is to overcome difficult situations you may face in life.

“The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.”

Doug Horton

“A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times.”


“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved. ”

Will Rogers (1879-1935); actor, comic, columnist

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

Mary Pickford (1892-1979); actress

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Confucius (551-479); philosopher

“If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804); first US Secretary of the Treasury

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have. ”

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993); preacher, author

“We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.”

William J. Brennan, Jr. (1906-1997); former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him. ”

Sidney Greenberg (1917-2003); American Rabbi

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”

Voltaire (1694-1778); philosopher, essayist

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.”

Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963); novelist

“There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is merely the comparison of one state to the other. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.”

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870); writer, author

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.”

Vivian Greene Author, motivational speaker

“People can do whatever they want if they just set their heart to it, and just never give up, and just go out there and do it.”

Bethany Hamilton (born 1990); surfer

“Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870); novelist

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”

Gail Sheehy author

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

John R. Wooden (1910-2010); basketball coach, author

“If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. They will make note of this and not remain in your debt long.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832); philosopher, scientist, author

“When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the Eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the cloud.”


“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”

Washington Irving (1783-1859); author

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. ”

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987); lecturer, writer

“It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you find serenity. ”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944); French author

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love all the values
renaisha 8 months ago from minnesota

Regarding comment:Reach out beyond the storm and you will always feel the warmth of the sun
M J about 3 years ago from Pa

Reach out beyond the storm and you will always feel the warmth of the sun; help others experience a better life helps us respect our blessings. Stay humble.
Crystal Bleu over 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

Helping to rid homelessness and crime in neighborhoods across the country.
Steven B. almost 5 years ago from San Francisco, California

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