Adversity Quotes

A man must either fall or rise in adversity.

Edmund Cooper

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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.


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
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