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Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you.
by Scott Hamilton

Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you.
They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
- Scott Hamilton

When you turn professional, you become an entertainer,
and like every other entertainer, you don't want to get a bad review.
- Scott Hamilton

I don't think most teachers realize how much impact they have.
- Scott Hamilton

I graduated a the top of my class in the '84 Olympic Games;
I won a gold medal.
- Scott Hamilton

 

Male figure skating is different than female figure skating;
we're not America's sweetheart.
- Scott Hamilton

I was nine-years-old when I first put on skates.
- Scott Hamilton

The high road is always respected.
Honesty and integrity are always rewarded.
- Scott Hamilton

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Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges.
- Scott Hamilton

I had a ninth grade teacher who told me I was much
smarter and much better than I was allowing myself to be.
- Scott Hamilton

I just try to touch people's hearts in a way through skating,
so they're not just witnessing a performance,
they're feeling a performance and they're a part of it.
- Scott Hamilton

Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in
skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
- Scott Hamilton

Rationality is not one of this industry's attributes.
- Scott Hamilton

Fame is a very confusing thing, because you are recognized
by a lot of people that you've never seen before,
and they're at a great advantage.
- Scott Hamilton

From the fall of October, 1980 to March,
1984 I never lost a competition.
- Scott Hamilton

But I never really thought that I would be extraordinarily successful at skating,
it's just something that happened, you know.
- Scott Hamilton

Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always
make an effort to give people more than they expect.
- Scott Hamilton

Most other competitions are individual achievements,
but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.
- Scott Hamilton

I was more interested in skating and the girls and
traveling than I was in calculus.
- Scott Hamilton

And so figure skating was a great vehicle for me to
kind of be competitive at something,
without having to be big.
- Scott Hamilton

I didn't want to be the sissy figure skater,
you know.
- Scott Hamilton

I started skating and I kind of liked it because I
could run circles around the guys that wouldn't pick me to play baseball.
- Scott Hamilton

I'm very accessible.
I don't get into this ego thing.
- Scott Hamilton

And the fact that I liked to show off and be the center
of attention really lends itself to figure skating very well.
- Scott Hamilton

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
- Scott Hamilton

What was really funny is that as I got older all those
guys who called me a sissy in junior high school wanted
me to be their best friend because they wanted to meet
all the girls that I knew in figure skating.
- Scott Hamilton

Without strength and courage it's really hard to perform
at the highest levels of international figure skating,
because you're alone on the ice and you only have seven
minutes over two nights to prove yourself.
- Scott Hamilton

When you're expected to win and you have the press
saying that you are going to win the Olympic gold medal,
and you're the only sure thing in the Olympics,
it can undermine your confidence.
- Scott Hamilton

So as an amateur Olympic competitor I loved criticism,
because it made me better.
But now as a professional I don't really know how to
channel it or where to take it,
so I don't take it quite as well.
- Scott Hamilton

That's what makes the Ryder Cup in golf so much better
than the Masters or the U.S.
Open.
To be a part of something that is not about personal achievement,
but about representing everyone and sharing it with the whole country,
it's wonderful.
- Scott Hamilton

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Our mettle is tested by storms,
not by calm.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Be open to the goodness of life -
even in the midst of apparent adversity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, when the winds of adversity blow strong,
redirect their force into the
service of your highest intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles
possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
- Albert Schweitzer

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

Adversity can crush our spirit -
or strengthen it - it is our choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched
the world as much as adversity has.
- Billy Graham

True friendship is a plant of slow growth,
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity
before it is entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
- Anonymous

Friendship that flows from the heart
cannot be frozen by adversity,
as the water that flows from the spring
cannot congeal in winter.
- James Fenimore Cooper

Life is truly known only to those who suffer,
lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
- Anais Nin

God sometimes does try to the uttermost
those whom he wishes to bless.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
- William Arthur Ward

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile,
and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
- Lou Holtz

I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and
faced my adversity and my nay-sayers,
but managed to do all right.
It is a pretty classic tale.
- Steve Nash

Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.
- Henry Fielding

Remember the great adversity of art or anything else is a hurried life.
- Robert James Waller

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents,
which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
- Horace

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes,
and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
- Horace

Constant success shows us but one side of the world;
adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
- Charles Caleb Colton

A prosperous state makes a secure Christian,
but adversity makes him Consider.
- Anne Bradstreet

Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess
an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.
- Wilma Mankiller

Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache,
carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Benefit.
- Napolean Hill

He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity.
- Ben Jonson

There is no better than adversity.
Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss,
contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve
your performance the next time.
- Malcolm X

There is no education like adversity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I'm used to adversity and working really well in difficult situations.
It was hard for me to accept the success.
- Paula Cole

I'll say this for adversity: people seem to be able to stand it,
and that's more than I can say for prosperity.
- Kin Hubbard

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament;
adversity is the blessing of the New.
- Francis Bacon

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only
balance to weigh friends.
- Plutarch

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity.
But we now face a task for which we have little experience,
the task of surviving prosperity.
- Alan Gregg

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
- Charles Caleb Colton

You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.
- Golda Meir

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity.
- Sa'Di

The firmest of friendships have been formed in mutual adversity,
as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which
a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
- Samuel Johnson

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter
consciousness during adversity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
- King Solomon

Adversity is the trial of principle.
Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
- Henry Fielding


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