quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Profound Survivor quotations

Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors.

The survivors (of a nuclear war) would envy the dead.

I believe that all the survivors are mad.

One time or another their madness will explode. You cannot absorb that much madness and not be influenced by it. That is why the children of survivors are so tragic. I see them in school. They don't know how

We've backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.


You know the bad thing about being a survivor.

.. You keep having to get into difficult situations in order to show off your gift.

Saying sulfates do not cause acid rain is the same as saying that smoking does not cause lung cancer.

The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

I was actually very pleased that they let me do it, because I feel very deeply for breast cancer survivors. I don't have it, but it is in my family. I've always been very aware of it. I go for mammograms and checkups.

I want to paint Montreal as a rather fantastic city, which it was, because nobody knows today what it was like. And I'm one of the last survivors, or rapidly becoming one.


I don't mind being called tough, since I find in this racket it's the tough guys who lead the survivors.

When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.

As the generation of Holocaust survivors and liberators dwindles, the torch of remembrance, of bearing witness, and of education must continue forward.

If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?

My heart goes out to victims and survivors of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy and to their families. This disaster will go down in history books as one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history.


Fox [News] is far and away the extreme example.

They'll have a known holocaust denier debating a holocaust survivor.

My mom, she's a breast cancer survivor and because of that I had started getting mammograms once a year, starting at age 30.

My niece was a sexual-assault victim.

My sister is a survivor of domestic violence. We have more shelters for animals than for battered women. That's not the message we should be sending.

I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland, saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back.

Brain tumor survivors: don't become hopelessly discouraged if you are experiencing deficits. You in a war and you are bound to have a few battle wounds.


The present treatments for brain cancer are not curative.

We need new and better treatments. More funding for research. Legislation to improve the research system and to provide better access to care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for all brain tumor survivors.

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it.

My grandmother raised five children during the Depression by herself.

At 50, she threw her sewing machine into the back of a pickup truck and drove from North Dakota to California. She was a real survivor, so that's my stock. That's how I want my kids to be too.

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

My cancer scare changed my life. I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.


Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.

Being a survivor doesn't mean being strong - it's telling people when you need a meal or a ride, company, whatever. It's paying attention to heart wisdom, feelings, not living a role, but having a unique, authentic life, having something to contribute, finding time to love and laugh. All these things are qualities of survivors.

Someone once asked me how I hold my head up so high after all I have been through. I said it's because no matter what, I AM a SURVIVOR, NOT a victim.

We are so used to seeing women as victims of war to be pitied rather than survivors of war to be respected.

Obviously, it wasn't meant for me to die of cancer at 40.

Every day my life surprises me, just like my cancer diagnosis surprised me. But you roll with it. That's our job as humans.


Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.

It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.

Later, a large band of Christians mounted an attack on this native lord, butchering him along with vast numbers of his people and taking all the survivors into slavery, where they duly perished, so that today not a trace remains of what was previously a community with dominion over an area of some thirty leagues.

The fittest survive. What is meant by the fittest? Not the strongest; not the cleverest - weakness and stupidity everywhere survive. There is no way of determining fitness except in that a thing does survive. 'Fitness,' then, is only another name for 'survival.' Darwinism: That survivors survive.

Every time I say something they find hard to hear, they chalk it up to my anger, and never to their own fear.

This particular nurse said, Cancer cells are those which have forgotten how to die. I was so struck by this statement.

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