With the release of fall grades, we thought we’d share some of our favorite quotes to help you process your results in a positive frame of mind.

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” –Albert Einstein

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.” -Helen Hayes

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” –Edwin Markham

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Hellen Keller

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start.” –Nido Qubein

And lastly, this gem from Calvin Coolidge:

“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.” –Calvin Coolidge

The release of grades is always a stressful time in the life of a law students, and emotions can run the gamut from euphoric to distraught. No matter how you’re feeling about your grades, try to remember that they are just one point on a long journey. Great grades are not a guarantee of success, and disappointing grades are not a guarantee of failure. To the extent you can, try to use your grades not as a judgment of how well you measure up, but as a way to identify your strengths and weaknesses and figure out what you need to work on as you proceed forward.