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Adversity Quotes

We all encounter adversity in our lives. Enjoy these inspirational adversity quotes. May they inspire you to overcome the adversities in your life and help you focus on the positive things in life.

"Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records."
William A. Ward

"In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends."
John Churton Collins

"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways."
Buddha

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

"Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember."
Seneca

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford

"Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them." Hugh Miller

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

Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
J. Willard Marriott

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Now that it's all over, what did you really do yesterday that's worth mentioning?
Coleman Cox

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
William James

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.
Paul Harvey


Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know of no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater their power to harm us.
Voltaire

Adversity enhances this tale we call life.
Ever Garrison

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
Robert Leighton

I have learned there is a gift wrapped inside of every adversity and, if you have faith and hope, you can lose everything and still survive.
Sandi Bachom

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

As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.
Horace

The darkest hour has only sixty minutes. Morris Mandel

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle

Hardships can deprive mortals of the power to ACT. But at the same time, hardships can be the means of eternal growth in ATTITUDE and DESIRE. If endured with the right attitude and accompanied by righteous desires, suffering and deprivation can be the agency of great growth in our spirits.
Dallin H. Oaks

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

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
Colton. Best Quotations for all Occasions. Permabooks, 1948, p. 3.

There are three things we should all like to do with trouble: avoid it, explain it, and meet it if it comes.
Shoemaker, Samuel. How You Can Find Happiness. E. P. Dutton and Co., 1947, p. 104.

Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has courage and steadfastness.
Kennedy, John. The Treasure Chest. Harper and Row, 1965, p. 226.

Sometimes we think our troubles, our sorrows, our crosses, our experiences are the exceptional, but sooner or later we find a parallel case. Others have had the sme troubles and found an honorable solution to them.
Kopplin, Dorothea. Something to Live By. Permabooks, 1945, p. 90.

When I treat myself with love and tenderness, I am better able to deal with the challenges that life presents. I have a chance to feel good, even when surrounded by crisis.
Al-Anon. Courage to Change. Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. 1992, p. 290.

But when the wise man is handed a lemon, he says: "What lesson can I learn from this misfortune? How can I improve my situation? How can I turn this lemon into a lemonade?"
Carnegie, Dale. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Simon and Schuster, 1984, p. 151.

Every adversity has within it the seeds of an equivalent or a greater benefit.
Hill, Napoleon. Grow Rich With Peace of Mind. Ballantine Books, 1967, p. 37.

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