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Adversity Toasts

Clink, clink your glasses and drink;
Why should we trouble borrow?
Care not for sorrow,
A fig for the morrow.
Tonight let's be merry and drink.

You shall and you shan't,
You will and you won't,
You're condemned if you do,
And you're damned if you don't.
So let's drink!

'Tis easy to say "Fill 'em"
When your account's not overdrawn.
But the man worthwhile,
Is the man who can smile,
When every damned cent is gone.

To the difficulties that we have encountered, in acknowledgment of the fact that they have made us stronger.

Don't let the bastards grind you down.

If the world is going wrong,
Forget it! Sorrow never lingers long­
Forget it! If your neighbor bears ill-will, If your conscience won't be still,
If you owe an ancient bill,
Forget it!

Laugh and the world laughs with you, Weep, and it gives you the laugh anyway.

May the sunshine of comfort shine through the gloom of despair.

It's not as bad a world
As some would like to make it;
But whether it's good or bad,
Depends on how you take it.

"Within this goblet, rich and deep, I cradle all my woes to sleep." -Tom Moore

To quote Richard Stillman Powell, "Now, down with care and blithely swear A truce to melancholy; Let each good soul fill up his bowl And drink a toast to folly."

"Fill up the bowl, upon my soul, Your trouble you'll forget, sir; If it takes more, fill twenty score, Till you have drowned regret, sir." -Alfred Brenn

To better days - may the happiest days of your past be the saddest days of your future.

May the sunshine of hope dispel calamity's clouds.

Here's to the pressure we face - for it is, after all, pressure that turns coal into diamonds.

As Shakespeare said in The Mary Wives of Windsor, let us "Drink down all unkindness."

A speedy calm to till the storms of life.

Here's to you, my honest friend, Wishing these hard times to mend.

May the frowns of misfortune never rob innocence of its joy.

Here's to the fellow who smiles
When life rolls along like a song,
And here's to the chap who can smile
When everything goes dead wrong.

To our troubles and to our inevitable victory. As Seneca said, "Fire is the test of gold; adversity of strong men."

To adversity. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, "You don't learn to hold your own in the world by standing on guard, but by attacking and gelling well hammered yourself.”


- , Editor, Etiquette Scholar

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