--- Sonia Sotomayor
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Don't let fear stop you. Don't give up because you are paralyzed by insecurity or overwhelmed by the odds, because in giving up, you give up hope. Understand that failure is a process in life, that only in trying can you enrich yourself and have the possibility of moving forward. The greatest obstacle in life is fear and giving up because of it.
--- Sonia Sotomayor
You are not the product of your circumstances. You are a composite of all the things you believe, and all the places you believe you can go. Your past does not define you. You can step out of your history and create a new day for yourself. Even if the entire culture is saying, "You can't." Even if every single possible bad thing that can happen to you does. You can keep going forward.
--- Oprah Winfrey
Where there is purpose, there is progress. When you have a good enough reason, you find a workable way.
Conditions change, disappointments arise, and troubles swarm abruptly into the best-laid plans. Yet when those plans have solid purpose, the troubles will soon be left behind.
Purpose gives rise to commitment, persistence, innovation, resourcefulness, and courage. Those are powerful qualities to have on your side.
Ask yourself why, and don’t stop asking until the answer leaves you trembling in awe. Connect with purpose, and tap into a constantly replenished source of energy.
Under all the distractions, diversions, preferences, joys, and worries, lives purpose. It is you, it is strong, it is there to be lived every day.
When you’re not sure where to go, or how to go, go to purpose. And let its unyielding power push your world forward.
— Ralph Marston
Hope is not blind optimism. It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.
--- Barack Obama