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  • ADVERSITY
  • By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
    MARK TWAIN
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  • Calamity is man's true touchstone.
    BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER
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  • Calamity, n. Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
    AMBROSE BIERCE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Cold news for me:
    Thus are my blossoms blasted in the bud,
    And caterpillars eat my leaves away.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Disaster appears, to crush
    one man now, but afterward another.
    EURIPIDES
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint.
    EMERSON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • For more than fifty years, the Western world has haunted itself with rumors of its own death.
    MICHAEL HARRINGTON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • God gives almonds to those who have no teeth.
    SPANISH PROVERB
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Greater dooms win greater destinies.
    HERACLITUS
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  • ADVERSITY
  • He deposes Doom
    Who bath suffered him -.
    EMILY DICKINSON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
    BEN JONSON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • He that fashions calamity for his neighbor, the instrument of his wounding is in his own hand.
    BERECHIAH BEN NATRONAI HA-NAKDAN
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  • ADVERSITY
  • He that has never suffered extreme adversity, knows not the full extent of his own depravation.
    CHARLES CALEB COLTON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him;
    For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
    And found the blessedness of being little.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Human misery must somewhere have a stop:
    there is no wind that always blows a storm.
    EURIPIDES
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  • ADVERSITY
  • I am the hammer, if misery's a stone,
    I am the water, if trouble's a spark:
    My heart is the stronger with each falling blow,
    The moon it resembles, that shines in the dark.
    Falaquera, HaMebakesh, (1264) 1779.
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  • ADVERSITY
  • I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.
    ALEXANDER POPE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • If a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing hut pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
    SAMUEL JOHNSON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • If the Chrysler crisis had come up during a Republican administration, the company would have gone down the tubes before you could say Herbert Hoover.
    LEE IACOCCA
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  • ADVERSITY
  • If the roof caves in and the tenants are sitting in the debris, they will laugh like hell. They will endure any hardship as long as it means trouble for the landlord.
    HARRY GOLDEN
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  • ADVERSITY
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
    MURPHY'S LAW (1979)
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  • ADVERSITY
  • If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small indeed.
    Bible: Prov., 24.10.
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Ignorance of one's misfortunes is clear gain.
    EURIPIDES
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  • ADVERSITY
  • In adversity man is quickly persuaded.
    Josephus, Wars, 6.5.2.
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  • ADVERSITY
  • In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man's affliction is to remember that he once was happy.
    BOETHIUS
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  • ADVERSITY
  • In misfortune, what friend remains a friend?
    EURIPIDES
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  • ADVERSITY
  • In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God made the one as well as the other.
    Bible: Eccles., 7.14.
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.
    PUBLILIUS SYRUS
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Let me embrace these sour adversities;
    For wise men say it is the wisest course.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck dumb.
    SENECA
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
    BIBLE, JOB 5:7
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Misfortune
    wandering the same track lights now upon one and now upon another.
    AESCHYLUS
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Misfortunes when asleep are not to be awakened.
    ENGLISH PROVERB
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  • ADVERSITY
  • No man can smile in the face of adversity and mean it.
    EDGAR WATSON HOWE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • One's misfortune is always another's benefit.
    Levi. Gen. R., 38 10.
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  • ADVERSITY
  • People don't ever seem to realize that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune.
    WILLIAM McFEE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
    LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Public calamity is a mighty leveller.
    EDMUND BURKE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Rejoice in adversity even more than in prosperity, for suffering brings forgiveness of sin.
    Akiba. Mekilta, to Exod. 20.20.
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Robert Kennedy identified with people, not data, or institutions, or theories. Poverty was a specific black face for him, not a manila folder full of statistics.
    JACK NEWFIELD
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Some souls we see
    Grow hard and stiffen with adversity.
    DRYDEN
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  • Some, the prevailing malice of the great
    (Unhappy men!) or adverse fate
    Sunk deep into the gulfs of an afflicted state.
    ROSCOMMON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
    NIETZSCHE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
    ARISTOTLE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The drowning man is not troubled by rain.
    PERSIAN PROVERB
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The gods in bounty work up storms about us,
    That give mankind occasion to exert
    Their hidden strength, and throw out into practice
    Virtues which shun the day.
    ADDISON
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The memory of man is as old as misfortune.
    LAWRENCE DURRELL
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
    EPICURUS
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The oldest and best known evil was ever more supportable than one that was new and untried.
    MONTAIGNE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The rugged metal of the mine
    Must burn before its surface shine;
    But plunged within the furnace flame,
    It bends and melts - though still the same.
    BYRON: Giaour
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The scene of beauty and delight is changed:
    No roses bloom upon my fading cheek,
    No laughing graces wanton in my eyes;
    But haggard Grief, lean-looking sallow Care,
    And pining Discontent, a rueful train,
    Dwell on my brow, all hideous and forlon.
    ROWE
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  • ADVERSITY
  • The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.
    W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
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  • There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.
    CHARLES CALEB COLTON
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  • There is no education like adversity.
    Disraeli, Endymion, 1880.
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  • There is no man in this world without some manner of tribulation or anguish, though he be king or pope.
    THOMAS A KEMPIS
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  • ADVERSITY
  • They say that if you get bored enough with calamity you can learn to laugh.
    LAWRENCE DURRELL
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  • ADVERSITY
  • To be brave in misfortune is to be worthy of manhood; to be wise in misfortune is to conquer fate.
    AGNES REPPLIER
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  • ADVERSITY
  • To be unable to bear an ill is itself a great ill.
    BION
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Trouble will come soon enough, and when he does come receive him as pleasantly as possible. Like the tax-collector, he is a disagreeable chap to have in one's house, hut the more amiably you greet him the sooner he will go away.
    ARTEMUS WARD
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  • ADVERSITY
  • Welcome each rebuff
    That turns earth's smoothness rough,
    Each sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go!
    ROBERT BROWNING
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  • ADVERSITY
  • When working on a project, if you put away a tool that you're certain you're finished with, you will need it instantly.
    ARTHUR BLOCH
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  • ADVERSITY
  • When you are down and out, something always turns up - and it is usually the noses of your friends.
    ORSON WELLES
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  • ADVERSITY
  • With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.
    PLINY THE ELDER
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  • ADVERTISING
  • Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises, and by eloquences sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic.
    SAMUEL JOHNSON
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  • ADVERTISING
  • Advertising in the final analysis should be news. If it is not news it is worthless.
    ADOLPH S. OCHS
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  • ADVERTISING
  • Back in the days when American billboard advertising was in flower [said Hemingway], there were two slogans that I always rated above all others: the old Cremo Cigar ad that proclaimed, Spit Is a Horrid Word - but Worse on the end of Your Cigar, and Drink Schlitz in Brown Bottles and Avoid that Skunk Taste. You don't get creative writing like that any more."
    A.E. HOTCHNER
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  • ADVERTISING
  • I think that I shall never see
    A billboard lovely as a tree.
    Indeed, unless the billboards fall
    I'll never see a tree at all.
    OGDEN HASH
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  • ADVERTISING
  • Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.
    SAMUEL JOHNSON
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  • ADVERTISING
  • The advertisements in a newspaper are more full of knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.
    HENRY WARD BEECHER
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  • ADVERTISING
  • The advertiser is the overrewarded court jester and court pander at the democratic court.
    JOSEPH WOOD KRUTCH
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  • ADVERTISING
  • The deeper problems connected with advertising come less from the unscrupulousness of our "deceivers" than from our pleasure in being deceived, less from the desire to seduce than from the desire to be seduced.
    DANIEL J. BOORSTIN
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  • ADVERTISING
  • The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf.
    MARSHALL McLUHAN
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  • ADVERTISING
  • The people who flood our living-rooms with a smorgasbord of commercial messages about fetid breath, moist underarms and troubled intestines know this: an appropriate time, place and manner to sell a product is any that sells the product.
    GEORGE F. WILL
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  • ADVERTISING
  • The [broadcast] commercial is the invention of a profoundly Christian nation - it proceeds to sell something in which it does not altogether believe, and it interrupts the mood.
    NORMAN MAILER
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  • There, in the window of a freshly painted clapboard building, just off the road, a bewitching and seductive red neon sign spoke to him in a universal tongue: COCA-COLA, it announced, COCA-COLA, and he went faint with gastric epiphany.
    T. CORAGHESSON BOYLE
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  • ADVERTISING
  • What is a self-image? Who started talking about one? I rather fancy it was Madison Avenue.
    MADELEINE LENGLE, A CIRCLE OF QUIET (1972)
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  • ADVICE
  • A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,
    We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry;
    But were we burden'd with like weight of pain,
    As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • Advice is not a popular thing to give.
    Disraeli, Lothair, 1870.
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  • Advice, n. The smallest current coin.
    AMBROSE BIERCE
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  • Before the trouble comes, advice obtain;
    After it has come, advice is vain.
    Zabara. Sefer Shaashuim, 13c, ch 2.
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  • ADVICE
  • Beware of unsolicited advice.
    Akiba. Talmud Sanhedrin, 76a.
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  • ADVICE
  • Direct not him whose way himself will choose;
    'Tis breath thou lack'st, and that breath wilt thou lose.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • Distrust interested advice.
    AESOP
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  • ADVICE
  • Do people conform to the instructions of us old ones? Each thinks he must know best about himself, and thus many are lost entirely.
    GOETHE
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  • Fear not the anger of the wise to raise;
    Those best can bear reproof who merit praise.
    POPE
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  • Follow the counsel of the old, not of the young, for old people's tearing down is constructive, while youth's building up is destructive.
    Simeon b. Eleazar. Tosefta Aboda Zara, 1.19.
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  • Friendly counsel cuts off many foes.
    SHAKESPEARE
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  • God said: "Let us make man" [Gen. 1.26]. Should anyone say, "Why should I consult my subordinates?" he is told: "Learn from your Creator: He took counsel with the angels."
    Jonathan. Gen. R., 8.8.
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  • ADVICE
  • I do hope that you will someday learn (1) not to get into trouble with the authorities; (2) not to have fights with the other boys.
    LOUISE BENNETT LORD
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  • ADVICE
  • I find, quoth Mat, reproof is vain!
    Who first offend will first complain.
    PRIOR
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  • ADVICE
  • I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
    THOREAU
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  • ADVICE
  • I wish you would give up the idea of Spain.
    MAXWELL PERKINS, LETTER TO ERNEST HEMINGWAY
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  • ADVICE
  • If a lady comes up to you and tells you that your dear mama is lying in a faint on the pavement round the corner, don't you believe her, don't have anything to do with her, do not go with her into the cab. It is the White Slave Traffic.
    STEVIE SMITH
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  • ADVICE
  • If a man is going to leave one wife to marry another, it's better if he divorces the first before he marries the second.
    JOSEPH HELLER
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  • ADVICE
  • In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend.
    SOLON
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  • ADVICE
  • In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
    BIBLE, PROVERBS 11:14 AND 24:6
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  • ADVICE
  • In vain Thalestris with reproach assails;
    For who can move, when fair Belinda fails?
    POPE
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  • ADVICE
  • It can be no dishonor
    to learn from others when they speak good sense.
    SOPHOCLES
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  • ADVICE
  • It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.
    OSCAR WILDE
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