I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.
The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
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 whatever it is that you want to accomplish.
I'm always trying to do the impossible to please people. It comes from not being secure in myself and not looking at the things within I have to fix. Sometimes you keep going because you don't want to face the truth.
Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.
This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.
I would prefer to have a more appealing job. If I could still change careers, I would prefer it. This unfortunate art is made for long beards and ugly faces rather than for a relatively well-endowed woman.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.
Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
First of all, to defend my work, I had to believe that I am doing a totally silly, stupid, innocent comedy.
How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.
A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
I am often on guard over the Russians. In the darkness one sees their forms move like stick storks, like great birds. They come close up to the wire fence and lean their faces against it. Their fingers hook round the mesh.
There are two kinds of truths: those of reasoning and those of facts. The truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; the truths of fact are contingent and their opposites are possible.
What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.
I have a kind of neutrality, physically, which has helped me. I have a face that can be made to look a lot better - or a lot worse.
These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.