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.
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?