The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.
Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.
— Hank Aaron
There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
— Pearl Buck
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
A gentle touch or hug may be the only way to communicate at an awkward time or painful moment when words escape you.
— Robert Wolgemuth
A hug from your daddy when you are a little girl can last the rest of your life.
With kids, hugs of all kinds should always come naturally – quick squeezes, hug-and-kiss combos, and great big bear hugs that only Dad can give. When my father and I were sauntering back from those ping-pong games in the garage, he’d often put his arm around my shoulders – not talking, just walking. I remember those moments as clearly as a delicious dream.
— Tom Hirschfeld
Because we are often in such close proximity with our families, we tend to overlook the need to verbalize our affection – but this easy gesture can lift another person’s spirits or bridge a gap between family members who are estranged. Don’t underestimate the power of words.
— Mary Lou Retton
Touch has the power to instantly calm, reassure, transfer courage and stabilize a situation beginning to spin out of control. To the degree that we employ it in our family relationships, we push back the threatening shadows of anger, bitterness, loneliness and insecurity.
— Gary Smalley and John Trent
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except for those who dare to believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
— Bruce Barton
If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird or a dewy morning glory.
— Mary Bethune
I am not ashamed to confess that twenty-five years ago I was a hired laborer, hauling rails, at work on a flatboat.
— Abraham Lincoln
One great technique to deal with your fears in the face of adversity is to recount past challenges that you have successfully overcome. Your ability to manage present circumstances is improved when you recall past fears that were never ultimately realized.
— Art Berg
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, until it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe
Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.
— B.C. Forbes
As a young man I wrote for eight years without ever earning a nickel, which is a long apprenticeship, but in that time I learned a lot about my trade.
— James Michener
I always laugh when people praised me as an overnight success. Overnight plus nine years of training, sacrifice, hard work and discipline was more like it.
— Mary Lou Retton
My father was a janitor for the city of Seattle and he had a pretty hard life. Not only did he have seven children to raise, he also suffered a number of medical problems. But he took on all of these obligations that he had and he stuck to them. By watching him, I learned the value of perseverance.
— Franklin Raines
When we’re surrounded by things that look impossible, making a simple choice to do something that’s possible is a powerful thing to do.
— Melody Beattie
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
— Napoléon Bonaparte
God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.
— William Booth
To achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible.
— John Maxwell
The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
— Arnold Palmer
Laughter dulls the sharpest pain and flattens out the greatest stress. To share it is to give a gift of health.
— Barbara Johnson
Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything.
— Herbert Gardner
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
— Bob Newhart
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
— Victor Hugo
A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected and smile through the unbearable.
— Moshe Waldoks
Amid the greatest difficulties of my administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance in God, knowing that all would go well and that He would decide for the right.
— Abraham Lincoln
The more difficult a victory, the greater the happiness in winning.
They gave Him a manger for a cradle, a carpenter’s bench for a pulpit, thorns for a crown and a cross for a throne. He took them and made them the very glory of His career.
— W.E. Orchard
Everything is difficult at first.
— Chinese proverb
One reason we get so stressed when something goes wrong is that we focus only on what has gone wrong. We wish it hadn’t happened and mumble about our rotten luck. Instead, try reframing a problem situation to see if there is any possible good in it.
— Dr. Suzanne Zoglio