This is a lovely thread!
"When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word "succeed," you find it simply means to follow through." F. W. Nichol
"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The Soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings." Amelia Earhart
"He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." Nietzsche
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan
"An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?" Michel De Saint-Pierre
This one was posted several months ago by Deborah Page Johnson:
"The following is from a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta, Mother Teresa: A Simple Path
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."