The world is so constructed,
that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures,
you must also endure its pains.
Whether you like it or not,
you cannot have one
without the other.
~ Swami Brahmananda ~
Never give in, never give in,
never, never, never —
in nothing, great or small,
large or petty.
Never give in except to
convictions of honor
and good sense.
~ Winston Churchill ~
The world breaks everyone
and afterward many are stronger
at the broken places.
~ Ernest Hemingway ~
Waste no more time arguing
what a good man should be.
~ Marcus Aurelius ~
You walk through a series of arches, so to speak,
and then, presently, at the end of a corridor,
a door opens and you see backward through time,
and you feel the flow of time,
and realize you are only part of
a great nameless procession.
~ John Huston ~
Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We shall get there.
~ A.A. Milne ~
Never forget that you are one of a kind.
Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you
in all your uniqueness on this earth,
you wouldn’t be here in the first place.
And never forget, no matter how overwhelming
life’s challenges and problems seem to be,
that one person can make a difference
in the world.
In fact, it is always because of one person
that all the changes that matter in the world
come about. So be that one person.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller ~
Adversities do not make a man frail.
They show what sort of man he is.
~ Thomas A Kempis ~
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 ~
He is risen.
~ Matthew 28:6 ~
It is always in the midst,
in the epicenter,
of your troubles
that you find serenity.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock,
perhaps a hundred times without as much
as a crack showing in it.
Yet at the hundred-and-first blow
it will split in two, and I know
it was not the last blow that did it,
but all that had gone before.
~ Jacob A. Riis ~
In times like these it is good to remember
that there have always been times like these.
~ Paul Harvey ~
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is
to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
~ John Keats ~
For those who are willing to make an effort,
great miracles and wonderful treasures are in store.
~ Issac Bashevis Singer ~
Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
~ Alice Walker ~
Don’t believe the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing —
it was here first.
~ Robert Jones Burdette ~
Now is no time to think of what you do not have.
Think of what you can do with what there is.
~ Ernest Hemingway ~
People are like stained glass windows:
they sparkle and shine when the sun’s out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed
only if there is light within.
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross ~
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make, the better.
What if they are a little coarse,
and you may get your coat soiled and torn?
What if you do fail,
and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice?
Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~