Crisis Quotes (148) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Crisis. A crisis (from the Greek - krisis; plural: "crises"; adjectival form: "critical") is any event that is, or expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society. Crises are deemed to be negative changes in the security, economic, political, societal, or environmental affairs, especially when they occur abruptly, with little or no warning. More loosely, it is a term meaning 'a testing time' or an 'emergency event'.


“When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn't work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form -- or a species -- will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

"True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome."  
~ Walter Anderson

"God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them."  
~ Aughey  

"I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way."  
~ Martha Beck

"All spiritual growth takes place by leaps and bounds, both in the individual and, as here, in the community. The crisis is to be regarded as a nexus of growth."
~ Jacob Burckhardt  

"Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape."  
~ William S. Burroughs

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."  
~ Dale Carnegie

"Crises refine life. In them you discover what you are."  
~ Allen K. Chalmers  

"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow by conflict." 
~ William E. Channing  

"Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs, and how we meet it determines our future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, every form of life has been called upon to meet such crisis."  
~ Robert Collier

"Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood."  
~ Norman Cousins

"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  

"Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state."  
~ George Eliot  

"Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down".  
~ Natalie Goldberg  

"To accomplish much you must first lose everything."  
~ Ernesto "Che" Guevara

"Strength and courage aren't always measured in medals and victories. They are measured in the struggles they overcome. The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose."  
~ Ashley Hodgeson

"Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable." 
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy  

"When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity."  
~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy  

"Every crisis offers you extra desired power."  
~ William Moulton Marston

"Family life is full of major and minor crises- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce-and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul."
~ Thomas Moore

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."  
~ Aristotle Onassis  

"Consider calling it a challenge rather than calling it a crisis."  
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

"Life does not accommodate you; it shatters you. Every seed destroys its container, or else there would be no fruition."
~ Florida Scott-Maxwell  

"This, too, shall pass."  
~ William Shakespeare  

"Disappointment often focuses on the failure of our own agenda rather than on God's long-term purposes for us, which may use stress and struggle as tools for strengthening our spiritual muscles."  
~ Luci Shaw  

"At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving."  
~ Woodrow Wilson

Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.
~ Susan L. Taylor

Successful people recognize crisis as a time for change - from lesser to greater, smaller to bigger.
~ Edwin Louis Cole

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
~ Anton Chekhov

When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
~ John F. Kennedy

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
~ Aristotle

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
~ H. G. Wells

We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.
~ Tennessee Williams

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
~ Thomas Paine

I began drinking alcohol at the age of thirteen and gave it up in my fifty sixth year; it was like going straight from puberty to a mid-life crisis.
~ George Montgomery

There's a new medical crisis. Doctors are reporting that many men are having allergic reactions to latex condoms. They say they cause severe swelling. So what's the problem?
~ Dustin Hoffman

There is a crisis of public morality. Instead of policing bedrooms, we ought to be doing a better job policing boardrooms.
~ Robert Reich

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Don't wait until you're in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan.
~ Phil McGraw

In other words we have marketed our way into this health crisis.
~ Frank Shorter

We've got to be judged by how we do in times of crisis
~ Johnnie Cochran

See, what you're meant to do when you have a mid-life crisis is buy a fast car, aren't you? Well, I've always had fast cars. It's not that. It's the fear that you're past your best. It's the fear that the stuff you've done in the past is your best work.
~ Robbie Coltraine

The great thing about baseball is that there's a crisis every day.
~ Gabe Paul

The Bush Administration claims there is a Social Security crisis only to distract Americans from its serious mismanagement of the federal budget.
~ Mark Dayton

Japan continues to work closely with the United States on the issue of the North Korean nuclear crisis and has played an important and constructive role in the Six-Party talks.
~ Michael K. Simpson

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country.
~ Abraham Lincoln

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis - once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
~ Norman Cousins

America's health care system is in crisis precisely because we systematically neglect wellness and prevention.
~ Tom Harkin

Close scrutiny will show that most 'crisis situations' are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.
~ Maxwell Maltz

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Every little thing counts in a crisis.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

These are the times that try men's souls.
~ Thomas Paine

Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back upon himself.
~ Charles de Gaulle

Every crisis offers you extra desired power.
~ William Moulton Marston

When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
~ Ryszard Kapuscinski

Blaming speculators as a response to financial crisis goes back at least to the Greeks. It's almost always the wrong response.
~ Lawrence Summers

Consider calling it a challenge rather than calling it a crisis.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

We sometimes emphasize the danger in a crisis without focusing on the opportunities that are there. We should feel a great sense of urgency because it is the most dangerous crisis we have ever faced, by far. But it also provides us with opportunities to do a lot of things we ought to be doing for other reasons anyway. And to solve this crisis we can develop a shared sense of moral purpose.
~ Al Gore

The human crisis is always a crisis of understanding: what we genuinely understand we can do.
~ Raymond Williams

The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it.
~ Barry Commoner

There is no crisis in this country that requires us to set up a crisis headquarters. Iran is currently in a good situation.
~ Hamid-Reza Assefi

This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been different.
~ Alice Paul

I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a will to renewal. This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of crises - of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no crisis, there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive.
~ Eugene Ionesco

There's nothing like a family crisis, especially a divorce, to force a person to re-evaluate his life.
~ Michael Douglas

In reality drilling is the slowest, dirtiest, and most expensive way to solve our energy crisis.
~ Lois Capps

While it is clear that we need to make some adjustments to protect Social Security for the long term, it is disingenuous to say that the trust fund is facing a crisis
~ Carl Levin

I believe it is essential for our planetary future to develop tools that can change the consciousness which has created the crisis that we are in.
~ Stanislav Grof

I believed that our own public would keep this in mind even in this serious crisis, and stand firm if only we at the front continued to stand firm too.
~ Paul von Hindenburg

I also believed that our public at home would be strong enough to survive even the present crisis.
~ Paul von Hindenburg

If you have a crisis, whether on a ship or wherever, there are heroes who rise above it.
~ Jerry Bruckheimer

I take great pride in having been able to overcome the Asian financial crisis and seeking the opportunities available to bring about an unprecedented growth in the economy
~ Zhu Rongji

Our theology is still in a time of crisis, and I think this will last for some years more.
~ Godfried Danneels

Every great crisis of human history is a pass of Thermopylae, and there is always a Leonidas and his three hundred to die in it, if they can not conquer.
~ George William Curtis

Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs, and how we meet it determines our future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, every form of life has been called upon to meet such crisis.
~ Robert Collier

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph.
~ Tom Brokaw

I'm trying to use the language of today to express a general existential crisis that I think the world and I are going through.
~ Sean Lennon

A crisis is a close encounter of the third kind.
~ Guy Finley

I was in the middle of a crossroads, which is a nice way of saying crisis, physically, emotionally and spiritually. You know the physical part. We just talked about it.
~ Star Jones

The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
~ Eric Hoffer

When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.
~ Magic Johnson

If you don't have a spiritual practice in place when times are good, you can't expect to suddenly develop one during a moment of crisis.
~ Douglas Coupland

In a crisis, don't hide behind anything or anybody. They're going to find you anyway.
~ Bear Bryant

Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis.
~ James A. Garfield

You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.
~ Timothy Dalton

The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.
~ Seamus Heaney

Perhaps two million years ago the creatures of a planet in some remote galaxy faced a musical crisis similar to that which we earthly composers face today.
~ George Crumb

Crisis moments create opportunity. Problems and crises ignite our greatest creativity and thought leadership as it forces us to focus on things outside the norm.
~ Sam Cawthorn

Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.
~ Dirk Kempthorne

If you can capture the humanity of a family struggling in an economic crisis you can make a difference. You can raise awareness just of the simple humanity.
~ Emily Blunt

The newest victims of the nation's foreclosure crisis are pets, which is extremely distressing to me.
~ Margaret Cho

No one should have to choose between medicine and other necessities. No one should have to use the emergency room every time a child gets sick. And no one should have to live in constant fear that a medical problem will become a financial crisis.
~ Brad Henry

But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself. I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me.
~ Emma Thompson

My country is in the grips of a major economic crisis. This is causing dramatic consequences for the very existence of Polish families. A permanent economic crisis in Poland may also have serious repercussions for Europe. Thus, Poland ought to be helped and deserves help.
~ Lech Walesa

Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.
~ Jeannette Walls

What one decides to do in crisis depends on one's philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn't any philosophy in crises, others make the decision.
~ Jeannette Rankin

I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a student's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a student humanized or de-humanized.
~ Haim Ginott

I love business. I love helping urban communities grow. I love putting people to work of color. I love making sure.. like right now the whole mortgage crisis, I want to help people get back into their homes.
~ Magic Johnson

The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life, and if the system under which we live the structure of western civilization begins to collapse because of our selfishness and greed, then it will make no difference whether you have $1 million dollars when the crash comes or just $1.00. The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.
~ Marianne Williamson

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.
~ Haim Ginott

You know, let a few years go by until I hit my midlife crisis. Then that can be documented on film.
~ Claire Danes

We already know enough to begin to cope with all the major problems that are now threatening human life and much of the rest of life on earth. Our crisis is not a crisis of information; it is a crisis of decision of policy and action.
~ George Wald 

Where I once constantly lost my temper, I found myself arriving at a crisis and experiencing peace.
~ Josh McDowell

Thank Heaven! The crisis /The danger is past, and the lingering illness, is over at last /, and the fever called ''Living'' is conquered at last.
~ Edgar Allan Poe

While Social Security faces some long-term challenges, the system is not in crisis.
~ Chaka Fattah

I am pleased to see that many of the world's leaders have publicly recognized that the crisis in the Middle East was deliberately incited by terrorist organizations.
~ Alcee Hastings

Real style is not having a program - it's how one behaves in a crisis.
~ Frank Auerbach

Why is it that men who can go through severe accidents, air raids, and any other major crisis always seems to think that they are at death's door when they have a simple head cold?
~ Shirley Booth

If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.
~ Oswald Chambers

In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature's way of forcing change - breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.
~ Susan L. Taylor

Crises can never break the one who relies on God's strength.
~ T. B. Joshua

The new shift in thinking is the gateway to human transformation. And because of the sheer number of people involved in this shift, and the growing magnitude of the crises that are driving us to change the way we think, we are standing on the threshold of human transformation at a level unlike anything ever before known on Earth.
~ Gregg Braden

You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.
~ Terence McKenna

We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
~ Charles Bukowski

Let us pray to the Lord and ask him to protect the family in the crisis with which the devil wants to destroy it. Families are the domestic church where Jesus grows in the love of a married couple, in the lives of their children.
~ Pope Francis

I say I have a midlife crisis every time I start and finish a record.
~ Mika

A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.
~ Andre Maurois

Most of life's battles are fought inside ourselves, & our greatest periods of growth usually come during crises.
~ Robert Scheid

Whatever crisis you are going through, fruit will come from it. Allow the crisis to bring fruit.
~ Beth Moore

You get to know who you really are in a crisis.
~ Oprah Winfrey

The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified.
~ Ron Paul

September and October of 2008 was the worst financial crisis in global history, including the Great ~ Depression,
~ Ben Bernanke

There are no happy endings in history, only crisis points that pass.
~ Isaac Asimov

Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger.
~ Lou Holtz

Capitalism’s real “grave-diggers” may end up being its own delusional Cardinals, who have turned ideology into faith. Despite their strategic brilliance, they seem to have trouble grasping a simple fact: Capitalism is destroying the planet. The two old tricks that dug it out of past crises-War and Shopping-simply will not work.
~ Arundhati Roy 

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