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Overcome Adversity

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

When Bad Things Happen

The iron crown of suffering precedes the golden crown of glory.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller

Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts.
St. Francis de Sales

Suffering and success go together. If you are succeeding without suffering, it is because others before you have suffered; if you are suffering without succeeding, it is that others after you may succeed.
Edward Judson

God Will Provide

When you have shut the doors, and darkened your room, remember never to say that you are alone; for God is within.

The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10

There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.
L. Thomas Holdcraft

In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, God has never failed me: the financial balance for the entire Inland China Mission yesterday was twenty-five cents. Praise the Lord! Twenty-five cents – plus all the promises of God.
J. Hudson Taylor

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10


Getting things accomplished isn’t nearly as important as taking time for love.
Janette Oke

We never know how much one loves till we know how much he is willing to endure and suffer for us; and it is the suffering element that measures love.
Henry Ward Beecher

If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2-3

From success you get a lot of things, but not that great inside thing that love brings you.
Samuel Goldwyn

People who love each other are the happiest people in the world. We see that with our very poor people. They love their children and they love their families. They may have very little, in fact, they may not have anything, but they are happy people.
Mother Teresa

The Adversity Advantage

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Edwin Chapin

It is the wounded oyster that mends its shell with pearl.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
Joseph Addison

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skills. Our antagonist is our hope.
Edmund Burke

Use any time when you aren’t on center stage to strengthen your powers of perception. Even being on the bench or working around the periphery of the Lakers was like attending a master class in professional basketball.
Pat Riley

The Adversity Advantage

I guess the best thing that ever happened to me was hard times.
Byron Nelson

By His wisdom He so orders His delays, that they prove to be far better than our hurries.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

It is impossible for a person not to be puffed up by his good works unless he has first been deflated and destroyed by suffering and evil to the point that he knows that he is worthless and that his works are not his but God’s.
Martin Luther

The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition.
Bob Jones

God allows us to have disappointments, frustrations, or even worse because He wants us to see that our joy is not in such worldly pleasures as success or money or popularity or health or sex or even in a miracle-working faith. Our joy is in the fact that we have a relationship with God.
Catherine Marshall


It is by those who have suffered that the world has been advanced.
Leo Tolstoy

Everything costs. No accomplishment comes without suffering.
Joe Paterno

The best way to escape our sufferings is to be willing they should endure as long as God pleases.
John Wesley

Being myself no stranger to suffering, I have learned to relieve the suffering of others.

Do not give up when you find that you have to suffer greatly in order to get results. Never forget that the winners are the ones who can suffer best. It’s the no-hopers who cannot suffer. The inability to suffer is almost always the real reason riders do not succeed in our sport. He who can suffer best has the best chance to get to the top.
Charles Ruys