"There is nothing worse than being unable to see light at the end of the tunnel. I have learned to focus my energies on solutions, not on the challenge itself. So often, I have seen people waste energy by moaning and groaning about a problem. Yet, if they just realigned their attitude and focused on the solution or on the opportunity, the challenge would not seem as big as they think it is."
Catherine Pulsifer, My Story
"In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends."
John Churton Collins
"Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
"If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn."
"All adverse and depressing influences can be overcome, not by fighting, by by rising above them."
Charles C. Colton
"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."
"Adversity is the first path to truth."
"I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders."
"Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men."
"Adversity brings knowledge, and knowledge wisdom."
"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater."
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records."
William A. Ward
"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
"Every path has its puddle."
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott
"Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers."
"A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine."
"One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity."
"In adversity, remember to keep an even mind."
"The problems of life do not go away magically. We have to consciously work on making our lives more positive and joyful."
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, from Life, The Greatest Ride of All
"I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way."
J. C. Penney
"Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it."
"We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way."
"Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are."
"Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes."
"Don't think of problems as difficulties. Think of them as opportunities for action."
Author Unknown, from Ten Ways to Worry Less and Accomplish More
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
"You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."
"Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has."
"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."
"Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds."
Norman Vincent Peale
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."
"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you."
"You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave."
Henry Ward Beecher
"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
Frank A. Clark
"It is important to understand that you are the master controller of your reactions, no matter what the circumstances."
Catherine Pulsifer, from Does It Really Matter!
"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity."
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant."
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
"Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition - such as lifting weights - we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity."
Stephen R. Covey