Adversity Quotes

Lucius annaeus seneca - the bravest sight in the world is to see a great...
Fire is the test of gold adversity, of strong men.
Seneca

Prosperity is a great teacher adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
Plutarch
Seneca, epistles - fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong...
Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.
Chilo

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 1717 Bible
Adversity does teach who your real friends are.
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Ben Jonson
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 has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
Samuel Johnson
Adversity cause some men to break others to break records.
William A. Ward
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
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
Adversity is the touchstone of friendship.
French Prove
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
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Socrates
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 makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Victor Marie Hugo
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
Ryszard Kapuscinski
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt
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
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
In prosperity our friends know us in adversity we know our friends.
Churton Collins
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.
Charles Caleb Colton
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
Leighton
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.
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
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
Chinese Prove
However, never daunted, I will cope with adversity in my traditional manner... sulking and nausea.
Tom K. Ryan
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Publilius Syrus
Adversity is the first path to truth.
George Gordon Byron
Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like a toad, though ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in its head.
William Shakespeare
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
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
John Churton Collins
Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, control youth, and delights old age.
Firmianus Lactantius
Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or a greater Benefit.
Napolean Hill
In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty.
English Prove
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Albert Schweitze