Compiled by Josephine Gross, Ph.D.


I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.
I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions
I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed.
I have failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is precisely why I succeed.
—Michael Jordan

If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches.
—James Burgh

The chamomile, the more it is trodden on, the faster it grows.
—William Shakespeare (Henry IV, Part 1)

Prosperity is not just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
—Plutarch

That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

The lessons we learn in sadness are those that abide. Sorrow clarifies the mind,
steadies it and forces it to weigh things correctly. The soil moist with tears best
feeds the seeds of truth.
—Theodore T. Munger

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous
circumstances would have lain dormant.
—Horace

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
—Albert Einstein

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
—Henry Ford

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm.
—Winston Churchill

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strengths of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.
—J. K. Rowling

The opposite of success is not failure, but mediocrity. To achieve big success,
you need to pay big risks; if you take little or no risks, mediocrity is guaranteed.
—Michael Raynor

He who can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with
equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the
former is not likely to be transported with the latter.
—Henry Fielding

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted
prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness.
—English proverb

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is greater. Possession pampers the mind;
privation trains and strengthens it.
—William Hazlitt

As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster. The more the diamond is cut, the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect his people.
—Thomas Guthrie

The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur; and the loftiest of our race are those who have had the profoundest griefs because they have had the profoundest sympathies.
—Henry Giles

Whole years of joy glide unperceived away, while sorrow counts the minutes as they pass.
—William Harvard

To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way—
not just the ones you like.
—Johan Bruyneel

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson