“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.”
“One of the main differences between those who succeed and those who fail can be found in how they approach life’s difficulties. Failures either try to avoid their problems or to work around them. Successful people accept them and work through them, even when it includes some suffering. It’s this process of meeting our problems head on and looking for solutions that gives life meaning.”
“Failing does not make us a failure, the only time we do become a failure is when we decide to stop trying anymore.”
“Nothing is so difficult that diligence cannot master it.”
“Life doesn’t just happen to you. It’s all about choices and how you respond to every situation.”
“I never could have done without the habits of punctuality, order and diligence and the determination to concentrate on myself on one subject at a time.”
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
“You can’t hire someone Else to do your push-ups for you.”
“When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.”
-George Bernard Shaw
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.”
-Mark Victor Hansen
“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.”
“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
“Practice puts brains in your muscles.”
“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”
“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”
-General George S. Patton
“Where luck is wanting, diligence is useless.”
“The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows.”
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is in the doing, not the getting – in the trying, not the triumph.”
“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”
“No man e’re was glorious, who was not laborious.”
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
“Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.”
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.