ADVERSITY QUOTES IV

quotations about adversity

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

RYSZARD KAPUSCINSKI, Granta

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Adversity is like the period of the former and of the latter rain--cold, comfortless, unfriendly to man and to animal; yet from that season have their birth, the flower, and the fruit, the date, the rose, and the pomegranate.

SIR WALTER SCOTT, The Talisman

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Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the toad, ugly and venemous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, As You Like It

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Prosperity often presages adversity.

HOSEA BALLOU, Edge-Tools of Speech

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Adversity is a misperception as all works toward the good.

JULIA CAMERON, Prayers to the Great Creator

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Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain. So are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of.

CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON, The Saint and His Saviour

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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, attributed, A Mind and Heart for Wellness

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Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves.

EDMUND BURKE, attributed, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

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The dictionary says that adversity is a condition marked by misfortune, a calamity, or an unfortunate event or circumstance. I say that adversity comes in all shapes and sizes, from life-threatening illnesses, to losing a sale, to failing in business, to rocky relationships. Adversity can be many things according to just when it hits you and under what conditions. Whatever it may be for you, if you have suffered setbacks, hardships, or failures, know that you are not alone. Very few things are true all of the time in all situations, but this is a universal truth: Plans do not become achievements, dreams do not become realities, and ideas do not come to fruition without setbacks, hardships, and failures.

BARRY J. FARBER, Diamond Power

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Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, then, especially, being free from flatterers.

SAMUEL JOHNSON, attributed, A Dictionary of Thoughts

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Adversity is a good test of our resiliency, our ability to cope, to stand back up, to recover from misfortune. Adversity is a painful pedagogue.

CHARLES R. SWINDOLL, Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life

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Kites rise against, not with the wind. No man has ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm.

JOHN NEAL, Forbes Magazine, 1970

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As soon as ever thou feelest that any tribulation or adversity is coming upon thee, turn thy mind to the Lord, and commit thyself utterly to Him, without murmuring or seeking a reason for the injury. If thou wilt lament, instead of laying thy complaints before men, lay them humbly before the Lord, treating with Him of whatever grieves thee, as with a most pitiful Father and most present Helper. For His sake bear all things with equanimity. Though the devils lie in wait, and spread the snares of temptations; though thou findest the path of virtue and justice difficult; though one slanders and another oppresses thee; though the cold pinches and the heat burns thee; though thy stomach is weak and thy head aches; though rottenness enter into thy bones, and swarm under thee; though thy mind is overclouded and covered with darkness, and tormented by uncertainty; though thy weary spirit slumbers and is chilled by interior coldness; do thou ever remember to preserve thy patience.

LUDOVICUS BLOSIUS, Spiritual Works of Louis of Blois

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Wherever souls are being tried and ripened, in whatever commonplace and homely ways, there God is hewing out the pillars for His temple.

PHILLIPS BROOKS, The Candle of the Lord and Other Sermons

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Adversity makes men; good fortune makes monsters.

FRENCH PROVERB

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Abused prosperity is oftentimes made the very means of our greatest adversity.

DANIEL DEFOE, Robinson Crusoe

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Adversity is easier borne than prosperity forgot.

ANONYMOUS, Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages

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Adversity successfully overcome is the highest glory.

ANONYMOUS, Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages

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Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from impatience.

BISHOP HORNE, attributed, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers

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The day of adversity is one from which none are absolutely secure. Some, indeed, bring adversity on themselves by their own folly; but the wise as well as the foolish are liable to it, and all should be prepared for it.

R. B., United Presbyterian Magazine, Dec. 1, 1879

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