Short Adversity Quotes

Sweet are the uses of adversit

Shakespeare, William

Adversity’s sweet milk, philosophy.

Shakespeare, William

Greater dooms win greater destinies.


Adversity is the first path to truth.

Byron, Lord

The drowning man is not troubled by ra

Persian Proverb

The nearer the dawn the darker the night.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.


In misfortune, what friend remains a friend?


Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.


Light troubles speak; the weighty are struck du


Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.

Channing, William Ellery

The best way out of a difficulty is through it.


Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.


Adversity makes men,and prosperity makes monsters.

Hugo, Victor

To be unable to bear an ill is itself a great ill.


A time of disarray is also a moment of opportunity.

Ferre, Frederick

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Truman, Harry

When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick h

Hindu Proverb

With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.

Pliny the Elder

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from our impatience.

Horne, Bishop

Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills which you should avoid.

Syrus, Publilius

Humanity either makes, or breeds, or tolerates all its afflictions.

Wells, Herbert George

The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.


Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Bacon, Francis

In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest.

Livius, Titus

Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortun


We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.


A diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.

Chinese Proverb

Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober; not to make us sorry but wise.

Beecher, Harriet Ward

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Human misery must somewhere have a stop: there is no wind that always blows a storm.


One’s own escape from troubles makes one glad; but bringing friends to trouble is hard grief.


Prosperity is not without many fears and distaste; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.

Bacon, Francis

Famous Adversity Quotes (Long)

It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made


Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.

Lowell, James Russell

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


To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to kn

Rousseau, Jean J.

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.


As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.

La Bruyere, Jean

Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?


Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.

Hazlitt, William

No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.

Hugo, Victor

Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow; but crush’d or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around.

Goldsmith, Oliver

Strong men greet war, tempest, hard times. They wish, as Pindar said, to tread the floors of hell, with necessities as hard as iron.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster children into strength and athletic proportion.

Bryant, William Cullen

Common and vulgar people ascribe all ills that they feel to others; people of little wisdom ascribe to themselves; people of much wisdom, to no one.


Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. (Matthew 6:34)


Adversity breaks the inferior man’s will but only bends the superior man’s spirit. Outward influence is denied the great man, who accordingly uses words sparingly but retains his central position.

Ching, I

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.


The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one’s preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizzare which seems inherent in them.

Cocteau, Jean

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.

Scott, Sir Walter

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