Wise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.
– William Arthur Ward –
A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.
– Abraham Heschel –
Temptation almost always assails us at the point where we thought no defense necessary.
– Elizabeth Elton Smith – Three Eras of Woman’s Life
The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life–the children; those who are in the twilight of life–the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life–the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
– Hubert Humphrey –
It is easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows by like a song. But the man worth while is the one who can smile, when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is troubled, and it always comes with the years. And the smiles that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox –
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials
– Cicero –
A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go though the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.
– Mildred White Struven –
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
– Helen Keller –