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Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.

It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.
Brains aren't designed to get result; they go in directions. If you know how the brain works you can set your own directions. If you don't, then someone else will.
It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.
A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
There is no delight in owning anything unshared.
If you want to win anything -- a race, your self, your life -- you have to go a little berserk.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.
Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.
There are times in everyone's life when something constructive is born out of adversity... when things seem so bad that you've got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.
Nothing bad ever happens without equal or growth
If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may mot be subdued by discipline.
Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.
Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.
The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.
It's a matter of ABC: When we encounter ADVERSITY, we react by thinking about it. Our thoughts rapidly congeal into BELIEFS. These beliefs may become so habitual we don't even realize we have them unless we stop to focus on them. And they don't just sit there idly; they have CONSEQUENCES. The beliefs are the direct cause of what we feel and what we do next. They can spell the difference between dejection and giving up, on the one hand, and well-being and constructive action on the other. The first step is to see the connection between adversity, belief, and consequence. The second step is to see how the ABCs operate every day in your own life.
Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.
No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.
Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.
No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.
In times of storm, the shallowness of the root structure is revealed.
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.
It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
They that sow in tears shall reap joy. [Psalms 126:5]
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.
Enter through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it. [Mathew 7:13-14]
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist -- it reduces him to his fighting weight.
Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.
Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness --a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us--and those around us -- more effectively. Look for the learning.
No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.
I didn't know I'd have to be torn down before I could be built up.
You have endured worse things; God will grant an end even to these.
I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for it.
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches
The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.
The reward of suffering is experience.
It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.
It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile, when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven't grasped the situation.
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.
In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. Similarly, the geometry of life is designed to keep us at the point of maximum tension between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. Every important call is a close one. We survive and evolve by the skin of our teeth. We really wouldn't want it any other way.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.
Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
There is in every 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.
If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.
Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.
Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?
All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.
Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape.
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.
The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.
I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.
Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem, it's their problem. If I see a door comin' my way, I'm knockin' it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window. I'll never let it stop me from what I wanna do.
That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
I bring to my life a certain amount of mess.
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.
In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.
Creativity comes from awakening and directing men's higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni- verse and are appointed by Heaven.
The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Failure is success if we learn from it.
Out of love and hatred, out of earnings and borrowings and leadings and losses; out of sickness and pain; out of wooing and worshipping; out of traveling and voting and watching and caring; out of disgrace and contempt, comes our tuition in the serene and beautiful laws.
The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
Every time a woman leaves off something she looks better, but every time a man leaves off something he looks worse.
I never met a man I didn't like.
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
Home is where the heart is.
He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.

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