Adversity Quotes

Plutarch - prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the...
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. 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 does teach who your real friends are.
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.
James Burgh
Socrates - remember that there is nothing stable in human...
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.
James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr.

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Adversity cause some men to break others to break records.
William A. Ward
The reason why great men meet with so little pity or attachment in adversity, would seem to be this: the friends of a great man were made by his fortune, his enemies by himself, and revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude.
C. C. Colton
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington
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
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Seneca, Epistles
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Victor Marie Hugo
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
Chinese Prove
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.
Francis Bacon
To see a man fearless in dangers. untainted with lusts, happy in adversity, composed in a tumult, and laughing at all those things which are generally either coveted or feared, all men must acknowledge that this can be from nothing else but a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body.
Seneca
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Horace
Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.
William Shakespeare
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
Plutarch
Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
Romanian Prove
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
Henry Fielding
We become wiser by adversity prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
By courage I repel adversity. Adversa Virtute Repello.
Anonymous
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
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.
Henry Fielding
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Ben Jonson
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
Ryszard Kapuscinski
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Albert Schweitze
In prosperity our friends know us in adversity we know our friends.
Churton Collins
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Socrates
In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
English Prove
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.
Charles Caleb Colton
Adversity is the first path to truth.
George Gordon Byron
By courage I repel adversity.
Anonymous
Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.
Chilo
A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain.
William Shakespeare
Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
John Churton Collins
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Publilius Syrus