Quotes about Adversity

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

Norma H. Seneca

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

George Washington

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

Sai Seneca

No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.

Sai Anonymous

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.

William Hazlitt

Is made more sacred by adversity.

Charles Caleb Colton

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.

Charles Caleb Colton

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

Victor Hugo

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

Francis Bacon

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity--another man's I mean.

Mark Twain

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

Barbara De Angelis

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.

Henry Fielding

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.

Robert Leighton

In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.

James Burgh

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.

Ryszard Kapuscinski

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.

Anne Bradstreet

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

Ben Jonson

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; Adversity is the blessing of the New.

Francis Bacon

In adversity it is easy to despise life; he is truly brave who can endure a wretched life. [Lat., Rebus in angustis facile est contemnere vitam; Fortiter ille facit qui miser esse potest.]

Marcus Valerius Martial

Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885 In America, it is hard to distinguish Christianity from its social and cultural setting. It blends into the scenery. Many people assume that we live in a "Christian society". Obviously, the Christian church has no strong witness against society. In [a communist country], the situation is exactly the opposite. Christians there live under a political regime which makes a point of distinguishing itself from all religion, and which is grounded philosophically on atheism and materialism. The Church lives in a hostile social order. The result is that the weak Christians are weeded out, and the strong Christians are tremendously strengthened by adversity.

Thomas C. Oden

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

Billy Graham

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.

Arnold Socrates

Don't be disquieted in time of adversity. Be firm with dignity and self-reliant with vigor.

Chiang Kai-Shek

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

A. A. Aristotle

Memory moderates prosperity, decreases adversity, controls youth and delights old age.

Lactantius Firmianus

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