If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.
—Robert Quillen (1887–1948) American Journalist, Humorist
Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it’ll turn out that this was good, so I shan’t Worry about it too much.
—William Gaines (1922–92) American Publisher
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
—Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, Politician
Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.
—Henry J. Kaiser (1882–1967) American Industrialist
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
—Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) (1818–85) American Humorist, Author, Lecturer
Some troubles, like a protested note of a solvent debtor, bear interest.
—Honore de Balzac (1799–1850) French Novelist
Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make.
—Bill Veeck (1914–86) American Sportsperson, Businessperson