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Quotations:  Hang in There!

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on! ~Author unknown, c.1920

So often in life a new chapter awaits. You ride off into the sunset and discover it's the sunrise. ~Robert Brault,

Let your strongest muscle be the will. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Never get discouraged at difficulties... When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you could n't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that 's just the place and time that the tide 'll turn. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Last Days in Cloudland," Oldtown Folks, 1869

There should be no tear on your cheek, dear, had my hand the access to brush it away. ~Emily Dickinson, 1881

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1993

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 Marie Register Weedn (1929–2015), Flavia and the Dream Maker, 1988,

The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief... ~William Shakespeare, Othello, c. 1604  [I, 3, Duke of Venice]

The frost which kills the harvest of a year, saves the harvests of a century, by destroying the weevil or the locust. Wars, fires, plagues, break up immovable routine... There is a tendency in things to right themselves... The sharpest evils are bent into that periodicity which makes the errors of planets, and the fevers and distempers of men, self-limiting. Nature is upheld by antagonism. Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome. Without war, no soldier; without enemies, no hero... All the glory of character is in affronting the horrors of depravity, to draw thence new nobilities of power... ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Considerations By the Way," The Conduct of Life, 1860

We won't break, Mary. We look very small, but the reed can carry weight. ~Emily Dickinson, 1862

Adversity is like a strong wind. I don't mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha, 1997, translated by Jakob Haarhuis

A mere word of cheer, in the shadow of night,
      When discouragement darkens the way,
Will illumine our hearts with the glorious light
      Of a hopeful and sun-brightened day.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "The Bright Things of Life"

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~Captain C. C. Scott, as quoted in Forbes, 1932

Friend o' Mine:  I should like to send you a sunbeam, or the twinkle of some bright star, or a tiny piece of the downy fleece that clings to a cloud afar. I should like to send you the essence of a myriad sun-kissed flowers, or the lilting song, as it floats along, of a brook through fairy bowers. I should like to send you the dew-drops that glisten at the break of day, and then at night the eerie light that mantles the Milky Way. I should like to send you the power that nothing can overthrow — the power to smile and laugh the while a-journeying through life you go. But these are mere fanciful wishes; I'll send you a Godspeed instead, and I'll clasp your hand — then you'll understand all the things I have left unsaid.~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973)

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. So what I plan to do is to enjoy the pleasures of memory — not hurrying myself... ~Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977

When failure confronts us and darkens our goals,
      How we long for the clasp of a hand;
It is then that we cry from the depths of our souls
      For a friend who can just understand.
~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973), "The Bright Things of Life"

If we possess our why of life we can put up with almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, translated by R.J. Hollingdale

Not in the time of pleasure
      Hope doth set her bow;
But in the sky of sorrow,
      Over the vale of woe.
Through gloom and shadow look we
      On beyond the years:
The soul would have no rainbow
      Had the eyes no tears.
~John Vance Cheney, "Tears," 1892

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 Way of a Man: An Autobiography, 1969

This is the lesson:  never give in, 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, speech, 1941

Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in a new beauty, and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.
~Edwin Markham, "Victory in Defeat," c. 1908

Adversity is the first path to truth... ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. ~George Gritter

It is when there is nothing you can say or do to help that a friend needs you the most. ~Robert Brault,

Fortune knocks but once at any man's door, but misfortune has much more patience. ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, Evan Esar, 1968

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant. ~Horace

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, 1957

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

But you know my motto — problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind, 1987

Things are tough all over
But I've got good news
When you get down to nothin'
You've got nothin' to lose
Anyway, rock bottom
Is good solid ground
And a dead-end street
Is just a place to turn around
~J. R. Cobb & Buddy Buie, "Rock Bottom," performed by Wynonna Judd, 1994 ♫

It's because so much happens. Too much happens. That's it. Man performs, engenders, so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. That's it. ~William Faulkner

I know I'll have troubles.
I'll, maybe, get stung.
I'll always have troubles.
I'll, maybe, get bit...
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, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve,

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 Baruch

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero, as quoted by W.G. Benham

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