Finding the Words Anywhere You Can

Do you ever have a moment when you just need someone to say the right thing–some combination of words that will light a fire, soothe a hurt, or right a wrong?

For some lucky souls, those words come with ease from the mouths of loved ones. For others, they come from true friends. And still others seek them from anyplace they can find them. Like a book.

About six months ago, a writing buddy sent me a book of quotes which I find myself thumbing through more often than not…searching for just the right combination of words for whatever it is I need at that particular moment. Sometimes it’s to find faith in myself. Sometimes it’s to heal a wound. Sometimes it’s to give myself a good old fashioned kick in the backside. And while I’m about as far from an athlete as you’re gonna get, the quotes contained in Enduring Words for the Athlete are a lifesaver at times.    athletebook

Here’s a few of my favorites. Perhaps they’ll resonate with you, too.

*You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.   ~Wayne Gretzky

*Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. ~William James (American psychologist)

*It takes a struggle, a goal, and enthusiasm to  make a champion. ~Norman Vincent Peale

*The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. ~William Faulkner

*Whether you believe you can do a thing or believe you can’t, you are right. ~Henry Ford

*Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ~Mahatma Gandhi

*Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ~Lou Holtz

And one that just screams to be heard…

*It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself. ~Muhammad Ali

So how about you? Any favorite quotes you care to share?


7 Responses to “Finding the Words Anywhere You Can”

  1. Dru
    January 19th, 2010 at 6:50 am

    One of my favorite quotes is “never put off tomorrow what you can do today”.

  2. Lynn
    January 19th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    “Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best and keep you from your unique contribution if you let it.” Steven Covey

    “Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your own experience or convictions.” Dag Hammarskjold

    “The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” Ernest Newman

  3. Joe
    January 19th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    My detective fiction instructor once quoted Calvin Coolidge. The kernel of the quote stuck with me, even though I couldn’t recite it verbatim. Years later, I found the words printed on a card–at a bookstore, of all places. I’ve carried that card in my wallet ever since. It says:

    Free coffee with 10 stamps!

    Sorry, wrong card. It says:

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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.”

    I like that quote. It reminds me that I needn’t burn with brilliant light. I just need to show up and shine a little, every day.

    Now then. Off to collect Stamp #7…

  4. Elizabeth
    January 19th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Good one, Dru. So true.

    Lynn, love that Ernest Newman quote. I think that one has my name on it. 🙂

    Joe, great quote!!! But I think i like your quote–I needn’t burn with brilliant light. I just need to show up and shine a little, every day–is awesome, too!

  5. Nikki
    January 19th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    This was given to me from another author that I met through the gym…

    “Readers will believe almost anything if it is consistent with information already received”

    I just thought it was an interesting way of looking at writing!

  6. JD Rhoades
    January 19th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    From, I think, Jack Dempsey: “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”

  7. Elizabeth
    January 19th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Nikki, interesting!

    Dusty, I like that. Gritty but so true.

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