quotations about adversity
Adversity is a soul sister to success. And on the journey to greatness, our willingness to befriend these twin sisters, and know them as one, will have much to do with our greatness.
NOAH BENSHEA, The Journey to Greatness
The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, The Strenuous Life
In every kind of adversity, the bitterest part of a man's affliction is to remember that he once was happy.
BOETHIUS, attributed, The International Thesaurus of Quotations
Adversity introduces a man to himself.
H. L. MENCKEN, attributed, A New Dictionary of Quotations
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
FRANCIS BACON, "Of Adversity"
Adversity has made many a man great who, had he remained prosperous, would only have been rich.
MAURICE SWITZER, attributed, Gems of Thought
Let not adversity oppress thee: be rather like unto the nail; the farther 'tis hammered, the firmer it holds.
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
To stand alone against all adversity is the most sacred moment of existence.
FRANK HERBERT, The Dosadi Experiment
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
HARRY S. TRUMAN, Mr. Citizen
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator
The trials and pressures of life--and how we face them--often define us. Confronted by adversity, many people give up while others rise up. How do those who succeed do it? They persevere. They find the benefit to them personally that comes from any trial. And they recognize that the best thing about adversity is coming out on the other side of it. There is a sweetness to overcoming your troubles and finding something good in the process, however small it may be. Giving up when adversity threatens can make a person bitter. Persevering through adversity makes one better.
JOHN C. MAXWELL, Talent Is Never Enough
That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Twilight of the Idols
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, The Sketch Book
Gratitude in adversity is the most beautiful and precious crown of the soul.
LUDOVICUS BLOSIUS, Spiritual Works of Louis of Blois
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, attributed, Treasury of Thought
Even the severed branch grows again, and the sunken moon returns: wise men who ponder this are not troubled in adversity.
BHARTRHARI, attributed, Splendors of the Pearl
Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
HORACE, attributed, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity is the blessing of the New.
FRANCIS BACON, Essays
The Gods in bounty work up storms about us, that give mankind occasion to exert their hidden strength, and throw out into practice virtues that shun the day, and lie concealed in the smooth seasons and the calms of life.
JOSEPH ADDISON, Cato