Turbulence is a life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change. -Ramsay Clark

Opportunity is lost by deliberation. -Publilius Syrus

The secret to success is constancy to purpose. -Benjamin Disraeli

Success is to be measured not by wealth, power, or fame, but by the ratio between what a man is & what he might be. -H.G. Wells

Life is a comedy for those who think...and a tragedy for those who feel. -Horace Walpole

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. -An Wang #quotes

Discontent is the first necessity of progress. -Thomas A. Edison

We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal. -Robert Brault

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success. -Marquis De Vauvenargues

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

I take a simple view of living. It is, keep your eyes open and get on with it. -Sir Lawrence Olivier

Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. -Marilyn Ferguson

The world makes way for a man who knows where he is going. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map. -Wayne Calloway

It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them. -Joseph de Maistre

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. -Michael O'Brien

"Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor." -Ulysses S. Grant

I would rather make my name than inherit it. -William Makepeace Thackeray

A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

Accept the past for what it was. Acknowledge the present for what it is. Anticipate the future for what it can become. -T McNair

It is better to be hated forwhat you are than to be loved for something you are not. -Andre Gide

"Endure, and preserve yourself for better things." -Virgil

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life. -Victor Hugo

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher. -Henry Van Dyke

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The inspirational quotes below are from the archive of the "Aspire To Something Higher Thought of the Day"

True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment. -Marvin J. Ashton

Man does not drift into goodness...the chance port of an aimless voyage. He must fight ever for his destination. -William George Jordan

Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us. -Samuel Johnson

If you are not doing good with what little you have, depend upon it the more money you get the more selfish you would become...If your real desire is to do good, there is no need to wait for money before you do it. -James Allen

My strength is the strength of ten because my heart is pure. -Tennyson

Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond. -Bulwer

I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail. -Woodrow Wilson

It is terrible to speak well and be wrong. -Sophocles

I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. -John Rockefeller

Pursue, keep up with, circle round and round your life, as a dog does his master's chaise. Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. -Thoreau

THE POWER OF A COMPELLING CAUSE RESTS IN THE SOUL OF ITS CREATOR, because a cause springs from the soul. It is a spiritual statement from one soul that cannot be the result of many. It comes from a deep place of knowing, some conviction that a richly imagined future could in some way, dramatically and positively, change the world. -Lance Secretan, author "Inspirational Leadership"

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. -Elinor Smith

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial's hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid!

-Jessie Rittenhouse

Every individual has a place to fill in the world, and is important in some respect, whether he chooses to be so or not. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

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It Can Be Done
The ones who miss all the fun
Are those who say, "It can't be done."
In solemn pride they stand aloof
And greet each venture with reproof.
Had they the power they'd efface
The history of the human race.
We'd have no radio or motor cars,
No street lit by electric stars;
No telegraph nor telephone,
We'd linger in the age of stone.
The world would sleep if things were run
By those who say, "It can't be done."
-Author Unknown

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities. -Sue Ebaugh

Repentance is another name for aspiration. -H.W. Beecher

Your aspirations are your possibilities. -Dr. Samuel Johnson

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. -James Barrie

There is no shame in having fallen. Nor any shame in being born into a lowly estate. There is only shame in not struggling to rise. And also shame for not wishing to attain the better. Or not dreaming about it and praying for it. -Samuel Amalu

The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian. -Simms

Don't just read the easy stuff. You may be entertained by it, but you will never grow from it. -Jim Rohn

He is only advancing in life, whose heart is getting softer, his blood warmer, his brain quicker, and his spirit entering into living peace. -Ruskin

I want to convey how beautiful it is to close your eyes and dream. And then to open them and make that dream a reality. -Sean Combs (Puff Daddy)

High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds. -Tryon Edwards

Not failure, but low aim, is crime. -J.R. Lowell

Ambition is the spur that makes man struggle with destiny. It is heaven's own incentive to make purpose great and achievement greater. -Donald G. Mitchell

To be ambitious of true honor and of the real glory and perfection of our nature is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, place, ceremonial respects, and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court. -Sir P. Sidney

Some of us have great runways already built for us. If you have one, take OFF! But if you don't have one, realize it is your responsibility to grab a shovel and build one for yourself and for those who will follow after you. -Amelia Earhart

Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of concentration and perseverance. -C.W. Wendte

One never learns by success. Success is the plateau that one rests upon to take breath and look down from upon the straight and difficult path, but one does not climb upon a plateau. -Josephine Preston Peabody

Take a look at those two open hands of yours. They are tools with which to serve, make friends, and reach out for the best in life. Open hands open the way to achievement. Put them to work today. -Wilfred A. Patterson

I have always admired the ability to bite off more than one can chew and then chew it. -William DeMille

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve! -Andrew Carnegie

The thorough man of business knows that only by years of patient, unremitting attention to affairs can he earn his reward, which is the result, not of chance, but of well-devised means for the attainment to ends. -Andrew Carnegie

If you are not financially independent by the time you are forty or fifty, it doesn't mean that you are living in the wrong country or at the wrong time. It simply means that you have the wrong plan. -Jim Rohn

We do not know today whether we are busy or idle. In times when we thought ourselves indolent, we have afterwards discovered that much was accomplished, and much was begun in us. -Emerson

All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance: it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united with canals. If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of the pick-ax, or of one impression of the spade with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings. -Johnson

You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be something in the world, and you will be something. "I cannot," never accomplished anything; "I will try," has wrought wonders. -J. Hawes

Perhaps perseverance has been the radical principle of every truly great character. -J. Foster

Work is as much a necessity to man as eating and sleeping. Even those who do nothing that can be called work still imagine they are doing something. The world has not a man who is an idler in his own eyes. -W. Humboldt

I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. -Jerome K. Jerome  

You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself. The height of a man's success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. And this law is the expansion of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others. -Leonardo Da Vinci

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Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect. -Thomas  Monson

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. -Generally attributed to Emerson, also claimed by Elbert Hubbard

In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color. -Horace Mann

The great high-road of human welfare lies along the old highway of steadfast, well-doing; and they who are the most persistent, and work in the truest spirit, will invariably be the most successful; success treads on the heels of every right effort. -S. Smiles

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realises itself. -Mrs. Jameson


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