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Quotes for
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Tribulation will not hurt you, unless
as it too often does, it hardens you and
makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.

Edwin Hubbell Chapman

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.       -Robert Collier


It appears that when life is broken by tragedy God shines through the breach.       -George A. Buttrick

If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.       -John R. Miller

It was a high speech of Seneca that "The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired."       -Francis Bacon

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.       -Edwin H. Chapin

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress.  It was darkness which produced the lamp.  It was fog that produced the compass.  It was hunger that drove us to exploration.  And it took a depression to show us the value of a job.       -Victor Hugo


As the valley gives height to the mountain, so can sorrow  give meaning to pleasure; as the well is the source of the fountain, deep adversity can be a treasure.       -William Ward

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.  The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant.  We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as we were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round it, led us past it, and then if we turn round to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.       -Marcel Proust

Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposals, the softest cushions to lean on in adversity.       -Robert Burton


The first question to be answered by any individual or any social group, facing a hazardous situation, is whether the crisis is to be met as a challenge to strength or as an occasion for despair.       -Harry Emerson Fosdick


Kites rise highest against the wind--
not with it.

Winston Churchill

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

William A. Ward


Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green.  Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness.       -John F. Kennedy


Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.       -James Russell Lowell

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which, like the toad, ugly and venemous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt in public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
I would not change it.
William Shakespeare

Adversity is the trial of principle.  Without it people hardly know whether they are honest or not.      -Henry Fielding
   I walked slowly out on the beach. A few yards below high-water mark I stopped and read the words again:  WRITE YOUR WORRIES ON THE SAND.
   I let the paper blow away, reached down and picked up a fragment of shell.  Kneeling there under the vault of the sky, I wrote several words, one above the other.
   Then I walked away, and I did not look back.  I had written my troubles on the sand.
   The tide was coming in.

Arthur Gordon

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People of character find a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that they can realize their potentialities.       -Charles DeGaulle

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy.  What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.       -Richard Bach


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


I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.       -Mark Twain

Nothing happens to anybody which they are not fitted by nature to bear.      -Marcus Aurelius
To be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune, for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.       -Benjamin Franklin
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater.  Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.       -William Hazlitt

Adversity in the things of this world opens the door for spiritual salvation.       -A.J. Toynbee
Affliction is able to drown out every earthly voice. . . but the voice of eternity within a person it cannot drown.
-Søren Kierkegaard
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life.  But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.       -Fr. Alfred D'Souza
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.      -F. Scott Fitzgerald
Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.        -Oliver Wendell Holmes
If you have not clung to a broken piece of your old ship in the dark night of the soul, your faith may not have the sustaining power to carry you through to the end of the journey.       -Rufus M. Jones
Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then people would have been in their primitive state and no progress made in civilization and mental culture.       -Anabdabai Joshee

Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.  They're what make the instrument stretch, what makes you go beyond the norm.       -Cicely Tyson
Adversity is like the period of the rain. . . cold, comfortless, unfriendly to people and to animals; yet from that season have their birth the flower, the fruit, the date, the rose and the pomegranate.       -Walter Scott
The ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy.      -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.      -Helen Keller
I'm very grateful that I was too poor to get to art school until I was 21. . . . I was old enough when I got there to know how to get something out of it.       -Henry Moore
tom walsh

We all face adversity, no matter what we are or where we are in life. I find that adversity comes in several different forms:  things that happen in an impersonal way (losing a job because of layoffs, getting an illness), things that other people do to us, intentionally or unintentionally (spread rumors or gossip, compete for jobs or promotions, hurt us physically), and things that we do to ourselves (cut ourselves down, fail to take action).

Of these three (and I know there are more), I find that what I used to be best at had to do with things I did to myself.  Loneliness was an obstacle for me, and I tended to shy away from people and let my fear rule me.  I found adversity in what other people did to me or said to me, and I found that I was the culprit, for I either listened to the wrong people or took what they said too seriously or too personally. This type of adversity has always been the most difficult for me to deal with, but I've learned that when I feel bad due to this sort of thing, I'm making myself feel bad because of my reaction to outside stimuli--the stimuli are doing nothing to make me feel bad.

This realization has been important to me, because I've always been very capable of dealing with physical or uncontrollable adversity. When I've had no job, I've gotten down to the business of getting one, and I've been successful.  When I've been broke, I've budgeted my money and worked hard to get back on track.  When things have happened to me, I've dealt with them.

But the emotional adversity has taken much longer to deal with, for it took me so long to find the source--myself.  I believe that much of what bothers us in our lives, much of what we consider to be adversity from an outside source, is really a question of adversity from within--our own inability to give ourselves credit, to trust ourselves, to let ourselves live fully as the people we were made to be.  When I feel the touch of adversity now, I look first within, to find out why or how I'm causing myself to feel bad, to respond poorly, to act ineffectively. I almost always find the answer.

When I don't find the answer inside, I find almost always that the problem isn't nearly as drastic as I thought it was--the mountain truly was a molehill, and I can trust life and trust God to see me through to a fitting resolution to any problem.  It's nice these days to look at situations that I used to see as adversity as simply minor problems along the way, problems that God and I can easily deal with together.



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