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Best Quotes About Adversity

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A list of the best adversity quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous adversity quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic adversity quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about adversity?" and "What are inspirational adversity quotes?"

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    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time. Robert Collier

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    Eppie Friedman

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    There is in every 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

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    I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. Rabindranath Tagore

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    A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

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    There will be no crown bearers in heaven who are not cross bearers on earth.

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    The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.

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    There are times in everyone's life when something constructive is born out of adversity... when things seem so bad that you've got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.

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    Nothing bad ever happens without equal or growth

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

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

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    The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.

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    If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

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    Your dips an falls do not confound me, half as much as your heights astound me.

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    When I dig another out of trouble, the hole from which I lift him is the place where I bury my own.

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    We need tough days to drive us to our knees.

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    We all know that sponges grow in the ocean but I wander how much deeper the ocean would be if that wasn't the case.

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    Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. One didn't panic, he relaxed and drowned. The other kicked and struggled so much that the cream turned to butter and he walked out.

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    Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.

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    If the going is real easy, beware, you may be headed down hill and don't know it.

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    He who knows the darkness shall learn to live in the light.

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    By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean. Mark Twain

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    Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow.

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    No untroubled day has ever dawned for me. Seneca the Younger

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    A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity. Saadi

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

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    The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. Charles M. Schwab

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    Every burden is a blessing. Robert H. Schuller

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

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    The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. Seneca the Younger

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    Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. Seneca the Younger

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    Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore

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    Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable. Tacitus

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

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    The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved. Samuel Smiles

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

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    Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all. William Shakespeare

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    The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. Seneca the Younger

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    Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. Seneca the Younger

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    There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over. Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. G. K. Chesterton

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    Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. -- Isaiah 48:10

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    Enter through the narrow gate. The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it. -- Mathew 7:13-14

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    Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.

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    They that sow in tears shall reap joy. -- Psalms 126:5

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    Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. Henry Ward Beecher

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    We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things. Henry Ward Beecher

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