Quotes for
the Journey:

Adversity 2

If there was nothing wrong in
the world there wouldn't be
anything for us to do.

George Bernard Shaw


People are never helped in their suffering by what they think for themselves, but only by revelation of a wisdom greater than their own.  It is this which lifts them out of their distress.       -Carl Jung

We live in a world in which the worst looks as if it is going to happen and the worst often does happen, and yet out of the anguish and waste, love and trust come in new forms.       -Robert A.K. Runcie
Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterward carefully avoid.       -John Keats
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.     -Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
And once the storm is over, you wonít remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive.  You wonít even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain.  When you come out of the storm, you wonít be the same person who walked in.  Thatís what this stormís all about.    -Haruki Murakami
Adversity draws people 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.    -SÝren Kierkegaard

So it is more useful to watch a person in times of peril, and in adversity to discern what kind of person she or he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of one's heart, and the mask is torn off, reality remains.
It is true that people are sometimes hit by adversities beyond their control.  But those so affected are better helped when they are awakened to the resources they do possess than when they are told they don't have any.    -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.    -Thomas S. Monson, Pathways To Perfection
A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.       -Pietro Aretino
It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little; a great deal may rouse you to remove what a little will only accustom you to endure.      -Grenville Kleiser
Misfortune is the test of a person's merit.      -Seneca


They have seen but half the universe who never have been shown the house of pain.      -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out.  That's when I've really learned.        -Carol Burnett
People's best successes come after their disappointments.       -Henry Ward Beecher

I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.       -Helen Keller
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:  if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.     -Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet
Adversity is like a strong wind. I don't mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.     -Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.     -Maya Angelou
"Crises" can help us discover much about ourselves and enrich our lives.  Another wonderful experience that can grow out of a seeming disaster is the joy of appreciation.  AIDS patients who relearn how to walk, for example, are often delighted at being able to take two or ten steps again.  They appreciate tremendously something that they took for granted their entire lives.  How many "healthy" or "normal" people are grateful that they can walk or talk?  My guess is, very few.  But how much value is there in something taken entirely for granted?  If "disaster" enriches our lives with gifts that would otherwise have been taken for granted, is it really a disaster?  Or is it a gift in disguise?     -Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.       -Isak Dinesen
The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity.  But we now face a task for which we have little experience--the task of surviving prosperity.       -Alan Gregg
It is in the whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.  It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.       -M. Scott Peck
Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection.  People see clearer at such times.  Storms purify the atmosphere.       -Henry Ward Beecher
You can think about your problems or you can worry about them, and there is a vast difference between the two. Worry is thinking that has turned toxic.  It is jarring music that goes round and round and never comes to either climax or conclusion.  Thinking works its way through problems to conclusions and decisions; worry leaves you in a state of tensely suspended animation.  When you worry, you go over the same ground endlessly and come out the same place you started.  Thinking makes progress from one place to another; worry remains static.  The problem of life is to change worry into thinking and anxiety into creative action.       -Harold B. Walker

Never forget that God tests his real friends more severely than the lukewarm ones.       -Kathryn Hulme

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them.  The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.    -Voltaire

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