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10 January 2009

Resilience

The question of whether or not people of our time are resilient enough to deal with adversity like previous generations was a topic of discussion at one of the Girl Geek Dinner's last year. It reminded me to dig out these favourite quotations.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucius

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not... nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not... unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not.... the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." President Calvin Coolidge

"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." -Reinhold Niebuhr

By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

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