Adversity Quotes

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Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

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By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.


Adversity, which makes us indulgent to others, renders them severe towards us.
If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences. No excuses. No negativity. No psychic pollution. Keep your inner space clear.


All sunshine makes a desert.
— Arabian proverb

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A stumble may prevent a fall.
— English proverb

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No path of flowers leads to glory.
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The best way out is always through.

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Storms make trees take deeper roots.
God will use your struggle for good.


There is no education like adversity.
The darkest hour has only 60 minutes.


Adversity is the first path to truth.
Good days. Bad days. God is in all days.


Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
— African proverb

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Difficult days demand decisions of faith.


If you are going through hell, keep going.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.

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Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.


Nothing is as bleak as it seems at the time.


Nothing lasts forever—not even your troubles.


The course of true love never did run smooth.


Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.


Gold is tried by fire, brave men by adversity.


When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
— Persian proverb

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A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.
Learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
The wound is the place where the light enters you.


It is not given to everyone to shine in adversity.
The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.

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Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them.
Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance.


Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.


The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater.
Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets.
People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.
I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
It is the wounded oyster that mends its shell with pearl.
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.

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He who can't endure the bad will not live to see the good.
— Jewish proverb

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He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
I had no shoes and complained, until I met a man who had no feet.

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You can measure a man by the opposition it takes to discourage him.


The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.


It is the way we react to circumstances that determine our feelings.
I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

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The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Gold is tried in fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
— Apocrypha—Ecclesiasticus: 2:5


Into each life some rain must fall, some days must be dark and dreary.
Adversity in immunological doses has its uses; more than that crushes.
In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.


Keen adversity is the best crucible in which to try a man's integrity.


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. And swing!


Every challenge, large or small, can equip you for a future opportunity.
Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.


Man cannot change the direction of the wind, but he can adjust the sails.


When you fall in a river, you're no longer a fisherman; you're a swimmer.


The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials.
— Chinese proverb

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If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.

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To stand alone against all adversity is the most sacred moment of existence.
If you hit a hole in one on every hole, you wouldn't play golf for very long.


It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.

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What molting time is to birds, so adversity or misfortune is...for us humans.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.


Let me embrace thee, sour Adversity,
For wise men say it is the wisest course.
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.


Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.


In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

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A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.
This season in which you find yourself may puzzle you, but it does not bewilder God.


Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for.
Because sometimes things happen to people and they're not equipped to deal with them.
This is not how your story ends. It's simply where it takes a turn you didn't expect.

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He that has never known adversity is but half acquainted with others, or with himself.
People need resistance, for it is resistance which gives them their awareness of life.
Bad times have a scientific value.  These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity.


Swimming for his life, a man does not see much of the country through which the river winds.
Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

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Without deprivation and struggle there is no salvation and I am just a sword cutting daisies.
Don't get sucked into short-term thinking. Your struggles will not last forever, but you will.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

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A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with the wind.
Men are disturbed not by the things that happen but by their opinion of the things that happen.
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it, a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.


The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willingly avoids the sight of distress.
In adversity assume the countenance of prosperity, and in prosperity moderate the temper and desires.


Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort.

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I don't have an easy solution or a magic wand. I have found something—Someone—far better. God himself.


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

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


It's not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It's whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.


In the day of prosperity, adversity is forgotten and in the day of adversity, prosperity is not remembered.
— Apocrypha—Ecclesiasticus 11:25

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Adversity has ever been considered as the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
There should be a science of discontent.  People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.


If God can make a prince out of a prisoner, don't you think he can make something good out of your struggle?


In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a smiling dawn.


Sweet are the uses of adversity
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
Show me a successful coach, a successful anything, and I'm going to show you somebody who has overcome adversity.
Don't equate the presence of God with a good mood or a pleasant temperament. God is near whether you are happy or not.


Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training does on the pugilist—it reduces him to his fighting weight.
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
Trouble is part of your life - if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.


The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.


This season in which you find yourself may puzzle you, but it does not bewilder God. He can and will use it for his purpose.


Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.


You should never, when facing some unbelievable tragedy, let one tragedy increase into two or three through your failure of will.


God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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In prosperous times I have sometimes felt my fancy and powers of language flag, but adversity is to me at least a tonic and a bracer.
Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Here is a fact
that should help you fight a bit longer:
Things that don't actually kill you outright
make you stronger.

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That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.
More than anything else, what keeps a person going in the midst of adversity is having a sense of purpose.  It is the fuel that powers persistence.

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You don't have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you're holding.


Every setback is simply a setup for a comeback. God not only wants to bring you out, He also wants to bring you out better off than you were before.


You're squandering
spleen on your brothers,
and wasting
good self-pity too,
if you think
that there's sun on the others
whenever it's raining on you.


Do you recite your woes more naturally than you do heaven's strength? If so, no wonder life is tough. You're assuming God isn't in this crisis. He is.


The worst thing in your life may contain seeds of the best. When you can see crisis as an opportunity, your life becomes not easier, but more satisfying.


Perhaps adversity is a great teacher, but he charges a high price for his lessons, and often the profit we take from them is not worth the price they have cost us.
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

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Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition, such as lifting weights, we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.

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Watch a man in times of... adversity to discover 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.
I don't say embrace trouble. That's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say, meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.
You can always pick yourself up again. It's always worth it starting from zero again, once, or a thousand times, as long as you're still alive. That's the biggest lesson in life.

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When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
When pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all.

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Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
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.
The human capacity to fight back will always astonish doctors and philosophers. It seems, indeed, that there are no circumstances so bad and no obstacles so big that man cannot conquer them.


Storms are coming your way. Winds will howl, your boat will be tossed, and you will have a choice. Will you hear Christ or the crisis? Heed the promises of Scripture or the noise of the storm?
As the flint contains the spark, unknown to itself, which the steel alone can awaken to life, so adversity often reveals to us hidden gems which prosperity or negligence would forever have hidden.
Every adversity, every defeat, every failure, every disappointment, every human frustration of whatsoever nature or cause, brings with it, in the circumstance itself, the seed of an equivalent benefit.
For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything (James 1: 3 – 4 NLT).

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The most important thing in the life of every man and every woman is not that they should never fall along the way. The important thing is always to get back up, not to stay on the ground licking your wounds.


It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.
Don't let the crisis paralyze you. Don't let the sadness overwhelm you. Don't let the fear intimidate you. To do nothing is the wrong thing. To do something is the right thing. And to believe is the highest thing.


You'll get through this. It won't be painless. It won't be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don't be foolish or naive. But don't despair either. With God's help you will get through this.

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Adversity is the touchstone of character: it is not in success but in misfortune that hidden powers bear fruit.  Not in such poverty as this, however, which but stunts the growth, and blunts senses and morals alike.
Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see.


"My dad always said that when you're struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it's just as hard as what you're going through."
If you see your troubles as nothing more than isolated hassles and hurts, you'll grow bitter and angry. Yet if you see your troubles as tests used by God for his glory and your maturity, then even the smallest incidents take on significance.


Adversity is like a strong holds us back from places we might otherwise go.  It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.
Life is always going to hurt some people in some ways and help others. There should be more willingness to take the blows of life as they fall. That's what manhood is, taking life as it falls. Not whining all the time and trying to fix it by whining.
I have never cared for an upholstered life, and, please God, I never shall. The protected existence, as I see it, is to refuse the risks, to be prudent and aquiescent, to sit tight, perhaps to climb cautiously, but never to plunge. I'd rather be squashed at the bottom of the heap than be planted at the top.


When you recognize that you will thrive not in spite of your losses and sorrows, but because of them, that you would not have chosen the things that happened in your life, but you are grateful for them, that you will hold the empty bowls eternally in your hands, but you also have the capacity to fill them? The word for that is healing.


Life can set us a lot of snares, a lot of bumps, we can fail a thousand times, in life, in love, in the social struggle, but if we search for it we'll have the strength to get up again and start over. The most beautiful thing about the day is that it dawns. There is always a dawn after the night has passed. Don't forget it, kids. The only losers are the ones who stop fighting.

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