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

At times, challenges hit with the force of a roaring, rushing waterfall.  The true test, however, is whether you can put your arms up and enjoy the feel of the water.
Aviva Kaufman Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
Author Unknown Quotes

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

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again.
Mignon McLaughlin Quotes

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

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

Allow yourself a moment of grief when life’s misfortunes visit you.  However, do not spend your days building a monument in honor of them.  Dodinsky Quotes

Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough.
Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes

Adversity is the first path to truth.
Lord Byron Quotes

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller Quotes

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity ’til he has tasted adversity.
Sa’di Quotes

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  Quotes

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

Bad is never good until worse happens.
Danish Proverb Quotes

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things.
Robert Service Quotes

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

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

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

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

Bygone troubles are good to tell.
Yiddish Proverb Quotes

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.  Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.  Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.
August Wilson Quotes

Despair is anger with no place to go.
Mignon McLaughlin  Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

During the darkest indigo midnight, yet will countless stars blossom.
Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

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

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

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

God gave burdens, also shoulders.
Yiddish Proverb Quotes

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

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
Steven Kloves  Quotes

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for.
Stanislaus I, Maxims Quotes

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill.  Our antagonist is our helper.
Edmund Burke Quotes

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

Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
Marcel Proust  Quotes

Human suffering, while it is asleep, is shapeless.  If it is wakened it takes the form of the waker.
Antonio Porchia  Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

I guess if you take away the pain in life it means having no beauty to hope for.
Daniel, @blindedpoet Quotes

I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.
Elizabeth Taylor Quotes

Invite your melancholy outside for a walk.  Or read it a poem.  Or bake it chocolate chip cookies.
Dr. SunWolf Quotes

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 Quotes

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. Quotes

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

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

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

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 Quotes

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

It is aaaaalways 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 Quotes

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

It is better to drink of deep griefs than to taste shallow pleasures.
William Hazlitt  Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.
Jackson Brown, Jr. Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

My strength is made perfect in weakness.
II Corinthians Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

Pain is sometimes the cost of a meaninful existence.  I can handle that.
Jeb Dickerson  Quotes

Problems are messages.
Shakti Gawain Quotes

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

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

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

People don’t ever seem to relate that doing what’s right is no guarantee against misfortune.
William McFee  Quotes

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

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

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

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

Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.
M. Kathleen Casey Quotes

People are resilient.  After all, every person born has recovered from nine months on life support.
Robert Brault  Quotes

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

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 Quotes

Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.
Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb, Quotes

Sometimes I think my life would make a great TV movie.  It even has the part where they say, “Stand by. We are experiencing temporary difficulties.
Robert Brault Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

Sometimes in tragedy we find our life’s purpose – the eye sheds a tear to find its focus.
Robert Brault Quotes

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

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
African Proverb Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

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  Quotes

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

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

The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks.
Fred Beck Quotes

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Oprah Winfrey Quotes

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

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

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

There is no education like adversity.
Disraeli Quotes

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

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  Quotes

The dark and the light are braided and bound.
Marc Ian Barasch Quotes

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

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  Quotes

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

The cold is a good counselor, but it is cold.
Antonio Porchia  Quotes

There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.
Lou Reed  Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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

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

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

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
Virginia Woolf  Quotes

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

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
Sophocles Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

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

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

Thorns and stings And those such things Just make stronger Our angel wings.
Terri Guillemets Quotes

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
Henry Ward Beecher Quotes

There are sufferings that have lost their memory and do not remember why they are suffering.
Antonio Porchia, Voces  Quotes

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  Quotes

The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.
Morris Mandel Quotes

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

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

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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

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

When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy  Quotes

When life gives you lemons, please, just don’t squirt them in other people’s eyes.
J. Andrew Helt Quotes

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.
Author Unknown Quotes

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

When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars.
Robert Brault  Quotes

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 Quotes

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 Quotes

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

When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one.
Mignon McLaughlin

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

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  Quotes

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

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

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

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 Quotes

Yes, one must suffer, even in vain, so as not to have lived in vain.
Antonio Porchia  Quotes

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

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

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
Bill Gates  Quotes

Sometimes a man is intensely, even passionately, attached to suffering that is a fact.
Fyodor Dostoevsky Quotes

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

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