ADVERSITY QUOTES III

quotations about adversity

Adversity quote

For some adversity comes into our life like an ever-changing kaleidoscope and changes the pattern we laid out for our life. Some others are born into adversity and must learn survival tactics. When adversity is conquered, the skills learned, in the doing, are the golden treasures of life's experience.

BARBARA B. BERGSTROM, Don't Forget Your Keys

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Nothing is more patent than that the discipline of adversity is by far the most gracious and elevating influence affecting human character.

ANONYMOUS, New York Observer, Dec. 8, 1898

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No adversity is in kind or degree peculiar to us; but if we survey the conditions of other men (of our brethren everywhere, of our neighbours all about us), and compare our case with theirs, we shall find that we have many consorts and associates in adversity, most as ill, many far worse bestead than ourselves; whence it must be a great fondness and perverseness to be displeased that we are not exempted from, but exposed to bear a share in the common troubles and burdens of mankind.

ISAAC BARROW, "Of Patience"

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Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.

CHINESE PROVERB

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The uncanny ability to overcome adversity is in the DNA of ... champions.

ROGER GROVES, "Despite Opening Game Loss Notre Dame Is National Championship Material", Forbes, September 5, 2016

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One must not try to trick misfortune, but resign oneself to it with good grace.

ARISTOPHANES, The Thesmophoriazusae

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How adversity doth ope the eye! A moon can be seen by day as well as by night; but, to see the stars, you must be in darkness.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

CARL JUNG, The Transcendent Function

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It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end ... because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing ... this shadow. Even darkness must pass.

SAM, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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People never fail to amaze me. They face the unimaginable with a shot of grace and a rush of adrenaline; they steel their nerves; they summon their cool or anger or faith or whatever it takes to pull them through, and they go on to live another day.

OPRAH WINFREY, O Magazine, Apr. 2007

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There is an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much, but which will not show itself, until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it; its powers may be compared to those vehicles whose springs are so contrived that they get on smoothly enough when loaded, but jolt confoundedly when they have nothing to bear.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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The shade of faith and the cloak of true godliness is the best equipage for the storm of adversity.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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There is not unmitigated ill in the sharpest of this world's sorrows; I touch not the sore of thy guilt; but of human griefs I counsel thee, Cast off the weakness of regret, and gird thee to redeem thy loss: Thou has gained, in the furnace of affliction, self-knowledge, patience and humility, And these be as precious ore, that waiteth the skill of the coiner: Despise not the blessings of adversity, nor the gain thou hast earned so hardly, And now thou hast drained the bitter, take heed that thou lose not the sweet.

MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, Proverbial Philosophy

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Keen adversity is the best crucible in which to try a man's integrity.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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In estimating the adversities of life, we would seldom have much reason to complain of the evils we suffer, did we understand the dangers we daily escape.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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It is often better to have a great deal of harm happen to one than a little; a great deal may rouse you to remove, what a little will only accustom you to endure.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections

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The truth is that adversity is a part of most days. Whether you are ultimately weakened or strengthened by each event, or the accumulation of events, will depend on you first mastering the ability to Take It On!

ERIK WEIHENMAYER, The Adversity Advantage

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If afflictions refine some, they consume others.

THOMAS FULLER, Gnomologia

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There is no education like adversity.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Endymion

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Adversity is the first path to truth.

LORD BYRON, Don Juan

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