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Adversity Quotes

Updated on February 24, 2014

What is Adversity?

Life is truly full of it's share of good times and bad. For those who are fortunate and live long enough to enjoy all the many wonderful things life has to offer, they will also face their share of moments of true adversity.

What is adversity? The dictionary defines adversity as: a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune. Adverse is defined as: a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress.

Throughout a normal lifetime, most people will experience moments of adversity, how they handle it varies with each individual. Quote lovers know that a great quote can sometimes be a source of inspiration when life gets you down.

Remember, it's not whether or not you fall, everyone falls, it's whether or not you get back up again....

~ Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. ~ Proverb


~ Adversity is the first path to truth. ~ Lord Byron

~ Adversity precedes growth. ~ Rosemarie Rossetti

~ Adversity introduces a man to himself. ~ Anonymous

~ There is no education like adversity. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

~ Adversity is the foundation of virtue. ~ Japanese Proverb

~ Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue. ~ Francis Bacon, Sr.

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

~ He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity. ~ Cesare Pavese

~ Give advice; if people don't listen, let adversity teach them.~ Ethiopian Proverb

~ Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. ~ Horace

~ Adversity makes a man wise, not rich. ~ Romanian Proverb

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

~ Prosperity tries the fortunate: adversity the great. ~ Rose F. Kennedy

~ In prosperity we need moderation; in adversity, patience. ~ Anonymous

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

~ Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

~ Life's blows cannot break a person whose spirit is warmed at the fire of enthusiasm. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

~ The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. ~ Seneca



~ Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. ~ Jerry Chin


~ A wounded deer leaps the highest. ~ Emily Dickinson

~ What is to give light must endure the burning. ~ Victor Frankl

~ Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. ~ Henry Kaiser

~ Failure is success if we learn from it. ~ Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

~ One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night. ~ Kahlil Gibran

~ Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. ~ Robert C. Gallagher

~ The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway

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

~ We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. ~ Hanmer Parsons Grant

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

~ 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



~ What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


~ In a dark time, the eye begins to see. ~ Theodore Roethke

~ When it gets dark enough you can see the stars. ~ Lee Salk

~ Tough times never last, but tough people do. ~ Robert H. Schuller

~ You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.~ Walt Schmidt

~ The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them. ~ Arnold H. Glasgow

~ Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you. ~ Robert Gallagher

~ One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. ~ Merle Shain

~ The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. ~ Anonymous

~ No one would ever have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in a storm. ~ Anonymous



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

~ 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. ~ Walt Disney

~ The harder you fall, the higher you bounce. ~ Doug Horton

~ Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind. ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie

~ If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn. ~ Bernie Siegel

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

~ We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them. ~ Carl Gustav Jung 

~ 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



~ Every silver lining has a cloud. ~ Marcus Aurelius


~ It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish. ~ Heraclitus

~ To turn an obstacle to one's advantage is a great step towards victory. ~ French Proverb

~ Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem. ~ Henry Kissinger

~ Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is. ~ Thomas Kempis

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

~ Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. ~ Francis Bacon, Sr.

~ Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit. ~ Anonymous

~ It isn't for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security. ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh



~ They sicken at the calm that know the storm. ~ Thomas Paine


~ Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. ~ Maxwell Maltz

~ Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. ~ Victor Hugo

~ Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

~ Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him. ~ Jean Paul Richter

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

~ Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle. ~ James Russell Lowell

~ We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

~ Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward. ~ Henry Ford

~ Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. ~ Malcolm X

~ Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains. ~ Lord Byron


~ No pressure, no diamonds. ~ Thomas Carlyle

~ I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship. ~ Aesop

~ The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire. ~ Richard Milhous Nixon

~ Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ~ Joshua J. Marine

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

~ Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. ~ Janet Jackson

~ Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? ~ Thomas Kempis

~ I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ~ Thomas Paine

~ It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls. ~ Bryan Adams

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

~ Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

~ The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach. ~ Laurens Van du Post

~ There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. ~ Washington Irving

~ He who does not tire, tires adversity. ~ Martin Farquhar Tupper


~ In adversity remember to keep an even mind. ~ Horace

~ If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. ~ Latin Proverb

~ Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity. ~ Abu Bakr

~ Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. ~ Truman Capote

~ Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not. ~ Henry Fielding

~ Remember the great adversity of art or anything else is a hurried life. ~ Robert James Waller

~ There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you. ~ Woody Hayes

~ It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~ Cicero

~ We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

~ Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

~ Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ~ Anonymous

~ One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. ~ Albert Schweitzer

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~ The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. ~ Bernard M. Baruch


~ Despair is anger with no place to go. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

~ The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks. ~ Fred Beck

~ A new wound makes all the old ones ache again. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

~ Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. ~ Anonymous

~ When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars. ~ Robert Brault

~ Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice. ~ William James

~ Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ Steven Kloves

~ Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. ~ Gilbert Keith

~ People are resilient. After all, every person born has recovered from nine months on life support. ~ Robert Brault

~ The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

~ If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change. ~ John A. Simone, Sr.

~ It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~ John Steinbeck

~ Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive. ~ Josephine Hart


~ Life didn't promise to be wonderful. ~ Teddy Pendergrass

~ The darkest hour has only sixty minutes. ~ Morris Mandel

~ He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

~ We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one. ~ John Updike

~ Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

~ Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose, the eye sheds a tear to find its focus. ~ Robert Brault

~ We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched. ~ Tacitus

~ When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on. ~ LL Cool J

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

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Great hub with even greater quotes. In each life, some rain must fall. Life is part bliss and woe. Or to paraphrase the late Dr. Leo Buscaglia, you have to clean the poop to find the rose!

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