When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, the country was devastated. I recently sat out at that very location and was astounded how a place leveled to total destruction was alive and thriving as though it had never happened. But this is the story of Americans. The World Trade Center is rebuilt and downtown New York City thrives around it.

Americans today either believe that our country has now rebounded from near economic and political catastrophe, or is just about to. What all Americans have in common is the strength and resolve to come back from loss, and destruction. Failure is not an ending for athletes or entrepreneurs, but a new beginning filled with valuable lessons from the trauma.

Next time you feel you are at the bottom, try these words of wisdom to inspire you to get back to the top.

1. "I'm inspired by people that are marginal. I'm excited by their resilience. " - Mira Nair

2. "You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces - my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined." Elizabeth Edwards

3. "When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives." A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

4. "Resilience is woven deeply into the fabric of Oklahoma. Throw us an obstacle, and we grow stronger." Brad Henry

5. "Resilience is, of course, necessary for a warrior. But a lack of empathy isn't." Phil Klay

6. "The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity." Joshua Waitzkin

7. "In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life." Albert Bandura

8. "Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work though difficult problems." Gever Tulley

9. "Resilience isn't a single skill. It's a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive." Jean Chatzky

10. "Someone said adversity builds character, but someone else said adversity reveals character. I'm pleasantly surprised with my resilience. I persevere, and not just blindly. I take the best, get rid of the rest, and move on, realizing that you can make a choice to take the good." Brooke Shields

11. "I have a lot of stamina and I have a lot of resilience." Hillary Clinton

12. "Human beings have enormous resilience." Muhammad Yunus

13. "It's fine when you careen off disasters and terrifyingly bad reviews and rejection and all that stuff when you're young; your resilience is just terrific." Harold Prince

14. "In football, as in politics, resilience pays off." George Osborne

15. "I marvel at the resilience of the Jewish people. Their best characteristic is their desire to remember. No other people has such an obsession with memory." Elie Wiesel

16. "Part of resilience is deciding to make yourself miserable over something that matters, or deciding to make yourself miserable over something that doesn't matter." Elizabeth Edwards

17. "A good school teaches you resilience - that ability to bounce back." Kate Reardon

18. "I think professionally I admire people and the way they've handled their careers and being in the media. But the people that I used to inspire me and keep me going were my peers in Toronto - I would see the same girls going to audition after audition, and their resilience to do it again, and I found that inspiring." Anna Silk

19. "Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up." Mary Holloway

20. "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails." Elizabeth Edwards

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

22. "Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient." Dr. Steve Maraboli

23. "Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good." Elizabeth Edwards

24. "No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear." Greg Kincaid

25. "We will either find a way, or make one." Anibal Barca