Adversity Quotes

Albert schweitze - one who gains strength by overcoming obstacles...
Adversity is the first path to truth.
George Gordon Byron

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Plutarch
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
Thomas carlyle - adversity is sometimes hard upon a man but for...
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Seneca, Epistles

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Publilius Syrus
Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
Romanian Prove
By courage I repel adversity. Adversa Virtute Repello.
Anonymous
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Ben Jonson
Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Sir Francis Bacon, Of Adversity
Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
Samuel Johnson
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.
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.
Charles Caleb Colton
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Victor Marie Hugo
Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
Cicero, On Friendship, 44 B. C.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Horace
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
Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.
William Shakespeare
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
By courage I repel adversity.
Anonymous
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
Chinese Prove
In prosperity our friends know us in adversity we know our friends.
Churton Collins
However, never daunted, I will cope with adversity in my traditional manner... sulking and nausea.
Tom K. Ryan
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Socrates
In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.
James Burgh
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
Leighton
In adversity remember to keep an even mind.
Horace, Odes
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
John Churton Collins
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 cause some men to break others to break records.
William A. Ward
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 1717 Bible
Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt
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
Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
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
Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.
Chilo
In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
English Prove
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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