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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.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton
It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.
Benjamin E. Mays
Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.
To me, self-description is a calamity.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.
It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.
There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.
Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly.
When any calamity has been suffered the first thing to be remembered is, how much has been escaped.
The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.
Often it takes some calamity to make us live in the present. Then suddenly we wake up and see all the mistakes we have made.
A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
A great calamity is as old as the trilobites an hour after it has happened.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Calamity is the test of integrity.
A bad neighbor is as great a calamity as a good one is a great advantage.
Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.
Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
There are always signs that a reign is ending, and they are usually spotted not in the king himself but in his court. In the inner circle, latent jealousies between advisers spill into open conflict, as they angrily debate who is to blame for the calamity, chewing over each other's past errors and pointing the finger at old and nascent enemies.
You have a strange relationship with calamity when you're a writer: you write about it; as an artist, you objectify and fetishize it. You render life into material, and that's a creepy thing to do.
Calamity is the perfect glass wherein we truly see and know ourselves.
Who are benefits promised to, overwhelmingly? Well, they're promised to older people. And if you have a society like Europe that is upside down where there are a lot more older people than younger people, you have economic calamity.
It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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