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When we accept tough jobs as a challenge and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.
He who, having lost one ideal, refuses to give his heart and soul to another and nobler, is like a man who declines to build a house on rock because the wind and rain ruined his house on the sand.
Whenever you fall, pick something up.
I have seen boys on my baseball team go into slumps and never come out of them, and I have seen others snap right out and come back better than ever. I guess more players lick themselves than are ever licked by an opposing team. The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself.
Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.
We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
Noble souls, through dust and heat, rise from disaster and defeat the stronger.
Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
I'm not happy, I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy woman has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them.
Our mistakes won't irreparably damage our lives unless we let them.
When the rock is hard, we get harder than the rock. When the job is tough, we get tougher than the job.
To be happy, drop the words "if only" and substitute instead the words "next time."
Always take an emergency leisurely.
Keep strong if possible; in any case, keep cool.
Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
When something bad happens to me, I think I'm able to deal with it in a pretty good way. That makes me lucky. Some people fall apart at the first little thing that happens.
Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.
A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.
Results? Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.
The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again.
Don't curse the darkness - light a candle.
Any man can shoot a gun, and with practice he can draw fast and shoot accurately, but that makes no difference. What counts is how you stand up when somebody is shooting back at you.
Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
An error is simply a failure to adjust immediately from a preconception to an actuality.
What the caterpillar calls a tragedy, the Master calls a butterfly.
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
We can either change the complexities of life ... or develop ways that enable us to cope more effectively.
It is arrogance to expect that life will always be music.... Harmony, like a following breeze at sea, is the exception. In a world where most things wind up broken or lost, our lot is to tack and tune.
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
No matter what has happened, always behave as if nothing had happened.
Tears mess up your makeup.
When things go wrong, don't go with them.
Nothing is so bad that you have to sit down and go crazy.
When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.
In adversity, remember to keep an even mind.
Do not lose your inward peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad, or peculiar.
We are not troubled by things, but by the opinion which we have of things.
Things are in their essence what we choose to make them. A thing is, according to the mode in which one looks at it.
We are never so happy or so unhappy as we think.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.
Riches, like glory or health, have no more beauty or pleasure than their possessor is pleased to lend them.
Losses are comparative, imagination only makes them of any moment.
Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.
The art of life consists in taking each event which befalls us with a contented mind, confident of good. ... With this method ... rejoice always, though in the midst of sorrows, and possess all things, though destitute of everything.
So long as one does not despair, so long as one doesn't look upon life bitterly, things work out fairly well in the end.
The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
Little things affect little minds.
Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
No emotional crisis is wholly the product of outward circumstances. These may precipitate it. But what turns an objective situation into a subjectively critical one is the interpretation the individual puts upon it - the meaning it has in his emotional economy; the way it affects his self-image.
There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
Men are not influenced by things, but by their thoughts about things.
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so.
I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It's all how you look at it.
I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.
A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
It seems that we learn lessons when we least expect them but always when we need them the most, and, the true "gift" in these lessons always lies in the learning process itself.
Boys, this is only a game. But it's like life in that you will be dealt some bad hands. Take each hand, good or bad, and don't whine and complain, but play it out. If you're men enough to do that, God will help you and you will come out well.
Sometimes only a change of viewpoint is needed to convert a tiresome duty into an interesting opportunity.
Nothing in life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
If you have to be in a soap opera, try not to get the worst role.
Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.
I think we should look forward to death more than we do. Of course everybody hates to go to bed or miss anything but dying is really the only chance we'll get to rest.
What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly.
True contentment is the power of getting of any situation all that there is in it.
On the occasion of every accident that befalls you ... inquire what power you have for turning it to use.
All that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.
When all that hate energy was focused on me, it was transformed into a fantastic energy. It was supporting me. If you are centered and you can transform all this energy that comes in, it will help you. If you believe it is going to kill you, it will kill you.
If you are being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it look like a parade.
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.
Whatever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves ... how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.
There are no accidents so unlucky from which clever people are not able to reap some advantage, and none so lucky that the foolish are not able to turn them to their own disadvantage.
A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
Losses are comparative, only imagination makes them of any moment.
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.
Riches, like glory or health, have no more beauty or pleasure than their possessor is pleased to lend them.
When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.
Trouble is the thing that strong men grow by. Met in the right way, it is a sure-fire means of putting iron into the victim's will and making him a tougher man to down forever after.
To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand. He uses both.
There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.
Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
One cannot get through life without pain.... What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
Groan and forget it.
Let us not be needlessly bitter: certain failures are sometimes fruitful.
The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses.
Disease can be seen as a call for personal transformation through metamorphosis. It is a transition from the death of your old self into the birth of your new.
Find the grain of truth in criticism - chew it and swallow it.
You gotta play the hand that's dealt you. There may be pain in that hand, but you play it.
Boys, this is only game. But it's like life in that you will be dealt some bad hands. Take each hand, good or bad, and don't whine and complain, but play it out. If you're men enough to do that, God will help and you will come out well.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determination; the way you play it is free will.
Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you do hold well.
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
All I can do is play the game the way the cards fall.
True luck consists not in holding the best cards at the table; luckiest he who knows just when to rise and go home.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Courage is to take hard knocks like a man when occasion calls.
This is courage ... to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
To accept whatever comes, regardless of the consequences, is to be unafraid.
Let us be brave in the face of adversity.
Courage, in the final analysis, is nothing but an affirmative answer to the shocks of existence.
Courage is a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.
Humor is an antidote to isolation.
Learn to laugh at your troubles and you'll never run out of things to laugh at.
Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness.
There is no defense against adverse fortune which is so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.
When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
I think laughter may be a form of courage.... As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.
Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy.
Delicate humor is the crowning virtue of the saints.
Humor is my sword and my shield. It protects me. You can open a door with humor and drive a truck right through.
Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.
Laughter is ever young, whereas tragedy, except the very highest of all, quickly becomes haggard.
A chuckle a day may not keep the doctor away, but it sure does make those times in life's waiting room a little more bearable.
Humor brings insight and tolerance.
A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the unbearable.
One loses many laughs by not laughing at oneself.
To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him.
Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.
Wrinkles should only indicate where smiles have been.
Humor is a means of obtaining pleasure in spite of the distressing effects that interface with it.
If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.
Humor is just another defense against the universe.
Humor is the healthy way of feeling "distance" between one's self and the problem, a way of standing off and looking at one's problems with perspective.
A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
If I had no sense of humor, I should long ago have committed suicide.
A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference ... it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure. It recommends moderation.
Were it not for my little jokes, I could not bear the burdens of this office.
Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
Humor is an attitude. It's a way of looking at life and of telling others how you feel about what's happening around you.
Optimism and humor are the grease and glue of life. Without both of them we would never have survived our captivity.
Comedy is tragedy plus time.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
Everyday ... life confronts us with new problems to be solved which force us to adjust our old programs accordingly.
What can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past.
There are more serious problems in life than financial ones, and I've had a lot of those. I've been broke before, and will be again. Heartbroke? That's serious. Lose a few bucks? That's not.
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Coming events cast their shadows before.

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