On Resilience and the Triumph of the Human Spirit

Some words of wisdom about resilience and the triumph of the human spirit…

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe,

and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

Christopher Robin to Pooh (by A. A. Milne)


The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Ernest Hemingway


What lies behind you and what lies in front of you,

pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Helen Keller


Life is not a matter of holding good cards,
but of playing a poor hand well.
Robert Louis Stevenson


It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Sir Edmund Hillary


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


In the midst of winter,
I finally learned
there was in me
an invincible summer.
Albert Camus


There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton


If you are going through hell, keep going.

Sir Winston Churchill


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

Albert Einstein


Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

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  1. stevie mack says:

    We are so blessed to have such wisdom to draw from when times are difficult. Thanks Kitty, for collecting these meaningful quotes to help us.

    Kitty Williams Reply:

    Thanks Stevie. There’s a great deal of wisdom contained in children’s books (as we see over and over again here at CRIZMAC). I found some wonderful quotes from Dr. Seuss, too (especially from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”), but was trying to keep the list manageable!


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