is to prevail over a struggle or conflict.

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”

Richard David Bach (born 1936); writer

“No soul that aspires can ever fail to rise; no heart that loves can ever be abandoned. Difficulties exist only that in overcoming them we may grow strong, and they who have suffered are able to save.”

Annie Besant (1847-1933); British theosophist, women's rights activist, writer

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.”

Dan Millman (born 1946); author, gymnastics world champion

“The greatest power is often simple patience.”

E. Joseph Cossman (born 1918); Author

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear, but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.”

Paulo Coelho (born 1947); poet, writer

“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ”

Theodore Vail (1845-1920); U.S. telephone industrialist

“When we do face the difficult times, we need to remember that circumstances don’t make a person, they reveal a person. ”

Emma Jameson

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

George S. Patton (1885-1945); American General in World War I and II

“Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow.”

Plutarch (46-127); historian, writer

“I've been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.”

Andre Agassi (born 1970); professional tennis player

“Don't let your struggle become your identity.”

Ralston Bowles (born 1952); American musician

“The greatest and most important problems in life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown. ”

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961); founder of analytical psychology

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963); writer, theologian, scholar

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

J.K. Rowling (born 1965); novelist

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”

Lena Horne (1917-2010); Singer, actress, civil rights activist

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962); U.S. First Lady, diplomat, human rights activist

“Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living.”


“My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.”

Bono (born 1960); musician, humanitarian

“When things go wrong don't go with them.”

Elvis Presley (1935-1977); American musician

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

Lee Iacocca (born 1924); businessman

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963); writer, theologian, scholar

“It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. ”

Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] (born 1942); Boxer

“When we face the worst that can happen in any situation, we grow. When circumstances are at their worst, we can find our best.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926-2004); psychiatrist, author

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Everyday Hero: Taylor

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i cant overcome my fears cause iam afraid to tell people the real me.
carley 11 months ago from buckley

I have been struggling to overcome my problem with alcohol. I know that this is a problem many people deal with, it isn't an easy thing to do. It's not only a big part of our culture, but legal. Most of us start drinking before 21, so it becomes a way of life. I'm only 20 and I'm already trying to stop. I've realized that after you drink, your problems are still going to be there. My advice is find a group you can go to close to you, it really helps to know you're not the only one trying to be sober. And remember, take one day at a time. Worry about not drinking the present day, you only have 24 hours. Also stay away from places that will tempt you to drink. It may be hard, but trust me, it feels so good to get through another day without drinking. Know you're good enough to really be happy.
Heather over 2 years ago from Indiana

I am in a family who struggles , but at the end of the day ... We All Stay TOGETHER♥
Zaria over 2 years ago from Texas

Being a Grandmother who is raising a grandchild, overcoming the age gap is monumental. Especially when the child is 13. As each day passes, I have to overcome obstacles that I never thought I would have to do at the age of 70. Love, Patience, Kindness, Understanding is paramount however, willingness to give each day it's best is joy~!
Carolejane B over 3 years ago from West Hartford, CT

That's true
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