This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.

Feel free to suggest additions!

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Friday, December 5, 2008

Adversity Quotes

1. The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. - Thomas Carlisle

2. Be like a rocky headland on which the waves break incessantly, but it stands fast and the waters sink to rest. - Marcus Aurelius

3. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. – Moliere

4. Bad breaks need not break a good man. They may, with God's help, even make him better. - Neal A. Maxwell

5. The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. - Edward Gibbon

6. Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us as we grasp them by the blade or the handle. - James Russell Lowell

7. The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. - Aristotle

8. The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. - from Disney's Mulan

9. He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. - Ben Jonson

10. The moon would never rise if it paid attention to all the dogs barking at it. - Unknown

11. The greatest enemy of your creative powers is smug complacency. - Nido R. Qubein

12. A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain. - Mildred W. Struven

13. What is to give light must endure burning. – Viktor Frankl

14. All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... 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

15. There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. - Phyllis Bottome

16. If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters. - Abigail Van Buren

17. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. - Vince Lombardi

18. You are beaten to earth? Well, well, what's that? Come up with a smiling face, it's nothing against you to fall down flat, but to lie there - that's disgrace. - Edmund Vance Cooke

19. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. - Voltaire

20. All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. - William F. Halsey

21. I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. - Louisa May Alcott

22. There is often in people to whom 'the worst' has happened an almost transcendent freedom, for they have faced 'the worst' and survived it. - Carol Pearson

23. Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself. - Unknown

24. Life requires pain and suffering, however, misery is optional. - Unknown

25. In trying times, just keep trying! - Merrilee Boyack

26. I've learned though we try to shield our children from life's hardships and life's pain...there will always be occasions in life when a kid needs to walk in the rain. - Linda Ellis

27. Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve. - Leonardo da Vinci

28. When a man is borne down with trouble, when he is perplexed with care and difficulty, if he can meet a smile instead of an argument or a murmur---if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down his soul and soothe his feelings; when the mind is going to despair, it needs a solace of affection and kindness. - Joseph Smith

29. If you're going through hell, keep going. – Sir Winston Churchill

30. What do you want most to do? That's what I have to keep asking myself, in the face of difficulties. - Katherine Mansfield

31. Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. - Theodore N. Vail

32. Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. - Michael Jordan

33. Even from a dark night songs of beauty can be born. - Maryanne Radmacher Hershey

34. 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

35. Our real blessings often appear to us in the shapes of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures. - Joseph Addison

36. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

37. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. - Moliere

38. When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. - Charles A. Beard

39. People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. - Elizabeth Kübler Ross

40. God many times answers our prayers not by bringing down his will to ours, but by lifting us up to himself. We grow strong, so as we need no longer cry for relief. We can bear the heavy load without asking to have it lightened. We can keep the sorrow now and endure it. We can go on in quiet peace without the new blessing which we thought necessary. We have not been saved from the battle we shrank so from entering but we have sought and have gained the victory. Is not victoriousness in conflict better than being freed from the struggle? Is not peace in the midst of the storm and the strife better than to be lifted altogether over the strife? - Dr. J. R. Miller

41. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. - Unknown

42. If a blade of grass can grow in a concrete walk and a fig tree in the side of a mountain cliff, a human being empowered with an invincible faith can survive all odds the world can throw against his tortured soul. - Robert H. Schuller

43. It is often in the trial of adversity that we learn those most critical lessons that form our character and shape our destiny. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sometimes when things turn upside down
And inside out and look dark brown,
I rush outdoors and gaze into
The topless sky’s eternal blue,
So calm and cool, so still and deep,
With soft contented clouds like sheep.
I shade my eyes and stare and stare,
Then go back in the house, and there,
Begin to wonder and to doubt
What I was in a stew about!

-Nancy Byrd Turner

45. The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. - Albert Einstein

46. We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in darkness. - Unknown

47. The world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it. - Will Foley

48. One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. - Sigmund Freud

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

50. The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

51. The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later. - Confucius

52. When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

53. The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. - Unknown

54. Turbulence is a life force. It is opportunity. Let's love turbulence and use it for change. - Ramsay Clark

55. When things go wrong, don't go with them. - Unknown

56. The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a stepping stone in the path of the strong. - Thomas Carlyle

57. Should you yield the canyons from the windstorms, you would not see the beauty of their carvings. - Elizabeth Kubler Ross

58. Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm. - Charles Caleb Colton

59. The darkest night is ofen the bridge to the brightest tomorrow. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

60. Beautiful pictures are developed from negatives in a dark room. So if you see darkness in your life be reassured that a beautiful picture is being prepared. - Unknown

61. Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of our past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings. - Ralph Blum

62. Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we shall soon see them in their proper figures. - Joseph Addison

63. For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks. - Friedrich Nietzsche

64. Storms make oaks take deeper root. - George Herbert

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

66. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. - David Brinkley

67. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no mariner so lost, no gale so strong as to render useless the lighthouse of the Lord. It beckons through the storms of life. It seems to call, 'This way to safety; this way to home'. - Thomas S. Monson

68. I have pondered about the purpose of pain. None of us is immune from experiencing pain. I have seen people cope with it very differently. Some turn away from God in anger, and others allow their suffering to bring them closer to God. - Kent F. Richards

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

70. A good garden may have some weeds. - Thomas Fuller

71. Tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. - Romans

72. Turbulence is a life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change. - Ramsay Clark

73. The world isn't interested in the storms you encountered, but whether or not you brought in the ship. - Raul Armesto

74. Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. - Unknown

75. Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great. - Machiavelli

76. No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. - Hal Borland

77. A very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by being kept workways with the wind and the waves. - Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 124:16

78. The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. - Epicurus

79. One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. - Jack Penn

80. The soul would have no rainbow had the eye no tears. - John Vance Cheney

81. The very greatest things - great thoughts, discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty. - Samuel Smiles

82. Never be discouraged. If I were sunk in the lowest pits of Nova Scotia, with the Rocky Mountains piled on me, I would hang on, exercise faith, and keep up good courage, and I would come out on top. - Joseph Smith

83. Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. – Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo

84. I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature. - Paulo Coelho

85. If you forget you have to struggle for improvement, you go backward. - Geoffrey

86. In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it. - Norman Vincent Peale 

87. Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. - Marilyn vos Savant

88. We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. - Carlos Castaneda
89.  Adversity can increase faith or instead can cause the troubling roots of bitterness to spring up… Therefore, how can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, ‘Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then, let me come and dwell with Thee and full share Thy joy.' - Neal A. Maxwell

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