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Quotations: Hang in There!
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on! ~Author unknown, 1920s
When you get to your wits' end, you will find that God lives there. ~Author unknown
In the end, everything will be okay. If it's not okay, it's not yet the end. ~Fernando Sabino, translated from Portuguese
So often in life a new chapter awaits. You ride off into the sunset and discover it's the sunrise. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. ~Author unknown
Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese proverb
Let your strongest muscle be the will. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897
Never get discouraged at difficulties... When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you could n't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that 's just the place and time that the tide 'll turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Last Days in Cloudland," Oldtown Folks, 1869
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. ~Ivy Baker Priest, as quoted in Herbert R. Mayes, An Editor's Treasury, 1968
There should be no tear on your cheek, dear, had my hand the access to brush it away. ~Emily Dickinson, 1881
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1993
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Marie Register Weedn (1929–2015), Flavia and the Dream Maker, 1988, flaviastore.archivea.com
If you're going through hell, keep on going. ~Author unknown, modification of an anonymous quotation from around the 1940s [quoteinvestigator.com/2014/09/14/keep-going]
A bend in the road is not the end of the road — unless you fail to make the turn. ~Author unknown, c. 1990s
The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief... ~William Shakespeare, Othello, c. 1604 [I, 3, Duke of Venice]
The frost which kills the harvest of a year, saves the harvests of a century, by destroying the weevil or the locust. Wars, fires, plagues, break up immovable routine... There is a tendency in things to right themselves... The sharpest evils are bent into that periodicity which makes the errors of planets, and the fevers and distempers of men, self-limiting. Nature is upheld by antagonism. Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome. Without war, no soldier; without enemies, no hero... All the glory of character is in affronting the horrors of depravity, to draw thence new nobilities of power... ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Considerations By the Way," The Conduct of Life, 1860
We won't break, Mary. We look very small, but the reed can carry weight. ~Emily Dickinson, 1862
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. ~Jewish proverb
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Miyazawa Kenji, unverified
Adversity is like a strong wind. I don't mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha, 1997, translated by Jakob Haarhuis
A mere word of cheer, in the shadow of night,
When discouragement darkens the way,
Will illumine our hearts with the glorious light
Of a hopeful and sun-brightened day.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "The Bright Things of Life"
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~Captain C. C. Scott, as quoted in Forbes, 1932
Friend o' Mine: I should like to send you a sunbeam, or the twinkle of some bright star, or a tiny piece of the downy fleece that clings to a cloud afar. I should like to send you the essence of a myriad sun-kissed flowers, or the lilting song, as it floats along, of a brook through fairy bowers. I should like to send you the dew-drops that glisten at the break of day, and then at night the eerie light that mantles the Milky Way. I should like to send you the power that nothing can overthrow — the power to smile and laugh the while a-journeying through life you go. But these are mere fanciful wishes; I'll send you a Godspeed instead, and I'll clasp your hand — then you'll understand all the things I have left unsaid.~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973)
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. So what I plan to do is to enjoy the pleasures of memory — not hurrying myself... ~Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977
When failure confronts us and darkens our goals,
How we long for the clasp of a hand;
It is then that we cry from the depths of our souls
For a friend who can just understand.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "The Bright Things of Life"
If we possess our why of life we can put up with almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by R.J. Hollingdale
It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line. ~Ashleigh Brilliant, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1989
Not in the time of pleasure
Hope doth set her bow;
But in the sky of sorrow,
Over the vale of woe.
Through gloom and shadow look we
On beyond the years:
The soul would have no rainbow
Had the eyes no tears.
~John Vance Cheney, "Tears," 1892
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 Way of a Man: An Autobiography, 1969
This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. ~Winston Churchill, speech, 1941
Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in a new beauty, and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.
~Edwin Markham, "Victory in Defeat," c. 1908
Adversity is the first path to truth... ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819
The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. ~George Gritter
It is when there is nothing you can say or do to help that a friend needs you the most. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Fortune knocks but once at any man's door, but misfortune has much more patience. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, Evan Esar, 1968
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ~Horace
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, 1957
God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
But you know my motto — problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind, 1987
God gave burdens, also shoulders. ~Yiddish proverb
Things are tough all over
But I've got good news
When you get down to nothin'
You've got nothin' to lose
Anyway, rock bottom
Is good solid ground
And a dead-end street
Is just a place to turn around
~J. R. Cobb & Buddy Buie, "Rock Bottom," performed by Wynonna Judd, 1994 ♫
It's because so much happens. Too much happens. That's it. Man performs, engenders, so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. That's it. ~William Faulkner
I know I'll have troubles.
I'll, maybe, get stung.
I'll always have troubles.
I'll, maybe, get bit...
But I've bought a big bat.
I'm all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going
To have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~Winston Churchill
The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. ~Bernard Baruch
It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero, as quoted by W.G. Benham
You must be at the end of your rope. I felt a tug. ~Author unknown
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