The English nation is never so great as in adversity.
Prosperity asks for fidelity; adversity exacts it. [Lat., Poscunt fidem secunda, at adversa exigunt.]
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
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.
If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn.
Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from our impatience.
By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown.
Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
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.
A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
A friend cannot be known in prosperity. An enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.
It is often better to be restricted to necessity than unconfined in the measure of our desires: prosperity destroys more individuals than adversity ruins.
Prosperity gathers smiles, while adversity scatters them.
Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
Prosperity tries the fortunate: adversity the great.
Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
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.
All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
In time of prosperity friends will be plenty; In time of adversity not one in twenty
The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances.