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~ Quotations on Surviving ~
Whoever survives a test,
whatever it may be, must tell the story.
That is his duty.
Elie WieselDividing Line
Although the world is full of suffering,
it is also full of the overcoming of suffering.
Helen KellerDividing Line
Do you know what happens to scar tissue?
It's the strongest part of the skin.
Michael R. MantellDividing Line
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Edwin H. ChapinDividing Line
I'm a little wounded, but I am not slain;
I will lay me down to bleed a while.
Then I'll rise and fight again.
John DrydenDividing Line
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen KellerDividing Line
We must learn from life how to suffer it.
French proverbDividing Line
When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope?
We have two options, medically and emotionally: Give up or fight like hell.
Lance ArmstrongDividing Line
Cancer makes a woman out of you.
After that you become a warrior.
Survival is not so much about the body,
but rather it is about the triumph of the human spirit.
Danita VanceDividing Line
It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world
while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet,
and that your survival depends on completing this construction
at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
Tennessee WilliamsDividing Line
Adversity often activates a strength we did not know we had.
Joan Walsh AnglundDividing Line
Strength does not come from winning, Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
Arnold SchwarzeneggerDividing Line
A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them,
since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind,
and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
Pietro AretinoDividing Line
If you stop struggling, then you stop life.
Huey NewtonDividing Line
Change is difficult but often essential to survival.
Les BrownDividing Line
I bend, but I do not break.
Jean de La FontaineDividing Line
The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places...
Ernest HemingwayDividing Line
The turning point in the process of growing up
is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.
Max LernerDividing Line
Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
Dale CarnegieDividing Line
There remain times when one can only endure.
One lives on, one doesn't die,
and the only thing that one can do is to fill one's mind
and time as far as possible with the concerns of other people.
It doesn't bring immediate peace, but it brings the dawn nearer.
Arthur Christopher BensonDividing Line
Survival is a form of resistance.
Mendel Le SueurDividing Line
The real glory is being knocked to your knees
and then coming back.
That's real glory.
That's the essence of it.
Vince LombardiDividing Line
Our greatest glory consists not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
Ralph Waldo EmersonDividing Line
I don't believe I've ever met a person who hasn't been
challenged or wounded by something.
Difficulties present choices
We can either waste away from our wounds
or use them to grow our souls.
Joan BorysenkoDividing Line
Life isn't meant to be easy.
It's hard to take being on the top—or on the bottom.
I guess I'm something of a fatalist.
You have to have a sense of history,
I think, to survive some of these things...
Life is one crisis after another.
Richard M. NixonDividing Line
Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn,
to reconceive ourselves as individuals,
to choose the kind of change that will help us to grow
and to fulfill ourselves more completely.
Nena O'NeillDividing Line
People are never helped in their suffering
by what they think for themselves,

but only by revelation of a wisdom greater than their own.
It is this which lifts them out of their distress.
C.G. JungDividing Line
If you will call your troubles experiences,
and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you,
you will grow vigorous and happy,
however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.
John R. MillerDividing Line
People's best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward BeecherDividing Line
      The most beautiful people we have known
      are those who have known defeat,

      known suffering, known struggle, known loss,
      and have found their way out of the depths.
      These persons have an appreciation,
      a sensitivity and an understanding standing of life
      that fills them with compassion, gentleness
      and a deep loving concern.

      Beautiful people do not just happen.
Elisabeth Kübler-RossDividing Line
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
William SaroyanDividing Line
Some minds seem almost to create themselves,
springing up under every disadvantage
and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Washington Irving

Other Quotes
The collected Quotes have been edited together in a healing sequence to take the reader from
loss, through transition, to healing. This sequence more elloquently conveys the underlying purpose of Transitional Medicine. The topics chosen—transition, transformation and surviving—depict the essence of the Transitional Medicine and represent three of emotions used in surviving a loss and emerging with a new life. Follow the links below for the specific quotation pages.

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I have often been adrift,
but I have always stayed afloat.
David Berry

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