Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
Author: Ann Landers (1918)
Profession: American Advice Columnist
There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.
Author: Thomas E. Lawrence (1888-1935)
Profession: British Soldier, Arabist, Writer
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
Author: Robert Leighton (1611-1684)
Profession: British Clergyman
In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. Similarly, the geometry of life is designed to keep us at the point of maximum tension between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. Every important call is a close one. We survive and evolve by the skin of our teeth. We really wouldn't want it any other way.
Author: George Leonard
It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.
Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
Profession: German Physicist, Satirist
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor
God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
Author: George MacDonald (1824-1905)
Profession: Scottish Novelist
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
Author: Malcolm X (1925-1965)
Profession: American Black Leader, Activist
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
Author: Maxwell Maltz
Profession: American Plastic Surgeon, Author of "Psycho-Cybernetics"
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home.
Author: Apollo 13 Movie
Only entropy comes easy.
Author: Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)
Profession: American Social Philosopher
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
Author: John Neal