Our Mantras


Happiness is what you tell yourself.

Actions conquer fears.

Confidence is built on competence.

Opportunities are not obligations.

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.

– Henry Ford

With money, decisions, and actions: pay now or pay later with interest.

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.

– John Wooden

True happiness is derived from service and sacrifice.

You can’t put “thank you” in your pocket.

Rumors grow as they go.

– Virgil

Do what you need to do so you can do what you want to do.

Pride is the mask of all one’s faults.

– Jewish proverb

Your character is not determined by your actions when things are going well… It is determined by your actions when things are going poorly.

It is not your parents’ job to provide you with the best in life… It is your job to make the best of life.

A bird that you set free may be caught again, while a word that escapes your lips will not return.

– Jewish proverb

If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.

Excuses are lies wrapped in pretty paper.

– Coach Sonny

All our actions (positive and negative) affect others.

Success is not final and failure is not fatal.

– Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Never forget to say thank you to those that support you but don’t have to.

Forgiveness is understanding that the past cannot be changed.

– Oprah

If you can’t do as you wish, do as you can.

Nothing is impossible because the word itself says “I’m possible.”

– Audrey Hepburn

College is a gift you give yourself, so appreciate it …even on the hard days.

Please note: While we attributed as many authors as we could to our various mantras, not all authors could be identified. If you know of any that we have missed, please tell us in the comments section below. Additionally, many of these quotes are paraphrased for our own personal use. (For example, Oprah’s quote was originally: “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”)