Updated: Apr 17
When it's too difficult to look forward, look back. We will find a treasure of wisdom from those who fought the same battles before they were ours.
With suffering comes wisdom and those who lived through the pain and horrors of WWI, The Great Depression and WWII have many wise teachings to share.
As the world battles an invisible enemy in the coronavirus, we are living in yet another time of great suffering. May we lean on the words of the wisest poets and humanitarians who share the great lessons of life learned during their own time of suffering.
'You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along.'
'It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth.'
'The United States fully accepts the profound truth that our own progress, prosperity, and peace are interlocked with the progress, prosperity, and peace of all humanity.'
'You just can't beat the person who never gives up.'
'We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.'
'There are two kinds of worries - those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter.'
'The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.'
'One way or the other, if you want to find reasons why you shouldn't keep on, you'll find 'em. The obstacles are all there; there are a million of 'em.'
'The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you
if you don't let it get the best of you.'
'We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.'