Challenge Quotes

Critics are sentinels in the grand army of letters, stationed at the corners of newspapers and reviews, to challenge every new author. (Kavanagh) - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

It has meant a lot to me to challenge the best players in the world and to beat them. And it means a lot to me to be out here and fighting for the title and, you know, it hurts not to win it. - Andre Agassi

Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws. - Calvin Coolidge

 

Every hardship; every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself. The great chain of necessity wherewith we are bound has divine significance; and nothing happens which has not some service in working out the sublime destiny of the human soul. - Henry Fielding

 

Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully. - Henry Graham Greene

 

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. - Enoch Arnold Bennett

 

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. - James Baldwin

 

Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty. - William Bennett

 

Never give in.. never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force.. never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. - Winston Churchill

 

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. - Chinese proverb

 

What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge? - Bette Greene

 

You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind. - Darwin P. Kingsley

 

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. - John Quincy Adams

 

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. - Bernice Johnson Reagon

 

The only way to find the limits of the possible is by going beyond them to the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke

 

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I... I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

 

Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. - Stephen R. Covey

Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic. - Author Unknown

 

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

 

Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing. - Author Unknown

 

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. - William Ellery Channing

 

Anything unattempted remains impossible. - Author Unknown

 

Competing at the highest level is the greatest test of one's character. - Russell Mark

 

When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it. - Margaret Chase Smith

 

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet. - William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

 

If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.- Mary Pickford

 

We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.- Author Unknown

 

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. - T.S. Eliot

 

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. - Joseph Campbell

 

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. - Mark Twain

 

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale Carnegie

 

To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it, requires brains. - Mary Pettibone Poole

 

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. - Sir Edmund Hillary

 

My biggest challenge is trust, and really believing that trust, in letting things just happen personally and professionally and trust with myself. But I'm getting better at it.-Katherine Moennig

 

The Masters is going to be an awesome challenge.-Nigel Mansell

 

Every artist has to grow, and has to challenge themselves with a new form of expression.-Terrence Howard

 

So it's like starting over again, but I look forward to the challenge.-Lee Majors

 

Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth's ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.-Jim Fowler

 

The biggest challenge is how to affect public attitudes and make people care.-Jim Fowler

 

That's really the challenge of this century, to develop spokespeople.-Jim Fowler

 

But acting just sort of happened and I found that I loved it. It was such a challenge.-Rachael Leigh Cook

 

The Broadway audience is made up of a greater percentage of tourists now. There's not nearly as much variety and danger and challenge in what's being offered.-John Lithgow

 

It is clear that the nation that assumes stewardship of the Moon now will inherit stewardship of the galaxy in the coming millennium. I think the USA is ready for that challenge!-Wilson Greatbatch

 

I love a challenge and the last four years it has all come to fruition and it has been wonderful.-Sarah Brightman

 

I used to not back down from a challenge.-Elizabeth Moon

 

We wanted to establish a new fan base over here. And second, we wanted to challenge ourselves. We wanted to bring what is ostensibly new music to fresh ears and see what lights them up.-Bob Weir

 

Concepts of justice must have hands and feet to carry out justice in every case in the shortest possible time and the lowest possible cost. This is the challenge to every lawyer and judge in America.-Warren E. Burger

 

The biggest challenge in New Orleans has been to find workers who can climb a ladder after lunch.-Harry Anderson

 

It is definitely a challenge to play Nathan, but the more different he is from myself, the more interesting the character becomes for me.-James Lafferty

 

I saw it as a challenge to play with Pat and we put hours and hours into it, usually on the bus. The trick was to find something that we both wanted to play within our different styles which would add up to being greater than the sum of its parts.-Bill Bruford

 

With a theatre audience there's always the additional sense of a sustained challenge of which I'm acutely aware and for which you need to have the tools ready - your voice, physicality, brain.-Greta Scacchi

 

It's a challenge between me and the hurdle, and the hurdle has always won.-Gail Devers

 

People are needed to take up the challenge, strong people, who proclaim the truth, throw it in people's faces, and do what they can with their own two hands.-Abbe Pierre

 

At the moment I'm enjoying a new challenge at the Royal Opera House, but I'm also keen to pursue my interest in television and particularly in science.-Deborah Bull

 

Let's cooperate and challenge the administration to cooperate with us because within the administration there are also moderates and people who are not fully comfortable with the tendencies that have prevailed in recent times.-Zbigniew Brzezinski

 

The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.-Antonio Gramsci

 

I'm about to challenge for the Maryland Cup in the next couple of years, as an owner, a trainer, and a rider.-Davy Jones

 

That image of the countryside being a threatening place still exists. People continue to resist the challenge of learning about aspects of life they don't understand.-Mary Wesley

 

So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years.-Gordon Brown

 

I try to not get to the point where one is making wallpaper, or simply painting money. I want to make sure that I am at least trying to weigh myself down, that there's a challenge each time.-Martin Mull

 

The challenge is to lend conviction even to the voices which advocate views I find personally abhorrent, whether they are political Islamists or officers justifying a coup.-Orhan Pamuk

 

The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.-Carl Lewis

 

If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it.-Joel Coen

 

To do the Ozzfest again would be great. I'd like to finish with a final Sabbath album. You always feel that it is still a challenge.-Geezer Butler

 

Sorry Day falls on the eve of Reconciliation Week, giving us the chance to ask whether we are making progress in the wider challenge of reconciling Indigenous and other Australians.-Malcolm Fraser

 

I've never done an improvised movie as a fictitious character. I think that's the challenge.-Martin Short

 

The great challenge working on this show for me is wearing polyester all day long and having the worst haircut known to man at the top of my head and sitting under fluorescent lights. That is America, people. Polyester, bad haircuts, under fluorescent lights.-Rainn Wilson

 

Well I think after leaving prison, and having written three diaries about life in prison, it became a sort of a new challenge to write another novel, to write a new novel.-Jeffrey Archer

 

The largest challenge that we face, from my perspective, is the ability to continue moving forward so the agency will have a single mission: that is, to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing.-Alphonso Jackson

 

Great music is its own movie, already. And the challenge, as a music fan, is to keep the song as powerful as it wants to be, to not tamper with it and to somehow give it a home.-Cameron Crowe

 

The biggest challenge for everybody to realize out there is that we're in a very complicated business world and that were all under one umbrella and it's very challenging for everybody to figure out where the priorities lie and where the loyalties lie.-Scott Bakula

 

We have to restore power to the family, to the neighborhood, and the community with a non-market principle, a principle of equality, of charity, of let's-take-care-of-one-another. That's the creative challenge.-Jerry Brown

 

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.-Nelson Algren

 

History is malleable. A new cache of diaries can shed new light, and archeological evidence can challenge our popular assumptions.-Ken Burns

 

I had a hard time with that hockey. I hadn't grown up skating, so that was my biggest challenge. We worked on it and worked on it. But then when we first shot it, it was so hard for me.-Woody Harrelson

 

I think the challenge is going out in front of a paying audience with absolutely nothing and trying to entertain them for two hours. Thankfully, I only think about that right before we go on, and then once we're out there, everything's fine.-Colin Mochrie

 

To date, nearly 100,000 Hispanics have died with AIDS. Since Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the United States, our challenge is even greater.-Solomon Ortiz

 

We took this challenge before our Lord and our conscience, and it must be done, because this man, Hitler, he is the ultimate evil.-Claus von Stauffenberg

 

We're not afraid of risking what was our success yesterday in order to explore some new field. We're adventurous. We like the challenge of unknown territory, unknown artistic field, and that's what stimulates us.-Guy Laliberte

 

The rise of China as a new power is another great challenge for the US. Our failure to properly handle Germany and Japan earlier in the 20th century cost us and the world dearly. We must not make this same mistake with China.-Steve Forbes

 

How many Catholic schools do you think teach the students to question the authority of the Pope? Do you believe Christian schools teach students to question or challenge the authority of Jesus Christ? Do military schools teach the cadets to challenge the authority.-Neal Boortz

 

Pure mathematicians just love to try unsolved problems - they love a challenge.-Andrew Wiles

 

This is what I wanted. They tell me that London is the best field in history. I wanted to be part of that. Because everyone will be there it will be a wonderful challenge for me. You can see the best runners, how they look, how they run. For me to beat the best is what counts.-Haile Gebrselassie

 

Planet of the Apes was a gigantic challenge, making the clothes work so people could do stunts and action in the clothes. I really learned a lot about that in that movie.-Colleen Atwood

 

I think the most insulting thing you can do to a director is to challenge when he or she is satisfied with your interpretation.-Dustin Hoffman

 

And on top of that, when we work together we have a wonderful working relationship we push each other we challenge each other we laugh 80% of the time that we are together we're very fortunate.-Alex Lifeson

 

I look at raising funds for The Perlman Music Program as a challenge and as a way to provide opportunities for people who care about the future of classical music.-Itzhak Perlman

 

God is a challenge because there is no proof of his existence and therefore the search must continue.-Donald Knuth

 

I'm a competitive person and I love the challenge of mastering new things.-Sasha Cohen

 

The vehemence with which certain critics have chosen not simply to criticize what I've written, but to challenge my writing this story at all, speaks of what the book is about: fear of disapproval.-Joyce Maynard

 

My job is writing. I get paid to do it. When was the last time you heard someone challenge a doctor for making money off of cancer?-Joyce Maynard

 

The biggest challenge was that we had to shoot so quickly and with such a limited budget.-Debbie Allen

 

I like to open for a band as it brings on sort of a challenge and it makes things more interesting. It reminds me of when we were just starting out because we would open for other bands in the beginning.-Kelly Jones

 

It was a challenge to my teammates to help me.-Wilt Chamberlain

 

I always look for a challenge and something that's different.-Tom Cruise

 

Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.-Pliny the Elder

 

Then there was the challenge to keep doing better and better, to fly the best test flight that anybody had ever flown. That led to my being recognized as one of the more experienced test pilots, and that led to the astronaut business.-Alan Shepard

 

The greatest challenge I think is adjusting to not playing baseball. The reason for that is I had to come out of baseball and come into the business world, not being a college graduate, not being educated to come into the business world the way I should have.-Willie Mays

 

Journalism: an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.-Rebecca West

 

Your ability as republican volunteers, to rise to this challenge will mean that the two governments and others cannot easily hide from their obligations and their responsibility to resolve these problems.-Gerry Adams

 

The challenge to me as a director was for the audience to see the film as going on in a straight line, so that they did not sense all of these break-ups. I did not want a film to be a collage of all these images.-Pedro Almodovar

 

Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.-Sugar Ray Leonard

 

No, only disappointment in myself on those occasions I didn't manage to rise to the occasion as I felt I should've done. I can always see how to do it, and then the challenge is, Can I manage that each and every day?-Christian Bale

 

Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.-Mason Cooley

 

My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.-Muhammad Yunus

 

I felt that I had to write. Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing, enjoying it and experiencing the challenge.-Gwendolyn Brooks

 

There's no such thing as a perfect guy. I think it would be strange if somebody was absolutely everything you always wanted, because then there'd be no challenge. Also, you'd feel inferior.-Jessica Alba

 

I have to go on being a priest and bishop, that is, to celebrate God and what God has done in Jesus, and to offer in God's name whatever I can discern of God's perspective on the world around - something which involves both challenge and comfort.-Rowan Williams

 

Like after a nice walk when you have seen many lovely sights you decide to go home, after a while I decided it was time to go home, let us put the cubes back in order. And it was at that moment that I came face to face with the Big Challenge: What is the way home?-Erno Rubik

 

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.-Arnold Bennett

 

I look for a role that hopefully I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play - a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period.-Kathy Bates

 

Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials.-Helen Frankenthaler

 

The challenge in working in politics, particularly if you're working for a political party, is that everyone's a messenger.-Frank Luntz

 
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