Advice for Recovering Your Strength and Spirit from the World’s Most Famous Survivors

Hundreds of wise and inspiring insights on rebounding after a setback.


Healing offers sound and sometimes surprising advice from more than 300 celebrities, leaders, Nobel prize winners, and entrepreneurs -- including Robert DeNiro, Rudy Giuliani, Liz Taylor, and Winston Churchill -- who have encountered, and ultimately overcome, all manner of losses and disappointments.

Always fall in love with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.

Robert Frost, poet

You're not going to live your life unscathed.

Kirstie Alley, actress

Without fear and illness, I could never have accomplished all I have.

Edvard Munch, artist

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.

Roberta Flack, singer

All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me . . . You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

Walt Disney, founder of the Walt Disney Company

You're born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there's a loophole.

Billy Graham, minister

You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.

Anaïs Nin, writer