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.
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and
All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. . . . You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
Nothing can be called failure until you accept it as such. You can transmute all past failures and mistakes into assets. Adversity is Nature’s method of disciplining people to learn to take possession of their own minds. Greatest blessings often come from the greatest adversities. Study yourself carefully and you may discover that your own emotions are your greatest handicap in the business of accurate thinking.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude or the voyager. The martyrs of ancient times, in bracing their minds to outward calamities, acquired a loftiness of purpose and a moral heroism worth a lifetime of softness and security.
Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
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.
Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.
The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
What can that faith do for him in his need? It teaches him to bear adversity With patience that may shame a better creed.
Even I, who had the tide going out and in before me in the bay, and even watched for the ebbs, the better to get my shellfish — even I (I say) if I had sat down to think, instead of raging at my fate, must have soon guessed the secret, and got free. It w
We become wiser by adversity prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
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.
True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.