I am grateful for all my problems. I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come.
— J.C. Penney
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
— Benjamin Franklin
God loves us in good times and bad. But He is even more real in our lives when we are having tough times.
— Joe Gibbs
The fact that there have been difficulties and hardships makes my family closer.
— John F. Kennedy, Jr.
If God wants you to accomplish something in your life, He’s going to put things in your life for you to learn from. It’s often cumulative. You learn a little bit here and a little bit there. And then there’s the final straw that puts you over the hump. Once you get it, you know you’ve got it.
— Tom Lehman
When starting out, don’t worry about not having enough money. Limited funds are a blessing, not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expense, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
— Edward Gibbon
It’s not what you’d do with a million,
If riches should ever be your lot,
But what are you doing at present
With the dollar and quarter you’ve got.
There isn’t anything wrong in this world with making money, as long as you make it honestly, spend it judiciously and are generous with it.
— Lou Holtz
Once the longing for money comes, the longing also comes for what money can give – superfluous things. Our needs will increase, for one thing leads to another and the result will be endless dissatisfaction. It is not a sin to be rich. When it provokes avarice, it becomes a sin. Richness is given by God and it is our duty to divide it with those less favored.
— Mother Teresa
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
— Mary Irion
If you lived today as if it were your last, you’d buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn’t you?
— Garrison Keillor
Yesterday is a memory; tomorrow is an imagination; today is eternity. Cut out two days of your life, yesterday with its mistakes, tomorrow with its fears, and live only today.
— Virgil Reed
Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.
— Douglas Pagels
One of the most difficult yet basic fundamentals to master is the art of enjoying each moment that you are given on this planet. It’s easy to do that, of course, when the birds are singing and life is going your way. It’s not so easy when you are struggling. Yet even the struggle is a gift, if you are willing to see it that way.
— Isiah Thomas
Pain is temporary, but quitting is forever.
— Lance Armstrong
The cure for grief is motion.
— Elbert Hubbard
When pain doesn’t go away, endurance increases.
— T.D. Jakes
Do not wait for ideal circumstances, nor the best opportunities; they will never come.
— Janet Stuart
Try as we may, none of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread. The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.
— Bernard Baruch
People striving, being knocked down and coming back, that’s what builds character in a man.
— Tom Landry
Bless you, prison, for having been in my life. The meaning of earthly existence lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul.
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian dissident
Adversity puts things in perspective. If you let it, it can help you focus on things that really count in your life. You can free yourself from trivialities and concentrate on what’s really important.
— Pat Williams
Adversity is the breakfast of champions.
— Rick Godwin
Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.
— Rainer Rilke
With every obstacle or challenge I’ve faced, I’ve managed to work through it and come out stronger and wiser.
— Earl Woods
Our strength often increases in proportion to the obstacles imposed upon it.
— Paul de Rapin
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
— Jean Moliére
The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles one encounters on the road to fortune are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance. Peril is the element in which power is developed.
— William Matthews