ADVERSITY QUOTES V

quotations about adversity

Adversity is only sand on your track to prevent you from skidding.

CROFT M. PENTZ, 1001 Things Your Mother Told You

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The worse our state of wretchedness, the more we are open to receive the blessings of happiness. Adversity is the only tutor of contentment. No man, unless his mouth has been embittered with gall, can taste the true savour of honey.

ANTHONY LISLE, The Westminster Review, Jan. 1914

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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, attributed, Pearls: Philosophies for Living a Robust and Fulfilling Life

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Harnessing adversity is a discipline tailored to a world of unpredictable outcomes--a world where one can disturb, but not wholly direct, a living system. Because the unexpected--adversity--is guaranteed, this discipline is about routinely making lemons into lemon meringue pie.

RICHARD T. PASCALE, Surfing the Edge of Chaos

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All character is formed by adversity; but adversity is a very large word, and must be very largely interpreted. So long as it is understood to mean misfortune, external disaster or calamity only, its offices are sure to be misconceived, and its virtue will certainly be missed. Adversity may come in fair forms and bland disguises, seeming to be the very thing it is not. Things adverse are not always things repellent. They may be things attractive, deeply considered. Whatever is adverse, not to our pleasure, enjoyment or happiness merely, but to our virtue; whatever stands over against our better conscience, is opposite to our finest feelings, hostile to our truest principles, is adversity. It is the element of antagonisms, of opposition, of moral assault, let it appear in whatever guise it may. If it provokes our hearts to involuntary resistance, causes reaction and resentment, it is the discipline that educates character. And for this we must be on our guard. The finest characters are educated by struggle with adversity of this kind, by wrestling with powers that seem friendly.

O. B. PROTHINGHAM, "The School of Adversity", The Herald of Health, Aug. 1872

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Adversity is not a curse, for it is often, if not always, necessary to our welfare and happiness. It is like medicine to the sick, which if it be unpalatable is still salutary.

T. J. SAWYER, The Christian Messenger, Jun. 23, 1832

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In any adversity that happens to us in the world, we ought to consider that misery and affliction are not less natural than snow and hail, storm and tempest: And it were as reasonable to hope for a year without winter, as for a life without trouble.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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Adversity often hatches out the true nobility of character.

GEORGE ADE, "The Fable of the Girl Who Wanted to Warm Up When It Was Too Late", True Bills

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With every adversity comes a blessing because a shock acts as a reminder to oneself that we must not get stale in routine.

BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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Prosperity is apt to prevent us from examining our conduct; but adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is beneficial to us.

BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living

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It is more useful to watch a man in times of peril, and in adversity to discern what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off, reality remains.

LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura

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Difficulties strengthen the mind as labor does the body.

SENECA, Seneca's Morals

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The discipline to keep going in the face of adversity is what separates the exceptional performers from the rest of the pack. When the road gets rocky and takes some unexpected twists and turns, you can sit by the side, make excuses, and watch others go by. Or you can push on despite the terrain.

JOHN GLENNON, "Desire and Drive: Is it enough?", Kamloops This Week, March 3, 2016

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Adversity is hard, but the only way you are going to come out of it a stronger individual is if you make the most of it, learn from it, and move on.

MARIA BALDWIN, "Learn how to overcome your struggles", Daily Eastern News, February 11, 2016

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Missing a jump shot and losing a basketball game doesn't even qualify as adversity. Adversity is watching your mother have to decide between buying you a pair of shoes or paying the overdue electric bill. Adversity is losing a loved one to gun violence, growing up without a father, or having siblings suffer from lead poisoning from their own water supply. Adversity is trying to raise your 15-year-old brother while playing college basketball and going to class.

MATT ZIMMER, "SDSU's Deondre Parks: Hero at Home", Argus Leader, March 3, 2016

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Thrive on adversity, train in discomfort, embrace the suck and conquer it.

LU LASTRA, "Mental Toughness: What Exactly Is It?", ShadowSpear Special Operations, March 2, 2016

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Adversity is good. It purifies you. Just like fire -- you put gold in fire and it takes out the imperfections, right?

JAMES REIMER, "James Reimer stuck in the now as Leafs look to future", The Star, February 23, 2016

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It's tempting to suppose that adversity is a precursor to strong leadership. But it's not the adversity that foments achievement, it's an individual's response to adversity--their degree of resilience. Resilience, the ability to bounce back after a setback, is an emotional muscle that grows stronger with use. The more frequent and intense the adversity--situations where one is under fire, facing a formidable foe or suffering with hardship--the more one's resilience is tested and fortified. Note the strong relationship between adversity and resilience. Without adversity, our resilience muscles atrophy. If life is too comfortable, we never practice "bouncing back." If we never fail or lose, we miss the confidence-building experience of coming from behind to win.

JOHN ENGELS, "Adversity and resilience can become leadership assets", Rochester Business Journal, January 29, 2016

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Adversity is a test and a test reveals three things -- what you know; what you don't know; what you need to know.

HARRY L. REEDER III, "Alabama megachurch pastor: Here's how to vote with Christian wisdom", Yellow Hammer News, February 29, 2016

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Emerging from your adversity a newly changed and mentally ready individual and changed person can help you elevate yourself to new level when times are hard and life is dark.

MARIA BALDWIN, "Learn how to overcome your struggles", Daily Eastern News, February 11, 2016

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