When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.
Would you touch a nettle without being stung by it? take hold of it stoutly. Do the same to other annoyances and hardly will any thing annoy you.
Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you find serenity.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell
Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.
Jean Anouilh, Antigone, 1942
Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.
My strength is made perfect in weakness.
Problems are the price you pay for progress.
When you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you get to know yourself the best.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
While there’s life, there’s hope.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living.
Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
A kiss is a rosy dot over the ‘i’ of loving.
Cyrano de Bergerac
A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.
George Jean Nathan
A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
Honore de Balzac
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
C. S. Lewis
If there is to be any hope of prosperity for this country it is by reversing that policy which made us simply the kitchen garden for supplying the British with cheap food.
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
Hopefully I’ll be the first Mexican-American going into Hillbilly Heaven.
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
I still have, I hope, a lot of years and there are still a lot of things I want to do.
To love is to believe, to hope, to know; Tis an essay, a taste of Heaven below!
To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.