Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around. ~Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb, "Rock Bottom"
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 StoweClV
Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ~Author Unknown
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. ~Garrison Keillor
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. ~Author Unknown
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. ~Rainer Maria RilkeFD
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
The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. ~Author Unknown
Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~Edwin Markham
The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. ~Max Lerner, The Unfinished Country, 1950WLBUQ
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. ~Mother TeresaMCDD
It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero
When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there. ~Author Unknown
When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959LCD
A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn. ~Author Unknown
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo EmersonCharles A. Beard
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~M. Kathleen Casey
I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. ~John AugheyMCTO
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, Meditations in Wall Street, 1940, originally published anonymously; commonly misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emersonquoteinvestigator.com/2011/01/11/what-lies-within, walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page, also sometimes worded as what lies ahead of us … what lives within us. (Thanks, Garson O’Toole and walden.org!)
God gave burdens, also shoulders. ~Yiddish ProverbBTSG
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~Winston Churchill
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires, 35 B.C., book 2, satire 8, line 73; PMB
When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom