He that wrestles with us, strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Nature is upheld by antagonism.—Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome.
The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat,—men to whom a crisis which intimidates and paralyzes the majority, comes graceful and beloved as a bride!
A strenuous soul hates cheap success; it is the ardor of the assailant that makes the vigor of the defendant.
The coldest bodies warm with opposition; the hardest sparkle in collision.
The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it; and difficulties are but the maids of honor to set off the virtue.
It is not the victory that makes the joy of noble hearts, but the combat.
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man; it is what he wants and must have to be good for anything.—Hardship and opposition are the native soil of manhood and self-reliance.
Opposition inflames the enthusiast, never converts him.
It is not ease but effort,—not facility, but difficulty, that makes men. There is, perhaps, no station in life in which difficulties have not to be encountered and overcome before any decided measure, of success can be achieved.