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  • "You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste: it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid."
    Emanuel Rahm (1959–), US mayor of Chicago, former White House chief-of-staff to President Obama
    Urging radical reform of the financial system after the fall of Lehman Brothers.
    Source: Quoted in Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politics (James W. Ceaser, 2009)
  • "Dress your best on your execution day. Be extremely courteous to your assistant when you lose money. Try not to blame others for your fate, even if they deserve blame. Never exhibit any self-pity. Do not complain."
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb (1960–), Lebanese-born US academic and writer, former derivatives trader
    On how to behave in adversity
    Source: Fooled by Randomness (2004)
  • "In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these."
    Paul Harvey (19182009), US broadcaster
    Source: Quoted in A Business Tale (Marianne M. Jennings, 2003)
  • "Even when the universe made it quite clear to me that I was mistaken in my certainties … I did not break. The shattering of my sureties did not shatter me."
    Lucille Clifton (19362010), US poet and author
    Source: Quoted in The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya-Ya (Terri L. Jewell, 1993)
  • "Sometimes you're the bug, sometimes you're the windshield."
    Mark Knopfler (1949–), British rock musician
    Source: The Bug (1991)
  • "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out."
    Anton Chekhov (18601904), Russian playwright and short-story writer
    Source: Quoted in Business Babble: A Cynic's Dictionary of Corporate Jargon (David Olive, 1991)
  • "I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around."
    James Beard (19031985), US chef and author
    Source: Quoted in obituary, New York Times (January 23, 1985)
  • "If you warn 100 men of possible forthcoming bad news, 80 will immediately dislike you. And if you are so unfortunate to be right, the other 20 will as well."
    Anthony Gaubis (19021989), US financial analyst
    Source: Quoted in The Wit and Wisdom of Wall Street (Bill Adler, 1985)
  • "Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity, and stumble from defeat to defeat."
    Ryszard Kapuściński (19322007), Polish journalist and author
    Source: “A Warsaw Diary,” Granta (1985)
  • "Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate."
    G. K. Chesterton (18741936), British novelist, poet, and critic
    Source: Heretics (1905)
  • "There is no education like adversity."
    Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield) (18041881), British prime minister and novelist
    Source: Endymion (1880), ch. 61
  • "Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity."
    Thomas Carlyle (17951881), British historian and essayist
    Source: “The Hero As Man of Letters,” On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (1841)
  • "Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater."
    William Hazlitt (17781830), British essayist and journalist
    Source: “On the Conversation of Cards,” Essays (1819)
  • "He knows not his own strength who has not met adversity."
    Ben Jonson (15721637), English playwright and poet
    Source: “Explorata,” Timber, or Discoveries (1640)

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