An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




It is only in misery that we recognize the hand of God leading good men to good.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


A day is a miniature eternity.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


A man is a god in ruins.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Out of love and hatred, out of earnings and borrowings and leadings and losses; out of sickness and pain; out of wooing and worshipping; out of traveling and voting and watching and caring; out of disgrace and contempt, comes our tuition in the serene and beautiful laws.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Pain, indolence, sterility, endless ennui have also their lesson for you.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Strong men greet war, tempest, hard times. They wish, as Pindar said, to tread the floors of hell, with necessities as hard as iron.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


On the occasion of' every accident that befalls you... inquire what power you have for turning it to use.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


So, when the crisis is upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a tough and stalwart antagonist ... that you may prove a victor at the Great Games.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


The prizes go to those who meet emergencies successfully. And the way to meet emergencies is to do each daily task the best we can.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Unless a man has been kicked around a little, you can't really depend upon him to amount to anything.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Cultural transformation announces itself in sputtering fits and starts, sparked here and there by minor incidents, warmed by new ideas that may smolder for decades. In many different places, at different times, the kindling is laid for the real conflagration -- the one that will consume the old landmarks and alter the landscape forever.


Marilyn Ferguson (American writer)


I am convinced that there are times in everybody's experience when there is so much to be done, that the only way to do it is to sit down and do nothing.


Fanny Fern


Sleep, riches and health, to be truly enjoyed, must be interrupted.


Jean Paul Fichter


Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


Our trials are tests; our sorrows pave the way for a fuller life when we have earned it.


Jerome P. Fleishman


Failure is success if we learn from it.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Every hardship, every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself. The great chain of necessity wherewith we are bound has divine significance; and nothing happens which has not some service in working out the sublime destiny of the human soul.


Elias A. Ford


Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.


Anne Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish refugee, diarist)


What is to give light must endure the burning.


Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997, Austrian psychiatrist, author, "Man's Search for Meaning")


The proof of gold is fire...


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Those things that hurt, instruct.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Mistakes are often the best teachers.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.


Robert C. Gallagher


The prospects never looked brighter and the problems never looked tougher. Anyone who isn't stirred by both of those statements is too tired to be of much use to us in the days ahead.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


Things don't go wrong, they simply happen.


Jacob Ghitis


March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


When we accept tough jobs as a challenge and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.


Arland Gilbert


The most valuable gift I ever received was the gift of insecurity my father left us. My mother's love might not have prepared me for life the way my father's departure did. He forced us out on the road, where we had to earn our bread.


Lillian Gish


Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.


Arnold H. Glasgow


Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Your first big trouble can be a bonanza if you live through it. Get through the first trouble, and you'll probably make it through the next one.


Ruth Gordon


One who was adored by all in prosperity is abhorred 1by all in adversity.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.


Hanmer Parsons Grant


Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


The great difference between one person and another is how he takes hold and uses his first chance, and how he takes his fall if it scored against him


Thomas Hughes (1822-1896, British author)


Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


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


Every experience, however bitter, has its lesson, and to focus one's attention on the lesson helps one overcome the bitterness.


Edward Howard Griggs


At any rate, you can bear it for a quarter of an hour!


Theodore Haecker


Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds; all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.


Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909, American Unitarian clergyman, writer)


Some people bear three kinds of trouble -- the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.


Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909, American Unitarian clergyman, writer)


To have a crisis, and act upon it, is one thing. To dwell in perpetual crisis is another.


Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941-, American author, publicist)


Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, "Shake well before using." That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.


Vance Havner


True luck consists not in holding the best cards at the table; luckiest he who knows just when to rise and go home.


John Hay (1838-1905, American author, statesman)


The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.


Heraclitus (BC 535-475, Greek philosopher)


Noble discontent is the path to heaven.


Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911, American clergyman, writer)


Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Suffering has always been with us, does it really matter in what form it comes? All that matters is how we bear it and how we fit it into our lives.


Etty Hillesum


In my room as a kid... I'd play a fighter and get knocked to the floor and come back to win.


Dustin Hoffman (1937-, American actor)


Of all the advantages which come to any young man... poverty is the greatest.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.


Homer (c. 850 -? BC, Greek epic poet)


I was lucky I wasn't a better boxer, or that's what I'd be now -- a punchy ex-pug.


Bob Hope (1903-2003, American comedian, actor)


A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


In adversity, remember to keep an even mind.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.


Doug Horton


Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


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 teach us the real value of a job.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


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 very fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterward carefully avoid.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


Whatever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves... how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.


Leigh Hunt (1784-1859, British poet, essayist)


Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal.


I Ching (12th century BC, Chinese book of changes)


Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, American author)


There is in every 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 (1783-1859, American author)


I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.


Janet Jackson (1966-, American musician, actress)


Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.


Charles "Tremendous" Jones (American motivational speaker, author)


He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.


Ben Jonson (1573-1637, British dramatist, poet)


Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then man would have been in his primitive state and no progress made in civilization and mental culture.


Anandabai Joshee (1865-1887, Indian physician)


We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.


Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967, American industrialist)


Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.


Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932, Polish report and foreign correspondent)


Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red-hot, so he that wholly turneth himself unto God puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed into a new man.


Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471, German monk, mystic, religious writer)


What really counts is not the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?


Rose F. Kennedy


Flowers grow out of dark moments.


Corita Kent


If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven't grasped the situation.


Jean Kerr (1923-, American author, playwright)


At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.


Ellen Key (1849-1926, Swedish author, feminist)


Adversity draws men 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.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.


Henry Kissinger (1923-, American Secretary of State)


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