Things Well Said


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure . . . than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt
If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship,
he would keep it in port forever.
— Thomas Acquinas
Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.
— Winston Churchill
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
— Jack London
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
— Charles H. Spurgeon
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
— Jim Elliot
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
— Theodore Roosevelt
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are:
Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
— Thomas Edison
He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end,
may safely trust God’s providence to lead him aright.
— Blaise Pascal
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
— Jesus Christ
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
— Billy Graham
Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.
— The Apostle Paul
In joy or sorrow, health or pain,
Our course be onward still;
We sow on Burmah’s barren plain,
We reap on Zion’s hill.
— Adoniram Judson
Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
— John F. Kennedy
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
— Lao Tzu
No reserves. No retreats. No regrets.
— William Borden
I’m not afraid of failure; I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.
— William Carey
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
— Harry S. Truman
You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
— Aristotle
When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
— Ronald Reagan
Peace if possible, truth at all costs.
— Martin Luther
Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love.
— The Apostle Paul
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
— T.S. Eliot
For the mission’s sake, for our country’s sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division’s colors in past battles - carry out your mission and keep your honor clean.
— Jim Mattis
Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
— Charles R. Swindoll
If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.
— David Livingstone
I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
— Sophocles
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
— Confucius
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
— King Solomon
Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.
— The Apostle Paul
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.
— Winston Churchill
Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them.
I have always supported measures and principles and not men.
— Davy Crockett
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
— Helen Keller
If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
— David Livingstone
You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
— Jack London
Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.
— William Carey
It is finished.
— Jesus Christ