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“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
-- John Quincy Adams

Education is an ornament in prosperity and refuge in adversity.
-- Aristotle

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles,
discouragement, and impossibilities:
It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak”
Thomas Carlyle"

Friendship makes prosperity more brilliant, and lightens adversity by dividing and sharing it."
-- Cicero (44 B.C.)

If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.
~ Bill Clinton

"Every noble work is bound to face problems and obstacles. It is important to check your goal and motivation thoroughly. One should be very truthful, honest, and reasonable. One's actions should be good for others, and for oneself as well. Once a positive goal is chosen, you should decide to pursue it all the way to the end. Even if it is not realized, at least there will be no regret."
- The Dalai Lama

Don't let adversity become an obstacle.
Let adversity spur you on to devise creative approaches and solutions.
-- John Di Frances

None of us can continue to grow, develop and perform at our highest potential without hope. Hope for success, hope for recognition and reward and most importantly, hope that indeed we can make a difference in the long-term outcome. Hope supplies the essential fuel that enables the human spirit to continue moving forward, especially in the face of severe adversity.
-- John Di Frances

Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
-- Albert Einstein

Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
-- Mohandas Gandhi


Placing one foot in front of the other, I've climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I'm just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn't won.
-- Robert M. Hensel

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
-- Washington Irving

* To every obstacle oppose patience, perseverance and soothing language.
-- Thomas Jefferson

* “There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”
-- Barbara Jordan


There is genius in persistence. It conquers all opposers. It gives confidence. It annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in a determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do.
-- Orison Swett Marden


* "Society may be formed so as to exist without crime, without poverty, with health greatly improved, with little, if any misery, and with intelligence and happiness increased a hundredfold; and no obstacle whatsoever intervenes at this moment except ignorance to prevent such a state of society from becoming universal."
-- Robert Owen


"Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture. Do not build obstacles in your imagination. Do not be awestruck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can."
-- Norman Vincent Peale


* I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heroes, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them.
-- Christopher Reeve

The biggest obstacle for creating a culture of peace is that most people won't let themselves even think about peace on earth. -- Robert Alan Silverstein

The greatest obstacle we'll ever know, is that society has no goal.
Oh people join together now and show
That we can make this broken world whole.
Every act of kindness and compassion is hope for a better world.
With every act of kindness and compassion, we build a better world.
Help build a better world.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein

"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records." - William Ward

The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
-- Woodrow Wilson




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