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Adversity and Challenge

Adversity is the diamond dust that heaven polishes its jewels with.
      large sailing ship moving onward - Leighton

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
       - A
nonymous

The storm also beats on the house that is built on the rock.
       - Anonymous

Don't ask for a light load, but rather ask for a strong back.
       - Anonymous

Who indeed can harm you if you are committed deeply to doing what is right?
       - I Peter

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who hiker on snowy mountainknow neither victory nor defeat.
       - Theodore Roosevelt

What a great feeling to look back on what you've already climbed

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
       - Albert Einstein

Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
       -George S. Patton

Adventure is worthwhile.
       -Amelia Earhart

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
       -Joshua J. Marine

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
       -William Ellery Channing

In order to be walked on, you have to be lying down.
       - Brian Weir

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.
       - Greek Proverb

We are like tea bags - we don't know man lying on sidewalk as people pass byour own strength until we're in hot water.
       - Sister Busche

Many have encountered and overcome the challenge of homelessness

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
       - James 1:24, RSV

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.
       - Phyllis Battome

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