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Seeing the Rainbow: Quotations to Relieve Discouragement

One day when I was feeling depressed, I decided to search the Internet for quotes to remind me that a) I was not the only person in the world who had ever experienced discouragement and b) the occasional down makes the up ones more up.

As the last quote in this list says, "Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." I hope this collection will help you through your rainy days.

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What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.--Mary Pickford

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The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.--Chinese Proverb

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Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.-- Victoria Holt

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Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while climbing it--Unknown

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In order for one to hold you down, he/she must stay down there with you. --Anonymous

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We all walk in the dark, and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.--Earl Nightingale

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The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this: irritations get into his shell...And when he cannot get rid of them, he uses the irritations to do the loveliest thing an oyster ever has the chance to do. If there are irritations in our lives today, there is one prescription: make a pearl... All it takes is faith and love to do it--Harry Emerson Fosdick

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When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall --think of it, ALWAYS. --Mahatma Gandhi

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If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.".--Ann Landers

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You don't really conquer such a mountain. You conquer yourself. You overcome the sickness and everything else -- your pain, aches, fears -- to reach the summit.--James Whittaker

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I have fallen down before; but I am not on the ground now. If I fall down again I will still get up.--M.K.O Abiola

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Measure yourself by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondence and depression.--Robert Johnson

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If we would keep filling our minds with the picture of happy things ahead, many worries and anxieties, and perhaps ill health, would naturally melt away...Always expect the best. Then if you have to hurdle a few tough problems, you will have generated the strength and courage to do so.--George Matthew Adams

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Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.--Satchel Paige

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Here is the secret of inspiration. Tell yourself that thousands and tens of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.--William Feather

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To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the light. --Coventry Patmore

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Dont be afraid to fail. Dont waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK. If you're not failing, you're not growing.--H. Stanley Judd

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Aerodynamically a bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.--Mary Kay Ash

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Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.--Carl Jung

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Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.--Anne Lamott

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The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.--Charles Kettering

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Reflect on your present blessings of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.--Charles Dickens

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Maintain a sense of perspective in all your endeavors. Dont let problems and set backs block out the light of reason. The human mind is like a magnifying glass; It exaggerates. Simple rule of thumb: whatever you're looking at, is not as big a deal as you think. -- Anonymous

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Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.--John Wooden

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When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. --Harriet Beecher Stowe

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I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them. --Pablo Picasso

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Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. --Michael Jordan

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Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. --Ambrose Redmoon

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It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult. --Seneca

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And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.--Jerry Chin

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