- "I've always found that anything worth achieving will always
have obstacles in the way and you've got to have that drive
and determination to overcome those obstacles on
route to do whatever it is that that you want to accomplish.
Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris
American Martial Artist and Actor
(1940 - )
- "Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads
to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your
belt, that's real power."
- "I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come
up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going
to rain, it will."
American Film Actor, Director, Producer, Composer and Politician
Winner of and Nominee for numerous Academy Awards
(1930 - )
- "All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why.
Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or
accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."
American Nightclub Comedian, Television and Film Actor,
Founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Awarded a papal knighthood by Pope Paul VI
- Named Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulcher for services
to church and community
- Awarded Congressional Gold Medal by President Ronald Reagan
for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Recipient (posthumously), 2004 Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
(1914 - 1991)
- "All men of action are dreamers."
American Music Writer
(1857 - 1921)
- "Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path,
if you are only willing to listen."
- "If life gives you limes, make margaritas."
American Songwriter, Musician, Entrepreneur, Entertainer, and Film
(1946 - )
- "A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
(1882 - 1942)
- "When I was five years old, my mother always told me that
happiness was the key to live. When I went to school, they
asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down
'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment,
and I told them they didn't understand life."
An English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as
a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially
successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul
McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership.
(October 9, 1940 - December 8, 1980)
- "Courage is being scared to death ... and saddling up anyway."
- "Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid."
- "I suppose the best attribute, if you want to call it that, it
sincerity. I can sell sincerity because that's the way I am."
- "Tomorrow hopes you have learned something from
- "All I'm for is Liberty and the Individual."
- "I'm not the sort to back away from a fight. I don't believe in shrinking from anything. It's not
my speed; I'm a guy who meets adversities head on."
John "Duke" Wayne
American actor, Director and Producer
Born Marion Robert Morrison, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. His movie credits include:
The Big Trail (1930), The Deceiver (1931), The Three Musketeers (1933),
Riders of Destiny (1933), Conflict (1936), Born to the West (1937), Stagecoach (1939),
Shepherd of the Hills (1941), Reap the Wild Wind (1942), Flying Tigers (1942), Red River (1948),
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Gun Fighter (1950), Flying Leathernecks (1951),
The Quiet Man (1952), Island in the Sky (1953), The High and the Mighty (1954),
The Searchers (1956), Wings of Eagles (1957), Jet Pilot (1957), Rio Bravo (1959),
The Comancheros (1961), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Longest Day (1962),
The Green Berets (1968), True Grit (1969), The Cowboys (1972), McQ (1974),
The Shootist (1976).
Academy Award Winner; Best Actor Award for True Grit (1969).
Nominated Best Actor for The Alamo (1960), The Green Berets (1968)
His height has been perennially described as at least 6 ft 4 in.
May 26, 1979 - Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Hollywood and American leaders across
the political spectrum testified to Congress in support of the award including Maureen O'Hara,
Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Mike Frankovich, Katharine Hepburn, General and Mrs. Omar
Bradley, Gregory Peck, Robert Stack, James Arness and Kirk Douglas. Robert Aldrich, president of
The Directors Guide of America, made a particularly notable statement to Congress:
It is important for you to know that I am a registered Democrat and, to my knowledge, share
none of the political views espoused by Duke. However, whether he is ill disposed or
healthy, John Wayne is far beyond the normal political sharpshooting in this community.
Because of his courage, his dignity, his integrity, and because of his talents as an actor, his
strength as a leader, his warmth as a human being throughout his illustrious career, he is
entitled to a unique spot in our hearts and minds. In this industry, we often judge people,
sometimes unfairly, by asking whether they have paid their dues. John Wayne has paid his
dues over and over, and I'm proud to consider him a friend and am very much in favor of
my government recognizing in some important fashion the contribution that Mr. Wayne has
Who Shot Liberty Valence was the first movie in which he called someone "Pilgrim". He declined
the lead in All the King's Men feeling it was un-American in many ways.
While he did not serve in the US Armed Forces, something he regretted according to his widow,
"He would become a 'superpatriot' for the rest of his life trying to atone for staying home." There are records of his application to service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) which is
today's equivalent of the CIA and had been accepted within the U.S. Army's allotted billet to the
OSS. He was never told of the appointment by his then wife or anytime later.
He toured U.S. military bases and hospitals in the South Pacific during World War II for 3 months.
(May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979)
- "To do something
It's too easy not to care
You're not ready for the rockin' chair
Get up and do something
Don't wait too long
Even if it's wrong
You've got to do something
It's not over
No, it's never too late"
From their song "Do Something" on the album "Long Road Out of Eden" (2007)
- "Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare!"
- "If you can dream it, you can do it."
- "People often ask me the secret of success and if I could tell others
how to make their dreams come true.
My answer is, you do it by working."
- "All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles
have strengthened me."
- "The way to begin something is to quit taking and start doing."
- "Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled
by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true.
This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C's. They are Curiosity,
Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence.
When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to purse them."
Professional Dreamer, Film Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Animator, Entrepreneur,
Entertainer, International Icon, Philanthropist, Co-founder Walt Disney Productions
(1901 - 1966)