Adversity Quotes

Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us

Samuel Johnson

Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war


Adversity precedes growth.

Rosemarie Rossetti

Adversity introduces a man to himself.


Adversity is the first path to truth.

Lord Byron

There is no education like adversity

Benjamin Disraeli

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.

Arthur Golden

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends

John Churton Collins

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

Jimmy Carter

It is the character of a brave and resolute man not to be ruffled by adversity and not to desert his post.


You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.


Adversity makes a man wise, not rich

Romanian Proverb

A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine.


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

Francis Bacon, Sr.

Behold a contest worthy of a god, a brave man matched in conflict with adversity


In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that is not exactly displeasing

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.

Billy Graham

The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.

Alan Gregg

Adversity is, to me at least, a tonic and a bracer.

Sir Walter Scott

Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.

Edmund Burke

Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity

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