Friday, May 06, 2005

Adversity Quotes

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.  ~African Proverb There is no education like adversity.  ~Disraeli We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.  ~Frank A. Clark If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change.  If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change.  ~John A. Simone, Sr. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959 The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.  ~Author Unknown There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.  ~Michel de Montaigne Adversity introduces a man to himself.  ~Author Unknown It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Night Flight, 1931, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.  ~James K. Feibleman The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.  ~John Vance Cheney If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.  ~John Steinbeck Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.  ~Edwin Markham Life didn't promise to be wonderful.  ~Teddy Pendergrass Adversity is the first path to truth.  ~Lord Byron Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.  ~Bernie S. Siegel We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.  ~John Updike Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.  If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.  ~Norman Vincent Peale Much of your pain is self-chosen.  ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923 Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1909 The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.  ~Author Unknown A problem is a chance for you to do your best.  ~Duke Ellington Suffering is above, not below.  And everyone thinks that suffering is below.  And everyone wants to rise.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin They say a reasonable amount 'o fleas is good fer a dog - keeps him from broodin' over bein' a dog, mebbe.  ~Edward Westcott Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.  ~O. Henry Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.... [A]ccept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.... ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923 The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.  ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929 I had a lover's quarrel with the world.  ~Robert Frost, The Lesson for Today, 1942 I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies.  The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.  ~André Gide Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.  ~Author Unknown Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.  ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.  ~Sophocles Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for.  ~Stanislaus I, Maxims Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke Damaged people are dangerous.  They know they can survive.  ~Josephine Hart Yes, one must suffer, even in vain, so as not to have lived in vain.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars.  ~Violeta Parra There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.  ~Alexander Smith Despair is anger with no place to go.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald Problems are messages.  ~Shakti Gawain There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.  ~Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, 1820 For fate has wove the thread of life with pain, And twins ev'n from the birth are Misery and Man! ~Homer, Odyssey To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.  ~Os


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