When you die, your sister’s tears will dry as time goes on, your widow’s tears will end in another’s arms, but your mother will mourn you until the day she dies.
Sometimes things become possible if we want them bad enough.
—T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) American-born British Poet, Dramatist, Literary Critic
If you’re good to your staff when things are going well, they’ll rally when times go bad.
—Mary Kay Ash (1918–2001) American Entrepreneur, Businessperson
In times of emergency the devil eats flies.
I would not leave you in your times of trouble. We never could have come this far. I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times, I’ll take you just the way you are.
—Billy Joel (b.1949) American Singer, Songwriter, Musician
There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.
—Jules Renard (1864–1910) French Writer, Diarist
The pain is sometimes preferable to the treatment.
Measure three times before you cut once.
You have to bow a few times before you can stand upright.
Better ten times ill than one time dead.
Fall seven times and stand up eight.
The person who is tired will find time to sleep.
Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.
When the father has eaten too much salt in his lifetime, then his son thereafter will have a great thirst.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind is bearing me across the sky.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
Time has strong teeth.
If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end.
A man shares his days with hunger, thirst, and cold, with the good times and the bad, and the first part of being a man is to understand that.
—Louis L’Amour (1908–88) American Novelist, Short-story Writer
All things grow with time—except grief.
In time of prosperity friends will be plenty; In time of adversity not one in twenty.
—James Howell (c.1593–1666) Anglo-Welsh Writer, Historian
You sometimes forget the harm that was done to you, but never the harm you have done to others.
Time destroys all things.
In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold.
—John Loengard (1934–2020) American Photographer
I learned about the strength you can get from a close family life. I learned to keep going, even in bad times. I learned not to despair, even when my world was falling apart. I learned that there are no free lunches. And I learned the value of hard work.
—Lee Iacocca (1924–2019) American Businessperson
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
—Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65–8 BCE) Roman Poet
Hours are Time’s shafts, and one comes winged with death.
There’s plenty of time to bemoan bad fortune once it arrives.
Time heals old pain, while it creates new ones.
In good times, people want to advertise; in bad times, they have to.
—Bruce Fairchild Barton (1886–1967) American Author, Advertising Executive, Politician
In wartime no sweets are given out.
In life, those that are great are those that dare to follow their dreams through the good times and the bad times.
People say that time goes by; time says that the people go by.
A bamboo tree grows six inches in the first nineteen years and twenty feet in its twentieth year. The best time to plant a bamboo tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
A man who cries all the time is not heard.
Was it always my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success became an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
—Lillian Hellman (1905–84) American Playwright, Dramatist, Memoirist
Better visit hell in your lifetime than after you’re dead.
A brave man is scared of a lion three times: first when he sees the tracks; second when he hears the first roar; and third when they are face to face.
In time of war the devil makes more room in hell.
The cure for bad times is patience.
Sometimes you have to throw yourself into the fire to escape from the Smoke.
Better ruined ten times than dead once.
In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.