- "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is
more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
30th American President, 1923 - 1929
(1872 - 1933)
- "I have spoken of a thousand points of light, all of the community organizations that are
spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good. We will work hand in hand,
encouraging, sometimes leading, sometimes being led, rewarding. We will work on this
in the White House, in the Cabinet agencies. I will go to the people and the programs
that are the brighter points of light, and I will ask every member of my government to
become involved. The old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are
timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in
taking part and pitching in."
George H. W. Bush
Presidential Inaugural Address, July 20, 1989
31st American President, 1989 - 1992
(1924 - )
- "He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution that
rejects progress is the cemetery."
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1960's and 1970's
(1916 - 1995)
- "A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his own opportunities and an optimist one
who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
- "American was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an
unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
Harry S. Truman
33rd American President, 1945 - 1953
(1884 - 1972)
- "If you actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,
you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams
6th American President, 1825-1829
Served as an American diplomat, Senator, Congressional representative.
Viewed as one of the greatest diplomats and secretaries of state in American history.
(1767 - 1848)
- "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."
- "Believe you can and you are half way there."
26th American President, 1901 - 1909
(1858 - 1919)
- "Determine never to be idle. No person shall have occasion to complain of the want of
time who never looses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always
- "Do you want to know who you are? Do not ask. Act! Action will delinate and define
3rd American President, 1801 - 1809
Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence
(1743 - 1826)
- "Success is never about doing something, but believing in something.
In a world like today, values are important. the people that do life the best are those
who do it for a bigger cause, one greater than themselves. Successful people are not
- "To succeed, there must be opimism and possibility about it.
You can never succeed if you're too afraid to fail. You must have the spirit of
adventure as you approach life. It is a challenge, but never too hard!"
Prime Minster of the United Kingdom, 1997 - 2007
Member of Parliament, 1983 - 2007
Leader of the Labour Party, 1994 - 2007
(1953 - )
- "The hardest work in the world is being out of work."
Whitney Young, Jr.
American Civil Rights Leader
(1921 - 1971)
- "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
- "A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles
and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human mortality."
- "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
- "Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our
- "Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality that
guarantees all others."
- "I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use in being anything else."
- "I never worry about action, but only inaction."
- "It is no use saying 'We're doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is
Sir Winston Leonard-Spencer Churchill, KG, CM, OH, TC, PC, DL, FRS, Honorary RA
Prime Minster of Great Britain (1940-1945, 1951-1955)
President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, First Lord of the Admiralty, Minister of Munitions,
Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Overcame a publicity acknowledge speech impediment after great personal effort
Officer in the British Army, Historian, Writer and Artist
1953 Nobel Prize for Literature
First person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States
Honorary Degrees from University of Rochester [LLD], Harvard University [LLD], McGill University
[LLD] (Montreal), Westminster College (Fulton, MO), Leiden University [Ph.D.] (Leiden, Netherlands),
University of Miami, University of Copenhagen [Ph.D.] (Denmark)
(1874 - 1965)