Quotes for
the Journey:


Problems are the price
you pay for progress.

Branch Rickey


It is impressive to see a person who has been battered by life in many ways, who is torn by a variety of unsolved problems, who may be alienated from many aspects of the self--but who is still fighting, still struggling, still striving to find the path to a fulfilling existence, moved by the wisdom of knowing, "I am more than my problems."      -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day


I could do nothing without my problems; they toughen my mind.  In fact, I tell my assistants not to bring me their successes for they weaken me, but rather to bring me their problems, for they strengthen me.      -Charles Franklin Kettering

The big question isn't whether you have problems; the all-important factor is your attitude toward problems.  How you think of the problem is more important than the problem itself.      -Norman Vincent Peale
Never cry because you have mountains of problem in your hands to solve.  Always smile because each problems will someday resolve.      -Santosh Kalwar
There was a time when I thought it was a nuisance to be confronted with a problem. I tried to get rid of it. I tried to get somebody else to solve it for me. But that time was long ago. It was a great day in my life when I discovered the wonderful purpose of problems. Yes, they have a wonderful purpose.  Some people wish for a life of no problems, but I would never wish such a life for any of you.  What I wish for you is the great inner strength to solve your problems meaningfully and grow. Problems are learning and growing experiences.  A life without problems would be a barren existence, without the opportunity for spiritual growth.      -Peace Pilgrim

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.      -Henry Ward Beecher
Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.      -Hugh Miller
What a pity human beings can't exchange problems.  Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other person's.
-Olin Miller
A problem is a chance for you to do your best.      -Duke Ellington
Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.  If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.
-Norman Vincent Peale
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.      -John Steinbeck
Problems are not problems at all, but results that are dissatisfying.      -Jerry Gillies
In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.      -Rainer Maria Rilke
The problem is not that there are problems.  The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.      -Theodore Rubin
Our ignorance can be divided into problems and mysteries. When we face a problem, we may not know its solution, but we have insight, increasing knowledge, and an inkling of what we are looking for. When we face a mystery, however, we can only stare in wonder and bewilderment, not knowing what an explanation would even look like.
-Noam Chomsky

Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.      -Dinah Shore
We say that we cannot bear our troubles but when we get to them we bear them.      -Ning Lao T'ai-t'ai
If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.      -Oliver Wendell Holmes
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.  Everything else is inconvenience.      -Robert Fulghum
Whenever you hear anyone talking about a cultural or even about a human problem, you should never forget to inquire who the speaker really is.  The more general the problem, the more the person will smuggle his or her own personal psychology into the account he or she gives of it.      -Carl Jung
There may be difficulty at the moment, but I will not lose the Virtue that I possess.  It is when the ice and snow are on them that we see the strength of the cypress and the pine.  I am grateful for this trouble around me, because it gives me an opportunity to realize how fortunate I am.      -Chuang-tse
Those who fume at their problems become their victims.      -David Seabury
We must seek out problems and convert them to challenges!  We must welcome problems with arms open.  Embrace them because this can well be some of the finest parts of living.  Many older people look back on the years they spent wondering how they would meet the expenses of raising a family, coping with the problems, the illnesses--in some instances the vexations of their children--they look back now and think, "those were the most developmental, the most rewarding, the most wonderful years of my life.  If I could only have recognized it then."
    What they're saying, in effect, is that they should have welcomed problems.  Encountering a steady stream of problems day after day made their lives warm and meaningful.  It gave them confidence.  It helped insure that their later years would be years of serenity.  Welcome problems, reach out for them, charge into them and convert them in your mind immediately to challenges.  The negative way to look at a problem is to think of it as a problem.  Search it out, isolate it as a problem, then in your mind convert it to a challenge, determine the steps that you will need to surmount it just as the pole vaulter needs to first determine steps and then work at it.  Only in this way do you develop the skill, the coordination, the mind, the muscle and the confidence to really get it done.

Joe D. Batten and Leonard C. Hudson

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Don't hope for a life without problems.  An easy life results in a judgmental and lazy mind.     -Kyong Ho
Those who in this world have the courage to try and solve in their own lives new problems of life, are the ones who raise society to greatness.     -Rabindranath Tagore
When a child encounters something he or she does not want, that child has all kinds of maneuvers to avoid it, such as crying, hiding, or fighting. . . Unless we are taught to face our problems directly and work through them, the pattern of avoidance will be repeated; it can be a natural, accepted way to act.     -Turthang Tulku
Often a successful problem-solver is one who creates a new context in which to view the problem.  This can often be done by directing one's attention away from the distracting details of the difficulty.  From a detached perspective, we may examine the situation in a new or different light and, after exploring information and options, choose an appropriate course of action.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem with decency and self-respect and whatever courage is demanded is to know where you yourself stand.  That is to have in words what you believe and are acting from.
-William Faulkner
No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step towards solution.
-George F. Nordenhold

Life is a series of problems.  Do we want to moan about them or solve them?

M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

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.
We have the means and capacity to deal with our problems if only we can find the will.     -Kofi Annan
The future will present insurmountable problems--only when we consider them insurmountable.     -Thomas S. Monson, Pathways To Perfection
We are more than our problems.  Even if our problem is our own behavior, the problem is not who we are--it's what we did.  It's okay to have problems.  It's okay to talk about problems--at appropriate times, and with safe people.  It's okay to solve problems.  And we're okay, even when we have, or someone we love has a problem.  We don't have to forfeit our personal power or our self-esteem.  We have solved exactly the problems we've needed to solve to become who we are.     -Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go
Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.     -Ernest Shackleton


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