In adversity those talents are called forth which are concealed by prosperity. - Horace


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Overcoming Adversity Quotes

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
John Churton Collins

Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
Ralph Blum<

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

Good fortune and bad are equally necessary to man, to fit him to meet the contingencies of this life.
French Proverb

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Washington Irving

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.

All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
Henry David Thoreau

Pick battles big enough to matter, snall enough to win.
Jonathan Kozol

Fractures well cured make us more strong.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.

Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.

All sunshine makes the desert.
Arabian Proverb

Going through difficult times augments our capacity for pleasure: it keeps us from taking pleasure for granted, reminds us to be grateful for all the large and small pleasures in our lives.
Tal Ben-Shahar, Happier

Aspiring minds must sometimes sustain loss.

Adversity is the mother of progress.
Mahatma Gandhi

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
Henry W. Longfellow

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.

Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

  Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body. - Seneca

Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.
Danish Proverb

Obstacles are great incentives.
Jules Michelet

There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties.

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.
Albert Careb

I think the challenge is to take...difficult and painful times and turn them into something beneficial, something that makes you grow.
Michelle Akers

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

Surmounted difficulties not only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles.
James Sharp

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
Chinese Proverb

There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm.
J. H. Vincent

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand.
E. E. Hale

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.

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

William Shakespeare

Adversity is the first path to truth.
Lord Byron

It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes.
Louis Kossuth

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

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt

Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion.
Christian Nestell Bovee

A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry;
But were we burthen'd with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.

William Shakespeare

Adversity introduces a man to himself.

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