Inspirational Quotes to Help Overcome Obstacles

"He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence." – William Blake, "Proverbs of Hell," The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

"Shallow men believe in luck . . . . Strong men believe in cause and effect." – Emerson, The Conduct of Life

"[T]he moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no [man] could ever dream would come his way." – attributed to Goethe

"Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." – Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

(This last one is one of my favorites.)

"One should always think of what one is about; when one is learning, one should not think of play; and when one is at play, one should not think of one's learning." – Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son, July 24, 1739

(See my related posts re: diligence--elimination of distractions, anticipation of conditions, and stress reduction/visualization.)

[Photo: Giuseppe Bognanni]


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