Quotes About Hardship
1. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better
2. What a weary time those years were — to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.
3. Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.
4. Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps
5. If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.
6. Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise it will be too easy for you to look with blame… at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.
7. If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
8. There are many who don’t wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don’t wish to wake for the same fear.
9. Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.
10. Au milieu de l’hiver, j’apprenais enfin qu’il y avait en moi un été invincible.
11. Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry–
I’ll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.
12. When you leave home to follow your dreams, your road will probably be riddled with potholes, not always paved in happy Technicolor bricks. You’ll probably be kicked to the ground 150 million times and told you’re nuts by friends and strangers alike. As you progress you may feel lonely or terrified for your physical and emotional safety. You may overestimate your own capabilities or fail to live up to them, and you’ll surely fall flat on your face once in a while.
13. it is clear that we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it.
14. Don’t know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.
15. It’s easier to bleed than sweat, Mr. Motes.
16. No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges. That fact may not be obvious because most people don’t advertise their woes and heartaches. But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.
17. To those who, in spite of everything, still choose goodness
18. Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.
19. Life keeps throwing me curve balls and I don’t even own a bat. At least my dodging skills are improving.
20. it is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it.
21. Life has moments that feel as if the sun has blackened to tar and the entire world turned to ice. It feels as if Hades and his vile demons have risen from the depths of Tartarus solely for the purpose of banding to personally torture you, and that their genuine intent of mental, emotional, and spiritual anguish is tearing you to shreds. Your heart weighs as heavily as leaden legs which you would drag yourself forward with if not for the quicksand that pulls you down inch by inch, paralyzing your will and threatening oblivion. And all the while fire and brimstone pour from the sky, pelting only you.
Truly, that is what it feels like. But that feeling is a trial that won’t last forever. Never give up.
22. She hated her job the same way I hated my jobs because she knew she was worth more, but she also hated herself so there wasn’t much point in trying to do better.
23. Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
24. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
25. A great battle is a terrible thing,” the old knight said, “but in the midst of blood and carnage, there is sometimes also beauty, beauty that could break your heart.
26. It is not an easy thing to be a woman and love with the whole heart: which men do not understand — having many loves, and delighting in danger and war.
27. I didn’t care if he was a genius or a fucking idiot, he was rotting away, and it wasn’t fun to watch.
28. We need sometimes to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what.
29. The worse the passage the more welcome the port.
30. id you hear about the middle Eastern potentate?” he asked me. “This potentate called a meeting of the wise men in the kingdom, and said, “I want you to gather all the world’s knowledge together in one place so that my sons can read it and learn.”The wise men went off, and after year, they came back with twenty-five volumes of knowledge. This potentate looked at it and he said, “No. It’s too long. Make it shorter.” So the wise men went off for another year. When they came back, they gave the potentate a piece of paper with one sentence on it. A single sentence. You know what the sentence was?”
Bob looked at me. I shook my head.
“The sentence was: “This too shall pass.”
Bob paused, let it sink in: “I heard that when I was very young and it has always stuck with me.
31. I have a deep-down belief that there are folks in the world who are good through and through, and others who came in mean and will go out mean. It’s like coffee. Once it’s roasted, it all looks brown. Until you pour hot water on it and see what comes out. Folks get into hot water, you see what comes out.
32. The pressure of adversity is the most powerful sustainer of accountability. It’s as though everything you do is multiplied by 50 in order to surpass those with a head-start. I was never capable of slacking when at the threshold of failure.
33. Creative work is often driven by pain. It may be that if you don’t have something in the back of your head driving you nuts, you may not do anything. It’s not a good arrangement. If I were God, I wouldn’t have done it that way.
34. Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable.
35. Easily mistaken, it is not about a love for adversity, it is about knowing a strength and a faith so great that adversity, in all its adverse manifestations, hardly even exists.
36. Nothing was easy, and sometimes she failed, and sometimes she thought that the fairy stories were right, that there must indeed be easier ways of living happily ever after; but defeat is a poor ending to any tale, so she kept trying.
37. Why is it we must suffer the loss of something so dear before we realize what a treasure we had?
Why must the sun be darkened before we feel how genuinely impossible it is to live without its warmth?
Why within the misery of absence does love grow by such bounds?
Why must life be this way?
It is a strange existence where such suffering makes us far better people.
38. The intellect of man is forced to choose
Perfection of the life, or of the work
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
39. Living is getting knocked down time and again, then standing up time and again, and once more. It’s easy to act honorable when things are coming along and all your pastures are green. Plenty difficult when the ground is dried and burned and people have connived to take even that from you. I’ll sell this place, or I’ll lose it. I’ll go on. People who don’t have hard times aren’t living.
40. Usually, there is nothing more pleasing that returning to a place where you have endured hardship.
41. Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows in perception if not in reality. The best response to terror is righteous anger, confidence in ultimate justice, a refusal to be intimidated.
42. The scar will remain, but it is better for a man to lose both arms than his soul; and these hard years, instead of being lost, may be made the most precious of your lives, if they teach you to rule yourselves.
43. Peace is more of an internal settlement rather than what is visible on the external.
44. Nevertheless, no matter how much they killed themselves with work, no matter how much money they eked out, and no matter how many schemes they thought of, their guardian angels were asleep with fatigue while they put in coins and took them out trying to get just
enough to live with.
45. My friends, don’t idolize hardship. What you idolize is what your heart will look for and what your heart looks for is what you will have. And don’t capitalize on misfortune, because you will always seek out to have capital! Throw away that pride! Don’t put sorrow on a pedestal! If you ask me if I would rather have had my sorrows or not, I will tell you that no, I would rather have not had any of them! In the blink of an eye, I would rid myself of them! I have no pride. I don’t rely on hardships and sorrows to mold me into someone. I don’t allow myself to be dictated. When hardship and sorrow come knocking, saying “We are responsible for who you are today, let us in!” I’m going to say, in a split second, “No you’re not! Go away, I don’t owe you anything
46. A gem, like you, is made beautiful by being polished. It’s not an easy undertaking, but a stone that exists undisturbed among others just is…but the most beautiful stand out because they face being alone, endure hardships and learn from what challenges them. Suffering purifies and makes beautiful, but only if the gem can shine.
47. Yet within a miles, Margaret knew of house after house, where she would for her own sake, and her mother for her Aunt Shaw’s, would be welcomed, if they came to gladness, or even in peace of mind. If they came sorrowing, and wanting sympathy in a complicated trouble like the present, then they would be felt as a shadow in all these houses of intimate acquaintances.
48. Scars prove that you’re still here. That you can move on. Maybe missing a chunk of yourself, but here, goddamn it, surviving.
49. Accept hardship as a necessary discipline.
50. He were found drowned. He were coming home very hopeless o’ aught on earth. He thought God could na be harder than men; mappen not so hard; mappen as tender as a mother; mappen tenderer. I’m not saying he did right, and I’m not saying he didn’t wrong. All I say is, may neither me nor mine ever have his sore heart, or we may do like things.
51. What I want to impart through our correspondence is that no matter what anyone may be going through, here’s the thing: If you love each other, and if your relationship is worth the pain or the hardship, stay with it. The extraordinary treasure of sharing another person’s life is one of the most gratifying experiences of being a human being.
52. Grand failures – the misfortunes of living – provide human beings with an identity. A person is the sum of his or her grievous errors.
53. I hate forcing myself to go to bed to avoid committing suicide.
54. Explorers like to pretend that they are a select breed of people with iron nerve and an ability to endure terrible hardship.
55. The stresses of high-altitude climbing reveal your true character; they unmask who you really are. You no longer have all the social graces to hide behind, to play roles. You are the essence of what you are.
56. Only hardship softens the hardness of the human heart.
57. With hope, we can endure any hardship.
58. While many explorers like to endure hardship by traveling to remote inhospitable parts of the world, I prefer to explore from the comfort of my own home.
59. Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.
60. People Oppress Themselves With Their Own Thoughts & Choices. I’ve Overcome Hardship & Transcended Illusory Anxieties Due to Unconscious Thought Patterns & Their Hosts. Life is Sacred Only To Those That Realize it & Treat it As Such.