Motivation on a Happy Day of Happy Life :)

Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.  ~Author Unknown

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~George Santayana

Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.  ~Francesca ReiglerIf you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary EngelbreitSo often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key.  ~The Eagles, “Already Gone”

The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.  ~Foster’s Law

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.  ~Samuel Johnson

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.  ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life’s Little Instruction Book

Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.  ~Bill Meyer

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  ~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1893

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.  ~Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin

To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.  ~Ken S. Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.  ~Joe Clark

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.  ~Scott Hamilton

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.  ~Vince Lombardi

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.  ~J. Brotherton

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.  ~Publius Terentius Afer

I don’t like that man.  I must get to know him better.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Just because you’re miserable doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your life.  ~Annette Goodheart

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.  ~Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. ~Buddha

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.  ~William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues

I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.  ~Abraham LincolnBeing in a good frame of mind helps keep one in the picture of health.  ~Author UnknownGot no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I’d like to express my thanks –
I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
~Irving Berlin, “I Got the Sun in the Morning,” 1946

To everyone is given the key to heaven; the same key opens the gates of hell.  ~Ancient Proverb

Make your optimism come true.  ~Author Unknown

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.  ~Charles Caleb Colton

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.  ~Confucius

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.  ~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations.  ~Eli Khamarov, Surviving on Planet Reebok

Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises.
~William Shakespeare

Affectation is a greater enemy to the face than smallpox.  ~English Proverb

Say you are well, or all is well with you,
And God shall hear your words and make them true.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body – the wishbone.  ~Robert Frost

If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.  ~William James

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.  ~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818

When you feel dog tired at night, it may be because you’ve growled all day long.  ~Author Unknown

What is possible?  What you will.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Good fortune shies away from gloom.  Keep your spirits up.  Good things will come to you and you will come to good things.  ~Glorie Abelhas

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.  ~Katherine MansfieldEnjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  ~Robert BraultLet me enjoy the earth no less
Because the all-enacting Might
Which fashioned forth its loveliness
Had other aims than my delight.
~Thomas Hardy, Time’s Laughingstocks and Other Verses, 1909

Whenever you fall, pick something up.  ~Oswald Avery

Success is due less to ability than to zeal.  ~Charles Buxton

My father’s nature turned out no waste product; he had none of that useless stuff in him that lies in heaps near factories.  He took his own happiness with him.  ~Margot Asquith

Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you.  ~Author Unknown

We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.  ~Elbert Hubbard

If my resolution to be a great man was half so strong as it is to despise the shame of being a little one…  ~William Cowper

I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?  ~Henry Moore

This weary ol’ workhorse is a unicorn, my friend.  ~Jareb Teague

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy and doubt…  ~Dorothy Day

I am an optimist.  It does not seem too much use being anything else.  ~Winston Churchill

[W]hat counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.  ~Dwight Eisenhower, address to Republican National Committee, 31 January 1958, also sometimes attributed to Mark Twain (unverified)

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  ~Betty Smith

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.  ~Walt Whitman

No life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it.  ~Ellen Glasgow

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.  ~Wernher von Braun

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.  One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

There’s a saying among prospectors:  “Go out looking for one thing, and that’s all you’ll ever find.”  ~Robert Flaherty

I’ve got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I’m blue.  ~Author Unknown

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.  ~C.C. Scott

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope.  ~Voltaire

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.  ~Eudora Welty

Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks.  Most men think it’s looks, most women know otherwise.  ~Kathleen Turner

Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.  ~Maurice Setter

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.  ~Author Unknown

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.  ~Thomas Carlyle

Misery is a communicable disease.  ~Martha Graham

The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it.  ~Will Foley

If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don’t, you have achieved half your failure.  ~David Ambrose

If the skies fall, one may hope to catch larks.  ~Francis Rabelais

For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.  ~Adlai Stevenson

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.  ~Hugh Downs

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.  ~Arthur Christopher Benson

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.  ~Alphonse Karr

If you call a thing bad you do little, if you call a thing good you do much.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind.  ~John Burroughs

The real “it is well” is something I say from the ground, having fallen.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.  ~Italian Proverb

Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus.  ~Susan Longacre

I not only bow to the inevitable; I am fortified by it.  ~Thornton Wilder

I never really look for anything.  What God throws my way comes.  I wake up in the morning and whichever way God turns my feet, I go.  ~Pearl Bailey

Men who never get carried away should be.  ~Malcolm Forbes

Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don’t, you don’t.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.  ~Author Unknown

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.  ~Frederick Faber

We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.  ~Konrad Adenauer

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.  ~Kenneth Clark

The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities.  ~Author Unknown

He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
~Edgar A. Guest, It Couldn’t Be Done

Why not learn to enjoy the little things – there are so many of them.  ~Author Unknown

Say “Yes” to the seedlings and a giant forest cleaves the sky.  Say “Yes” to the universe and the planets become your neighbors.  Say “Yes” to dreams of love and freedom.  It is the password to utopia.  ~Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951

Positive anything is better than negative thinking.  ~Elbert Hubbard

I am sure that nothing has such a decisive influence upon a man’s course as his personal appearance, and not so much his appearance as his belief in its attractiveness or unattractiveness.  ~Leo Tolstoy

Be enthusiastic.  Remember the placebo effect – 30% of medicine is showbiz.  ~Ronald Spark

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.  An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.  ~G.K. Chesterton, “On Running After One’s Hat,” All Things Considered, 1908

It is no use to grumble and complain;
It’s just as cheap and easy to rejoice;
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain –
Why, rain’s my choice.
~James Whitcomb Riley

Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.  ~Napoleon

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.  ~Art Linkletter

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.  ~Galileo Galilei

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.  ~Henry David Thoreau

A loving person lives in a loving world.  A hostile person lives in a hostile world; everyone you meet is your mirror.  ~Ken Keyes, Jr.

Is life so wretched?  Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled?  You are the one who must grow up.  ~Dag Hammarskjold

The man who has no inner life is a slave to his surroundings.  ~Henri Frédéric Amiel

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.  ~Alex Karras

It isn’t our position but our disposition which makes us happy.  ~Author Unknown

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.  ~Maori Proverb

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.  ~Emory Austin

Mind is everything.  Muscle – pieces of rubber.  All that I am, I am because of my mind.  ~Paavo Nurmi

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.  ~Edward de Bono, Observer, 12 June 1977

Anywhere you go liking everyone, everyone will be likeable.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Worship,” The Conduct of Life, 1860

People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.  ~Epictetus

Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.  ~Nicholas Chamfort

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.  ~William Arthur Ward

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.  ~Arthur Rubinstein

There are two types of people – those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are.”  ~Frederick L. Collins

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.  ~Marcus Antonius

You shouldn’t say it is not good.  You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you’re perfectly safe.  ~James Whistler

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.  “So it is.”  “And freezing.”  “Is it?”  “Yes,” said Eeyore.  “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”  ~A.A. Milne

Expect nothing.  Live frugally on surprise.  ~Alice Walker

Those who wish to sing, always find a song.  ~Swedish Proverb

You must start with a positive attitude or you will surely end without one.  ~Carrie Latet

So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.  ~Chinese Proverb

Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested.  ~Helen MacInness

We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.  ~Joseph Campbell

Excellence is not a skill.  It is an attitude.  ~Ralph Marston

Quotations about Adversity

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 FulghumPain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.  ~M. Kathleen CaseyIf you’re going through hell, keep going.  ~Winston Churchill

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.  ~Author Unknown

A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.  ~Author Unknown

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.  ~Harry Golden

We acquire the strength we have overcome.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can’t run away from trouble.  There ain’t no place that far.  ~Uncle Remus

Enduring habits I hate…. Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882

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

The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.  Whether he’s got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.  ~Rona Barrett

Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.  ~Garth Brooks

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.  ~Garrison Keillor

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.  ~Jewish Proverb

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?  ~Rose F. Kennedy

You have come into a hard world.  I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.  ~The Houghton Line, November 1965

Turn your wounds into wisdom.  ~Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take.  You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack.  ~Author Unknown

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.  ~Frank A. Clark

As long as you keep getting born, it’s alright to die some times.  ~Orson Scott Card

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  ~Kenji Miyazawa

Bad is never good until worse happens.  ~Danish Proverb

It just wouldn’t be a picnic without the ants.  ~Author Unknown

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.  ~Walt Disney

Adversity is like a strong wind.  It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.  ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.  ~Barbara Bloom

There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.  ~Lou Reed, “Magic and Loss”

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.  ~Charles C. West

Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse.  ~From the movie The African Queen

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit

The problem is not that there are problems.  The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.  ~Theodore Rubin

Every path hath a puddle.  ~George Herbert, “Jacula Prudentum”

A bad grade is only one letter in the Essay of life.  ~Lee Drake

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.  ~Agatha Christie

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.  ~Colette

Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.  ~Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, Flower, Fruit, and Thorn

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.  ~African Proverb

There is no education like adversity.  ~Disraeli

We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.  ~Frank A. Clark

If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  ~John A. Simone, Sr.

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959

The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.  ~Author Unknown

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.  ~Michel de Montaigne

Adversity introduces a man to himself.  ~Author Unknown

It’s not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Night Flight, 1931, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.  ~James K. Feibleman

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.  ~John Vance Cheney

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.  ~Edwin Markham

Life didn’t promise to be wonderful.  ~Teddy Pendergrass

Adversity is the first path to truth.  ~Lord Byron

Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires – disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.  ~Bernie S. Siegel

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.  ~John Updike

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

Much of your pain is self-chosen.  ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1909

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.  ~Author Unknown

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.  ~Duke Ellington

Suffering is above, not below.  And everyone thinks that suffering is below.  And everyone wants to rise.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

They say a reasonable amount ‘o fleas is good fer a dog – keeps him from broodin’ over bein’ a dog, mebbe.  ~Edward Westcott

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.  ~O. Henry, The Gifts of the Magi

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain…. [A]ccept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields…. ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.  ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, 1929

I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.  ~Robert Frost, The Lesson for Today, 1942

I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies.  The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.  ~André Gide

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.  ~Author Unknown

Convert difficulties into opportunities, for difficulties are divine surgeries to make you better.  ~Author Unknown

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.  ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), SatiresThe keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.  ~SophoclesHave the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for.  ~Stanislaus I, Maxims

Adversity enhances this tale we call life.  ~Ever Garrison

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Damaged people are dangerous.  They know they can survive.  ~Josephine Hart

Yes, one must suffer, even in vain, so as not to have lived in vain.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.  ~Violeta Parra

There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.  ~Alexander Smith

Despair is anger with no place to go.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

What a pity human beings can’t exchange problems.  Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow’s.  ~Olin Miller

Problems are messages.  ~Shakti Gawain

There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.  ~Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, 1820

For fate has wove the thread of life with pain,
And twins ev’n from the birth are Misery and Man!
~Homer, Odyssey

To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.  ~Oscar Wilde

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

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity ’til he has tasted adversity.  ~Sa’di (Musharrif-uddin)

Let your joy scream across the pain.  ~Ezbeth Wilder

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~Bernard M. Baruch

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Thorns and stings
And those such things
Just make stronger
Our angel wings.
~Emme Woodhull-Bäche

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.  ~Max Lerner, The Unfinished Country, 1950

God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Calamity, n.  A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

There are sufferings that have lost their memory and do not remember why they are suffering.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Real pain can alone cure us of imaginary ills.  We feel a thousand miseries till we are lucky enough to feel misery.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.  ~William James

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill.  Our antagonist is our helper.  ~Edmund Burke, The Revolution in France, 1790

The course of true anything never does run smooth.  ~Samuel Butler

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.  ~Steven Kloves, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (movie)

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.  ~André Gide, L’immoraliste

If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.  ~Russian Proverb

Past and to come, seems best; things present, worse.  ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV

Adversity collapses around a true adherent soul.  ~Jareb Teague

People don’t ever seem to relate that doing what’s right is no guarantee against misfortune.  ~William McFee, Casuals of the Sea, 1916

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater.  ~William Hazlitt

Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.  ~Maltbie D. Babcock

I bear a little more than I can bear.  ~Elinor Hoyt Wylie, Angels and Earthly Creatures. One Person. Sonnet XVI

Every evil is some good spelt backwards, and in it the wise know how to read Wisdom.  ~Coventry Patmore

May you get what you wish for.  ~Old Chinese Curse

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.  ~Walt Schmidt

Watch a man in times of… adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off.  ~Lucretius, On the Nature of Things

“The horror of that moment,” the King went on, “I shall never, never forget!”  “You will, though,” the Queen said, “if you don’t make a memorandum of it.  ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, 1872

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose.  ~Billie Holiday

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Human suffering, while it is asleep, is shapeless.  If it is wakened it takes the form of the waker.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

There are times in everyone’s life when something constructive is born out of adversity… when things seem so bad that you’ve got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.  ~Author Unknown

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.  ~Francis Bacon

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

It is better to drink of deep griefs than to taste shallow pleasures.  ~William Hazlitt, Characteristics, 1823

Better bread with water than cake with trouble.  ~Russian Proverb

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.  ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind

The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.  ~Morris Mandel

The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials.  ~Confucius

God gave burdens, also shoulders.  ~Yiddish Proverb

But ah! disasters have their use;
And life might e’en be too sun-shiny.
~Charles Stuart Calverley, Disaster, after Moore, stanza 5

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature.  A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with.  ~Harry Crews

When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear.  That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.  ~William Faulkner

Would you touch a nettle without being stung by it? take hold of it stoutly.  Do the same to other annoyances, and hardly will any thing annoy you.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.  ~Winston Churchill

It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you find serenity.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell

Tragedy is restful:  and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.  ~Jean Anouilh, Antigone, 1942

Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune.  He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.  ~Seneca

My strength is made perfect in weakness.  ~II Corinthians

Problems are the price you pay for progress.  ~Branch Rickey

When you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you get to know yourself the best.  ~Leslie Grossman

Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.  ~Marcel Proust, The Past Recaptured, Remembrance of Things Past

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.  ~Bill Gates, Business @ the Speed of Thought

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~Bernard M. Baruch

Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.  ~Lucy Larcom

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.  ~Socrates

Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than of war.  ~Homer, Iliad

There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.  ~Woody Hayes

It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.  ~Cicero

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.  ~Truman Capote

No man ought to lay a cross upon himself, or to adopt tribulation, as is done in popedom; but if a cross or tribulation come upon him, then let him suffer it patiently, and know that it is good and profitable for him.  ~Martin Luther

Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm.  When a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.  ~Jean Paul Richter

Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting, it may not be logical but it is often true.  ~Mr. Spock, Star Trek

I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.  ~William Stafford

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat.  I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss

The misfortunes of mankind are of varied plumage.  ~Aeschylus, The Suppliant Maidens

I don’t like people who have never fallen or stumbled.  Their virtue is lifeless and it isn’t of much value.  Life hasn’t revealed its beauty to them.  ~Boris Pasternak

We must try not to sink beneath our anguish… but battle on.  ~J.K. Rowling

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  ~Bertrand Russell

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.  ~James Russell Lowell, “Cambridge Thirty Years Ago,” Literary Essays

Bygone troubles are good to tell.  ~Yiddish Proverb

The cold is a good counselor, but it is cold.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.  It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body.  It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.  ~Winston Churchill

Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.  ~Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb, “Rock Bottom” (song)

Soul talks to adversity.  ~Jareb Teague

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.  ~Latin Proverb

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ode to a Sky Lark”

In this world there are only two tragedies.  One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.  ~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere’s Fan, 1896

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall.  Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.  ~Author Unknown

How can something bother you if you won’t let it?  ~The Quote Garden

Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist:  it reduces him to his fighting weight.  ~Josh Billings

In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne,    The scarlet letter

But ne’er the rose without the thorn.  ~Robert Herrick

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.  ~Author Unknown

That was rough…. Thing to do now is try and forget it…. I guess I don’t quite mean that.  It’s not a thing you can forget.  Maybe not even a thing you want to forget…. Life’s like that sometimes… Now and then for no good reason a man can figure out, life will just haul off and knock him flat, slam him agin’ the ground so hard it seems like all his insides is busted.  But it’s not all like that.  A lot of it’s mighty fine, and you can’t afford to waste the good part frettin’ about the bad.  That makes it all bad…. Sure, I know – sayin’ it’s one thing and feelin’ it’s another.  But I’ll tell you a trick that’s sometimes a big help.  When you start lookin’ around for something good to take the place of the bad, as a general rule you can find it.  ~From the movie Old Yeller

Hardship is best sailed with a heart ship.  ~The Quote Garden

God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.  ~John Aughey

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.  ~William Shakespeare

There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable:  the damages of time and injustices of men.  ~Nicolas Chamfort


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