Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
—Seneca (4 bc–65 ad)
’Tis easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows like a song.
But the man worthwhile
Is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919)
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
—Jimmy Dean (1928–)
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
—Brian Tracy (1944–)
Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
—Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
—Scott Hamilton (1958–)
Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.
—Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948)
In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955)
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
—Helen Keller (1880–1968)
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887)