Wise men do not wait till the calamity is upon them.
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.
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.
More hearts pine away in secret anguish for unkindness from those who should be their comforters than for any other calamity in life.
The greatest calamity that befalls the heedless is that they are ignorant of their own faults: for anyone who is ignorant here shall also be ignorant hereafter.
Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Public calamity is a mighty leveler.
A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people.
And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship.
No man has a prosperity so high or firm, but that two or three words can dishearten it; and there is no calamity which right words will not begin to redress.