Inspirational Thoughts on Life and Overcoming Adversity

Bruno Baceli asked:

Much of modern society is a mad rush these days to keep up with those around us. In this mad dash, it is easy to lose the thread on what life is supposed to be and how we should live it.

Inspirational Thoughts on Life and Overcoming Adversity

If you want to survive and be a success, you have to fight like a dog in our modern society. Whether it is owning your own business or office politics, you inevitably will face adversity. Sometimes, it seems as though we move from one crisis to another day after day, week after week and so on. Frankly, it can where you down and make life less than exhilarating.

Sometimes it is important to just step back and contemplate the true reason for living and the role adversity plays in it. Here are some interesting quotes from historical figures that may turn the trick for you.

1. We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.

- Les Brown

2. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

- Albert Einstein

3. A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

- unknown

4. Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now, in this instant of time. From this moment onward you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.

- Eileen Caddy

5. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be overcome first.

- unknown

6. In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

- Theodore Roosevelt

7. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

8. Adversity is the diamond dust that heaven polishes its jewels with.

- Leighton

9. It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

- Theodore Roosevelt

10. The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

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