Adversity quotes

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.


Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.

- Gallagher, Robert C.

One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

- Woolf, Virginia

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

- Seneca

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

- William Shakespeare

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.

- Frank, Anne

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.

- France, Anatole

I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.

- Jackson, Janet

You never know what events are going to transpire to get you home.

- Movie, Apollo 13

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

- Shakespeare, William

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

- Keats, John

Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

- Sir Francis Bacon

Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?

- Qur'an

Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.

- Bacon, Francis

The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.

- Grant, Ulysses S.

Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.

- Og Mandino

What is to give light must endure the burning.

- Frankl, Viktor E.

People are like stained -- glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within

- Ross, Elizabeth Kubler

No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.

- Seneca

Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.

- Reston, James

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