Adversity Quotes

Anne bradstreet - if we had no winter, the spring would not be so...
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
Henry Fielding

In prosperity our friends know us in adversity we know our friends.
Churton Collins
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Seneca, Epistles
Firmianus lactantius - memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity,...
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Horace

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Albert Schweitze
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington
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
In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
English Prove
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
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 1717 Bible
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Victor Marie Hugo
Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Plutarch
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
Leighton
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
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
Plutarch
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.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle
Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
Chinese Prove
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Socrates
Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.
Chilo
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
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.
Charles Caleb Colton
Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
Samuel Johnson
Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.
William Shakespeare
Adversity is the first path to truth.
George Gordon Byron
Adversity is the touchstone of friendship.
French Prove
Fire is the test of gold adversity, of strong men.
Seneca
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
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
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Ben Jonson
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
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
Adversity makes men wise but not rich.
John Ray