Famous Adversity Quotes Quotations

Famous Adversity Quotes

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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?"

This list includes notable adversity quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest adversity quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite adversity sayings get to the bottom of the list.

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    The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.

    Jean Cocteau More
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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 More
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    There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.

    Charles Caleb Colton More
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    Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.

    Charles Caleb Colton More
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    A wounded deer leaps the highest.

    Emily Dickinson More
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    There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.

    George Eliot More
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    Out of love and hatred, out of earnings and borrowings and leadings and losses; out of sickness and pain; out of wooing and worshipping; out of traveling and voting and watching and caring; out of disgrace and contempt, comes our tuition in the serene and beautiful laws.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson More
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    Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine

    Ralph Waldo Emerson More
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    A man is a god in ruins.

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    To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

    Epictetus More
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    He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.

    Henry Fielding More
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    Malcolm Forbes More
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    Malcolm Forbes More
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    Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.

    Henry Ford More
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    He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.

    Harry Emerson Fosdick More
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    Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.

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    I have often been downcast, but never in despair; I regard our hiding as a dangerous adventure, romantic and interesting at the same time. In my diary I treat all the privations as amusing. I have made up my mind now to lead a different life from other girls and, later on, different from ordinary housewives. My start has been so very full of interest, and that is the sole reason why I have to laugh at the humorous side of the most dangerous moments.

    Anne Frank More
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    What is to give light must endure the burning.

    Viktor Frankl More
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    The proof of gold is fire...

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    One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.

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    March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.

    Khalil Gibran More
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    Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.

    Arnold H. Glasgow More
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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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    Sometimes your medicine bottle has on it, Shake well before using. That is what God has to do with some of His people. He has to shake them well before they are ever usable.

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    Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.

    William Hazlitt More
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    The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.

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    It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.

    Heraclitus More
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    Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

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    Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.

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    Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

    Homer More
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    The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.

    Horace More
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    As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.

    Horace More
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    Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

    Horace More
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    A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

    Horace More
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    Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

    Horace More
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    The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.

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    Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.

    Edgar Watson Howe More
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    Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

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    Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.

    Washington Irving More
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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 More
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    Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.

    William James More
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    If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.

    Samuel Johnson More
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    Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

    Samuel Johnson More
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    He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity

    Ben Jonson More
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    We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them.

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

    Ryszard Kapuściński More
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    Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

    John Keats More
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    As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red-hot, so he that wholly turneth himself unto God puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed into a new man.

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    Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.

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    If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, its just possible you haven't grasped the situation.

    Jean Kerr More
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