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Adversity

Boethius

…adverse fortune frequently draws men back to their true good like a shepherdess with her crook.

Helen Keller

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.

Frederic Bastiat

When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.

Henry Ford

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Oscar Wilde

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.

Helen Keller

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

Vivian Greene

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

G.K. Chesterton

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

Charles Dickens

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Man is fond of counting his trouble, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Robert Herjavec

Tough times never last; tough people always do.

Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble…

Henry Ford

Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goal.

William Arthur Ward

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

Orrin Woodward

Success is on the other side of your comfort zone.

Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names… The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is.

Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.

Abigail Adams

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

Patrick Henry

A leader must lead. Where others see obstacles, he must see opportunities. When others see problems, he must see possibilities … Civilization is not built on a negation but on an affirmation- an affirmation of the bright and promising possibilities that the future holds for those who are enterprising enough to pursue them.

L.M. Montgomery

…the sorrows God sent us brought comfort and strength with them, while the sorrows we brought on ourselves, through folly or wickedness, were by far the hardest to bear.

Helen Keller

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It is easy to tell the toiler How best he can carry his pack But no one can rate a burden’s weight Until it has been on his back.

Carl von Clausewitz

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.

Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in this world 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. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Matthew Kelly

If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

Thomas Paine

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

G.K. Chesterton

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.

Plato

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

Macarius of Optina

Watch out for complaining. It only makes situations worse and increases sorrow.

Randy Pausch

If you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out… Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.

Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

B. C. Forbes

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.

Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen.

Mark Twain

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.

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