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Quotations: Adversity

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

The good things which belong to prosperity are to be wished, but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
Francis Bacon

Adversity is the first path to truth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations.
George Gordon Byron

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

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
Sir Winston Churchill

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.
Frederick Douglas

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein

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

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry Kaiser

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life’s relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
Soren Kierkegaard

Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J.

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
Theodore Rubin

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

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Publius Syrus

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

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.
Mark Twain

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