Adversity

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. ~ Chinese proverb

Stress is caused by being 'here' but wanting to be ‘there'. ~ Eckhart Tolle

Worrying won't stop the bad things from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good. 

Stress is the trash of modern life--we all generate it, but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~ Danzae Pace

Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle. ~ Stanley V. Johnson

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ~ Benjamin Franklin

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened. --Winston Churchill

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. ~Rumi

Sorrows are the rags of old clothes and jackets that serve to cover, and then are taken off. That undressing, and the beautiful naked body underneath, is the sweetness that comes after grief. ~Rumi

Something opens our wings, something makes boredom and hurt disappear. ~Rumi

Dance in the middle of fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free. ~Rumi

The wound is the place where the light enters you. ~Rumi

Behind he wound lies the genius. ~ C.G. Jung

Be occupied, then, with what you really value and let the thief take something else. ~Rumi

Saints need sinners. ~ Alan Watts

So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level. ~ Alan Watts

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think. ~ T. Harv Eker

What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. ~ Oscar Wilde

!f you're going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill

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

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas Edison

The best revenge is massive success. ~ Frank Sinatra

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~ Carl Jung

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller

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. ~ Carl Jung

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many--not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God ... comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. ~ Anne Frank

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts. ~ Richard Bach

Everything is a gift of the universe--even joy, anger, jealousy, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment. ~ Ken Keyes Jr.

To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can't just accept the ones you like. ~ Mike Gafka

There is no stress in the world, only people thinking stressful thoughts and then acting on them. ~ Wayne Dyer

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

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. ~ John Wooden

At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ~ Albert Schweitzer

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 light from within. ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ~ Dr. Benjamin Spock

Those who move forward with a happy spirit find that things always work out.

If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, Life will reward you with a new hello.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. – Winnie The Pooh

Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

Strength: a river cuts through a rock not because of its power but it persistence.

If a house is burning, put out the fire. Do not chase after the arsonist. ~ Buddhist Proverb

Anger is born of false perception. ~ Buddhist Proverb

By yielding you may obtain victory. ~ Ovid

Forgiving those who hurt us is the key to personal peace. ~ G. Weatherly

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. ~ Friedrich Nietzche

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. ~ Bernice Johnson Reagon

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. ~ Helen Keller

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.

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

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

God gave burdens, also shoulders. ~Yiddish Proverb


Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

All of us have wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them. ~Charles Dickens

Sadness flies away on the wings of time. ~ Jean de La Fontaine

Weave in faith and God will find the thread. ~ Author Unknown

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

God understands our prayers even when we can't find the words to say them.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go.

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ~John Taylor

God is closest to those with broken hearts. ~ Jewish Saying

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The conflict of forces and the struggle of opposing wills are of the essence of our universe and alone hold it together. ~Havelock Ellis

We are wide-eyed in contemplating the possibility that life may exist elsewhere in the universe, but we wear blinders when contemplating the possibilities of life on earth. ~Norman Cousins

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. ~Albert Schweitzer

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. ~Bern Williams

I didn't know I'd have to be torn down before I could be built up.

Little things console us because little things afflict us. ~Blaise Pascal

People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to a solution that is not. ~Neil Postman

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. ~Frederic Chopin

What a pity that the only way to heaven is in a hearse. ~Stanislaw J. Lec

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. ~Henry David Thoreau

Ruin and recovery are both from within. ~Epictetus

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise. ~Samuel Lover

I am convinced, the longer I live, that life and its blessings are not so entirely unjustly distributed as when we are suffering greatly we are inclined to suppose. ~Mary Todd Lincoln

Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us. ~W.N. Rieger

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. ~James Russell Lowell, Democracy and Other Addresses, 1887

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. ~T.S. Eliot

God give me the strength to face a fact though it slay me. ~Thomas Huxley

Three passions, simple but overwhelming, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. ~Bertrand Russell, Autobiography, 1967

Action is the antidote to despair. ~Joan Baez

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.~ Bernice Johnson Reagon

God Almighty hates a quitter. ~ Gen. Samuel Fessenden

A thief believes everybody steals. ~ E. W. Howe

We can't choose external circumstances, but we can choose how we respond to them. ~ Paolo Coelho

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