II. How to Face Adversity
One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world -- making the most of one's best.- Harry Emerson Fosdick
"A kite flies against the wind." A person rises higher as the opposing wind becomes stronger."
"A sailboat can go forward even when against the wind." It makes use of conflicting forces, including adverse forces, to move forward.
Muscles are developed by putting resistance to them.
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. - Charles H. Spurgeon
I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. - Helen Keller
Life is a school in which every sorrow, every pain, every heartbreak brings a precious lesson. - Swami Sivananda
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The capacity for maturely facing adversity is an important steppingstone to spirituality.
A problem is an opportunity in work clothes. - Henry Kaiser Jr.
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things. - Henry Ward Beecher.
Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue. - Sir Francis Bacon
Trials, temptations, disappointments all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fibre of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before. - James Buckham
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong. - Seneca
Who hath not known ill fortune, never knew himself, or his own virtue. - Mallet
I never met with a single instance of adversity which I have not in the end seen was for my good. I have never heard of a Christian on his deathbed complaining of his afflictions. - A. Proudfit
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. - Hazlitt
Prosperity has this property: It puffs up narrow souls, makes them imagine themselves high and mighty, and leads them to look down upon the world with contempt; but a truly noble spirit appears greatest in distress; and then becomes more bright and conspicuous. - Plutarch
A smooth sea never made a skilful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, arouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill, and fortitude in the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.- Anon
It is good for man to suffer the adversity of this earthly life: for it brings him back to the sacred retirement of the heart, where only he finds he is an exile from his native home, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly enjoyment. - Thomas A Kempis
It is not the so-called blessings of life, its sunshine and calm and pleasant experiences that make men, but its rugged experiences, its storms and tempests and trials. Early adversity is often a blessing in disguise. - W. Mathews
"If five percent of the people work for peace, there will be peace."