“I firmly believe that a man capable of committing to something outside himself can also commit to a mate and, as a woman, I find that really appealing. Because he possesses a warrior’s supply of testosterone, the military hero can be charmingly clueless when it comes to the female mind. He doesn’t always “get” women, but when he falls, he falls hard. And, being goal-oriented, once he’s got THE woman in his sights, he’s not about to let her get away. This is a particularly handy trait in my books, since most of my heroines are, for one reason or another, equally determined to avoid romantic entanglements.” – NYT Bestselling author Joann Ross (read the entire post at My Book Addiction and more)

It’s difficult to achieve what we most desire in life, and so we find other outlets for the dissatisfaction that comes with regret.  We find other ways of filling up those little holes left from dreams deferred.  I don’t care how small the dream is—whether it’s a house with a white picket fence, or that special someone, or a trip to the moon—when you want something badly enough, only to never find it, you’ll ache something fierce.  You’ll suffer when you least expect it.  Because no one ever forgets their dreams.  Not really. – Marjorie M. Lui

“It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal…No matter what the battle, if you really want to win, there’s no easy path to glory. There is no road to fame. Life, however we may view it, Is no simple parlor game; But its prizes call for fighting, For endurance and for grit; For a rugged disposition that will not quit.”–Navy SEAL Masterchief

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell