Calamity

Calamity is man's true touchstone.

Calamity is man’s true touchstone.

Calamity and Prosperity are the Touchstones of Integrity.

Be patient in little things. Learn to bear the every-day trials and annoyances of life quietly and calmly, and then, when unforeseen trouble or calamity comes, your strength will not forsake you. There is much difference between genuine patience and sullen endurance, as between the smile of love, and the malicious gnashing of the teeth.

In calamity any rumor is believed.

Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.

The wickedness of the few is the calamity of the many.

Calamity is the test of integrity.

Calamity is virtue's opportunity.

Man becomes true if in this life he can apprehend God; if not, it is the greatest calamity for him.

More hearts pine away in secret anguish for unkindness from those who should be their comforters, that for any other calamity in life.

When men are unhappy, they do not imagine they can ever cease to be so; and when some calamity has fallen on them, they do not see how they can get rid of it. Nevertheless, both arrive; and the gods have ordered it so, in the end men seek it from the gods.

He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in the soil with strong mixture of troubles.

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.

It is not every calamity that is a curse, and early adversity is often a blessing. Surmounted difficulties not only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles.

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.

Life, not death, is man's misfortune. It is death which gives liberty to the soul and permits it to depart to its own pure abode, there to be free from all calamity.

More hearts pine away in secret anguish for unkindness from those who should be their comforters than for any other calamity in life.