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“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.”
“You don’t have to get it perfect; you just have to get it going. Babies don’t walk the first time they try, but eventually they get it right.”
“In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control will meet that wall; the driver who looks down the track as he feels his tires break free will regain control of his vehicle.”
“The wishbone will never replace the backbone.”
“Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.”
“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”
-Henry Ward Beecher
“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”
“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.”
“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”
“Whatever we vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.”
-Mary Kay Ash
“Little by little one walks far.”
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.”
-H. Jackson Brown
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”
-Sir Winston Churchill
“We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are.”
“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”
-James N. Watkins
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
“Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself.”
How can you use Quotes?
- Start a discussion: Quotes can start a discussion about a character trait at the beginning of a meeting or the dinner table. You can ask questions about what it means, how they have seen the trait demonstrated in their own lives, or how they can develop it themselves.
- Provide a model: Quotes can provide a model of good character. When you read a quote from a famous person or historical figure, you show that people they admire also value the same character traits.
- Use quotes as writing/journal prompts: Ask them to write a short essay about a quote to help them think more deeply about its implications for their lives.
- Post quotes: You can post quotes where they will be seen/heard often – classroom, breakroom, lobby, dining room, email signatures, video bulletin boards, morning announcements, social media, etc.
- Read quotes aloud: You can read quotes aloud to your children during mealtimes, bedtime, or any other time you spend together.
- Make it fun: You can make it even more fun by incorporating games, activities, or crafts. Let children decorate signs with the quotes to hang in the classroom or a bedroom door. Record children saying it and post it on social media.