When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt



Fall seven times, stand up eight.  ~Japanese Proverb



When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.  ~Harriet Beecher Stowe



The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.  ~Ivy Baker Priest



What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.  ~Jerome Fleishman



It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.  ~Edmund Hillary



If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.  ~Flavia Weedn



Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.  ~M. Kathleen Casey



If you’re going through hell, keep going.  ~Winston Churchill



A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.  ~Author Unknown



The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello



I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa



We acquire the strength we have overcome.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.  ~Garrison Keillor



I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.  ~Jewish Proverb



We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  ~Kenji Miyazawa



Adversity is like a strong wind.  It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.  ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha



When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.  ~Barbara Bloom



I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.  ~Agatha Christie



When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche



When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959



It’s not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant



That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.  ~James K. Feibleman



The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.  ~John Vance Cheney



Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.  ~Edwin Markham



Adversity is the first path to truth.  ~Lord Byron



The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.  ~Author Unknown



Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.  ~Author Unknown



Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.  ~Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires



There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.  ~Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, 1820



The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.  ~Max Lerner, The Unfinished Country, 1950



God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.  ~Henry Ward Beecher



Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke



Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.  ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind



God gave burdens, also shoulders.  ~Yiddish Proverb



Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear.  That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.  ~William Faulkner



We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.  ~Winston Churchill



The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~Bernard M. Baruch



It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.  ~Cicero



I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.  ~William Stafford



I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.

Some come from ahead and some come from behind.

But I’ve bought a big bat.  I’m all ready you see.

Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

~Dr. Seuss



Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.  ~James Russell Lowell, "Cambridge Thirty Years Ago," Literary Essays



Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.  ~Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb, "Rock Bottom"



If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.  ~Latin Proverb



Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall.  Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.  ~Author Unknown



But ne’er the rose without the thorn.  ~Robert Herrick



God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.  ~John Aughey



Never give in… never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force… never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.  ~Winston Churchill



You must be at the end of your rope.  I felt a tug.  ~Author Unknown