Quotes for
the Journey:

Crisis



The crisis of yesterday
is the joke of tomorrow.

H.G. Wells

   

I have always disliked the idea that we are being “tested” by God when something awful happens to us.  Bad things happen, and none of us are exempt from the possibility that they will come to us as well.  I have pondered a different possibility inherent in crisis that in no way changes the fact that it is a genuine disaster:  perhaps the events that devastate us carry within them seeds of spiritual “initiation” into a level of knowing we would not otherwise achieve.       -Sallirae Henderson

   

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

   
The worst thing in your life may contain seeds of the best.  When you can see crisis as an opportunity, your life becomes not easier, but more satisfying.      -Joe Kogel
   
Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life.       -Joseph Campbell
   
Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs, and how we meet it determines our future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, every form of life has been called upon to meet such crisis.      -Robert Collier
    
Every crisis offers you extra desired power.        -William M. Marston
  
Conflict builds character.  Crisis defines it.     -Steven V. Thulon

When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters--one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.       -John F. Kennedy
    
Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance.        -Fritz Reiner
   

   

We are not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in us can be wrought by crisis--once that crisis can be recognized and understood.      -Norman Cousins

  
Stand up to crises.  Don't let them throw you!  Fight to stay calm. . . even surmount the crisis completely and turn it into an opportunity.  Refuse to renounce your self-image.  No matter what happens, you must keep your good opinion of yourself.  No matter what happens, you must hold your past successes in your imagination, ready for showing in the motion picture screen of your mind.  No matter what happens, no matter what you lose, no matter what failures you must endure, you must keep faith in yourself.  Then you can stand up to crises, with calm and courage, refusing to buckle; then you will not fall through the floor.  You will be able to support yourself.     -Maxwell Maltz
  
Close scrutiny will show that most ''crisis situations'' are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.    -Maxwell Maltz
  
Any idiot can face a crisis, it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.     -Anton Chekhov
  
In moments of crisis, the initiative passes to those who are best prepared.     -Morton C. Blackwell
  
Faced with crisis, the person of character falls back on him- or herself.  This person imposes his or her own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his or her own.     -Charles DeGaulle
  
The strong person meets his or her crisis with the most practical tools at hand.  They may not be the best tools but they are available, which is all-important.  Such a person would rather use them, such as they are, than do nothing.     -Raymond Clapper
  
Most of life's battles are fought inside ourselves, and our greatest periods of growth usually come during crises.     -Robert Scheid
  
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.     -Susan L. Taylor
  
Crises bring out the best in the best of us, and the worst in the worst of us.     -unattributed
  
Calmness comes from within.  It is the peace and restfulness of the depths of our nature.  The fury of storm and of wind agitate only the surface of the sea; they penetrate only two or three hundred feet; below that is the calm, unruffled deep.  To be ready for the great crises of life we must learn serenity in our daily living.  Calmness is the crown of self-control.     -William Jordan
  
The crisis, as well as the opportunity, of our time is to surrender our ego and conditioned fear mechanisms to the primary torsion energy of unconditional love that is seeking to evolve us and is calling us as a species home.     -Sol Luckman
  
  
No one wishes for crisis, but when crises come, they can call forth our best impulses, those of compassion, courage, creativity, and community.  And if there are crimes and evils hidden in the dark places of our society and the darker places of our consciousnesses, all the better they come to the surface to be seen, understood, confronted, and healed.  If our generation is called to bear a burden of that healing, it is a powerful calling and honor and one within our capability.     -David Spangler
  
I finally figured out that not every crisis can be managed.  As much as we want to keep ourselves safe, we can't protect ourselves from everything.  If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos.     -Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Breathing Room
  
I was starting to see that what looks like garbage from one angle might be art from another.  Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself; maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you understood what you wanted out of it.     -Jodi Picoult, Handle With Care
  

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