• The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
    The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
    ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
    Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
    ~ Benjamin Franklin
  • There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
    ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.
    ~ Nelson Mandela, a letter to Winnie Mandela, 1975
  • The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
    The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
    ~ Nelson Mandela
  • Great things will happen when you get up, dust yourself off, and go after life with determination and courage.
    Great things will happen when you get up, dust yourself off, and go after life with determination and courage.
    ~ Billy Cox
  • It always seems impossible until it's done.
    It always seems impossible until it's done.
    ~ Nelson Mandela
  • You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
    ~ Maya Angelou
  • The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.
    ~ Henry Drummond
  • To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.
    To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.
    ~ Gail Sheehy, The Spirit of Survival (1986)