The following are quotes from individuals that have been met with challenges, some while trying to accomplish something substantial in their life that may even affect you today. Regardless if they are household names, they too had to choose how they were going to allow the challenge they were facing to affect them.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. -Abigail Adams
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. -Randy Pausch
The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead. -Bette Davis
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. -Robert F. Kennedy
But that’s the challenge – to change the system more than it changes you. -Michael Pollan
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. –Seneca
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -Helen Keller
If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? -T.S. Eliot
I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot. -Nadia Comaneci
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. -Chinese proverb
When we least expect it, life sends us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. -Paulo Coelho
Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change. -Martin Luther King Jr.
Hope and change are hard-fought things. -Michelle Obama
A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it. -Ray Davis
I’ve learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It’s what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you’ve lost it. -Sandra Bullock
Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others. -Amelia Earhart
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. -Albert Einstein
I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it’s going to work or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face. -Johnny Depp
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard. -John F. Kennedy
To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist. -Gail Sheehy
To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up. -Dalai Lama
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it. -Margaret Thatcher
There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet. -William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. -Bernice Johnson Reagon
Would love to hear your favorite quote! Mine is Sandra Bullock. If I find someone who has the knowledge I need, or leads the life I aspire to, I stick to them like glue and become a sponge. A few may deserve your sympathy.