A Quote by Socrates on human affairs, stable, prosperity, and adversity

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Arthur Golden on adversity

“Adversity is like a strong wind…it doesn’t just hold us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward, we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be."

Arthur Golden

Source: Memoirs of a Geisha

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A Quote by Anne Dudley Bradstreet on relativity, seasons, adversity, challenges, and winter

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet (c.1612 - 1672)

Source: The Works of Anne Bradstreet In Prose and Verse

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A Quote by Andrew Harvey on heart, beauty, pain, and adversity

If you're really listening, if you're awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever more wonders.

Andrew Harvey

Source: The Return of the Mother

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A Quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on beauty, love, light, life, adversity, darkness, people, and windows

People are like stained glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Source: Awaken 2010 Calendar

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A Quote by Publius Vergilius Maro Vergil, Virgil on fortitude, strength, adversity, violence, and endurance

They attack the one man with their hate and their shower of weapons. But he is like some rock which stretches into the vast sea and which, exposed to the fury of the winds and beaten against by the waves, endures all the violence.

Virgil (70 - 19 BC)

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A Quote by Alice O. Howell on dove, stone, spirituality, consciousness, and adversity

Slowly, slowly, however, collectively we are changing, and the new theology speaks of "creation-centered spirituality." For many of us this means a return to the goddess—or the feminine aspect of the Godhead—fostering a love and appreciation of our planet and its creatures, and a new ecology. If any stone is the House of God, by extension, then Earth itself is mother to meaning, to consciousness itself. It makes me think of Shakespeare's words:

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 public haunt, Finds tongues in tress, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

As You Like It, Act II Scene i, lines 12-17

Alice Howell

Source: The Dove in the Stone: Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace (Finding the Sacred in the Commonplace), Pages: 20..21

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A Quote by George Washington on friendship and adversity

Be courteous with all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appelation.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: none

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A Quote by Meng Tzu on adversity, challenge, and growth

When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, expose his body to hunger, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.

Meng Tzu

Source: Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom Why the Meaningful Life Is Closer Than You Think, Pages: 135

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A Quote by Jimmy Carter on democracy, experience, life, infinite, adversity, and jimmy carter

“The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.”

Jimmy Carter (1924 -)


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