And what I think about them
AdversityAdversity (misfortune... contrary; opposite in position; unfortunate; opposed. SYN: ill luck, misfortune, misery, calamity, disaster, distress, unsuccess, failure, ruin, trouble, affliction, sorrow. -Webster's)
"Aim for what you can do instead of what you cannot."
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
"If you're going through hell, keep going."
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn."
"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."
-M. Kathleen Casey
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."
AngerAnger (a strong passion or emotion excited by injury; rage; to excite to wrath; to enrage. SYN: enrage, vex, kindle, fret, ruffle, chafe, infuriate, exasperate, provoke, irritate, incense, wound, inflame, embitter. -Webster)
"Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity."
"When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry."
"If anger is not restrained, it is frequently more hurtful to us, than the injury that provokes it."
CharacterCharacter (any distinctive mark; an essential feature; nature; the total of qualities making up an individuality; moral excellence. SYN: nature, disposition, genius, temperament, cast, estimation, repute, reputation, part, capacity, class, order, sort, kind, quality. -Webster)
"A man's errors are what make him amiable."
"From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own."
"If we had no defects ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others"
"Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them, are for the greater part ignorant of both the character they leave and of the character they assume."
"Best men are often moulded out of faults."
CourageCourage (bravery; fearlessness; daring. SYN: bravery, boldness, valor, pluck, fortitude, resolution, gallantry, fearlessness, intrepidity. -Webster)
"A 'No' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble."
"Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it, and conquering it."
"Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win."
"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
DisciplineDiscipline (instruction; training of the mind, or body, or the moral faculties; subjection to authority; self-control; to improve behavior by judicious penal methods. SYN: order, strictness, training, government, instruction, drilling, control, coercion, punishment, organization. -Webster)
"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
-Proverbs 22:6 (MKJV)
"Discipline, like the bridle in the hand of a good rider, should exercise its influence without appearing to do so; should be ever active, both as a support and as a restraint, yet seem to lie easily in hand. It must always be ready to check or to pull up, as occasion may require; and only when the horse is a runaway should the action of the curb be perceptible."
FaithFaith (belief, especially in a revealed religion; trust or reliance; a system of religious doctrines believed in; loyalty; pledged word. -Webster's)
"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself. All sin is easy after that."
"A christian is the highest style of man."
"Atheism is the result of ignorance and pride; of strong sense and feeble reasons; of good eating and ill-living. It is the plague of society, the corrupter of manners, and the underminer of property."
"The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying."
"It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter;–it is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much, nothing wanting."
HumilityHumility (free from pride... lowly; meek; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; modest. SYN: low, lowly, obscure, meek, modest, unassuming, unpretending, submissive. -Webster)
"The sin, the error, is not our hunger for knowledge - and the way back to Paradise is not via intentional ignorance (despite some latter-day Christian claims). Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden because of the kind of knowledge they reached for - a knowledge that distrusted and excluded God. Their drive to know arose not from love but from curiosity and control, from the desire to possess powers belonging to God alone."
-Parker Palmer (To Know As We Are Known)
"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."
RelationshipsRelationships (connection, behavior or feelings toward somebody else, friendship, connection by family, shared property of association. -Encarta SYN: connection, affinity, association, harmony, relative, kinsman, kindred. -Webster)
"Our hearts have been deformed by our lust for power, by our fear of mutually accountable relationships, by our self-destructive tendency toward an alienated life. If we are to reform our teaching and our way of knowing the world, we must allow our hearts to be known by the love and truth in which they were first formed. We must practice disciplines that permit love and truth to re-form our hearts, disciplines that empower us to do the sort of teaching that can help re-form our students, our schools, and our world as well."
-Parker Palmer (To Know As We Are Known)
YouthYouth (life from childhood to manhood... not far advcanced in growth, life, or existence; not yet old; vigorous. SYN: youngster, young, person, minority, adolescence, juvenility. -Webster)
"Fragile beginnings of a mighty end."
"Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."