Adversity Quotes

I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.
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Adams, Bryan
1959 Canadian-born American Musician Singer Songwriter

It takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
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Advisor, Heartland

The reward of suffering is experience.
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Aeschylus
BC 525-456 Greek Dramatist

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.
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Aesop
620-560 BC Greek Fabulist

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.
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Alcott, Louisa May
1832-1888 American Author

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us–and those around us — more effectively. Look for the learning.
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Allenbaugh, Eric
American Author of Wake-Up Calls

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
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Angelis, Barbara De
American Expert on Relationship and Love Author

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
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Ash, Mary Kay
American Businesswoman Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.
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Augustine, St.
354-430 Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo Theologian

Here is the rule to remember in the future, When anything tempts you to be bitter: not, This is a misfortune but To bear this worthily is good fortune.
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Aurelius, Marcus
121-80 AD Roman Emperor Philosopher

Every silver lining has a cloud.
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Avon

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
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Bacon, Francis
1561-1626 British Philosopher Essayist Statesman

When walking through the valley of shadows, remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.
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Barclay, H.K.

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
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Beecher, Henry Ward
1813-1887 American Preacher Orator Writer

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.
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Beecher, Henry Ward
1813-1887 American Preacher Orator Writer

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
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Bennet, Arnold

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
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Benson, Taylor

They that sow in tears shall reap joy. [Psalms 126:5]
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Bible
Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.
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Bible
Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism

Enter through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it. [Mathew 7:13-14]
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Bible
Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism

Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. [Isaiah 48:10]
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Bible
Sacred Scriptures of Christians and Judaism

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist — it reduces him to his fighting weight.
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Billings, Josh
1815-1885 American Humorist Lecturer

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.
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Bradstreet, Anne
1612-1672 British Puritan Poet

Just because Fate doesn�t deal you the right cards, it doesn�t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.
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Brown, Les
1945 American Speaker Author Trainer Motivator Lecturer

Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.
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Brown, Les
1945 American Speaker Author Trainer Motivator Lecturer

Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness –a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.
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Bryant, William C.
1794-1878 American Poet Newspaper Editor

Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly. They not only test the fiber of character but strengthen it. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
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Buckham, James

Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture.
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Burata, Mario

It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.
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Byron, Lord
1788-1824 British Poet

Adversity is the first path to truth.
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Byron, Lord
1788-1824 British Poet

Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains
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Cady, Emilie

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
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Carlyle, Thomas
1795-1881 Scottish Philosopher Author

No pressure, no diamonds.
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Case, Mary

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
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Casey, M Kathleen

When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.
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Chambers, Oswald
1874-1917 Scottish Preacher Author

We say, sorrow, disaster, calamity. God says, chastening and it sounds sweet to him though it is a discord to our ears. Don’t faint when you are rebuked, and don’t despise the chastening of the Lord. In your patience possess your souls.
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Chambers, Oswald
1874-1917 Scottish Preacher Author

Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.
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Chapin, Edwin Hubbel
1814-1880 American Author Clergyman

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
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Chesterton, Gilbert K.
1874-1936 British Author

Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
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Chesterton, Gilbert K.
1874-1936 British Author

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
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Chin, Jerry

The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one’s preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.
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Cocteau, Jean
1889-1963 French Author Filmmaker

In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.
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Collier, Robert
American Writer Publisher

What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.
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Collins, Kitty O’neill

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
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Colton, Charles Caleb
1780-1832 British Sportsman Writer

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
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Colton, Charles Caleb
1780-1832 British Sportsman Writer

I bring to my life a certain amount of mess.
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Coppola, Francis Ford
1939 American Director Cinematographer Magazine publisher

If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders — what would you tell him to do? I don’t know. What could he do? What would you tell him? To shrug.
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D’Anconia, Francisco

In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
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Devito, Danny
1944 American Actor Comedian

A wounded deer leaps the highest.
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Dickinson, Emily
1830-1886 American Poet

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
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Dune, Frank Herbert

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
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Eliot, George
1819-1880 British Novelist

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
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Ellington, Duke
American jazz musician

Out of love and hatred, out of earnings and borrowings and leadings and losses; out of sickness and pain; out of wooing and worshipping; out of traveling and voting and watching and caring; out of disgrace and contempt, comes our tuition in the serene and beautiful laws.
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo
1803-1882 American Poet Essayist

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo
1803-1882 American Poet Essayist

A man is a god in ruins.
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo
1803-1882 American Poet Essayist

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.
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Epictetus
50-120 Stoic Philosopher

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.
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Fielding, Henry
1707-1754 British Novelist Dramatist

Failure is success if we learn from it.
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Forbes, Malcolm S.
1919-1990 American Publisher Businessman

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
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Forbes, Malcolm S.
1919-1990 American Publisher Businessman

Every hardship; every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself. The great chain of necessity wherewith we are bound has divine significance; and nothing happens which has not some service in working out the sublime destiny of the human soul.
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Ford, Elias A.

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
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Ford, Henry
1863-1947 American Industrialist Founder of Ford Motor Company

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.
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Fosdick, Harry Emerson
1878-1969 American Minister

Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
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France, Anatole
1844-1924 French Writer

I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.
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Frank, Anne
1929-1945 German Jewish Refugee Diarist

What is to give light must endure the burning.
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Frankl, Viktor E.
1905 Austrian Psychiatrist Neurology Writer Man’s Search for Meaning

The proof of gold is fire…
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Franklin, Benjamin
1706-1790 American Scientist Publisher Diplomat

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.
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Gallagher, Robert C.

Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you.
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Gesser

One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.
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Gibran, Kahlil
1883-1931 Lebanese Poet Novelist

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.
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Gibran, Kahlil
1883-1931 Lebanese Poet Novelist

Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.
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Glasgow, Arnold H.

The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
1749-1832 German Poet Dramatist Novelist

We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.
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Grant, Hanmer Parsons

Never bear more than one kind of trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds; all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.
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Hale, Edward Everett
1822-1909 American Unitarian Clergyman Writer

Some people bear three kinds of trouble — the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.
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Hale, Edward Everett
1822-1909 American Unitarian Clergyman Writer

Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.
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Havner, Vance

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.
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Hazlitt, William
1778-1830 British Essayist

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.
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Hemingway, Ernest
1898-1961 American Writer

It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.
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Heraclitus
BC 535-475 Greek Philosopher

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
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Hill, Napoleon
1883-1970 American Speaker Motivational Writer Think and Grow Rich

In my room as a kid… I’d play a fighter and get knocked to the floor and come back to win.
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Hoffman, Dustin
1937 American Actor

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
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Holtz, Lou
1937 American Football Coach

Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.
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Homer
c 850 – BC Greek Epic Poet

The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.
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Horace
BC 65-8 Italian Poet

As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.
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Horace
BC 65-8 Italian Poet

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
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Horace
BC 65-8 Italian Poet

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
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Horace
BC 65-8 Italian Poet

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
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Horace
BC 65-8 Italian Poet

The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.
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Horton, Doug

Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.
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Howe, Edgar Watson
1853-1937 American Journalist Author

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
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Hugo, Victor
1802-1885 French Poet Dramatist Novelist

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
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Irving, Washington
1783-1859 American Author

There is in every woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
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Irving, Washington
1783-1859 American Author

I used to hurt so badly that I’d ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That’s the way I see it.
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Jackson, Janet
1966 American Musician Actress

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
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James, William
1842-1910 American Psychologist Professor Author

If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.
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Johnson

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
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Johnson, Samuel
1709-1784 British Author

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
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Jones, Charles ”Tremendous”
American Motivational Speaker Author

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity
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Jonson, Ben
1573-1637 British Dramatist Poet

Had there been no difficulties and no thorns in the way, then man would have been in his primitive state and no progress made in civilization and mental culture.
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Joshee, Anandabai
1865-1887 Indian Physician

We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.
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Jung, Carl
1875-1961 Swiss Psychiatrist

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
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Kapuscinski, Ryszard
1932 Polish Report and Foreign Correspondent

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
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Keats, John
1795-1821 British Poet

As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red-hot, so he that wholly turneth himself unto God puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed into a new man.
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Kempis, Thomas
1379-1471 German Monk Mystic Religious Writer

Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
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Kempis, Thomas
1379-1471 German Monk Mystic Religious Writer

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
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Kennedy, Rose F.
1890-1995 Mother of President John F Kennedy

If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven’t grasped the situation.
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Kerr, Jean
1923 American Author Playwright

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life’s relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
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Kierkegaard, Soren
1813-1855 Danish Philosopher Writer

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
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King Jr. Martin Luther
1929-1968 American Black Leader Nobel Prize Winner 1964

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
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Kissinger, Henry
1923 American Republican Politician Secretary of State

Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
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Landers, Ann
1918 American Advice Columnist

There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.
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Lawrence, Thomas E.
1888-1935 British Soldier Arabist Writer

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
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Leighton, Robert
1611-1684 British Clergyman

In terms of the game theory, we might say the universe is so constituted as to maximize play. The best games are not those in which all goes smoothly and steadily toward a certain conclusion, but those in which the outcome is always in doubt. Similarly, the geometry of life is designed to keep us at the point of maximum tension between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. Every important call is a close one. We survive and evolve by the skin of our teeth. We really wouldn’t want it any other way.
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Leonard, George

It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one’s own advantage and to that of one’s craft that a large part of genius consists.
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Lichtenberg, Georg C.
1742-1799 German Physicist Satirist

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
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Lowell, James Russell
1819-1891 American Poet Critic Editor

God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
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Macdonald, George
1824-1905 Scottish Novelist

Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
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Malcolm X
1925-1965 American Black Leader Activist

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
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Maltz, Maxwell
American Plastic Surgeon Author of Psycho-Cybernetics

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.
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Mandino, Og
1923-1996 American Motivational Author Speaker

Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
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Mandino, Og
1923-1996 American Motivational Author Speaker

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
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Mandino, Og
1923-1996 American Motivational Author Speaker

You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home.
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Movie, Apollo 13

Only entropy comes easy.
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Mumford, Lewis
1895-1990 American Social Philosopher

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
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Neal, John

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
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Nietzsche, Friedrich
1844-1900 German Philosopher

The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
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Nixon, Richard M.
1913-1994 Thirty-seventh President of the USA

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
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Paige, Leroy ”Satchel”
1906-1982 American Baseball Player

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
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Paine, Thomas
1737-1809 Anglo-American Political Theorist Writer

They sicken at the calm that know the storm.
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Parker, Dorothy
1893-1967 American Humorous Writer

Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle.
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Peale, Norman Vincent
1898-1993 American Christian Reformed Pastor Speaker Author

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
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Peale, Norman Vincent
1898-1993 American Christian Reformed Pastor Speaker Author

I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.
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Penney, J. C. (James Cash)
1875-1971 American Retailer Philanthropist Founder JC Penny’s

The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem, it’s their problem. If I see a door comin’ my way, I’m knockin’ it down. And if I can’t knock down the door, I’m sliding through the window. I’ll never let it stop me from what I wanna do.
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Perez, Rosie
1963 American Actress Dancer Choreographer

That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.
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Pike, Albert
1809-1891 American Lawyer Masonic Author Historian

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.
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Pliny The Elder
c23-79 Roman Neophatonist

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
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Plutarch
46-120 AD Greek Essayist Biographer

Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
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Plutarch
46-120 AD Greek Essayist Biographer

The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
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Post, Laurens Van du

The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.
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Propertius, Sextus
c48-c15 BC Italian Latin Elegiac Poet

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
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Proverb, Chinese
Sayings of Chinese Origin

A stumble may prevent a fall.
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Proverb, English
Sayings of British Origin

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
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Proverb, English
Sayings of British Origin

Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.
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Proverb, Italian
Sayings of Italian Origin

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
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Proverb, Maori
Sayings of Maori Origin

Stumbling is not falling.
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Proverb, Portuguese
Sayings of Portuguese Origin

Any port in a storm.
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Proverb, Scottish
Sayings of Scottish Origin

Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?
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Qur’an
Holy Book

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.
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Ransom, Ralph

Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One’s life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape.
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Richards, Mary Caroline

Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.
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Richter, Jean Paul
1763-1825 German Novelist

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door — or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
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Rivers, Joan
1933 American Comedian Talk Show Host Actress

If we study the lives of great men and women carefully and unemotionally we find that, invariably, greatness was developed, tested and revealed through the darker periods of their lives. One of the largest tributaries of the RIVER OF GREATNESS is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.
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Robert, Cavett

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.
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Roethke, Theodore
1908-1963 American Poet

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
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Rogers, James

The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don’t let it get the best of you.
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Rogers, Will
1879-1935 American Humorist Actor

People are like stained — glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within
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Ross, Elizabeth Kubler

To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
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Rousseau, Jean Jacques
1712-1778 Swiss Political Philosopher Educationist Essayist

Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.
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Rousseau, Jean Jacques
1712-1778 Swiss Political Philosopher Educationist Essayist

When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
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Russell, Rosalind

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.
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Saadi

When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.
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Salk, Lee

Trouble shared is trouble halved.
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Sayers, Dorothy L.
1893-1957 British Author

It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.
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Saying, Greek

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.
Adversity
Schmidt, Walt

There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome –to be got over.
Adversity
Schopenhauer, Arthur
1788-1860 German Philosopher

Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Adversity
Schuller, Robert H.
1926 American Minister (Crystal Cathedral) Author Social Leader

Every burden is a blessing.
Adversity
Schuller, Robert H.
1926 American Minister (Crystal Cathedral) Author Social Leader

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.
Adversity
Schwab, Charles M.
1862-1939 American Industrialist Businessman

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Adversity
Schweitzer, Albert
1875-1965 German Born Medical Missionary Theologian Musician and Philosopher

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
Adversity
Scott, Sir Walter
1771-1832 British Novelist Poet

Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.
Adversity
Scott, Sir Walter
1771-1832 British Novelist Poet

It’s a matter of ABC: When we encounter ADVERSITY, we react by thinking about it. Our thoughts rapidly congeal into BELIEFS. These beliefs may become so habitual we don’t even realize we have them unless we stop to focus on them. And they don’t just sit there idly; they have CONSEQUENCES. The beliefs are the direct cause of what we feel and what we do next. They can spell the difference between dejection and giving up, on the one hand, and well-being and constructive action on the other. The first step is to see the connection between adversity, belief, and consequence. The second step is to see how the ABCs operate every day in your own life.
Adversity
Seligman, Martin E. P.

No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.
Adversity
Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
Adversity
Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Adversity
Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
Adversity
Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Adversity
Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

Things were bad but now they are OK.
Adversity
Seymour, Harold J.

One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment.
Adversity
Shain, Merle

Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.
Adversity
Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
Adversity
Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

If you want to win anything — a race, your self, your life — you have to go a little berserk.
Adversity
Sheehan, George

For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
Adversity
Sirach

The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.
Adversity
Smiles, Samuel
1812-1904 Scottish Author

Many miles away there’s a shadow on the door of a cottage on the Shore of a dark Scottish lake.
Adversity
Sting
1951 British-born American Musician Singer Songwriter Actor

Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!
Adversity
Swahili Warrior Song

We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
Adversity
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
55-117 AD Roman Historian

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
Adversity
Tacitus, Publius Cornelius
55-117 AD Roman Historian

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Adversity
Tagore, Rabindranath
1861-1941 Indian Poet Philosopher

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.
Adversity
Talmud, The
BC 500-400 AD Jewish Archive of Oral Tradition

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man s, I mean.
Adversity
Twain, Mark
1835-1910 American Humorist Writer

The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

There will be no crown bearers in heaven who are not cross bearers on earth.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

There are times in everyone’s life when something constructive is born out of adversity… when things seem so bad that you’ve got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

Nothing bad ever happens without equal or growth
Adversity
Unknown, Source

No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them
Adversity
Unknown, Source

If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?
Adversity
Unknown, Source

Your dips an falls do not confound me, half as much as your heights astound me.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

When I dig another out of trouble, the hole from which I lift him is the place where I bury my own.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

We need tough days to drive us to our knees.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

We all know that sponges grow in the ocean but I wander how much deeper the ocean would be if that wasn’t the case.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. One didn’t panic, he relaxed and drowned. The other kicked and struggled so much that the cream turned to butter and he walked out.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

Adversity is a fact of life. It can’t be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill and don’t know it.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

He who knows the darkness shall learn to live in the light.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

If your cup seems too bitter, if your burden seems to heavy, be sure that it is the wounded hand that is holding the cup, and that it is me who carried the cross that is carrying the burden.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

If your knees are knocking, kneel on them.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

If you’re on thin ice, you might as well dance.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

In times of storm, the shallowness of the root structure is revealed.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

I didn’t know I’d have to be torn down before I could be built up.
Adversity
Unknown, Source

Frogs have it easy, they can eat what bugs them
Adversity
Unknown, Source

You have endured worse things; God will grant an end even to these.
Adversity
Virgil
c 70 – 19 BC Roman Poet

I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
Adversity
Walton, Sam
1918-1992 American Businessman Founder of Wal-Mart Stores

Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.
Adversity
Ward, William A.
Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for it.
Adversity
Warren, Earl
1891-1974 American Politician Judge

Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches
Adversity
Weil, Simone
1910-1943 French Philosopher Mystic

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions.
Adversity
Wells, H.G.
1866-1946 British-born American Author

The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.
Adversity
Weltman, Phil
American Business Executive William Morris Agency

A reasonable amount o fleas is good for a dog — keeps him from brooding over being a dog, maybe.
Adversity
Westcott, Edward Noyes
1847-1898 American Author

If I traveled to the end of the rainbow as Dame Fortune did intend, Murphy would be there to tell me the pot’s at the other end.
Adversity
Whitney, Bert

It is easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile, when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, And it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.
Adversity
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
1855-1919 American Poet Journalist

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.
Adversity
Winfrey, Oprah
1954 American TV Personality Producer Actress Author

One likes people much better when they’re battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.
Adversity
Woolf, Virginia
1882-1941 British Novelist Essayist

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
Adversity
Ziglar, Zig
American Sales Trainer Author Motivational Speaker

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
Adversity
Zwanzig, Carl

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