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I am escaped by the skin of my teeth.

I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.

I didn't know I'd have to be torn down before I could be built up.

I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.

I have always fought for ideas - until I learned that it isn't ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten.

I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out. That's when I've really learned.

I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don't mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I'm talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn't going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you've lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.

I have an inward treasure born within me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld; or offered only at a price I cannot afford.

I have been in sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and sword in my hands.

I have brightness in my soul, which strains toward Heaven. I am like a bird!

I have learned in the great University of Hard Knocks a philosophy that no woman who has had an easy life ever acquires. I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.

I long ago came to the conclusion that all life is six to five against.

I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.

I really don't deserve this, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.

I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.

I think hearts are very much like glasses - if they do not break with the first ring, they usually last a considerable time.

I think my biggest achievement is that after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane. I'm proud of that.

I think the years I have spent in prison have been the most formative and important in my life because of the discipline, the sensations, but chiefly the opportunity to think clearly, to try to understand things.

I think there is this about the great troubles - they teach us the art of cheerfulness; whereas the small ones cultivate the industry of discontent.

I think these difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.


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