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Devil at My Heels Devil at My Heels by Louis Zamperini
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“The one who forgives never brings up the past to that person's face. When you forgive, it's like it never happened. True forgiveness is complete and total.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“I'd made it this far and refused to give up because all my life I had always finished the race.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“All I want to tell young people is that you're not going to be anything in life unless you learn to commit to a goal. You have to reach deep within yourself to see if you are willing to make the sacrifices.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“Yet a part of you still believes you can fight and survive no matter what your mind knows. It's not so strange. Where there's still life, there's still hope. What happens is up to God.”
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“Someone who doesn't make the (Olympic) team might weep and collapse. In my day no one fell on the track and cried like a baby. We lost gracefully. And when someone won, he didn't act like he'd just become king of the world, either. Athletes in my day were simply humble in our victory.
I believe we were more mature then...Maybe it's because the media puts so much pressure on athletes; maybe it's also the money. In my day we competed for the love of the sport...In my day we patted the guy who beat us on the back, wished him well, and that was it.”
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“The great commandment is that we preach the gospel to every creature, but neither God nor the Bible says anything about forcing it down people's throats.”
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“The world, we'd discovered, doesn't love you like your family loves you.”
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“God knew my needs and took care accordingly.”
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“(after asking Christ into his heart) I waited. And then, true to His promise, He came into my heart and my life. The moment was more than remarkable; it was the most realistic experience I'd ever had. I'm not sure what I expected; perhaps my life or my sins or a great white light would flash before my eyes; perhaps I'd feel a shock like being hit by a bolt of lightning. Instead, I felt no tremendous sensation, just a weightlessness and an enveloping calm that let me know that Christ had come into my heart.”
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“To live, a man needs food, water, and a sharp mind.”
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“I was raised to face any challenge.”
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“It was all in His hands now - as it had always been.”
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“The Bible speaks of the Word of God as added. Sometimes it's planted by the wayside, and nothing grows there. Sometimes it's sown among the thorns and represents the person who makes the decision an then goes back to his old life of bars and chasing women or whatever. A third seed is sown among the rocks. There's sand and dirt between the rocks, and when it rains you'll see a stalk of green coming up. But on the first day with sunshine it wilts because there is no room for roots.
The fourth seed is planted on fertile soil, and finally it takes hold and has a chance to grow and live. That's what happened to me.”
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“God has given me so much. He expects so much out of me.”
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“I've always been called Lucky Louie. It's no mystery why.”
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“(On surviving on the raft for 47 days) We had truly made it on a wing and prayer.”
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“All I knew was that hate was so deadly as any poison and did no one any good. You had to control and eliminate it, if you could.”
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“The race film had confirmed a dead heat. That was great. But even better, most of the New York press finally learned to spell my name correctly.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“you’re not going to be anything in life unless you learn to commit to a goal. You have to reach deep within yourself to see if you are willing to make the sacrifices. Your dreams won’t always come true, but you’ll never know if you don’t try. Either way, you will always discover so much of value along the way because you’ll always run into problems—or as I call them, challenges.”
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“I believe everybody in the world should try to help somebody else. Let’s say half the people in the world are successful. If they help the other half, hey, you’ve got no problem.”
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“Your mind is everything. It’s like a muscle. You must exercise it or it will atrophy—just like a muscle.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“the mind is a crucial line of defense against adversity.”
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“Hope is incomplete and ongoing. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and is complete.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“I’m often asked about my generation, which some people call the Greatest Generation but which I also call the Hardy Generation. What made us hardy? The Depression years. We were not spoiled with money, that’s for sure. When we had disputes we didn’t use attorneys; we settled them on the street, even got broken bones and noses from fighting. In all ways we helped one another. We shared, we had neighborhood picnics, we made our own toys. (There were no toy stores; I built racing cars.) I also rode one of the first skateboards, with a box on the front. We had a single soccer ball for four or five blocks’ worth of kids; you were lucky if you got to kick it once. We had free time to burn. Distractions? Radio, yes, but no TV. Movies were only once a week. We were happier than people are today, despite the hard times. We overcame adversity and each time we did we enhanced our hardiness. We also knew how to win and lose gracefully.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“as the Bible says, a smooth sea never made a good sailor. I believe that to this day.”
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“What I’ve learned is that the more you help people, the longer you live. The good feelings are a healing process.”
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“You should make your life count right up to the last minute.”
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“The best way to meet any challenge is to be prepared for it.”
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“I’ve accepted Christ as my Savior.”
Louis Zamperini, Devil at My Heels
“When there’s no further hope, men always look up.”
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