“No Pressure, No Diamonds”

Nearly octahedral diamond crystal in matrix.

Image via Wikipedia

This is a quote commonly attributed to Thomas Carlyle, and I think I like it for my motto for 2011. According to Wikipedia, “most natural diamonds are formed at high-pressure, high-temperature conditions existing at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 120 mi) in the Earth mantle.” In other words great rewards often arise from great hardships and challenges. It’s akin to the more common sayings, “everything worthwhile demands sacrifice” (or some variation thereof) or “when life gives you lemons make lemonade,” but I think the imagery evoked by the diamond quote is far more inspirational. (Seriously: lemonade versus diamonds? It’s no contest!)

No pressure, no diamonds. Keep this in mind as the pressure and heat inevitably bombard you in their various forms this year.


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