By far the most important road to success is actually staying ON the road.  Do not allow adversity to distract you from your passion, instead use it as fuel to trudge ahead.  However sometimes adversity does not seem to allow an opportunity to work in your favor.  As Doc Rivers famously said, "You have to be willing to get your heart broken to be a champion".  Sometimes the name of the game is thick skin and perseverance.


“They had battled and bloodied one another, they had kept secrets, broken hearts, lied, betrayed, exiled, they had walked away, said goodbye and sworn it was forever, and somehow, every time, they had mended, they had forgiven, they had survived. Some mistakes could never be fixed - some, but not all. Some people can't be driven away, no matter how hard you try. Some friendships won't break.” 

You might even want to send her a hand written card telling her all of the reasons why you love her, and include some words of wisdom about the power of a great friendship. Plan out a besties-only day of going to your favorite restaurants, watching your fave movie, and serving up some BFF cocktails (if you're 21 and up). There's truly no one else in the world who makes you laugh so hard you could cry, and understands you even when you're making absolutely no sense, so you want to show her how much you care.
A small but profound change in your perspective can do all the difference. Should we be asking ourselves the question who is allowing us to strive for excellence? Or should we rather become proactive and start taking what we want? If you choose the first option, you will always depend upon others and their approval. But with the mental attitude of “Who’s going to stop me,” you free yourself from the dependency on others.
And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart. Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experience---you are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day. So don't live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started.”
The value of a smile… It costs nothing, but creates much. It enriches those who receive, without impoverishing those who give. It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None are so rich they can get along without it, and none so poor but are richer for its benefits. It creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in a business, and is the countersign of friends. Dale Carnegie
ellesse, thanks for the qoutes and thanks for inspiring people to place some of their favorite qoutes up. they have all been truly insiring for me. this year has been a bit tough for me, im just not sure which direction i want to take my life.and then last month,something amazing happend, my work asked me if i could place inspirational quotes up at the front desk since i usally have one or two in my office. after reading hundreds of qoutes i realized that i wasn’t truly happy where i was, then i stummbled upon your page from the first quote i was hooked.i wanted to say thank you.i not so sure were my life is going to go but im sure it’ll be for the better =)..
“Maman told me that every time you smile, a very tiny bit of the smile stays stuck to your face, so as you get older and older your face starts to show all the tiny bits of all your smiles and you look like you are smiling all the time, even when you are just thinking about what to have for breakfast. She said, also, that if you frown a lot then the frown sticks to your face instead. That way when you are old you have a very frowny face and look cross all the time and people are scared of you.” – Claire King
Just before they go to sleep, many people have this habit of thinking how their day went, what was important after all, and what they should remember on the following day. Then, when the next day begins, what we have found out about our lives  is related to eternal human values: kindness matters, the beauty of all living things is a compass showing towards happiness, and a positive view is essential to a better life.
63. The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals. If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

Help your old neighbor, give your seat in the subway to someone who needs it, buy a coffee for a homeless man that you see, bring flowers for your colleagues without a reason. Make someone smile, even for a brief second, and you will see how your day will change instantly for the best. Lucas Bailly, Self Improvement: Improve Yourself Everyday Of Your Life And Take Your Self Development To The Next Level
He went on asking questions. Did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn't answer that one.) If Annabeth's mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)”
I would say laughter is the best medicine. But it’s more than that. It’s an entire regime of antibiotics and steroids. Laughter brings the swelling down on our national psyche, and then applies an antibiotic cream. You gotta keep it away from your eyes… Obviously, it’s a challenge to make light of the darkness but, um, it’s better than crying about it. Stephen Colbert
There’s a wonderful sense of well-being that begins to circulate… up and down your spine. And you feel something that makes you almost want to smile. So what’s it like to be me? Ask yourself, ‘What’s it like to be me?’ The only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself that’s where home is. Bill Murray

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We’ve already said a lot about the necessity of positive thinking, positive attitude towards life in general and towards morning in particular. Hopefully you took our advice. But what if you need to inspire somebody else? Like, your girlfriend or wife, for example. Then you just can’t miss these life-affirming good morning quotes which will get your sweetie in the right mood and give her a lot of positivity.
It is said: “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. Have you just broken up with your boyfriend/ girlfriend? Don’t worry, your bestie already knows how to cheer you up. Did you go a little bit wild at the office party last night? Be sure, that all the embarrassing moments have been downloaded on YouTube by your humble servant. But no matter what you do, you can be sure that your pal will always stand by your side. Did you know that there’s even National Best Friends Day which is celebrated on June 8th? Of course, it doesn’t mean that this is the only day in a calendar to say kind words to your mate.
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