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Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.

Author: Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Profession: American Author

I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.

Author: Janet Jackson (1966)

Profession: American Musician, Actress

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.

Author: Johnson


Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity

Author: Ben Jonson (1573-1637)

Profession: British Dramatist, Poet

Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then man would have been in his primitive state and no progress made in civilization and mental culture.

Author: Anandabai Joshee (1865-1887)

Profession: Indian Physician

We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.

Author: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Profession: Swiss Psychiatrist

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.

Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932)

Profession: Polish Report and Foreign Correspondent

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

Author: John Keats (1795-1821)

Profession: British Poet

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?

Author: Rose F. Kennedy (1890-1995)

Profession: Mother of President John F. Kennedy

If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven't grasped the situation.

Author: Jean Kerr (1923)

Profession: American Author, Playwright

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.

Author: Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Profession: Danish Philosopher, Writer

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Author: Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)

Profession: American Black Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, 1964

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.

Author: Henry Kissinger (1923-)

Profession: American Republican Politician, Secretary of State