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December is here, bringing with it the mixed feelings of holiday cheer, enthusiastic giving and – sometimes – total chaos. When you’re running an online business, some of the most hectic times can come during the holiday seasons. There are often more questions to be answered, more sales to be managed and more orders to be shipped, all while trying to maintain some semblance of a personal life. While a good quote won’t exactly lighten your workload, it can put a refreshing perspective on what can be a stressful season.

So without further ado, here are 10 words – or quotes, rather – of wisdom to remember next time you feel like you’re drowning in a sea of ecommerce cheer.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and, most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. – Pele

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou

We all have those things that even in the midst of stress and disarray, they energize us and give us renewed strength and purpose. These are our passions. – Adam Braun

In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision. – The Dalai Lama

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson

You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. – Ralph Marston

To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. – Tony Dorsett

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. – Oprah Winfrey

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about. – Sophia Loren

And if all else fails, remember: in a few short weeks, this will all be behind us. So pour yourself an eggnog and get cracking!

Do you have any favorite quotes that help keep you sane? Share them with us in the comments below!