Diana Nyad, Author and World Record Long-Distance Swimmer

"I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level."

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"When you speak of someone or about someone, you should speak as though they were in the room with you. The ears that you speak to today are attached to the mouth that could relay the message tomorrow."

William 'Biddy' Allen, 1903-2001, Bus Driver - Loving father of 7 children



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"Set higher standards for your own performance than anyone around you, and it won't matter whether you have a tough boss or an easy one. It won't matter whether the competition is pushing you hard, because you'll be competing with yourself."

Rick Pitino, Basketball Coach, Author and Speaker



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"Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you. If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you."

Emmet Fox, 1886-1951, Spiritual Leader



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"Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days. What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832, Poet, Novelist, and Scientist



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"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly."

Thomas H. Huxley, 1825-1895, Biologist



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"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person."

Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, Theoretical Physicist, Philosopher and Author



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"To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave the future open."

Lillian Smith, 1897-1966, Writer



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"Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone."

Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881, Philosopher and Author



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"A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner, so if one's life is cold and bare he can blame none but himself."

Louis L'Amour, 1908-1988, Novelist



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"Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

Mark Twain, 1835-1910, Humorist and Writer



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