Thursday, July 12, 2007

Quotes on Crisis, Difficulties, and Problems

Crisis refines life. In them you discover what you are.
- Allan Knight Chalmers, pg 51

To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes.
- Fritz Kunkel

The Chinese write the word "crisis" with two characters. One means danger, and the other means opportunity. Together they spell "crisis".
- Saul D. Alinsky (and others), pg 50

Sunshine without rain is the recipe for a desert.
- Arabian Proverb, pg 60

A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentials.
- Charles De Gaulle, pg 61

There is no education like adversity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater one. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.
- William Hazlitt

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
- Horace

Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then.
- Samuel Johnson

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.
- Ben Johnson, pg 62

People don't seem to realize that doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune.
- William McFee

Ninety-nine percent of problems are like sparks; they will burn out if they are not fanned. The early approach of leaders should be to keep conflicts calm.
- Leith Anderson, pg 164

Most problems have either many answers or no answer. Only a few problems have a single answer.
-Edmund Berkeley, pg 165

All cases are unique and very similar to others.
- T.S. Eliot

Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back.
- Piet Hein, pg 167

The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small.
- Lao-Tzu

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
- Henry Kissinger

* quotes come from: Never Scratch a Tiger with a Stick, and other quotes for leaders, by Gordon S. Jackson

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