If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
It seems safe to say that significant discovery, really creative thinking, does not occur with regard to problems about which the thinker is lukewarm.
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
Moderation in war is imbecility.
Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows. There is no code of conduct to help beginners. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
The wonderful thing about saints is that they were human. They lost their tempers, got hungry, scolded God, were egotistical or impatient in their turns, made mistakes and regretted them. Still they went on doggedly blundering toward heaven.
A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Winners are men who have dedicated their whole lives to winning.
Those who love a cause are those who love the life which has to be led in order to serve it.
Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.
Sometimes success is due less to ability than zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul.
Now I am steel-set: I follow the call to the clear radiance and glow of the heights.
Love me, please, I love you; I can bear to be your friend. So ask of me anything ... I am not a tentative person. Whatever I do, I give up my whole self to it.
I don't care a damn for your loyal service when you think I am right; when I really want it most is when you think I am wrong.
One's lifework, I have learned, grows with the working and the living. Do it as if your life depended on it, and first thing you know, you'll have made a life out of it. A good life, too
If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?
The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.