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Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.

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

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117) Roman historian.

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.

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

There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.

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


The reward of suffering is experience.

Aeschylus (BC 525-BC 456) Greek dramatist.

Adversity is the first path to truth.

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) American author.

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

Saint Augustine (354-430) Theologian.

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.