Quotes to Live By

Quotes about Grit and Determination…

The human individual usually lives far within his limits. He possesses powers of various sorts that he habitually fails to use and he energizes below his maximum and he behaves below his optimum.   – William James

When it comes to how we fare in the marathon of life, effort matters tremendously. – Angela Duckworth

Consistency of effort over the long run is everything. – Angela Duckworth

If you love it enough then you have to be willing to eat the [poop] sandwich that comes along with it.  – Elizabeth Gilbert

Quotes about Taking Risks and Making Mistakes…

Taking risks is a scary venture. I think we naturally fear that risk will lead to failure and I think we naturally fear failure. It takes a lot of practice to embrace and even welcome failure. I like these quotes because they remind me that failure can and frequently does lead to greater things.

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily, not to dare is to lose oneself.  ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Sometimes in life one has to take a chance, without risk there is no possibility.  ~ Unknown (still searching for the source)

Courage is something you just naturally have. Courage is something you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and realize they aren’t sometime after all.  ~ Malcolm Gladwell, from his book David & Goliath

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail  by default.  ~ JK Rowling

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.  ~ Elbert Hubbard

He who risks nothing, wins nothing.  ~ Guilielmo Mari (my professor’s soccer coach in Venezuela)