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




Adversity is the foundation of virtue.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


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


Maori Proverb (Sayings of Maori origin)


Any port in a storm.


Scottish Proverb (Sayings of Scottish origin)


A good cry lightens the heart.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Like soap for the body so are tears for the soul.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


As there is no worldly gain without some loss, so there is no worldly loss without some gain.... Set the allowance against the loss, and thou shalt find no loss great.


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


Prosperity provideth, but adversity proveth friends.


Queen Elizabeth I


If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders -- what would you tell him to do? I don't know. What could he do? What would you tell him? To shrug.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.


Ralph Ransom


Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape.


Mary Caroline Richards


Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us.


W.N. Rieger


Joy runs to meet him drawing near.


James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916, American poet)


I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.


Joan Rivers (1933-, American comedian, talk show host, actress)


If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally, we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested, and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the river of greatness is always the stream of adversity.


Cavett Robert


Never does a man know the force that is in him till some mighty affection or grief has humanized the soul.


Frederick W. Robertson


Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.


James Rogers


The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.


Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Every time you meet a situation, though you think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the torture of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it, you find that forever after you are freer than you were before.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Women are like tea bags; put them in hot water and they get stronger.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole.


Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980, American writer)


By becoming more unhappy, we sometimes learn how to be less so.


Anne Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857, Russian author)


When  an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.


Rosalind Russell


A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.


Saadi (c. 1210 - 1290, Persian poet)


The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


In victory even the cowardly like to boast, while in adverse times even the brave are discredited.


Sallust (BC 86-34, Roman historian)


Anybody who plays sports and says they've never choked is lying to you.


Pete Sampras (1971-, American tennis player)


Excellence costs a great deal.


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


True feeling justifies, whatever it may cost.


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


Trouble shared is trouble halved.


Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957, British author)


It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.


Greek Saying


You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.


Walt Schmidt


There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome -- to be got over.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


Every burden is a blessing.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Tough times never last, but tough people do.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.


Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939, American industrialist, businessman)


One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


It's a matter of ABC: When we encounter ADVERSITY, we react by thinking about it. Our thoughts rapidly congeal into BELIEFS. These beliefs may become so habitual we don't even realize we have them unless we stop to focus on them. And they don't just sit there idly; they have CONSEQUENCES. The beliefs are the direct cause of what we feel and what we do next. They can spell the difference between dejection and giving up, on the one hand, and well-being and constructive action on the other. The first step is to see the connection between adversity, belief, and consequence. The second step is to see how the ABCs operate every day in your own life.


Martin E. P. Seligman


Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Failure changes for the better, success for the worse.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The bravest sight in the world is a great man struggling against adversity.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


The good things that belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Things were bad but now they are OK.


Harold J. Seymour


One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.


Merle Shain


Come what may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


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


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Sweet are the uses of adversity.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


If you want to win anything -- a race, your self, your life -- you have to go a little berserk.


George Sheehan


The rainbow of God's promises is always above the trials and storms of life.


Charles Shepson


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 (American doctor, author, lecturer)


One cannot get through life without pain.... What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us.


Bernie S. Siegel (American doctor, author, lecturer)


To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand. He uses both.


St. Catherine of Siena


People call me an optimist, but I'm really an appreciator... years ago, I was cured of a badly infected finger with antibiotics when once my doctor could have recommended only a hot water soak or, eventually, surgery.... When I was six years old and had scarlet fever, the first of the miracle drugs, sulfanilamide, saved my life. I'm grateful for computers and photocopiers... I appreciate where we've come from.


Julian Simon


The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.


Patti Smith


A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.


Ralph W. Sockman


God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.


St. Francis De Sales (1567-1622, Roman Catholic bishop, writer)


I thought I had reached a point in life where everything would be smooth. But it is not. It just gets more jagged and pitted and filled with turns that take you into the dark recesses of your mind. It never seems to get easy.


Sylvester Stallone (1946-, American actor, writer, director, producer)


Many miles away there's a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.


Sting (1951-, British-born American musician, singer, songwriter, actor)


Find the grain of truth in criticism -- chew it and swallow it.


Don Sutton


Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!


Swahili Warrior Song


We all know that sponges grow in the ocean but I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that wasn't the case.


Author Unknown


We need tough days to drive us to our knees.


Author Unknown


Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


To every disadvantage there is a corresponding advantage.


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


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


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Indian poet, philosopher)


Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


Nothing is so bad that you have to sit down and go crazy.


John Telgen


It is from the level of calamities... that we learn impressive and useful lessons.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Isaiah 48:10


Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 7:8


Enter through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Matthew 7:13-14


They that sow in tears shall reap joy.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 126:5


Supporting myself at an early age was the best training for life I could have possibly received.


Lea Thompson


No first step can be really great; it must of necessity possess more of prophecy than of achievement; nevertheless it is by the first step that a man marks the value, not only of his cause, but of himself.


Katherine Cecil Thurston


If you have to be careful because of oppression and censorship, this pressure produces diamonds.


Tatyana Tolstaya


The strongest of all warriors are these two -- time and patience.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch, what make you go beyond the norm.


Cicely Tyson


I learned ... that inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic, striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.


Brenda Ueland


A Christian could even give thanks for Hell, because Hell was a threat and a warning to keep him in the right way.


Author Unknown


A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.


Author Unknown


A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he gives up.


Author Unknown


A rose only becomes beautiful and blesses others when it opens up and blooms. Its greatest tragedy is to stay in a tight-closed bud, never fulfilling its potential.


Author Unknown


Adversity comes with instruction in its hand.


Author Unknown


Adversity introduces a man to himself.


Author Unknown


Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.


Author Unknown


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