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Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
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.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
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.
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.
I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.
Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.
They sicken at the calm that know the storm.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
If your cup seems too bitter, if your burden seems to heavy, be sure that it is the wounded hand that is holding the cup, and that it is me who carried the cross that is carrying the burden.
If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill and don't know it.
Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. One didn't panic, he relaxed and drowned. The other kicked and struggled so much that the cream turned to butter and he walked out.
There will be no crown bearers in heaven who are not cross bearers on earth.
One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.
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.
Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?
Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.
Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
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.
You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home.
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
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.
Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
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.
I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.
Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.
The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.

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