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Adversity and Challenge

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Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.
       - Jean Sibelius

Beware of help from questionable sources

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
       - Mark Twain

At the timberline where the storms strike with the most fury, the sturdiest trees are found.
       - Hudson newsletter

Minds are like parachutes, they function only when open.
       - Anonymous

Some minds are like concrete, all mixed up and permanently set.

Hardening of the heart ages people faster than hardening of the arteries.

world trade centerWhen one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
       - Alexander Graham Bell

Look back on times of adversity with hope for the future, not regret for the past

What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement.

Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
       -Bernice Johnson Reagon

Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch-what make you go beyond the norm.

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"
      - Sydney J. Harris

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
       - Plutarch

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