In prison, I fell in love with my country. I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted. It wasn’t until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her.
Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.
You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to get great.
Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.
We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.
Nobody can prevent you from choosing to be extraordinary.
You can feed your ego or you can feed your wallet. Choose wisely.
Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another: ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’
Every success I know has been reached because the person was able to analyze defeat and actually profit from it in the next undertaking.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Luck is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident. Sweat on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice. So decide now because destiny waits for no man. When your time comes, and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you you’re not ready for it, listen instead to that lone voice of dissent. The one that says you are ready. You are prepared. It’s all up to you now.”
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.
Father of the American Navy