Adversity Quotes

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


Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity; a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quick sand to virtue

Friedrich von Schiller

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.


Give advice; if people don't listen, let adversity teach them

Ethiopian Proverb

You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.

Walt Schmidt

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater.

William Hazlitt

There is no education like adversity.


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

Live as brave men and face adversity with stout hearts.


He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later

Henry Fielding

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

Muslih-uddin Sadi

Prosperity tries the fortunate: adversity the great

Rose F. Kennedy

Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.

Elizabeth Hardwick

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.

Martha Graham

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.

Cesare Pavese

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

John Wooden

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.

Josh Billings

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity

Charles Caleb Colton

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.


Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.


Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.

Soren Kierkegaard

Remember the great adversity of art or anything else is a hurried life.

Robert James Waller

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

Victor Hugo

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

Francis Bacon, Sr.
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