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Brilliant Achievement Quotes

by David DeFord

We're pleased to announce the publication of David DeFord's new book, 1000 Brilliant Achievement Quotes

In this new book, you will find the best advice from the world's wisest people. We are frequently complimented for the quotes included at the end of each e-zine. Since the quotes have been among the most popular features of our publications, I decided to compile the best into one volume.

Amazon.com clearance takes two weeks, so for now you can purchase 1000 Brilliant Achievement Quotes by mailing a check for $14.00 to:

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In honor of this publication announcement, this week's article is composed of a selection of them.

"You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things— to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals."
Sir Edmund Hillary

"Hoping and dreaming of a better world are not enough if we are unwilling to work; but when we work towards our dreams, wonderful things can happen."
Lloyd Newell

"The sweetness of victory is magnified by the effort it took to achieve it."
Chris Widener

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds."
Orison Swett Marden

"A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"High achievement always takes place in a framework of high expectation."
Jack Kinder

"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self esteem, and personal satisfaction."
Brian Tracy

"The only worthwhile achievements of man are those which are socially useful."
Alfred Adler

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
William Jennings Bryan

"Only if you reach the boundary will the boundary recede before you. And if you don't, if you confine your efforts, the boundary will shrink to accommodate itself to your efforts. And you can only expand your capacities by working to the very limit."
Hugh Nibley

"Unless you walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound difference in your life are pretty low."
Tom Peters

“We are creatures of our thinking. We can talk ourselves into defeat or we can talk ourselves into victory.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."
Lou Holtz

"The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity."
Winston Churchill

“Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”
Zig Ziglar

“It’s not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.”
Zig Ziglar

"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 Swindoll

“Most of us are only six inches away from success; the distance between our ears.”
Dave Cole

"Do, or do not. There is no try"
Yoda

"Attitude is an important part of the foundation upon which we build a productive life. A good attitude produces good results, a fair attitude poor results, a poor attitude poor results. We each shape our own life, and the shape of it is determined largely by our attitude.
M. Russell Ballard

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."
Thomas Jefferson

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow."
Helen Keller

"People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Abraham Lincoln

"Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles."
Og Mandino

"Character is the result of hundreds and hundreds of choices you make that gradually turn who you are, at any given moment, into who you want to be."
Jim Rohn

"Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him."
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Without preservation and cultivation of the spiritual, your material success will be as ashes in your mouths.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

“The greatest work in all the world is the building of men and women of character. Without character there is not much that is worthwhile.”
Ezra Taft Benson

"Always be loyal to those who are absent, if you want to retain those who are present."
Stephen Covey

"Principle--particularly moral principle--can never be a weather vane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting winds of expediency. Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and forever true--and that is as important in business as it is in the classroom."
Edward R. Lyman

“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.”
Thomas Szasz

"Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor."
James Allen

"No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has."
Henry Ward Beecher

"Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character."
Hugh B. Brown

"In matters of style swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock."
Thomas Jefferson

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
Art Linkletter

"A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him."
John C. Maxwell

"Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows."
Charles Reade

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
John Wooden

"Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things."
Lawrence Bell

"The time is always right to do what is right."
Martin Luther King Jr.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill

"Confronting and overcoming challenges is an exhilarating experience. It does something to feed the soul and the mind. It makes you more than you were before. It strengthens the mental muscles and enables you to become better prepared for the next challenge."
Jim Rohn

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
Roger Bannister

"Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity."
Lou Holtz

"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."
Vince Lombardi

"A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop."
Robert Hughes

“Instead of crying over spilt milk, go milk another cow.”
Erna Asp

"Success is just a matter of luck-just ask any failure."
Zig Ziglar

"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."
Michael Jordon

"A leader, once convinced that a particular course of action is the right one, must....be undaunted when the going gets tough."
Ronald Reagan

“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”
Woodrow Wilson

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.”
Zig Ziglar

"Develop the winning edge; small differences in your performance can lead to large differences in your results."
Brian Tracy

"Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men's blood and will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble and logical plan never dies, but long after we are gone will be a living thing."
Lita Bane

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world."
Joel Barker

"Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements."
Napoleon Hill

"I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why . . . I succeed."
Michael Jordan

"Failure is success if we learn from it."
Malcolm Forbes

"Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do."
Napoleon Hill

“I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.”
Helen Keller

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."
Derek Bok

"There are two ways to look at life and the world. We can see the good or the bad, the beautiful or the ugly. Both are there, and what we focus on and choose to see is what brings us feelings of joy or feelings of despair."
Lloyd Newell

"If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else."
Yogi Berra

"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal."
Helen Keller

"Do not let the future be held hostage by the past."
Neal A. Maxwell

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I shall not remain insignificant, I shall work in the world for mankind....I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living, even after my death!"
Anne Frank

“A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with – a man is what he makes himself."
Alexander Graham Bell

"No great man ever complains of want of opportunity."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary."
Lou Holtz

"Let us consider the nature of true greatness in men. The people who can catch hold of men's minds and feelings and inspire them to do things bigger than themselves are the people who are remembered in history. . . . those who stir feelings and imagination and make men struggle toward perfection."
Henry Eyring

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."
Woodrow Wilson

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
John A. Shedd

"He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lives a great street-sweeper who did his job well'"
Martin Luther King Jr.

"In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently."
Anthony Robbins

"A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time."
Mark Twain

"Happiness is not the result of circumstance. It is the result of loving others."
Lloyd Newell

"Happiness, it is said, is seldom found by those who seek it, and never by those who seek it for themselves."
F. Emerson Andrews

"Happiness is like a cat, if you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap."
William Bennett

"I remember hearing in a talk that the more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become."
Ezra Taft Benson

“…wickedness never was happiness.”
The Book of Mormon

“…men are that they might have joy.”
The Book of Mormon

"You can make yourself happy or miserable - it's the same amount of effort."
Ray Bradbury

"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuous intoxicating party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world."
Ernest A. Fitzgerald

"If you would find happiness and joy, lose your life in some noble cause. A worthy purpose must be at the center of every worthy life."
Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
Helen Keller

"Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.”
Rose Lane


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