If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
~M. Kathleen Casey
If you're going through hell, keep going.
We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.
A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.
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
The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far.
Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.
~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882
If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he's got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.
Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.
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.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. ~Erich Fromm
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
~Rose F. Kennedy
You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave. ~Henry Ward Beecher