Quotations about Adversity 2

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

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity.  ~Sa'di

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~Bernard M. Baruch

A new wound makes all the old ones ache again.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

Thorns and stings
And those such things
Just make stronger
Our angel wings.
~Terri Guillemets

When life gives you lemons, please, just don't squirt them in other people's eyes.  ~J. Andrew Helt

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.  ~Max Lerner, The Unfinished Country, 1950

God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Calamity, n.  A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this life are not of our own ordering.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

There are sufferings that have lost their memory and do not remember why they are suffering.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Real pain can alone cure us of imaginary ills.  We feel a thousand miseries till we are lucky enough to feel misery.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.  ~William James

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.  ~Helen Keller

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill.  Our antagonist is our helper.  ~Edmund Burke, The Revolution in France, 1790

The course of true anything never does run smooth.  ~Samuel Butler

Invite your melancholy outside for a walk.  Or read it a poem.  Or bake it chocolate chip cookies.  ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.  ~Steven Kloves, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (movie)

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.  Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.  Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.  ~August Wilson

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.  ~André Gide, L'immoraliste

If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.  ~Russian Proverb

Pain is sometimes the cost of a meaningful existence. I can handle that. ~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.com

I fell off my pink cloud with a thud.  ~Elizabeth Taylor

At times, challenges hit with the force of a roaring, rushing waterfall.  The true test, however, is whether you can put your arms up and enjoy the feel of the water.  ~Aviva Kaufman

Past and to come, seems best; things present, worse.  ~William Shakespeare, Henry IV

During the darkest indigo midnight, yet will countless stars blossom. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com

People don't ever seem to relate that doing what's right is no guarantee against misfortune. ~William McFee, Casuals of the Sea, 1916

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

Allow yourself a moment of grief when life's misfortunes visit you. However, do not spend your days building a monument in honor of them. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com

Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles. ~Maltbie D. Babcock

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

Your heart has been sore wounded too. Dear Light, love shall cherish you, till you again look on life with happy eyes. ~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

Anything, anything would be better than this agony of mind, this creeping pain that gnaws and fumbles and caresses one and never hurts quite enough. ~Jean-Paul Sartre

I bear a little more than I can bear. ~Elinor Hoyt Wylie

Every evil is some good spelt backwards, and in it the wise know how to read Wisdom. ~Coventry Patmore

May you get what you wish for.  ~Old Chinese Curse

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

Sometimes a man is intensely, even passionately, attached to suffering - that is a fact.  ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

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, On the Nature of Things

"The horror of that moment," the King went on, "I shall never, never forget!"  "You will, though," the Queen said, "if you don't make a memorandum of it.  ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, 1872

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Human suffering, while it is asleep, is shapeless.  If it is wakened it takes the form of the waker.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

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

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

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

It is better to drink of deep griefs than to taste shallow pleasures.  ~William Hazlitt, Characteristics, 1823

Better bread with water than cake with trouble.  ~Russian Proverb

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.  ~Hugh Miller, Snow on the Wind

The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.  ~Morris Mandel

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

God gave burdens, also shoulders.  ~Yiddish Proverb

But ah! disasters have their use;
And life might e'en be too sun-shiny.
~Charles Stuart Calverley, Disaster, after Moore

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

When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear.  That's how he finds that he can bear anything.  ~William Faulkner

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

Would you touch a nettle without being stung by it? take hold of it stoutly.  Do the same to other annoyances, and hardly will any thing annoy you.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.  ~Winston Churchill

Even when life isn't good on the outside, you have an option to make it good from the inside out. ~Terri Guillemets

It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you find serenity.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell

Tragedy is restful:  and the reason is that hope, that foul, deceitful thing, has no part in it.  ~Jean Anouilh, Antigone, 1942

Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune.  He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.  ~Seneca

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too.  They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.  ~Stephen King

Sadness flowers to the next renewing joy. ~Terri Guillemets

My strength is made perfect in weakness.  ~II Corinthians

Problems are the price you pay for progress.  ~Branch Rickey

Scars tell us more about the future than the past, about how we can live strong despite any pain we've been through. ~Terri Guillemets

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

The dark and the light are braided and bound.  ~Marc Ian Barasch

Adversity enhances this tale we call life.  ~Terri Guillemets

Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.  ~Marcel Proust, The Past Recaptured, Remembrance of Things Past

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.  ~Bill Gates, Business @ the Speed of Thought

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~Bernard M. Baruch

Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.  ~Lucy Larcom

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.  ~Socrates

Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than of war.  ~Homer, Iliad

There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.  ~Woody Hayes

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

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.  ~Truman Capote

No man ought to lay a cross upon himself, or to adopt tribulation, as is done in popedom; but if a cross or tribulation come upon him, then let him suffer it patiently, and know that it is good and profitable for him.  ~Martin Luther

Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm.  When a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.  ~Jean Paul Richter

Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting, it may not be logical but it is often true.  ~Mr. Spock, Star Trek

I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.  ~William Stafford

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat.  I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss

The misfortunes of mankind are of varied plumage.  ~Aeschylus, The Suppliant Maidens

I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled.  Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value.  Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.  ~Boris Pasternak

We must try not to sink beneath our anguish... but battle on.  ~J.K. Rowling

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  ~Bertrand Russell

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.  ~James Russell Lowell, "Cambridge Thirty Years Ago," Literary Essays

Bygone troubles are good to tell.  ~Yiddish Proverb

The cold is a good counselor, but it is cold.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.  It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body.  It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.  ~Winston Churchill

Let your joy scream across the pain.  ~Terri Guillemets

Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.  ~Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb, "Rock Bottom" (song)

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.  ~Latin Proverb

We look before and after,
And pine for what is not;
Our sincerest laughter
With some pain is fraught;
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ode to a Sky Lark"

In this world there are only two tragedies.  One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.  ~Oscar Wilde, Lady Windemere's Fan, 1896

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

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

If God asks that you bend, bend and do not complain. He is making you more flexible, and for this be thankful. ~Terri Guillemets

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

In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

But ne'er the rose without the thorn.  ~Robert Herrick

You never know what you've got until it's gone.  ~Author Unknown

That was rough.... Thing to do now is try and forget it.... I guess I don't quite mean that.  It's not a thing you can forget.  Maybe not even a thing you want to forget.... Life's like that sometimes... Now and then for no good reason a man can figure out, life will just haul off and knock him flat, slam him agin' the ground so hard it seems like all his insides is busted.  But it's not all like that.  A lot of it's mighty fine, and you can't afford to waste the good part frettin' about the bad.  That makes it all bad.... Sure, I know - sayin' it's one thing and feelin' it's another.  But I'll tell you a trick that's sometimes a big help.  When you start lookin' around for something good to take the place of the bad, as a general rule you can find it.  ~From the movie Old Yeller

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

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

There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable:  the damages of time and injustices of men.  ~Nicolas Chamfort


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