A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 1 December 1934,
I mohala no ka lehua i ke ke’ekehi ‘ia e ka ua.
Translation: The Lehua blossom unfolds when the rains tread on it.
Explanation: People respond better to gentle words than to scoldings.
I’d watched too many schoolmates graduate into mental institutions, into group homes and jails, and I knew that locking people up was paranormal – against normal, not beside it. Locks didn’t cure; they strangled.”
Scott Westerfeld, The Last Days
Abyssus abyssum invocat– Hell calls hell; one mistep leads to another
Common sense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult”
– William Somerset Maugham
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there’s going to be a life after tennis that’s a lot longer than your tennis life.
CHRIS EVERT LLOYD, William Safire’s Good Advice
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When the ship lifts, all bills are paid. No regrets.
– Lazarus Long
Having now reached a point where danger might be reasonably apprehended from strolling war parties of Indians, spies were kept in advance and strict diligence observed in the duty of sentinels.
William Henry Ashley
The very same adversity can make one bitter and another better. A thoughtful and prayerful study on how to face adversity can change one’s world.
Though the camel go to Mecca forty years he does not become a pilgrim.
― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Fisherman of the Inland Sea
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890
“A camel in distress isn’t a shy creature. It doesn’t hang around in bars, nursing a solitary drink. It doesn’t phone up old friends and sob at them. It doesn’t mope, or write long soulful poems about Life and how dreadful it is when seen from a bedsitter. It doesn’t know what angst is.”
― Terry Pratchett, Pyramids
― M.A. George, Relativity
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation. ”
― George Washington
– Joan Benoit Samuelson
Without darkness, we may never know how bright the stars shine. Without battles, we could not know what victory feels like. Without adversity, we may never appreciate the abundance in our lives. Be thankful, not only for the easy times, but for every experience that has made you who you are.”
“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
― Drew Brees, Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity
My storehouse having burnt down, nothing obscures my view of the bright moon.”
― Dorothy Parker, Death and Taxes
“Though we tremble before uncertain futures
may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength
may we dance in the face of our fears.”
Gloria E. Anzaldúa
The waves were breaking on the
The wind was howling near,
And all the ships were safe at
Or tied up to the pier.