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What is to give light must endure the burning.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist.

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Greek fabulist.

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist -- it reduces him to his fighting weight.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.


Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) Protestant preacher and author.

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.

Plutarch (46-120) Greek essayist, and biographer.

Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.