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One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) German theologian, philosopher, and physician.

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet, critic and editor.

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker and motivational writer.

Your dips an falls do not confound me, half as much as your heights astound me.

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No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.

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In times of storm, the shallowness of the root structure is revealed.

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When I dig another out of trouble, the hole from which I lift him is the place where I bury my own.

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Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

Epictetus (50-120) Greek philosopher.