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Motivational Adversity Quotes

May these quotes about Adversity inspire and motivate you.

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Related topics: Values Honor Self

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

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today, when the winds of adversity blow strong,
redirect their force into the
service of your highest intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


 

Adversity can crush our spirit -
or strengthen it - it is our choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our mettle is tested by storms,
not by calm.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- Anne Bradstreet


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Friendship that flows from the heart
cannot be frozen by adversity,
as the water that flows from the spring
cannot congeal in winter.
- James Fenimore Cooper

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

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

God sometimes does try to the uttermost
those whom he wishes to bless.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched
the world as much as adversity has.
- Billy Graham

True friendship is a plant of slow growth,
and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity
before it is entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
- Anonymous

Be open to the goodness of life -
even in the midst of apparent adversity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
- William Arthur Ward

The experience of democracy is like
the experience of life itself -
always changing, infinite in its variety,
sometimes turbulent
and all the more valuable
for having been tested by adversity.
- Jimmy Carter

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

In the adversity of our best friends we often find
something that does not displease us.
- Brigham Young

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only
balance to weigh friends.
- Plutarch

Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.
- Rose Kennedy

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity.
- Sa'Di

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which
a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
- Samuel Johnson

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

Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I'll say this for adversity: people seem to be able to stand it,
and that's more than I can say for prosperity.
- Kin Hubbard

Adversity is like a strong wind.
It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn,
so that we see ourselves as we really are.
- Arthur Golden

Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament;
adversity is the blessing of the New.
- Francis Bacon

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

Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you.
They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
- Scott Hamilton

Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache,
carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Benefit.
- Napolean Hill

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
- Publilius Syrus

Those who kept their sanity and humanity intact in
the face of awful adversity.
Heroes named and unnamed, some known only to God.
- Silvia Cartwright

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.
- Rosalind Russell

He who does not tire, tires adversity.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper

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

It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood
of life to crimson splendor.
Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.
- Horace

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes;
adversity not without many comforts and hopes.
- Francis Bacon

Weak minds sink under prosperity as well as adversity;
but strong and deep ones have two high tides.
- David Hare

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe
training has on the pugilist:
it reduces him to his fighting weight.
- Josh Billings

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

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

Adversity is the first path to truth.
- Lord Byron

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
- Aristotle

Adversity tests us from time to time and it is inevitable
that this testing continues during life.
- Walter Annenberg

Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity,
controls youth, and delights old age.
- Lactantius

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself,
being especially free of admirers then.
- John Wooden

Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess
an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.
- Wilma Mankiller

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

Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity;
nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
- Plutarch

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter
consciousness during adversity.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo
and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is
entitled to the appellation.
- George Washington

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
- Zig Ziglar

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I think really what I'm saying is that I thrive on adversity.
- Richard Marx

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

For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.
- Boethius

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.
- William Samuel Johnson

I desire an special interest in your prayers that my
faith fail not in the day of adversity.
- John Hawley

Something called 'the Oklahoma Standard' became known throughout the world.
It means resilience in the face of adversity.
It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated.
- Brad Henry

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

Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in
skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
- Scott Hamilton

Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.
- Henry Fielding

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

Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity.
- Abu Bakr

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

We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our
appreciation of the right.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Adversity is the trial of principle.
Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
- Henry Fielding

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.
- Horace

Very often out of adversity that's when the best work comes.
- Tom Cochrane

I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and
faced my adversity and my nay-sayers,
but managed to do all right.
It is a pretty classic tale.
- Steve Nash


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