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 reward goes to him who plods along unruffled, refusing to become angry with himself or the results of his efforts.
— Bobby Jones
They say the breaks even up in the long run, and the trick is to be a long distance runner.
— Chuck Knox
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered, and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
— Charles Lindbergh
The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that precedes the victory.
— Karen Livingston
It’s the people who stop to consider their hurt and heartache who usually fall short of their goals. Some even drop out altogether just because they experience a little disappointment or sorrow. You’ve got to play through your pain if you want to make it where you’re going.
— George Foreman
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
My strongest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
— Bjorn Borg
Character is determined in the second half.
— Bernie Casey
I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn’t all that important to me.
— Lisa Alther
A champion is one who gets up when he can’t see.
— Jack Dempsey
Doers are willing to break through the barriers of pain that stand between themselves and a goal. The pain barriers might be emotional or physical – or both. Doers realize that any goal of substance is not meant to be achieved easily and they will face severe tests of their patience and determination along the path to fulfillment.
— Gary Player
Pain is only temporary. . . the benefits last forever.
— Jack Canfield
You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can’t say I am glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy.
— Carol Burnett
Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest song, the most touching poems, the most gripping stories and inspiring lives.
— Billy Graham
There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.
— Fred Rogers
The real irony is this: some of the happiest, most joy-filled people I know are people who have been through some of the worst pain in the world. I don’t know exactly why that happens, but this is my guess: once we’re no longer afraid to feel any feeling that comes our way, we really do become happy, joyous and free.
— Melody Beattie
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