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Striving Quotes

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Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Zhuangzi

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Happiness

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.
- The Buddha

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty;
it is its own reward.
Everything else is in God's hands.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

 

How far you go in life depends on you being
tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

Believe that none of the effort you put
into coming closer to God is ever wasted -
even if in the end you don't achieve
what you are striving for.
- Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag,
but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
- James Bryce

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The most splendid achievement of all is the constant
striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.
- Denis Waitley

Sports nurtures dreams of achieving self confidence
and masculine striving for the skinny kid watching
a boxer dance around the ring with sublime ease.
- Armstrong Williams

But in the next world I shan't be doing music,
with all the striving and disappointments.
I shall be being it.
- Ralph Vaughan Williams

All that you may achieve or discover you will regard
as a fragment of a larger pattern of the truth which
from the separate approaches every true scholar is striving to descry.
- Abbott L. Lowell

Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

After a century of striving, after a year of debate,
after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise.
It is the law of the land.
- Barack Obama

It is only through raising expectations and striving
for excellence that our children can reach their full potential.
- Brad Henry

I don't know if I'm striving for anything that I can put into words.
- Fred Frith

And Life is Colour and Warmth and Light and a striving evermore for these;
and he is dead,
who will not fight; and who dies fighting has increase.
- Julian Grenfell

That's what we're striving for, making us a contender in every race.
- Dale Earnhardt

Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.
- Thomas Kempis

Striving to tell his woes, words would not come;
For light cares speak,
when mighty griefs are dumb.
- Samuel Daniel

Cultural dominance of middle-class norms prevail in
middle-class schools with a teacher teaching toward
those standards and with students striving to maintain those standards.
- James S. Coleman

Failure after long perseverance is much grander than
never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.
- George Eliot

There is none to tell the rich to go on striving,
for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.
- Sean O'Casey

The lily and the rose in her fair face striving for precedence.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis

The second fundamental feature of culture is that all
culture has an element of striving.
- Johan Huizinga

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
- Pat Riley

A little less complaint and whining,
and a little more dogged work and manly striving,
would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

When you start believing you're something special,
then you're not going to be striving to move forward.
- Robin Trower

Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy,
but the striving to win the prize.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong
that it deters us from striving to possess it.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

That is what great athletes can do: they give us a
model of striving for human perfection.
- Armstrong Williams

Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty.
There is none to tell the rich to go on striving,
for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.
- Sean O'Casey

Always remember that striving and struggle precede success,
even in the dictionary.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

We are ever striving after what is forbidden,
and coveting what is denied us.
- Ovid

Whatever course you have chosen for yourself,
it will not be a chore but an adventure if you bring
to it a sense of the glory of striving.
- David Sarnoff

I am more fond of achieving than striving.
My theories must prove to be facts or be discarded as worthless.
My efforts must soon be crowned with success,
or discontinued.
- Carolyn Wells

Our current obsession with creativity is the result
of our continued striving for immortality in an era
when most people no longer believe in an after-life.
- Arianna Huffington

I have tried to keep on with my striving because this
is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.
- Arthur Ashe

When there is life and mankind, a person will live striving for good deeds,
liberty and a bright life, and wish that goodness and
justice will reign in the world.
- Islom Karimov

Cultural variety is always worth striving for,
but must never precede the declaration of human rights.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

Being famous is not something that would make me feel successful -
unless one was striving for mediocrity.
- William Hurt

They are just 100 per cent bear, whereas human beings
feel we're not 100 per cent human,
that we're always letting ourselves down.
We're constantly striving towards something,
to some fulfillment.
- Stephen Fry

Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of
striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom,
but it isn't alien to the underlying concepts that
infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere.
- Flora Lewis

I worked hard and made my own way, just as my father had.
And just, I'm sure, as he hoped I would.
I learned, from observing him, the satisfaction that
comes from striving and seeing a dream fulfilled.
- Sigourney Weaver

The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer,
the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving;
it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving.
- Franz Kafka

The idea for which this nation stands will not survive
if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity.
Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
- John W. Gardner

A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to
get along with is to remember that this person is striving
to assert his superiority;
and you must deal with him from that point of view.
- Alfred Adler

My most profound confidence is however based upon the
fact that at the head of Germany there stands a man
by his entire development,
his desires, and striving can only have been destined
by fate to lead our people into a brighter future.
- Alfred Jodl

I do write about people who are complex and are striving
with something and can't quite get past their own stuff,
which would be a proxy for myself because that's what the deal is with me.
- Eric Bogosian

All life demands struggle.
Those who have everything given to them become lazy,
selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life.
The very striving and hard work that we so constantly
try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.
- Pope Paul VI

Courage is sometimes frail as hope is frail:
a fragile shoot between two stones that grows brave
toward the sun though warmth and brightness fail,
striving and faith the only strength it knows.
- Frances Rodman

Even the striving for equality by means of a directed
economy can result only in an officially enforced inequality -
an authoritarian determination of the status of each
individual in the new hierarchical order.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something,
then there's nothing left for you to work towards.
I want to believe that there is a mountain so high
that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.
- Cicely Tyson

I wanted to be a writer from my early teenage years,
but I never told anyone.
Writers, in my opinion, were god-like creatures,
and to say I was striving to be a writer would be incredibly arrogant.
- Tim Cahill

In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost,
it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost.
If you cannot accurately predict the future then you
must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
- Edward de Bono

I want them to come away with discovering the music inside them.
And not thinking about themselves as jazz musicians,
but thinking about themselves as good human beings,
striving to be a great person and maybe they'll become a great musician.
- Charlie Haden

Winning isn't everything, but playing and competing
and striving and going through things can be a lot
of fun and really important.
As long as you're doing it in a way that's healthy,
sports can be an incredible opportunity.
- Andrew Shue

By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible.
Those who have cautiously done no more than they believed
possible have never taken a single step forward.
- Mikhail Bakunin

The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men.
But the striving, which at present has become so insistent,
cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace,
or solving all disputes among nations.
- Alva Myrdal

When you awaken some morning and hear that somebody
or other has been discovered,
you can put it down as a fact that he discovered himself years ago -
since that time he has been toiling,
working, and striving to make himself worthy of general discovery.
- James Whitcomb Riley

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping
awake the sense of wonder in the world.
In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation;
but in this long vigil he is also himself striving
against a continual tendency to sleep.
- Marc Chagall

We are born knowing nothing and with much striving we learn but a little;
yet all the while we are bound by laws that hearken to no plea of ignorance,
and measure out their rewards and punishments with calm indifference.
- Paul Elmer More

Man's striving for order, of which art is but one manifestation,
derives from a similar universal tendency throughout the organic world;
it is also paralleled by,
and perhaps derived from, the striving towards the
state of simplest structure in physical systems.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The beliefs expressed in the Declaration of Independence
remain a standard for our nation today.
They also remain a standard for those nations across
the globe striving to achieve democracy.
- Paul Gillmor

Give me the comma of imperfect striving,
thus to find zest in the immediate living.
Ever the reaching but never the gaining,
ever the climbing but never the attaining of the mountain top.
- Winston Graham

The people that make this country work,
the people who pay on their mortgages,
the people getting up and going to work,
striving in this recession to not participate in it,
they're not the enemy.
They're the people that hire you.
They're the people that are going to give you a job.
- Rush Limbaugh

It is not to be disguised, that a war has broken out
between the North and the South.
- Political and commercial men are industriously striving to restore peace:
but the peace,
which they would effect, is superficial,
false, and temporary.
- Gerrit Smith

Strive not to be a success,
but rather to be of value.
- Albert Einstein

Providence has its appointed hour for everything.
We cannot command results, we can only strive.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Chaos is inherent in all compounded things.
Strive on with diligence.
- The Buddha

Don't worry when you are not recognized,
but strive to be worthy of recognition.
- Abraham Lincoln

Competition has been shown to be useful
up to a certain point and no further,
but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today,
begins where competition leaves off.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt


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