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Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.

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A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

Chinese proverb

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.

Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist.

Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. One didn't panic, he relaxed and drowned. The other kicked and struggled so much that the cream turned to butter and he walked out.

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I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.

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Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.

Italian proverb

The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them

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A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

English proverb