From Louisa May Alcott’s An Old-Fashioned Girl:
“Talk to me. You don’t seem to have as many worries as other people. What’s the secret, Polly?” And Fanny looked up with wet eyes and a wistful face at Polly, who was putting little dabs of cologne all over her head.
“Well,” said Polly, slowly, “I try to look on the bright side of things; that helps one amazingly. Why, you’ve no idea how much goodness and sunshine you can get out of the most unpromising things, if you make the best of them.”
I like this one because I have found it to be true over and over again in my life. Hard times are made easier when I can look on the bright side.
And so far in my life, there has always been a bright side, even if it’s tiny.
One less serious quote, this one from Madeline L’Engle:
“Once, when I was very unhappy, Hugh and I had to go to a large cocktail party. There was nothing I wanted to do less than get dressed up and have to radiate charm to swarms of people.”
I just love the phrase “get dressed up and have to radiate charm to swarms of people”. It made me laugh when I read it because it’s just such an apt description of how a looming cocktail party feels when one is in the dumps emotionally.