Portraits of Resilience
is the ability to overcome adversity,
cope with setbacks, and persevere in the face of
trauma and deprivation.
The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela
When you get into 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
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not… nothing is more common than unsuccessful people will talent.
Genius will not… unrewarded genius is almost legendary.
Education will not…. the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge
Serbian Orthodox clergy, like these monks living along Serbia’s Crna River,
have proved a resilient lot. During World War II and its aftermath some
700 were killed, and nearly a quarter of their 4,400 churches and monasteries were destroyed.
With little outside help, the church has made a stubborn comeback.
The world breaks everyone, and afterward,
some are strong at the broken places
- Ernest Hemmingway
Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight,
feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
- Victor Hugo
If you voluntarily quit in the face of adversity,
you’ll wonder about it for the rest of your life.
- President Bill Clinton
A man prays for the victims of the tsunami in 2004 which killed more than 250,000 people
…more than education, experience, or training,
an individual’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds & who fails.
- Harvard Business Review, 2002