Trouble as a friend

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.

:: Oliver Wendell Holmes ::

Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble.

Philip Melanchthen

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.

Dorothea Lange

What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.

Ezra Pound

Optimism is the foundation of courage.

Nicholas Murray Butler

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.

Aristotle

The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.

Ambrose Bierce