adversity

A Quote by George Gordon, Lord Byron on adversity and truth

...And these vicissitudes come best in youth;
For when they happen at a riper age,
People are apt to blame the Fates, forsooth,
And wonder Providence is not more sage.
Adversity is the first path to truth:
He who hath proved war, storm, or woman's rage,
Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty,
Has won experience which is deem'd so weighty.

Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

Source: Don Juan (canto XII, st. 50)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on adversity, truth, value, sermons, and stones

Sweet are the uses of adversity
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; 
And this our life, exempt from human haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, 
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
I would not change it

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: As You Like It (DUKE Senior; act II, scene i) lines 14-20

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A Quote by Marvin Fenstemmer on marley rides, oprah, adversity, angels, networking, marley pratt, jennifer hart, lung cancer, and mystery

"Sometimes miracles can be very small indeed. Sometimes as small as a pretty pin inside a broken box."
Marley Rides

Marvin Fenstemmer

Source: Marley Rides by Jennifer Hart

Contributed by: Marley Rides

A Quote by Dallin H. Oaks on thanks, hardships, adversity, trials, purpose, learn, grow, opposition, challenges, teaching, afflictions, and bless

"When we give thanks in all things, we see hardships and adversities in the context of the purpose of life... We are meant to learn and grow through opposition, through meeting our challenges, and through teaching others to do the same... the Lord will not only consecrate our afflictions for our gain, but He will use them to bless the lives of countless others."

Dallin Oaks

Source: "Give Thanks in All Things," Ensign, May 2003, 95

Contributed by: JulesDPH

A Quote by Aron Ralston on adversity, growth, blessings, embrace, and seek

Adversity is the source of our deepest growth and greatest blessings; embrace it, dare to seek it.

Aron Ralston

Contributed by: Cheryl

A Quote by Lee Iacocca on difficulty, anger, adversity, positivity, stress, and frustration

“In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ”

Lee Iacocca

Source: From a friend

Contributed by: Emily

A Quote by Lee Iacocca on difficulty, anger, adversity, positivity, stress, and frustration

“In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. ”

Lee Iacocca

Source: From a friend

Contributed by: Emily

A Quote by Og Mandino on depression, fear, inferiority, uncertainty, poverty, incompetent, insignificant, emotions, difficulty, adversity, and stress

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.

Og Mandino

Source: From a website

Contributed by: Emily

A Quote by Oriah Mountain Dreamer on love, intention, dance, relationship, strength, adversity, risk, fragile, beauty, heroism, and mystery

The Dance

I have sent you my invitation, the note inscribed on the palm of my hand by the fire of living.

Don't jump up and shout, "Yes, this is what I want! Let's do it!"

Just stand up quietly and dance with me.

Show me how you follow your deepest desires, spiraling down into the ache within the ache, and I will show you how I reach inward and open outward to feel the kiss of the Mystery, sweet lips on my own, every day.

Don't tell me you want to hold the whole world in your heart.

Show me how you turn away from making another wrong without abandoning yourself when you are hurt and afraid of being unloved.

Tell me a story of who you are, and see who I am in the stories I am living.

And together we will remember that each of us always has a choice.

Don't tell me how wonderful things will be...someday.

Show me you can risk being completely at peace, truly okay with the way things are right now in this moment, and again in the next and the next and the next...

I have heard enough warrior stories of heroic daring.

Tell me how you crumble when you hit the wall, the place you cannot go beyond by the strength of your own will.

What carries you to the other side of that wall, to the fragile beauty of your own humanness?

And after we have shown each other how we have set and kept the learn, healthy boundaries that help us live side by side with each other, let us risk remembering that we never stop silently loving those we once loved out loud.

Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart, and I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and again.

Show me how you take care of business without letting business determine who you are.

When the children are fed but still the voices within and around us shout that soul's desires have too high a price, let us remind each other that it is never about the money.

Show me how you offer to your people and the world the stories and the songs you want our children's children to remember, and I will show you how I struggle, not to change the world, but to love it.

Sit beside me in long moments of shared solitude, knowing both our absolute aloneness and our undeniable belonging.

Dance with me in the silence and in the sound of small daily words, holding neither against me at the end of the day.

And when the sound of all the declarations of our sincerest intentions have died away on the wind, dance with me in the infinite pause before the next great inhale of the breath that is breathing us all into being, not filling the emptiness from the outside or from within.

Don't say, "Yes!"

Just take my hand and dance with me.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Source: Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Dance

Contributed by: Grace

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