I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Every great dream begins with a dreamer.
You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
The potential for greatness lives within us all.
The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at.
You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
We are the ones we've been waiting for.
I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
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