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




When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed.... Great necessities call out great virtues.


Abigail Adams (1744-1818, American First Lady)


I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I'd seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.


Bryan Adams (1959-, Canadian musician, singer, songwriter)


I think there is this about the great troubles. They teach us the art of cheerfulness; whereas the small ones cultivate the industry of discontent.


Mary Adams


It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.


Heartland Advisor


The reward of suffering is experience.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.


Robert Alden


Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us-- and those around us -- more effectively. Look for the learning.


Eric Allenbaugh (American author, "Wake-Up Calls")


I have always fought for ideas -- until I learned that it isn't ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten.


Margaret Anderson (1886 -1973, American literary editor and autobiographer)


You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


They merit more praise who know how to suffer misery than those who temper themselves in contentment.


Pietro Aretino (1492-1556, Italian writer)


Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done?


Matthew Arnold (1822-1888, British poet, critic)


If you have been sunned through and through like an apricot on a wall from your earliest days, you are oversensitive to any withdrawal of heat.


Margot Asquith (1864-1945, British socialite)


Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, "This is a misfortune" but "To bear this worthily is good fortune."


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Everybody's heart is open, you know, when they have recently escaped from severe pain, or are recovering the blessing of health.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Whenever you fall, pick something up.


Oswald Avery


The saints rejoiced at injuries and persecutions, because in forgiving them they had something to present to God when they prayed to Him.


St. Teresa of Avila


Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


The virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in mortals is the heroic virtue.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


All rising to great place is by a winding stair.


Sir Francis Bacon


Leisure for reverie, gay or somber, does much to enrich life.


Miriam Beard


Some troubles, like a protested note of a solvent debtor, bear interest.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


When walking through the "valley of shadows," remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.


H.K. Barclay


Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


A broken heart is what makes life so wonderful five years later, when you see the guy in an elevator and he is fat and smoking a cigar and saying "long-time-no-see." If he hadn't broken your heart, you couldn't have that glorious feeling of relief!


Phyllis Battelle


If you haven't had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature.


Phyllis Battelle


same wind that extinguishes a can set a brazier on fire.


Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732-1799, French dramatist)


Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


No matter what has happened, always behave as if nothing had happened.


Arnold Bennett (1867-1931, British novelist)


We can either change the complexities of life... or develop ways that enable us to cope more effectively.


Herbert Benson


It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.


Taylor Benson


We only really face up to ourselves when we are afraid.


Thomas Bernhard


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


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top. To me, a winner is someone who recognizes their God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses those skills to accomplish his goals. Even when I lost, I learned what my weaknesses were and I went out the next day to turn those weaknesses into strengths.


Larry Bird (1956-, American basketball player, coach)


Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.




The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses.


William Bolitho (1890-1930, British author)


It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.


Margaret Bonnano


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 (1612-1672, British puritan poet)


You gotta play the hand that's dealt you. There may be pain in that hand, but you play it.


James Brady


When something bad happens to me, I think I'm able to deal with it in a pretty good way. That makes me lucky. Some people fall apart at the first little thing that happens.


Christie Brinkley (1954-, American model, actress)


Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Just because Fate doesn't deal the right cards doesn't mean you should give up... it just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


True knowledge comes only through suffering.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness -- a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster -- children into strength and athletic proportion.


William C. Bryant (1794-1878, American poet, newspaper editor)


All things are possible until they are proved impossible -- and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


I am not soft. It is better to be hard, so that you can know what to do.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Trials, temptations, disappointments -- all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.


James Buckham


Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.


Mario Burata


I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that didn't work out. That's when I've really learned.


Carol Burnett (1933-, American television comedian)


What runs through a person like water through a sieve.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Adversity is the first path to truth.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains


Emilie Cady


If there were no tribulation, there would be no rest; if there were no winter, there would be no summer.


St. John Chrysostom (345-407, Patriarch of Constantinople)


Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


No pressure, no diamonds.


Mary Case


There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.


Willa Cather (1876-1947, American author)


If I were given a change of life, I'd like to see how it would be to live as a mere six-footer.


Wilt Chamberlain (1936-, American basketball player)


We say, sorrow, disaster, calamity. God says,  chastening and it sounds sweet to him though it is a discord to our ears. Don't faint when you are rebuked, and don't despise the chastening of the Lord. "In your patience possess your souls."


Oswald Chambers (1874-1917, Scottish preacher, author)


When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.


Oswald Chambers (1874-1917, Scottish preacher, author)


Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


True contentment is the power of getting of any situation all that there is in it.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.


Jerry Chin


The art of life consists in taking each event which befalls us with a contented mind, confident of good.... With this method... rejoice always, though in the midst of sorrows, and possess all things, though destitute of everything.


James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888, American minister, theologian)


The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.


Kitty O'neill Collins


Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


He that has never suffered extreme adversity knows not the full extent of his own depravation.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


There are three modes of bearing the ills of life; by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


When facing impossible conditions, sometimes it is in your best interests to retreat.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


I bring to my life a certain amount of mess.


Francis Ford Coppola (1939-, American director, cinematographer, magazine publisher,)


When the rock is hard, we get harder than the rock. When the job is tough, we get tougher than the job.


George Cullum


Everyone gets their rough day. No one gets a free ride. Today so far, I had a good day. I got a dial tone.


Rodney Dangerfield (1921-, American comedian, actor)


Suffering raises up those souls that are truly great; it is only small souls that are made mean-spirited by it.


Alexandra David-Neel


One of the greatest evils of the day among those outside of prison is their sense of futility. Young people say, What is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment.


Dorothy Day (1897-1980, American religious leader)


In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.


Danny Devito (1944-, American actor, comedian)


A wounded deer leaps the highest.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


He disposes Doom who hath suffered him.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


I think these difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.


Isak Dinesen (1885-1962, American author)


It is only the women whose eyes have been washed clear with tears who get the broad vision that makes them little sisters to all the world.


Dorothy Dix (1861-1951, American columnist)


Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps 'til the legend, "over steep ways to the stars," fulfills self.


William C. Doane


Is it not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.


Frank Herbert, Dune


Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


Sorrow has its reward. It never leaves us where it found us.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


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


Duke Ellington (American jazz musician)


Gray skies are just clouds passing over.


Duke Ellington (American jazz musician)


Difficulties are things that show what men are.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Men are not influenced by things, but by their thoughts about things.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


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