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We acquire of the strength of that which we have overcome.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.
–George C. Scott

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To undertake a genuine spiritual path is not to avoid difficulties but to learn the art of making mistakes wakefully, to bring them to the transformative power of our hearts.
–Jack Kornfield

The greatest sight in all the world is someone fighting against the odds.
–Franklin Lane

Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.
–Anne Lenclos

Today I live in the quiet, the joyous expectation of good.
–Ernest Holmen

The world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
–Helen Keller

I haven’t a clue how my story will end, but that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars.
–Nancy Willard

One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories. –Rebecca Falls

Standing your ground is progress when you’re battling a hurricane.
–David Weinbaum

There is only one history of any importance, and it is the history of what you once believed in, and the history of what you came to believe in.
–Kay Boyle

Tonight when you lay your head on your pillow, forget how far you still have to go. Look instead at how far you’ve already come.
–Bob Moawad

I am not a victim. I’m a survivor.
–Lance Armstrong

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
–William Ellery Channing

We define ourselves by the best that is in us, not the worst that has been done to us.
–Edward Lewis

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
–Margaret Thatcher

Surround yourself with people who believe you can.
–Dan Zadra

The best way out is always through.
–Robert Frost

Trouble is a part of life, and if you don’t share it you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
–Dinah Shore

Nothing lasts forever… not even your troubles.
–Arnold Glassgow

Lend me your hope for a while. The time will come when I will heal, and I will lend my renewed hope to others.
–Eloise Cole

Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen.
–Francis H. Burnett

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can change his life by changing his attitude of mind.
–William James

Just remember – when you think all is lost, the future remains.
–Bob Goddard

Just for today I will be happy. Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for 12 hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime. Just for today…
–Sybyl F. Partridge

The strongest and sweetest songs yet remained to be sung.
–Walt Whitman

Why do you hurry to remove anything that hurts your eye, but if something affects your soul you put off the cure until next year?

To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.

I’m in love with the potential of miracles. For me, the safest place is out on a limb.
–Shirley Maclaine

Every human being is the author of their own health or disease.
–Swami Sivananda

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
–Anne Frank

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against love.
–Jalal Ud-Din Rumi

There’s a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.
–Pearl Bailey

Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.
–Assyrian proverb

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People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, but the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
–St. Augustine of Hippo

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
–Thich Nhat Hahn

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from nesting in your hair.
–Chinese proverb

At the heart of your being lies your answer. You know who you are and what you want.

If you find a thing difficult, consider whether it would be possible for any person to do it. Because anything that is humanly possible, that falls within human capabilities – you too can accomplish. –Marcus Aurelius

There is no hope unmixed with fear, and no fear unmixed with hope.
–Benedict de Spinoza

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
–José Ortega Y Gasset

First tell yourself what you want to be; and then do what you need to do.

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
–Karen Kaiser Clark

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.
–Mark Twain

Nothing should be permanent except the struggle with the dark side within ourselves.
–Shirley Maclaine

What a surprise to find you could shift the contents of your head like rearranging furniture in a room.
–Lisa Alther

Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
–General George S. Patton

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
–Henry Miller

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to man. Kites rise against, not with the wind.
–Lewis Mumford

When you have decided what you believe, what you feel must be done, have the courage to stand alone and be counted.
–Eleanor Roosevelt

For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
–Bette Howland

Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint at it you can.
–Danny Kaye

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
–Martin Luther King Jr.





Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
–Mahatma Gandhi

Remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.

There is no duty which we so under rate as that of being happy.
–Robert Louis Stevenson

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
–Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
–Helen Keller

If you can walk you can dance. If you can speak you can sing.
–Zimbabwean proverb

Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.
–Winston Churchill

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

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

The discipline of suffering, of great suffering – do you not know that it is this discipline alone and that has created every elevation of mankind hitherto?
–Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

What we cultivate in times of ease, we store up to support us in times of change.
–The Buddha

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stopped to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."  
–Eleanor Roosevelt

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.
–The Talmud

Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind.
–Henry Miller

An optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
–Harry S. Truman

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
–Albert Einstein

Man needs difficulties: they are necessary for health.
–Carl Jung

It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.
–George Elliott

What can be gained by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves?
–Thomas Merton

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I like to walk alone on country paths, rice plains and wild grasses on both sides, putting each sight down on the earth in mindfulness, knowing that I walk on the wondrous earth. In such moments, existence is a miraculous and mysterious reality. People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is…To walk on the earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: oh blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
–Thich Nhat Hanh

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair. –Kahlil Gibran

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
–Helen Keller

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray and, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
–John Muir

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, and every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
–Charles Darwin

Optimists see the best in any situation, and the wisdom of this approach is proven by the effects. It has even been demonstrated that optimists tend to have stronger immune systems than pessimists, and thus have a tendency to be healthier. But even at the level of basic common sense it is clear that only those who turn to face the sun are rewarded by sunlit vistas. –David Ross

I believe that every right implies responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession, a duty.
–John D. Rockefeller Jr.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
–Desmond Tutu

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was often times filled with your tears.
–Kahlil Gibran

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
–Mildred Barthel

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

Our concern must be to live while we are alive… to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes from living behind a façade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.
–Elisabeth Kubler Ross

There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.
–Zora Neale Hurston

You can change your beliefs so they empower your dreams and desires.
–Marcia Wieder

Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself.
–Erich Fromm

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Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
–James Thurber

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
–Alphonse Karr

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.

Inside myself is a place where I live alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.
–Pearl S. Buck

Suffering isn’t ennobling, recovery is.
–Christiaan N. Barnard

A clever person turns great troubles into little ones and little ones into none at all.
–Chinese proverb

When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
–John F. Kennedy

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
–John Milton

Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
–Mary Kay Ash

Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.
–Carol Pearson

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