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[ Also see Calmness Endurance Equanimity Fortitude Humility Meekness Patience Philosophy Rebellion Repose Rest Self-resignation Suffering ]

It were no virtue to bear calamities if we did not feel them.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Make up your mind to the prospect of sustaining a certain measure of pain and trouble in your passage through life. By the blessing of God this will prepare you for it.
      - Cardinal John Henry Newman

There is more courage needed oftentimes to accept the onward flow of existence, bitter as the waters of Marah, black and narrow as the channel of Jordan, than there is ever needed to bow down the neck to the sweep of the death-angel's sword.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

If God be appeased, I can not be wretched.
  [Lat., Placato possum non miser esse deo.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (III, 40)

Is it reasonable to take it ill, that anybody desires of us that which is their own? All we have is the Almighty's; and shall not God have his own when he calls for it?
      - William Penn

"My will, not thine, be done," turned Paradise into a desert. "Thy will, not mine, be done," turned the desert into a paradise, and made Gethsemane the gate of heaven.
      - Edmond de Pressense

If God send thee a cross, take it up willingly and follow him. Use it wisely, lest it be unprofitable. Bear it patiently, lest it be intolerable. If it be light, slight it not. If it be heavy, murmur not. After the cross is the crown.
      - Francis Quarles

So long as we do not take even the injustice which is done us, and which forces the burning tears from us,--so long as we do not take even this for just and right, we are in the thickest darkness without dawn.
      - Ibn Rahel

We should be able to see without sadness our most holy wishes fade like sunflowers, because the sun above us still forever beams, eternally makes new, and cares for all.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

I pray God that I may never find my will again. Oh, that Christ would subject my will to His, and trample it under His feet.
      - Samuel Rutherford

He is greedy of life who is not willing to die when the world is perishing around him.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Misfortunes, in fine, cannot be avoided; but they may be sweetened, if not overcome, and our lives made happy by philosophy.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Nature has made us passive, and to suffer is our lot. While we are in the flesh every man has his chain and his clog; only it is looser and lighter to one man than to another, and he is more at ease who takes it up and carries it than he who drags it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

One alleviation in misfortune is to endure and submit to necessity.
  [Lat., Unum est levamentum malorum pati et necessitatibus suis obsequi.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
         (III, 16)

Let that please man which has pleased God.
  [Lat., Placeat homini quidquid deo placuit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (LXXIV)

A man that fortune's buffets and rewards hast ta'en with equal thanks.
      - William Shakespeare

An old man, broken with the storms of state,
  Is come to lay his weary bones among ye;
    Give him a little earth for charity!
      - William Shakespeare

But heaven hath a hand in these events;
  To whose high will we bound our calm contents.
      - William Shakespeare

Kiss the rod.
      - William Shakespeare

Things without remedy,
  Should be without regard: what's done is done.
      - William Shakespeare

Thus ready for the way of life or death,
  I wait the sharpest blow, Antiochus.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Pericles at I, i)

I have heard a good story of Charles Fox. When his house was on fire, he found all efforts to save it useless, and, being a good draughtsman, he went up to the next hill to make a drawing of the fire,--the best instance of philosophy I ever heard of.
      - Robert Southey

Probably Providence has implanted peevishness and ill-temper in sick and old persons, in compassion to the friends or relations who are to survive; as it must naturally lessen the concern they might otherwise feel for their loss.
      - Laurence Sterne

When a misfortune is impending, I cry, "God forbid"; but when it falls upon me, I say, "God be praised."
      - Laurence Sterne

Resignation is, to some extent, spoiled for me by the fact that it is so entirely conformable to the laws of common-sense. I should like just a little more of the supernatural in the practice of my favorite virtue.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

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