Still reading through Pushing to the Front… Chapter 3 is another feast of inspiring quotes. Key take aways and thoughts for me:

“when a firm decisive spirit is recognized, it is curious to see how the space clears around a man and leaves him room and freedom” John Foster

Strong will power will take you to superhuman undertakings. In life there are the wills, the won’ts and the can’ts – it is the wills that get things done. Will power is the underpinning of success. Without dermination, little can be achieved. Will power over comes hurdles and presses on to the goal. Will power overcomes challenges of ill-health or physical incapacity and even presses the mind on to the purpose.

How about this for will, my favourite quote, from a US anti-slavery campaigner:

“I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; – but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest – I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will not retreat a single inch – AND I WILL BE HEARD. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.”

William Lloyd Garrison, “To the Public,” from the Inaugural Editorial in the 1 January 1831 The Liberator