- “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900
- “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson 1709-84.
- “Sweet are the uses of adversity.” – William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
- “When it’s darkest, men see the stars.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882
- “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – General George S. Patton, 1885-1945
- “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
- “A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with the wind.” – John Neal, 1793-1876
- “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” – Anon
- “He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.” – Ben Jonson, c. 1573-1637
- “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.” – Jack London, undated
This one from Theodore Roosevelt — about the value of “daring greatly” is an excerpt of a speech he gave at Paris’s Sorbonne in April, 1910:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.