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When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

– Alexander Graham Bell (inventor)

When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering, subject his sinews and bones to hard work, put him to poverty, place obstacles in the paths of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.

-Meng-tzu 盟 子

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

Joseph Campbell, Writer

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcomed.

Anne Dudley Bradstreet Poet

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If you’re going through hell; keep going. -Winston Churchill

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Photo: circular section of Regent Street leading to Picadily Circus

When you’re at the end of your rope, all you have to do is make one foot move out in front of the other. Just take the next step. That’s all there is to it. – Samuel Fuller

Now is not the time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. – Ernest Hemingway

He who loses wealth loses much. He who loses a friend loses more. But he that loses his courage loses all. – Cervantes

There is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity. – Socrates

It is dangerous to abandon one’s self to the luxury of grief; it deprives one of courage, and even of the wish for recovery. -;Henri Frédéric Amiel

If you think you have it tough, read history books. -Bill Maer, Comedian

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Statue of Sir Stamford Raffles at the point of landing – Singapore River. My grandparents lived in one of the old shophouses along the river, segregated for Teochews – my Chinese dialect group.

Don’t forget to Sing in the Lifeboats by Kathryn and Ross Petras