From Adversity Many Find Strength
Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge,
and you have a George Washington.
Raise him in abject poverty,
and you have an Abraham Lincoln.
Subject him to bitter religious prejudice,
and you have a Disraeli.
Spit on him, humiliate him, then crucify him
and he forgives you, and you have Jesus Christ.
Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only president of the United States to be elected to four terms.
When he is a lad of 3, burn him so severely in a schoolhouse fire that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham,
who set the world's record in 1934 for running
a mile in 4 minutes, 6.8 seconds.
Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson, George Washington Carver or Martin Luther King Jr.
Make him the first child to survive in a poor Italian family of 18 children, and you have an Enrico Caruso.
Chris & Dan
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