Proud, Strong, Unshakeable: Portraits of Resilience

The world breaks everyone, and afterward,
some are strong at the broken places

– Ernest Hemingway


is the ability to overcome adversity,

cope with setbacks, and persevere in the face of  
trauma and deprivation.

Baluchistan, Pakistan
USA / Mexico Border 

The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall. 
– Nelson Mandela

New York City, New York, USA
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
– Harriet Beecher Stowe

Near Samye, Tibet

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not… nothing is more common than unsuccessful people will talent. Genius will not… unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not…. the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. 
– Calvin Coolidge

Porbandar, India

The bamboo that bends is stronger
than the oak that resists.
– Japanese proverb

Lhasa, Tibet
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Beirut, Lebanon

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
– Victor Hugo

Beirut, Lebanon
Manila, Philippines

If you voluntarily quit in the face of adversity,
you’ll wonder about it for the rest of your life.
– President Bill Clinton

Kabul, Afghanistan
Havana, Cuba
Sri Lanka
Karelia, Russia

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