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Quotes for
the Journey:


No matter what
accomplishments you achieve,
somebody helps you.

Althea Gibson


It's important to give yourself a gold star.  Recognizing your achievements--big and small--is an important part of honoring who you are.  Gold stars have the powerful effect of undermining and dethroning all the critical stuff you've heard about yourself.      -Leslie Levine

My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success.  She said that "achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you.  Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying."  Always aim for achievement and forget about success.       -Helen Hayes
Nothing in the world can take place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful individuals with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
-Calvin Coolidge

Four steps to achievement:
Plan purposefully.
Prepare prayerfully.
Proceed positively.
Pursue persistently.

William A. Ward


Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart.       -Harry Truman


Neither great nor good things were ever attained without loss and hardships.  Those that would reap and not labour, must faint with the wind, and perish in disappointments; but an hair of my head shall not fall, without the providence of my Father that is over all.       -William Penn

"Where there is a will there is a way" is an old true saying.  The person who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement.  To think we are able, is almost to be so -- to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.       -Samuel Smiles

Life should be enjoyable; too often we think it's about achievement.  The truth is that making life enjoyable is an achievement in itself.       -unattributed


Stressing the practice of living purposefully as essential to fully realized self-esteem is not equivalent to measuring an individual’s worth by his or her external achievements.  We admire achievements—in ourselves and others—and it is natural and appropriate for us to do so.  But that is not the same thing as saying that our achievements are the measure or grounds of our self-esteem.  The root of our self-esteem is not our achievements but those internally generated practices that, among other things, make it possible for us to achieve.       -Nathaniel Branden

Be of good cheer.  Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.  You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles.  Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.       -Helen Keller

We don't know who we are until we see what we can do.       -Martha Grimes

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives, the cumulative experience of many masters of craftsmanship.   Quality also marks the search for an ideal after necessity has been satisfied and mere usefulness achieved.       -Willa A. Foster
The greatest works are done by the ones.  The hundreds do not often do much--the companies never; it is the units--the single individuals, that are the power and the might.  Individual effort is, after all, the grand thing.
-Charles Haddon Spurgeon
People who have attained things worth having in this world have worked while others idled, have persevered when others gave up in despair, have practiced early in life the valuable habits of self-denial, industry, and singleness of purpose.  As a result, they enjoy later in life the success so often erroneously attributed to good luck.       -Grenville Kleiser

If you achieve success, you will get applause, and if you get applause, you will hear it.  My advice to you
concerning applause is this:  Enjoy it but never quite believe it.       -Robert Montgomery


There are two kinds of success.  One is the very rare kind that comes to the person who has the power to do what no one else has the power to do.  That is genius.   But the average person who wins what we call success is not a genius.  That person is a man or woman who has merely the ordinary qualities that they share with their fellows, but who has developed those ordinary qualities to a more than ordinary degree.       -Theodore Roosevelt


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



If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.       -Henry David Thoreau


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

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.       -Bill Cosby
Show me a thoroughly satisfied person, and I will show you a failure.       -Thomas A. Edison

Haunted from my early youth by the transitoriness and pathos of life, I was aware that it is not enough to say "I am doing no harm," I ought to be testing myself daily, and asking myself what I am really achieving.       -Margot Asquith


All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses.  Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves.  If in the end one can say, "This person used to the limit the powers that God granted him or her; this person was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he or she might achieve what this person deemed to be his or her task," then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets.       -Eleanor Roosevelt

It is never too late to be what you might have been.       -George Eliot

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Why aren't people more successful?  Because most people do not select and pursue a vision without regard for other objectives.  Most people shift from one activity to another without any focused or directed purpose, naively assuming that things will take care of themselves or will be taken care of by others.  George Bernard Shaw said, "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."       -Ari Kiev
Great people have not been concerned with fame. The joy of achievement that comes from finding something new in the universe is by far their greatest joy.       -William P. King
If you imagine that once you have accomplished your ambitions you will have time to turn to the Way, you will discover that your ambitions never come to an end.      -Yoshida Kenko
Will you be satisfied with the fruit of your life's work? Will the efforts you are making now bring you satisfaction when the things of time are receding, and eternity looms ahead?      -Raymond L. Cox


The Art of Achievement

You hold in your hand the camel's-hair brush of a painter of Life.  You stand before the vast white canvas of Time.  The paints are your thoughts, emotions and acts.

You select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad.  You select the colors of your emotions; discordant or harmonious, harsh or quiet, weak or strong.  You select the colors of your acts; cold or warm, fearful or daring, small or big.

You visualize yourself as the person you want to be.  You strive to make the ideal in your mind become a reality on the canvas of Time.

Each moment of your life is a brush stroke in the painting of your growing career.  There are the bold, sweeping strokes of one increasing, dynamic purpose.  There are the lights and shadows that make your life deep and strong.  There are the little touches that add the stamp of character and worth.  The art of achievement is the art of making life--your life--a masterpiece.

Wilferd A. Peterson


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Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want.  No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.     -Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
Not much happens without a dream. And for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Much more than a dreamer is required to bring it to reality; but the dream must be there first.    -Robert K. Greenleaf, Servant As Leader
Don't mistake activity with achievement.    -John Wooden
The measure of achievement is not winning awards.  It's doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile.  I think of my strawberry soufflé.  I did that at least 28 times before I finally conquered it.
-Julia Child
We admire achievements--in ourselves and others--and it is natural and appropriate for us to do so.   But that is not the same thing as saying that our achievements are the measure or grounds of our self-esteem.   The root of our self-esteem is not our achievements but those internally generated practices that, among other things, make it possible for us to achieve.     -Nathaniel Branden
I think my biggest achievement is that after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane.  I'm proud of that.    -Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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