Lucille Ball Quotes

In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t play to get discouraged.

Lucille Ball (1911-1989) persevered through a quiet film career in the 1930s and 1940s.  Television would be her gateway to stardom with her memorable sitcom “I Love Lucy.”  This comedic actress earned five Emmy Awards for her television work.

Charles Spurgeon Quote

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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

From 1 Corinthians 15:57-58:  “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Elbert Hubbard Quotes

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Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) was an American writer, philosopher, and artist.  Much of his work became more recognized in the years following his death when both he and his wife perished with the sinking of the RMS Lusitania during World War I.

Evander Holyfield Quotes

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If you quit every time things don’t go your way, then you’ll be quitting all through your life.

A setback only paves the way for a comeback.

Evander Holyfield is a former American boxing champion, who competed from 1984-2011.  Throughout his life, he has found the inner strength to overcome many challenges in both his youth and his boxing career.

Steady Song

Montana’s Yellowstone River, without dams and flowing free.

Innocence of its journey

Silently moving along

Life flowing from its spirit

Hearing river’s steady song


Adventure fills nature’s page

Imagination runs wild

Treasured stories to transcribe

Waters frolic like God’s child


Back in time, from long ago

Calling out, steady she goes

Flowing with perseverance

Energy shall never slow


Panoramic and mighty

Slicing across vast landscapes

Mystery around each bend

Secrets waiting to escape


Most precious and sustaining

Endless scenic avenues

Dreaming of chapters to write

Like tasting sweetest fondue


Montana’s Madison River, blue-ribbon trout fishing.

Christian Witness (Elfchen Series #50)



God’s Wisdom

To speak aloud

Permeate souls and minds


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Young David

Clinging to God

Lasting perseverance over his


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Christ’s body

Wounds and scars

Transformed by our Risen


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Robert Schuller Quote

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I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.

From Hebrews 12:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,  looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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The only true remedy for discouragement is to put our hope in God.  He alone can give us the courage to persevere. 

From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

Robert Schuller Quote

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Press on.  Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.

From Romans 5:3-5:  “And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”