DEDICATION

is commitment to a task or purpose.

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865);
16th U.S. President

“What first we find impossible, we later deem unlikely, and eventually accept as inevitable.”

Bill Bennett (born 1956);
American Businessman and Author

“The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion.”

Stephen Biko (1946-1977);
South African political leader

“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”

Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen] (1885-1962);
author

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900);
scholar, writer, philosopher

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.”

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877);
businessman, journalist, economist

“Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.”

William Longgood author

“I would rather lose in a cause that will someday win, than win in a cause that will someday lose.”

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924);
28th U.S. President

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take, choose the bolder. ”

General W.J. Slim (1891-1970);
British military commander; 13th Governor-General of Australia.

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.”

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959);
architect

“Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”

Willard Marriott (1900-1985);
businessman, entrepreneur, founder of Marriott hotels

“The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959);
filmmaker

“The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication. ”

Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959);
filmmaker

“The struggle alone pleases us, not the victory.”

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662);
mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing... By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.”

E. B. White (1899-1985);
Author

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”

Tim Duncan (born 1976);
professional basketball player

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My mother is a silent hero in our education community. She has been teaching for close to 30 years, most of which was spent in schools with struggling economic communities. Her passion in life has always been to teach children to read. She demonstrates such dedication to her work, it's astounding. Since I was a little girl, I have never…

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Jamie Andries is my hero because she is 14 and a amazing cheerleader. She on Cheer Athletics Cheetahs (Large Sr. Coed Level5) which is really amazing high sam to be on, you have to have amazing skills to get to this level. She has been on this team sense she was 13 years old! She also cheers at her highschool…

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Everyday Hero: Diane

Maybe it will sound cliché, but the truth is, my Mother is my hero. She is the only person I have ever met and most likely will ever meet that is always there and will never let me down. She always comes through, and growing up she always made it seem easy. Now that I am older and realize that…

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Everyday Hero: Nick

My hero is Nick because he grew up in some hard times, but he found a great wife and had four children and owned different businesses like a laundromat and a lottery both. He also re-built a Model A car. He is still thought of even though he has passed on. I'm proud to be his grandson and that is…

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Everyday Hero: Dean

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Everyday Hero: Barack

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Everyday Hero: Steven

My hero is my husband Steven. He believes dedication is an important value to live by. He is the perfect example of dedication. He has always put aside his dreams and ambitions aside to help others. He has survived an aneurism. He says with dedication and faith nothing will get in the way of you finding your dream.

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Everyday Hero: Dr. Michael

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Everyday Hero: Mom

My hero is my mom because she has improved hers, mine, and my brothers lives in so many ways in just six years. My mom is the strongest person I know. She lost her mom before the end of her senior year and her dad at nineteen. After being married to my dad for thirteen years she divorced him, which…

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Everyday Hero: Jane

Mrs. Rollins taught me the nuances of being an effective administrator: never lose your temper, show empathy and compassion at all times, and do things right the first time. She is still the best principal I have ever worked for.

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chesnee 3 months ago from rusd

Para fazer nossas vontades precisamos de dedicação: financeira, mental, física, etc... Por isso a dedicação está com os vencedores. To make our wills need dedication: financial, mental, physical, etc ... So the dedication is to the winners.
Anderson 10 months ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

touching...
Poopy D. over 3 years ago from texas

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