Byline: Brian McIver
THEY are the little pearls of wisdom that make us smile and laugh in the face of adversity - and these days they seem more important than ever.
From Stephen Hawking's inspiring words to Lance Armstrong's uplifting mission statement and OscarWilde's wit, the most uplifting, sobering and amusing quotes on life's ups and downs have been collected in a book which aims to put perspective on the woes of the world.
Don't Forget To Sing In The Lifeboats, by Ross and Kathryn Petras, brings together the words of wisdom, advice and comments of the greatest thinkers and writers of all time.
And with the country worried about recession, war, the rise of far-right politics and an embarrassing national football team, soothing words from the great and the good could be just the tonic:
"When one burns one's bridges, what a nice fire it makes" - Dylan Thomas, writer.
"The point of living, and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come" - Peter Ustinov, actor.
"Life would be tragic if it weren't funny" - Stephen Hawking, physicist.
"Adversity makes men and prosperity makes monsters" -Victor Hugo, writer.
"If you think you have it tough, read history books" - Bill Maher, comedian.
"Drag your thoughts away from your troubles - by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it" - Mark Twain, writer.
"Life's a bitch.You've got to go out and kick ass" - Maya Angelou, writer.
"As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion spreads and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the one thing left to us in a bad time" - EB White, writer.
"I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up" - Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer.
"Life is tough. But it's tougher when you're stupid" - JohnWayne, actor.
"Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats" - Francois-MarieArouetVoltaire,philosopher.
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever" - Lance Armstrong, cyclist.
"Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?"- John Keats, poet.
"I have …