Hardship Quotes

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Rainer Maria Rilke
“Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don't know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Charles Bukowski
“What a weary time those years were -- to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.”
Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

Tupac Shakur
“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”
Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete

Paula Hawkins
“Hollowness: that I understand. I'm starting to believe that there isn't anything you can do to fix it. That's what I've taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps”
Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

Criss Jami
“If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Don't be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise it will be too easy for you to look with blame... at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Anne Bradstreet
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

[Meditations Divine and Moral]”
Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

Richelle E. Goodrich
“There are many who don't wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don't wish to wake for the same fear.”
Richelle Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher

Albert Camus
“Au milieu de l'hiver, j'apprenais enfin qu'il y avait en moi un été invincible.”
Albert Camus, Noces / L'été

Langston Hughes
“Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.”
Langston Hughes

Kelly Cutrone
“When you leave home to follow your dreams, your road will probably be riddled with potholes, not always paved in happy Technicolor bricks. You'll probably be kicked to the ground 150 million times and told you're nuts by friends and strangers alike. As you progress you may feel lonely or terrified for your physical and emotional safety. You may overestimate your own capabilities or fail to live up to them, and you'll surely fall flat on your face once in a while.”
Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

Elizabeth E. Wein
“Don't know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.”
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Rainer Maria Rilke
“it is clear that we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Nature grows and defends itself any way it can and is spontaneously itself, tries to be itself at all costs and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Richelle E. Goodrich
“No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges.  That fact may not be obvious because most people don't advertise their woes and heartaches.  But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Flannery O'Connor
“It's easier to bleed than sweat, Mr. Motes.”
Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood

Jayleigh Cape
“Life keeps throwing me curve balls and I don't even own a bat. At least my dodging skills are improving.”
Jayleigh Cape

Seneca
“Fire tests gold, suffering tests brave men.”
Seneca

Seneca
“...it is more civilized to make fun of life than to bewail it.”
Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Life has moments that feel as if the sun has blackened to tar and the entire world turned to ice.  It feels as if Hades and his vile demons have risen from the depths of Tartarus solely for the purpose of banding to personally torture you, and that their genuine intent of mental, emotional, and spiritual anguish is tearing you to shreds.  Your heart weighs as heavily as leaden legs which you would drag yourself forward with if not for the quicksand that pulls you down inch by inch, paralyzing your will and threatening oblivion.  And all the while fire and brimstone pour from the sky, pelting only you.  
Truly, that is what it feels like. But that feeling is a trial that won't last forever.  Never give up.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

Tawni O'Dell
“She hated her job the same way I hated my jobs because she knew she was worth more, but she also hated herself so there wasn't much point in trying to do better.”
Tawni O'Dell, Back Roads

“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”
Ralph Blum

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past..”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Lora Leigh
“Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable.”
Lora Leigh, Broken Wings

M.M. Kaye
“It is not an easy thing to be a woman and love with the whole heart: which men do not understand -- having many loves, and delighting in danger and war.”
M.M. Kaye

Anthony Kiedis
“I didn't care if he was a genius or a fucking idiot, he was rotting away, and it wasn't fun to watch.”
Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue

George R.R. Martin
“A great battle is a terrible thing," the old knight said, "but in the midst of blood and carnage, there is sometimes also beauty, beauty that could break your heart.”
George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Thomas Fuller
“The worse the passage the more welcome the port. ”
Thomas Fuller

A.J. Jacobs
“Did you hear about the middle Eastern potentate?" he asked me. "This potentate called a meeting of the wise men in the kingdom, and said, "I want you to gather all the world's knowledge together in one place so that my sons can read it and learn."The wise men went off, and after year, they came back with twenty-five volumes of knowledge. This potentate looked at it and he said, "No. It's too long. Make it shorter." So the wise men went off for another year. When they came back, they gave the potentate a piece of paper with one sentence on it. A single sentence. You know what the sentence was?"
Bob looked at me. I shook my head.
"The sentence was: "This too shall pass."
Bob paused, let it sink in: "I heard that when I was very young and it has always stuck with me.”
A.J. Jacobs

John Green
“That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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