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
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