Posts tagged ‘triumph’


the violets

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.

Tennessee Williams, “Camino Real” (1953)



All in all, this has been a tough week, but we’ve seen the character of our country once more, and as president I’m confident that we have the courage and the resilience and the spirit to overcome these challenges, and to go forward as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

President Barack Obama, press conference after the Boston Marathon bombing supect was apprehended (2013)


watery ink on paper

Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper.

Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha (1997)


we remain

Sorrow comes in great waves—no one can know that better than you—but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us it leaves us on the spot and we know that if it is strong we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.

Henry James, letter to Grace Norton (1883)



So—against the odds the women inch forward.

Eleanor Roosevelt, letter to Joseph Lash (1946)


the best sailor

He is the best sailor who can steer within the fewest points of the wind, and extract a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.

Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)


dare mighty things

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, “The Strenuous Life” (1899)


this too

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!

Abraham Lincoln, address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society (1859)


more than true

Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman, Coraline (2004)
modified from G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles, XVII: “The Red Angel” (1909)


too fondly

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; / I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.

Sarah Williams, “The Old Astronomer” (c. 1860)

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