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Quotes: Misery Builds Character
"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger."

"Is despair an excellence or a defect? Purely dialectically, it is both. If only the abstract idea of despair is considered, without the thought of someone in despair, it must be regarded as a surpassing excellence. Consequently, to be able to despair is an infinite advantage over the beasts, and yet to be in despair is not only the worst misfortune and misery�no, it is ruination!"
Søren Kierkegaard

"Out of suffering emerge the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars."
Kahlil Gibran

"In order for [my son] to be a responsible adult, he has to be miserable now!"
Red, That '70s Show

Penny: Without that show, I have nothing!
Prudy: Having nothing builds character!

"Suffering is food for the soul. NOW SUFFER!"
Evilene, The Wiz

I don't need luck though, I don't want it. I've always had to struggle and fight and that's made me strong. Its made me who I am.

"No-one is born wise. We get that way only by enduring."
Loghain, Dragon Age: Origins

"Calvin, go do something you hate! Being miserable builds character!"
Calvin, doing an impression of his father, Calvin and Hobbes

"If one were to say what it is to do good, in a single word it would be to endure suffering. Not enduring is bad without exception."
Yamamoto Tsumetomo, paraphrasing Master Issei, Hagakure: The Book of Samurai

"The stone cannot know why the chisel cleaves it; the iron cannot know why the fire scorches it. When thy life is cleft and scorched, when death and despair leap at thee, beat not thy breast and curse thy evil fate, but thank the Builder for the trials that shape thee."
The Hammer Book of Tenets, Thief: The Dark Project

"If you're ever gonna find a silver lining, it's gotta be a cloudy day.
Kacey Musgraves, "Silver Lining"

Maggie Holt: You gotta own the past, don’t you? Own the bad parts as well as the good. Let it make you stronger.
Blake Thorburn: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?
Maggie: Yes. Exactly.
Blake: I always hated that phrase. No. What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker.

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