Quotes to live by

These were given to me by a man in my graduate program. They inspired him through special forces training. Hopefully, they can help you as well. Also, it’s continually frustrating how male-centric this stuff is. Most of these are taken from the book Mind Gym by Gary Mack and David Casstevens. 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – Gen. George Patton

“In this world, a man must either be an anvil or a hammer.” – Henry W. Longfellow

“Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.” – Woodrow Wilson

“The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.” – Publilius Syrus

“A bold onset is half the battle.” Giuseppe Garibaldi

“To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle has never yet hatched from a gooses egg.” – James Thomas

“Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.” – Edmund Spencer

“He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.” – Solon

“No man can stand on top because he has been put there.” – H.H. Vreeland

“When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find a way to carry it out.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.” – Ovid

“It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy.” – Seneca

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.” – Abraham Lincoln

“What you cannot enforce/ do not command.” – Sophocles

“No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend on his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place.” – Philip Armour

“To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is absurd that a man should rule others who cannot rule himself.” – Latin proverb

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

“Leave no stone unturned.”

“The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.” – Horace Bushnell

“Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps, till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.” – W.C. Doane

“No great man complains of want of opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Men do less than they ought unless they do all they can.” – Thomas Carlyle

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. Once a man has made a commitment he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heartpower. Once a man has made his commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.” – Vince Lombardi

“It takes years of hard work to become an overnight success. Are you willing to make the commitment and pay the price?”

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Jim Lefebvre

“In spite of all the distractions, remain focused on the job.” – Reggie Jackson

“Fate loves the fearless”

“You cannot outperform your self-image.” – Dennis Connor

“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” – Mary Lou Retton

“Find your passion and make it happen. Be on a mission and live your life on purpose. Be motivated by your desire to achieve rather than your fear of failure.”

“Motivation gets you going. Discipline keeps you going.” – Jim Ryan

“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.” – Ban Phillips

“Once you have your dream and direction, it is desire, dedication, determination, and discipline that keep you going. Ask yourself: Are you walking your talk?”

“Your attitude determines your altitude. If you think you can, or can’t, you’re probably right. The choice is yours.”

“Take calculated risks. This is quite different from being rash.” – Gen. George Patton

“If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.” – St. Clement of Alexandra

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” – Arthur C. Clarke

“Without inspiration, the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.” – Johann Gottfried Von Herder

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” – Voltaire

“If the wind will not sever, take to the oars.” – Latin proverb

“Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.” – Benjamin Discaell

“The best way is always through.” – Robert Frost

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” – William B. Sprague

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson

“Fortune favors the brave.” – Publius Terence

“When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.” – Richard Hooker

“He who hesitates is lost.” – Proverb

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.” Winston Churchill

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.” Mary Shelley

“A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.” – A. Branson Alcott

“Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.” – Dennis Waitley

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi

“Ninety percent of the game is half mental.” – Yogi Berra

“You have to train your mind like you train your body.” – Bruce Jenner

“What you think affects how you feel and perform. Training your brain is as important as training your body.”

“Mental skills, like physical skills, need constant practice.”

“Nothing stands between us and success but our will to win.”

“While you can’t always control what happens, you always can control how you respond to it. It’s not the situation but how you respond to it that makes the difference.”

“This ability to conquer oneself is no doubt the most precious of all things sports bestows on us.” – Olga Korbut