Adversity Quotes

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

Abraham Lincoln

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.


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
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