When God contemplates some great work, He begins it by the hand of some poor, weak, human creature, to whom He afterwards gives aid.
— Martin Luther
Lean, thin hair, can’t be photographed very well, not much personality and so forth. Also dances.
— Anonymous, film studio executive commenting on Fred Astaire after a 1928 screen test
He looked like he was falling apart when he ran. Looked like he was coming apart when he threw. His stance at the plate was ridiculous. When he swung he’d lunge and hit bad balls. There was no way he could hit the ball like that. But no one told Roberto Clemente that.
— Robin Roberts
I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency.
— Abraham Lincoln
Moses spent forty years thinking he was somebody; then he spent forty years on the back side of the desert realizing he was nobody; finally, he spent the last forty years learning what God can do with a nobody.
— D.L. Moody
Opportunities don’t present themselves in ideal circumstances. If you wait for all the lights to turn green, you will never leave your driveway.
— John Maxwell
Pain is short, and joy is eternal.
— Friedrich von Schiller
Pain and suffering are inevitable in our lives, but misery is an option.
— Chip Beck
Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.
— Ernest Hemingway
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.
— George Bernard Shaw
The price of progress is trouble.
— Charles Kettering
Trouble is a part of life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
— Dinah Shore
There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
— Thomas à Kempis
Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
— Henry Kaiser
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.
— Lou Holtz
The times are bad. Very well, you are there to make them better.
— Thomas Carlyle
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.
— Theodore Vail
My mother taught me about family and hard work and sacrifice. She held steady through tragedy after tragedy. And she held our family together through tough times.
— Bill Clinton
When the world seems huge and dark and meaningless, focus on little things – sunlight through leaves, a cat sprawled across your knees, the taste of an apple, a dew-bright spider’s web. Now is the time for gentle comforts, for friendly and familiar things.
— Pam Brown
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
— Victor Borge
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain
A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
A good laugh makes any interview, or any conversation, so much better.
— Barbara Walters
Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people, and you can fill up those openings with something positive.
— Goldie Hawn
I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
— Helen Keller
My mother never let me use my deafness as an excuse. We had a positive environment, where if you fail, just try again.
— Heather Whitestone
The truth is, I’m sort of lucky to have this body because it forced me to find my strength and beauty within.
— Aimee Mullins, amputee
When I was young, my mother taught me never to feel sorry for myself, because handicaps are really things to be used.
— Stevie Wonder
Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. 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
To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
— William Shakespeare
Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
— Reginna Brett
I remember, after my grandfather’s death, seeing Dad in the hall with tears streaming down his face. I don’t think I had ever seen him cry before. I’m glad I did see him. It helped me know that it was okay for men to cry.
— Fred Rogers
Her little girl was late arriving home from school so the mother began to scold her daughter, but stopped and asked, “Why are you so late?”
“I had to help another girl. She was in trouble,” replied the daughter.
“What did you do to help her?”
“Oh, I sat down and helped her cry.”
It’s okay to let your children see you cry.
— Reginna Brett