1. Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good.
- Elizabeth Edwards
2. A good half of the art of living is resilience.
- Alain de Botton
3. If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.
- Shane Koyczan
4. One's doing well if age improves even slightly one's capacity to hold on to that vital truism: This too shall pass.
- Alain de Botton
5. Unluckier still was Guillaume Le Gentil, whose experiences are wonderfully summarized by Timothy Ferris in Coming of Age in the Milky Way . Le Gentil set off from France a year ahead of time to observe the transit (of Venus) from India, but various setbacks left him still at sea on the day of the transit—just about the worst place to be since steady measurements were impossible on a pitching ship.
Undaunted, Le Gentil continued on to India to await the next transit in 1769. With eight years to prepare, he erected a first-rate viewing station, tested and retested his instruments, and had everything in a state of perfect readiness. On the morning of the second transit, June 4, 1769, he awoke to a fine day, but, just as Venus began its pass, a cloud slid in front of the Sun and remained there for almost exactly the duration of the transit: three hours, fourteen minutes, and seven seconds.
Stoically, Le Gentil packed up his instruments and set off for the nearest port, but en route he contracted dysentery and was laid up for nearly a year. Still weakened, he finally made it onto a ship. It was nearly wrecked in a hurricane off the African coast. When at last he reached home, eleven and a half years after setting off, and having achieved nothing, he discovered that his relatives had had him declared dead in his absence and had enthusiastically plundered his estate
- Bill Bryson
6. Stop calling me resilient. I’m not resilient. Because every time you say, ‘Oh, they’re resilient,’ you can do something else to me.
- Tracie Washington, New Orleans-based civil rights attorney, 2010
7. There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
- Maya Angelou
8. Life ain't all you want but it's all you got. Stick a flower in your hat and be 'appy.
9. The most wonderful inspirations die with their subject, if he has no hand to paint them to the senses.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, First Series
10. Looking into his eyes, you seemed to see there the yet lingering images of those thousand-fold perils he had calmly confronted through life. A staid, steadfast man, whose life for the most part was a telling pantomime of action, and not a tame chapter of sounds.
- Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
11. It is not queer, and both desolating and comforting, how, with all associations broken, one forms new ones, as a broken bone thickens in healing.
- Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose
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