Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
writer and political activist
“Yet occasionally we discover in the folds of an old handkerchief a shell or insignificant stone that had once embodied our happiest of afternoons.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids
“Feelings come and go like clouds in the sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it.
writer, historian and diplomat