Are You Bent, Broken But Better?

“I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape”

                                                   -Charles Dickens

Through his classic novels including “Great Expectations” and” David Copperfield” – are now widely beloved, Charles Dickens’ real-life fortune evbbedd and flowed similarly to those of his fictional characters.  After a relatively comfortable childhood, family financial trouble drove him to work in a factory at just 12 years old.  Those years, as well as his later work as a law clerk and court journalist, shaped the stories he would go on to write.  Dickens’ work often focuses on the difficulties of poverty, especially for children, but also on how people can make the best of their circumstances.  In this quote from “Great Expectations,” the beautiful Estella speaks of resilience and reminds us that we are often stronger for the challenges we face.

Need more inspiration?

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”   -Confucius

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” -Nelson Mandela

“I can be changed by what happens to me.  But I refuse to be reduced by it.” Maya Angelou

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill

“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult




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