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Coping With Adversity: Quotes

Inspiration, advice & a dafsh of humour to help cope with adversity.

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Anon
Do not fear the winds of adversity.
Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it

Take a deep breath. It calms the mind

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

Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced

In every obstacle there is an opportunity

When in doubt just take the next small step

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Douglas Adams
Don't panic

Human beings, who are almost unique in their ability to learn from the experience of others are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Konrad Adenauer
A thick skin is a gift from God

David Allen Getting Things Done
Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to relax

Anything that causes you to over react or under react can control you, and often does

You won't see how to do it until you see yourself doing it

Muhammad Ali
What keeps me going is goals

Aristotle
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.

It is possible to fail in many ways...while to succeed is possible only in one way. 

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are an aid and a comfort in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.

We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act but a habit

Marcus Aurelius
The first rule is to keep an untoubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are

If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgement of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.

Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them

Richard Bachi
When you have come to the edge of all the light you have
And step into the darkness of the unknown
Believe that one of the two will happen to you
Either you'll find something solid to stand on
Or you'll be taught how to fly

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

Nick Baylis
It's not the troubles we run into, it's what we do about them which determines their net effect upon our lives ... by the very act of trying, our spirit is making progress

It's not our past which most determines the possibilities open to us, it's what we choose here and now to make happen in our present and future.

It is the ability to focus our attention on self-motivating thoughts, rather than being mesmerised by negatives, which rests at the very heart of a healthy approach to life.

The sort of resilient personality who can bounce back quickly after a major setback, does so largely because they quickly generate positive emotions which serve as a physical and psychological antidote to bad news.

Alexander Graham Bell
When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us

Arnold Bennett
It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view's much better from the top

Benton & Bowles
It's not creative unless it sells

W I Beveridge
The human mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with a similar energy

Boethius
No man can ever be secure until he has been foresaken by Fortune

Niels Bohr
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field

 Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it

Usain Bolt
Racing comes easily to me, especially the 100 metres. That is why, no matter how fast I run the run the 100 metres, the 200 will always mean more to me, because of the effort I've put in

Jackson Browne
Don't be afraid to go out on a limb, that's where the fruit is

Buddha
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment

Albert Camus
Real generosity to the future lies in giving all to the present

Alan Carr
All change requires effort and sacrifice. Sometimes action plans fail because they are based on the idea that there is a 'magic bullet' which on its own can solve our problems.This is not true. Complex human problems typically require complex solutions with many different components

Julius Ceasar
Experience is the teacher of all things

Truman Capote
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour

Carlos Castaneda
The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse

Emile Chartier
Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it's the only one you have

Anton Chekov
Any idiot can face a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out

Trammell Crow
There's as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something

Chinese Curse
May you get what you wish for

Chinese Proverbs
Good luck seldom comes in pairs but bad things never walk alone.

Use attack as the tactic of defense.

One joy scatters a hundred griefs

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

Agatha Christie
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.

Chumbawamba
I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never gonna keep me down

Winston Churchill
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

If you're going through hell, keep going.

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often

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

We find comfort among those who agree with us, growth among those who don't.

Hillary Clinton
Never waste a good crisis

Robert Collier
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

Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

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

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience,which is the bitterest.

James Fenimore Cooper
The affairs of life embrace a multitude of interests and he who reasons in any one of them without consulting the rest, is a visionary unsuited to control the business of the world

Joseph Conrad
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it!

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow
A person can make himself happy or miserable, regardless of what is happening 'outside', just by changing the contents of consciousness.  We all know individuals who can transform hopeless situations into challenges to be overcome just through the force of their personalities.  This ability to persevere despite obstacles and setbacks is the quality people most admire in others, and justly so; it is probably the most important trait not only for succeeding in life, but for enjoying it as well.  To develop this trait one must find ways to order consciousness so as to be in control of feelings and thoughts.

Charles Darwin
It's not the strongest who survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most adaptable to change

Tommy Davis
Some people have built in filters that screen out the boos and amplify the hurrahs. Those are the people who never know when they're in trouble

Daniel Dennett
Try to acquire the weird practice of savoring your mistakes, delighting in uncovering the strange quirks that led you astray. Then, when you have sucked out all the goodness to be gained from having made them, you can cheerfully forget them and go on to the next big opportunity

Walt Disney
You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

Benjamin Disreali
There is no education like adversity

H A Dorfman
Self discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear and doubt. Self-discipline allows a pitcher to feel his individuality, his inner strength, his talent. He is master of, rather than a slave to, his thoughts and emotions

Wayne Dyer
Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never overestimate your power to change others 

Thomas Edison
When down at the mouth remember Jonah - he came out all right

If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves

Albert Einstein
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them

Imagination is more important than knowledge

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson
We acquire the strength we have overcome.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

All life is an experiment, The more experiments you make the better.

Friedrich Engels
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory

Marilyn Ferguson
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom

Henry Ford
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward

Think you can, think you can't. Either way you'll be right.

Harry Fosdick
He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles

Viktor Frankl: Man's search for meaning
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves

Sigmund Freud
If you can't do it, give up!

Eric Fromm
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.

Robert Gallagher
Even if you fall on your face you're still moving forward

Shakti Gawain
You create opportunities by asking for them

Anything in life that we don't accept will simply make trouble for us until we make peace with it

We avoid the things that we're afraid of because we think there will be dire consequences if we confront them. But the truly dire consequences in our lives come from avoiding things that we need to learn about or discover

Andre Gide
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.

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

We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest and we must win

Goethe
Fresh activity is the only thing that overcomes adversity

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming 

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

Daniel Goleman
When the darkness is seen as a necessary prelude to the creative light, one is less likely to ascribe frustration to personal inadequacy or label it as bad

Laurence Gonzales: Deep Survival
To survive you must surrender without giving in, that is to say, fully accept the reality in all its horror and never give up the will to survive. That allows you to quickly adapt to the situation and dedicate yourself to the present moment rather than wallow in denial

As you run out of options and energy you must become resigned to your plight. Like it or not you must make a new mental map of where you are, not where you wish you were. To survive you must find yourself, then it won't matter where you are.

Harry Gray
No one achieved greatness by playing it safe

Henepola Gunaratana
We have to learn to be kind to ourselves. In the long run avoiding unpleasantness is a very unkind thing to do to yourself

You can't make radical changes in the pattern of your life until you see yourself exactly as you are now.  As soon as you do that changes will flow naturally

Mark Hansen
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.

Robert Harris
The natural impulse of men is to follow and whoever has the strongest sense of purpose will always dominate the rest.

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

William Hazlitt
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it

Robert Heinlein
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects

Benny Hill
Just because no one complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect

Napoleon Hill
Most great people have attained their greatest success just 1 step beyond their greatest failure

Self-discipline begins with mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think you can't control what you do. Simply, self dicipline enables you to think first and act afterwards

Oliver Wendell Holmes
If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.

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

Rule your mind or it will rule you

Victo Hugo
Adversity makes men, prosperity makes monsters

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

Lyndon Johnson
What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you

Carl Jung
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity

David Kekich
Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do in business and in life. Empire builders spen hour after hour on mental work...while others party. If you're not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrative thinking...then you're giving in to laziness and no longer control your life

Garrison Keillor
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.

Helen Keller
A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world

John F Kennedy
When written in Chinese the word 'crisis' is comprised of 2 characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity

There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction

Rudyard Kipling
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same...
Yours is the earth and everything that's in it
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Sue Knight
Do what you always do and you'll get what you've always got

Kenneth Kraft
A person who is deeply responsive to the conditions in which he finds himself will be creative

Craig Lambert
Rowers have a word for this frictionless state: swing...Trying too hard sabotages boat speed. Trying becomes striving and striving undoes itself...swing is a state of arrival

Lao Tzu
If you do not change direction you may end up where you are heading

When you correct your mind everything else falls into place

T E Lawrence
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by the night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

Max Lerner
The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt

H T Leslie
The game of life lies not so much in holding a good hand but in playing a bad one well

Vince Lombardi
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect

Maori Proverb
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you

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

Michael McGriffy
Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape

Mignon Mclaughlin
Despair is anger with no place to go

Archibald McLeish
There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience

John Miller
If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be

Kenjii Miyazawa
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey

Montaigne
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself, and apply myself to them, if they will not apply themselves to me 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Let me face the peril

Rosabeth Moss Canter
The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster

George Nordenholt
No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step toward solution. Do something

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

Ovid
Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast in the stream, where you least expect it there will be a fish 

General George Patton
A good plan vigorously executed now is far better is than a perfect plan executed next week

If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking

Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom

The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That's  the time to listen to every fear you can imagine. When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off your fears and go ahead.

Norman Vincent Peale
Change your thoughts and you change the world

Plutarch
To do an evil act is base. To do a good one without incurring danger is common enough. But it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds though he risks everything in doing them.

General Colin Powell
1. It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
6. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Ambrose Redmoon
Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear

Robert Ringer
Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing simple, specific habits that always lead to succes

August Rodin
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely

Will Rogers
The worst thing to happen to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you

When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging

Theodore Roosevelt
Far better it is to dare mighty things, even though chequered by failure, than to dwell in that perpetual twilight that knows not victory nor defeat

There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering

Helen Rowland
The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity

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

John Ruskin
Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise & perfect in all their actions

Russian Proverb
Life will never be just a walk through an open field

Gorge Santayana
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim

Charles Schwab
The best place to succeed is where you are with what you have

Martin Seligman
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.

Seneca
A man's as miserable as he thinks he is

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

When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind

George Sheehan
If you want to win anything - a race, your self, your life - you have to go a little beserk

Shunryu Suzuki
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything

Fran Tarkenton
Fear causes people to draw back from situations. It brings on mediocrity, it dulls creativity, it sets one up to be a loser in life

Mother Teresa
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.

Henry Thoreau
If one advances in the direction of his dreams, one will meet with success unexpected in common hours

James Thurber
Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear but around in awareness

Leo Tolstoy
I am always with myself and it is I who am my tormentor

Brian Tracy
Success is goals, everything else is commentary

Mark Twain
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks and then starting on the first one

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened

V.I.N. CENT
There are three basic types, Mr. Pizer: The Wills, the Won’ts, and the Can’ts. The Wills accomplish everything, the Won’ts oppose everything, and the Can’ts won’t try anything

War Office
Keep calm and carry on

Dennis Waitley
The winner's edge is all the attitude not the aptitude

John Wayne
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday

E B White
If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.

Yoda
Try? There is no try. Only do or not do

W W Ziege
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal and nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude

Zig Ziglar
Sometimes adversity is what you need to face to become successful

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