Adversity Quotes

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.

Spurgeon

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

Horace

Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity.

Seneca

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

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.

Socrates

Prosperity asks for fidelity; adversity exacts it. [Lat., Poscunt fidem secunda, at adversa exigunt.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The English nation is never so great as in adversity.

Benjamin Disraeli

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

Horace

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Anne Bradstreet

No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted

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