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To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.

Author: Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Profession: Swiss Political Philosopher, Educationist, Essayist

When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.

Author: Rosalind Russell


A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.

Author: Saadi


When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.

Author: Lee Salk


Trouble shared is trouble halved.

Author: Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)

Profession: British Author

It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.

Author: Greek Saying


You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.

Author: Walt Schmidt


There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

Profession: German Philosopher

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Author: Robert H. Schuller (1926)

Profession: American Minister (Crystal Cathedral), Author, Social Leader

Every burden is a blessing.

Author: Robert H. Schuller (1926)

Profession: American Minister (Crystal Cathedral), Author, Social Leader

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.

Author: Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939)

Profession: American Industrialist, Businessman

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

Author: Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Profession: German Born Medical Missionary, Theologian, Musician, and Philosopher

Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.

Author: Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.

Author: Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

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.

Author: Martin E. P. Seligman