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It is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. ... Great necessities call out great virtues.

It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little; a great deal may rouse you to remove what a little will only accustom you to endure.

It is only the women whose eyes have been washed clear with tears who get the broad vision that makes them little sisters to all the world.

It is somehow reassuring to discover that the word "travel" is derived from "travail," denoting the pains of childbirth.

It is the north wind that lashes men into Vikings; it is the soft, luscious south wind which lulls them to lotus dreams.

It's a different song when everything's wrong, when you're feeling infernally mortal; when it's ten against one, and hope there is none, buck up, little soldier, and chortle!

Life begins on the other side of despair.

Life can be real tough ... you can either learn from your problems, or keep repeating them over and over.

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.

Men habitually use only a small part of the powers which they possess and which they might use under appropriate circumstances.

Men strive for peace, but it is their enemies that give them strength, and I think if man no longer had enemies, he would have to invent them, for his strength only grows from struggle.

Mistakes are often the best teachers.

Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Necessity is often the spur to genius.

Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

Necessity makes even the timid brave.

Never complain about your troubles; they are responsible for more than half of your income.

Never does a man know the force that is in him till some mighty affection or grief has humanized the soul.


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