Adversity Quotes

A man must either fall or rise in adversity.

Edmund Cooper

Adversity, if a man is set down to it by degrees, is more supportable with equanimity by most people than any great prosperity arrived at in a single lifetime.

Samuel Butler

In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.

James Burgh

It is often better to be restricted to necessity than unconfined in the measure of our desires: prosperity destroys more individuals than adversity ruins.


Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Seneca thinks the gods are well pleased when they see great men contending with adversity.

Robert Burton

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

George Washington

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.


Prosperity tries the fortunate: adversity the great.

Rose F. Kennedy

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

William Hazlitt

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.


Prosperity gathers smiles, while adversity scatters them.


A friend cannot be known in prosperity. An enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.

Jack Hyles

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.

John Churton Collins

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.

Rosalind Russell

Out of defeat can come the best in human nature. As Christians face storms of adversity, they may rise with more beauty. They are like trees that grow on mountain ridges -- battered by winds, yet trees in which we find the strongest wood.

Billy Graham

Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain. So are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of.


Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.


Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity.


By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown.

Samuel Daniel

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from our impatience.

Henry Home

If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn.

Bernie Siegel

My character was formed by mountaineering. Enduring rainy slopes and cold bivouacs to spend an hour at the top of the world shaped my ability to handle adversity.

Candice Carpenter
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