The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life, clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers. Even genius itself is but fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose. Every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius.
-- Edward George Bulwer-lytton
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.
-- H. Ross Perot
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.