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If you don't try — then there is NO experience.
— Nicholas Marchan
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 1/28/08

Sometimes in life you have to let things just roll off of you ... lest they make an ugly stain.
— Author Unknown
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 10/8/07

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
— Alexander Graham Bell
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 9/17/07

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
— Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 9/3/07

Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
— Gandhi
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 7/16/07

A woman is like a tea bag. She only knows her strength when put in hot water.
— Nancy Reagan
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 5/14/07

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving; we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it ... but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 3/12/07

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.
— Jack Penn
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 11/6/06

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
— Ambrose Redmoon
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 7/3/06

When there is no wind ... ROW!
Latin Proverb
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 6/16/06

One of the best ways to get through difficulties is to simply persevere day by day. Huge projects don't seem as daunting when we focus on one element ... completing that before we tackle the next phase. As Napoleon Hill said, "Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 4/24/06

One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
Sigmund Freud
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 12/12/05

Providence creates an unfolding situation that is exactly what the person needs, although not always what he may think he wants or desires. This is called luck by those who are unaware of the workings of higher Worlds. Providence also creates very difficult circumstances to reveal or dissolve a fixed situation ... This is called bad luck or later, A Blessing in Disguise.
Warren Kenton
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 10/31/05

We rest here while we can, but we hear the ocean calling in our dreams, And we know by the morning, the wind will fill our sails to test the seams. The calm is on the water and part of us would linger by the shore. For ships are safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.
Song "Ships" by Tom Kimmel & Michael Lille
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 6/27/05

I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.
— Thomas Edison, when asked how it felt to fail 2000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 5/9/05

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 3/7/05

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought.
Albert Szent-Gyorgi
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 1/17/05

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 10/4//04

Challenges often make us realize that we have more courage than we think and that one person CAN make a difference in the world ... even if it's the world of one other person.
Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 8/2//04

There have been so many times in my life when things that looked like disasters were really incredible GIFTS that served as pivotal turning points. I am truly thankful for perservering through all of my 'mistakes.'
Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 11/24//03

A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.
Billy Graham, American Minister & Author (1918 -)
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 6/9//03

The universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf.
Shakti Gawain, Bestselling Personal Growth Author and Motivational Speaker
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 5/5//03

I am still learning — how to take joy in all the people I am, how to use all my selves in the service of what I believe, how to accept when I fail and rejoice when I succeed.
Audre Lorde, African-American Author (1934-1992)
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 4/21//03

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
Seneca, Roman Statesman and Philosopher ( 5 BC - 65 AD )
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 4/7//03

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon, African American Composer Singer and Cultural Historian (1942- )
Inspirational Quote from Inspiration Line 2/17/03

Each choice we make causes a ripple effect in our lives. When things happen to us, it is the reaction we choose that can create the difference between the sorrows of our past and the joy in our future.
Chelle Thompson, Editor of Inspiration Line
© 2003 Inspiration Line

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
— Calvin Coolidge

As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.
— Denis Waitley

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
— Mary Pickford

The way to succeed is never quit. That’s it. But really be humble about it.
— Alex Haley

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.
— Josh Billings

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.
— Henry Ward Beecher

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
— Samuel Johnson

The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. These may for the most part be summed up in these two common sense and perseverance.
— Owen Feltham

If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, "Here comes number seventy-one!"
— Richard M. Devos

If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins not through strength but by perseverance.
— H. Jackson Brown

It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.
— Claude M. Bristol

Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.
— Dag Hammerskjold

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
— Herodotus

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
— Sir Winston Churchill

Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
— Conrad Hilton

Tenacity is a pretty fair substitute for bravery, and the best form of tenacity I know is expressed in a Danish fur trapper's principle" "The next mile is the only one a person really has to make."
— Eric Sevareid

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe

Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.
— Cecile M. Springer

The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.
— Jim Rohn

Challenge is the core and the mainspring of all human activity. If there's an ocean, we cross it; if there's a disease, we cure it; if there's a wrong, we right it; if there's a record, we break it; and finally, if there's a mountain, we climb it.
— James Ramesy Ullman

The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.
— Hillary Rodham Clinton

I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned.
— Carol Burnett

If you want to see something done, just tell some human beings it can't be done. Make it known that it's impossible to fly to the moon, or run 100 meters in 9.9 seconds, or solve Fermat's Last Theorem. Remind the world that no one has ever hit 62 home runs in a season or stuffed 18 people into a Volkswagen. Dangle the undoable in front of the world. Then, consider it done.
— Merrill Lynch advertisement

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
— Bernice Johnson Reagon

The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
— Helen Keller

Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.
— Anne-Sophie Swetchine

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.
— William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

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

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
— Peter Marshall

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt (You Learn by Living)

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The ones for which we were unable to verify sources are labeled as "Unknown." If you notice any quotes that are incorrect
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