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Anthony, Susan B.
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.

Barzun, Jacques
A failure of will, which is to say the wish without the act, is characteristic of institutions in decadence.

2000 - from From Dawn to Decadence
Bennett, William J.
True courage is mixed with circumspection, the kind of healthy skepticism that asks, "Is this the best way to do this?" True cowardice is marked by chronic skepticism, which always says, "It can't be done."

1993 - from The Book of Virtues
Brown, H. Jackson
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perserverance.

from Life's Little Instruction Book
Bryan, William Jennings
The humblest citizen of all the land when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.

Churchill, Sir Winston
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

May 13, 1940 - from a speech in the British Parliament, three days after becoming Prime Minister
A fanatic is one who cannot change his mind and won't change the subject.

Jul. 5, 1954 - quoted in the New York Times
Clarke, Arthur C.
... the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

1962 - from Profiles of the Future, "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination"
Coolidge, Calvin
[Advice to legislators] Do the day's work. If it be to protect the rights of the weak, whoever objects, do it. If it be to help a powerful corporation better to serve the people, whatever the opposition, do that. Expect to be called a stand-patter, but don't be a stand-patter. Expect to be called a demagogue, but don't be a demagogue. Don't hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don't hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table. Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Don't hurry to legislate. Give administration a chance to catch up with legislation.

Jan. 7, 1914 - from a speech delivered to the Massachusetts Senate when he became its president
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Diefenbaker, John George  
As long as there is a drop of blood in my body they won't stop me from talking about freedom.

Jun. 3, 1962 - from a speech in Sudbury, Ontario
Einstein, Albert
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo
All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of you first.

Foch, Ferdinand
Hard pressed on my right; my left is in retreat. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking. Attaquez!

Sep. 1914 - from a communication to General Joseph Joffe, commander-in-chief of French forces
A battle won is a battle in which one will not confess oneself beaten.

1903 - from Principles of War
Defensive battle never brings about the destruction of the enemy forces; it never allows one to conquer the ground held by the enemy... therefore it is unable to create victory.

1903 - from Principles of War
Forbes, Malcom S.
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

Franklin, Benjamin
Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.

Fuller, Thomas
What reason and endeavor cannot bring about, often time will.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs
All things are difficult before they are easy.

1732 - from Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs

James, William
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.

Kennedy, John F.
I am reminded of the story of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, "In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon."

Mar. 23, 1962 - from a speech at the University of California - Berkeley
Mill, John Stuart
One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.

O'Sullivan, John
[The creeping persistence of the liberal agenda] ...experience should have taught us that the fact that something cannot work does not mean it will not be tried.

Feb. 16, 1999 - from his lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London, England
Preston, Sergeant
The view only changes for the lead dog.

Rossetti, Christina
Does the road wind up-hill all the way? / Yes, to the very end. / Will the day's journey take the whole long day? / From morn to night, my friend. ... Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? / Of labour you shall find the sum. / Will there be beds for me and all who seek? / Yea, beds for all who come.

1861 - from "Up-Hill"
Stevenson, Adlai
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.

A little axe can cut down a big tree.

Jamaican proverb
Some people are like blisters; they never show up till the work is almost done.

Van Horne, Sir William  
The biggest things are often the easiest to do because there is so little competition.

Woodman, Cousin
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience - well, that comes from poor judgment.