“If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
~ T.S. Eliot
“On some dimension or other, every event in life can be causing only one of two things: either it is good for you, or it is bringing up what you need to look at in order to create good for you. Evolution is win-win…life is self-correcting.”
~ Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
Every failure to cope with a life situation must be laid, in the end, to a restriction of consciousness. Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.
~ Joseph Campbell
Food is a coping mechanism; people are afraid of giving it up because then they'll feel confused and lost.
~ Phil McGraw
Every human being must find his own way to cope with severe loss. The only job of a true friend is to facilitate whatever method he chooses.
~ Caleb Carr
The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. ~ John Vance Cheney To me faith means not worrying. ~ John Dewey Only through suffering can we find ourselves. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky It is a fact of life that we find ourselves in unpleasant demoralizing situations which we can neither escape nor control. We can keep our morale and spirits high by using both coping and hoping humor. Coping humor laughs at the hopelessness in our situation. It gives us the courage to hang in there, but it does not bring hope. The uniqueness of hoping humor lies in its acceptance of life with all its dichotomies, contradictions, and incongruities. It celebrates the hope in human life. From one comes courage, from the other comes inspiration. ~ Cy Eberhart In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. ~ Robert Frost One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you've got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.
~ Robert Fulghum
Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility; for his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, and the cup he brings, though it burn your lips has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears. ~ Kahlil Gibran Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in a human situation. ~ Graham Greene A man’s dying is more the survivor’s affair than his own. ~ Thomas Mann Even a small thorn causes pain. ~ Irish Proverb Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. ~ Dodie Smith Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling into at night. I miss you like hell.
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem.
~ Virginia Satir
Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.
~ Muriel Spark
Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one's fears.
~ Barbara Deming
Coping with the demands of everyday life would be exceedingly trying if one could arrive at solutions to problems only by actually performing possible options and suffering the consequences.
~ Albert Bandura
I choose not to think of my life as surviving, but coping.
~ Lorna Luft
Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism.
~ Chuck Palahniuk
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
~ Kenji Miyazawa
If you're going through hell, keep going.
~ Winston Churchill
The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
~ Washington Irving
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
~ William James
Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.
~ Earl A Grollman
When you are sorrowful, look again.
~ Khalil Gibran
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
~ Khalil Gibran
The only cure for grief is action.
~ George Henry Lewes
If my body is enslaved, still my mind is free.
To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
There's a victory and defeat-the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats-which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
I've always used humor, but I use humor when coping with things in general.
~ Laura Michelle Kelly
Greatness of spirit is to bear finely both good fourtune and bad, honor and disgrace, and not to think highly of luxury or attention or power or victories in contests, and to possess a certain depth and magnitude of spirit.
Justice inclines her scales so that wisdom comes at the price of suffering.
Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.
Each man's life is a kind of campaign, and a long and complicated one at that. You have to maintain the character of a soldier, and do each separate act at the bidding of the General.
It belongs to small-mindedness to be unable to bear either honor or dishonor, either good fortune or bad, but to be filled with conceit when honored and puffed up by trifling good fortune, and to be unable to bear even the smallest dishonor and to deem any chance failure a great misfortune, and to be distressed and annonyed at everything. Moreover the small-minded man is the sort of person to call all slights an insult and dishonor, even those that are due to ignorance or forgetfulness. Small-mindedness is accompanied by pettiness, querulousness, pessimism and self-abasement.
Everybody loves a thing more if it has cost him trouble: for instance those who have made money love money more than those who have inherited it.
Never say of anything I have lost it, only say that I have given it back.
Indeed there are many competent people who are plagued by a sense of inefficacy, and many less competent ones who remain unperturbed by impending threats because they are self-assured of their coping capabilities
~ Albert Bandura
With respect to the development of powers devoted to coping with specific scientific and economic problems we may say that the child should be growing in manhood. With respect to sympathetic curiosity, unbiased responsiveness, and openness of mind, we may say that the adult should be growing in childlikeness.
~ John Dewey
Instruct thyself for time and patience favor all.
The hour is ripe, and yonder lies the way.
Routine is part of coping.
~ Lorene Scafaria
Remember, nothing succeeds without toil.
Consider that nothing in human life is stable; for then you will not exult overmuch in prosperity, nor grieve overmuch in adversity. Rejoice over the good things which come to you, but grieve in moderation over the evils which befall you.
The notion that the colonel need be a better man than the private is as confused as the notion that the keystone need be stronger than the coping stone.
~ George Bernard Shaw
Denial is a critical part of the human coping mechanism. Without it, we would all wake up terrified every morning about all the ways we could die. Instead, our minds block out our existential fears by focusing on stresses we can handle—like getting to work on time or paying our taxes.
~ Dan Brown
Memory loss is one way of coping with damage.
~ Jeanette Winterson
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