I am a collector of quotes from my readings. Whenever I find an interesting quote that rings true, and that might help to condition my mind for whatever comes, good or bad, I jot-down the quote on a 3" x 5" note card (of high-quality, non-warping paper stock, smooth and soft to the pen-point; Levenger.com sells them). If especially inspired by the quote, I stick the quote-note on a little wire-clip stand on my built-in dresser, in my walk-in dressing closet, so that I can see and consider the quote while I dress in the morning, or get ready for bed at night; or any time in between. I like my closet. It's my urban-guy and outdoor-guy supply locker. Not to be confused with my man-cave downstairs, which holds my hard gear; bikes, power tools and such.
Where was I? Ah, yes, quotes. I am particularly fond of timeless quotes from famous writers, statesmen, scientists, philosophers, military leaders, and a few obscure personalities from a bygone era. Mostly, I seek wisdom for handling adversity, since the world that I have constructed for myself, in my head, is full of adversity. Oh, there are opportunities, as well, but, I am of the mind that, at least for the well prepared (I include myself), opportunities will take care of themselves. It's the adversities that will get you down, if you take them the wrong way.
Following are three of my favorite quotes on dealing with adversity. The first, by Marcus Aurelius, my go-to Stoic. The second, by Walt Whitman, who stirred me during college. The last, by Mother Goose, that is to say, by who knows?
"Be like the headland on which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and about it the boiling waters sink to sleep."
Marcus Aurelius, in Meditations IV, 49
"Oh, to confront night, storms, hunger, Ridicule, accident, rebuffs as the trees and animals do."
Walt Whitman (by the way, the "R" in "Ridicule" is capitalized in the original)
"For every ailment under the sun,
There is a remedy, or there is none;
If there be one, try to find it;
If there is none, never mind it."
Wise words, eh?