Quotations About
adversity

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.

I've Been to the Mountaintop (Speech in Memphis, TN, April 3 1968)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Strength to Love (1963)

Dave: Bill, haven’t you ever heard the expression, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?”
Bill: Dave, haven’t you ever heard the expression, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for?”

Posted in: NewsRadio

Rick Blaine: We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have Paris, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
Ilsa Lund: When I said I would never leave you…
Rick Blaine: And you never will. But I got a job to do too. Where I’m going you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now…Here’s looking at you, kid.

Posted in: Casablanca

Buffy: Professor Walsh? That simple little recon you sent me on wasn’t a raccoon. Turns out it was me, trapped in the sewers with a faulty weapon and two of your pet demons. If you think that’s enough to kill me, you really don’t know what a Slayer is. Trust me when I say you’re gonna find out.

The I in Team

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.

Rectorial Address, St. Andrew's, May 3, 1922
Posted in: J.M. Barrie

Mal: It ain’t all buttons and charts, little albatross. You know what the first rule of flyin’ is? Well, I suppose you do, since you already know what I’m about to say.
River: I do. But I like to hear you say it.
Mal: Love. You can know all the math in the ‘verse, but you take a boat in the air you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughtta fall down… tells ya she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens… makes her a home.
River: Storm’s getting worse.
Mal: We’ll pass through it soon enough.

Posted in: Serenity

You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.

Posted in: J.K. Rowling

A polite enemy is just as difficult to discredit, as a rude friend is to protect.

Posted in: Bryant McGill

Until you stop breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.

Posted in: Jon Kabat-Zinn

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Posted in: Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.

Make good art.

Address to the University of the Arts Class of 2012
Posted in: Neil Gaiman

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.

"Common Places," No. 1, The Literary Examiner (September - December 1823)
Posted in: William Hazlitt

A light here required a shadow there.

To the Lighthouse (1927)
Posted in: Virginia Woolf

Do I not effectually destroy my enemies, in making them my friends?

as quoted in The Sociable Story-teller (1846)
Posted in: Sigismund

Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.

This quote is attributed / unsourced.
Posted in: Colin Powell

Calhoun: All right. Now listen up, ’cause I’m only gonna say this once. “Fear” is a four letter word, ladies. If you wanna go pee-pee in your big-boy slacks, keep it to yourself! It’s make-your-mamas-proud time!
Ralph: I love my mama!

Posted in: Wreck-It Ralph

Adama: It won’t be an easy journey. It’ll be long, and arduous. But I promise you one thing: on the memory of those lying here before you, we shall find it, and Earth shall become our new home. So say we all!

Miniseries, Part 2

Megamind: Here’s my day so far: went to jail, lost the girl of my dreams and got my butt kicked pretty good. Still, things could be a lot worse. Oh, that’s right… I’m falling to my death. Guess they can’t.

Posted in: Megamind

Life’s a tough proposition, and the first hundred years are the hardest.

Posted in: Wilson Mizner

I come from a long line of fighters. My maternal grandfather was the toughest guy I ever knew. World War Two veteran. Killed twenty men then spent the rest of the war in an Allied prison camp. My father… battled blood pressure and obesity all his life. Different kind of fight.

The Fight (season 2, episode 6)

Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

The Rainy Day (1842)

Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, ever.

TV Interview for ITV 1984 Nov 30

Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today inquisitive, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill.

Meditations (c. 161–180 CE) Book II
Posted in: Marcus Aurelius

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.

Henry V, Act III

Tony Stark: Does anybody remember when I put a missile through a portal, in New York City? We were standing right under it. We’re the Avengers, we can bust weapons dealers the whole doo-da-day, but how do we cope with something like that?
Steve Rogers: Together.
Tony Stark: We’ll lose.
Steve Rogers: We do that together too.