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A stumble may prevent a fall.

Author: English Proverb

Profession: Sayings of British Origin

Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.

Author: Italian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Italian Origin

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

Author: Maori Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Maori Origin

Stumbling is not falling.

Author: Portuguese Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Portuguese Origin

Any port in a storm.

Author: Scottish Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Scottish Origin

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

Author: Ralph Ransom


Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape.

Author: Mary Caroline Richards


Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.

Author: Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

Profession: German Novelist

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.

Author: Joan Rivers (1933)

Profession: American Comedian, Talk Show Host, Actress

If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.

Author: Cavett Robert


In a dark time, the eye begins to see.

Author: Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

Profession: American Poet

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

Author: James Rogers


The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.

Author: Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Profession: American Humorist, Actor

People are like stained -- glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within

Author: Elizabeth Kubler Ross


Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.

Author: Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Profession: Swiss Political Philosopher, Educationist, Essayist