Adversity Proverbs

Sayings about Adversity

Adversity is the foundation of virtue. ~ Japanese Proverbs

In times of prosperity friends will be plenty, in times of adversity not one in twenty. ~ English Proverbs

Not everything, which is bad, comes to hurt us. ~ Italian Proverbs

It is prosperity that gives us friends, adversity that proves them. ~ Traditional Proverb

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. ~ Jewish Proverb

A stout heart tempers adversity. ~ Dutch Proverbs

God gave burdens, also shoulders. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Bad is never good until worse happens. ~ Danish Proverbs

Adversity comes with instruction in his hand. ~ Welsh Proverb

Adversity and loss make a man wise. ~ Welsh Proverbs

Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain in the spring. ~ Chinese Proverb

Advise and counsel him; if he does not listen, let adversity teach him. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

In prosperity caution, in adversity patience. ~ Dutch Proverb

Adversity makes a man wise, not rich. ~ Romanian Proverbs

Adversity flatters no man. ~ English Proverb

Quotations about Adversity

If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to expect a few blisters. ~ Abigail van Buren

Convert difficulties into opportunities, for difficulties are divine surgeries to make you better. ~ Author unknown

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. ~ Harry Crews

The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter. ~ Author Unknown

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. ~ William Hazlitt

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. ~ William Shakespeare Quotes

Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~ Oprah Winfrey Quotes

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. ~ Taylor Benson

Adversity introduces a man to himself. ~ Author Unknown

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. ~ Michel de Montaigne

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ~ Author Unknown

It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~ Cicero

If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change. ~ John A. Simone, Sr.

The darkest hour has only sixty minutes. ~ Morris Mandel

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. ~ Author Unknown

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist — it reduces him to his fighting weight. ~ Josh Billings

A bad grade is only one letter in the Essay of life. ~ Lee Drake

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. ~ Barbara De Angelis

God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them. ~ John Aughey

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

Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. ~ Natalie Clifford Barney

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~ Edwin Markham

There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out. ~ Lou Reed

Sometimes it’s worse to win a fight than to lose. ~ Billie Holiday

The spiritual path is not strewn with roses. ~ Haridas Chaudhuri

[L]ook evil in the face; walk up to it, and you will find it less than you imagined, and often you will not find it at all; for it will recede as you advance. ~ Sydney Smith

Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. ~ Author Unknown

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way. ~ Author Unknown

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. ~ Walt Disney

Watch a man in times of… adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off. ~ Lucretius

Tragedy is restful: and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it. ~ Jean Anouilh

There are times in everyone’s life when something constructive is born out of adversity... when things seem so bad that you’ve got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it. ~ Author Unknown

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. ~ Garrison Keillor

Earth’s tribulations diminish in proportion to the elevation of our souls. ~ James Lendall Basford

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. ~ Edmund Burke

Don’t allow your wounds to turn you into a person you are not. ~ Author Unknown

Life didn’t promise to be wonderful. ~ Teddy Pendergrass

The virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude. ~ Francis Bacon

When you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you get to know yourself the best. ~ Leslie Grossman

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~ John Steinbeck

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity ’til he has tasted adversity. ~ Saʿdī

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~ Arthur Golden

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. ~ Voltaire

It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the messes. ~ Dorothy Parker

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. ~ Walt Schmidt

The misfortunes of mankind are of varied plumage. ~ Aeschylus

The virtue of adversity is fortitude, which in mortals is the heroic virtue. ~ Francis Bacon

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

If you haven’t had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart, you have been cheated by nature. ~ Phyllis Battelle

Adversity is the first path to truth. ~ Lord Byron

In most cases, misfortune is an acquired habit. ~ James Lendall Basford

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. ~ Oscar Wilde Quotes

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. ~ Mary Kay Ash

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

The cold is a good counselor, but it is cold. ~ Antonio Porchia

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

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for. ~ Stanislaus I, Maxims

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities. ~ Sophocles

It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis. ~ Margaret Bonnano

Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever you fall, pick something up. ~ Oswald Avery

The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks. ~ Fred Beck

The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials. ~ Confucius

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. ~ Duke Ellington

It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed…. Great necessities call out great virtues. ~ Abigail Adams

The most important thing in life is not to capitalize on your gains. Any fool can do that. The really important thing is to profit from your losses. ~ William Bolitho

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. ~ O. Henry

We acquire the strength we have overcome. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

No matter what has happened, always behave as if nothing had happened. ~ Arnold Bennett

There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. ~ Washington Irving

Adversity Proverbs

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