Quotations about Adversity

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.  Everything else is inconvenience.  ~Robert Fulghum

Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.  ~M. Kathleen Casey

If you're going through hell, keep going.  ~Winston Churchill

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

A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.  ~Author Unknown

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.  ~Harry Golden

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

You can't run away from trouble.  There ain't no place that far.  ~Uncle Remus

Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.  I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy.  But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.  Whether he's got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.  ~Rona Barrett

Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.  ~Garth Brooks

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

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm

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

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?  ~Rose F. Kennedy

You have come into a hard world.  I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.  ~The Houghton Line, November 1965

Turn your wounds into wisdom.  ~Oprah Winfrey

Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take.  You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack.  ~Author Unknown

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.  ~Frank A. Clark

As long as you keep getting born, it's alright to die some times.  ~Orson Scott Card

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  ~Kenji Miyazawa

Bad is never good until worse happens.  ~Danish Proverb

It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants.  ~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

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, Memoirs of a Geisha

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.  ~Barbara Bloom

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

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.  ~Charles C. West

Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.  ~From the movie The African Queen

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit

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

Every path hath a puddle.  ~George Herbert, "Jacula Prudentum"

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

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.  ~Agatha Christie

Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose - the eye sheds a tear to find its focus.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.  ~Colette

Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.  ~Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, Flower, Fruit, and Thorn

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.  ~African Proverb

There is no education like adversity.  ~Disraeli

We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.  ~Frank A. Clark

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.

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

When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959

The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.  ~Author Unknown

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

Adversity introduces a man to himself.  ~Author Unknown

It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Night Flight, 1931, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.  ~James K. Feibleman

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.  ~John Vance Cheney

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

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

Adversity is the first path to truth.  ~Lord Byron

Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.  ~Bernie S. Siegel

We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.  ~John Updike

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

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1909

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

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

Suffering is above, not below.  And everyone thinks that suffering is below.  And everyone wants to rise.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

They say a reasonable amount 'o fleas is good fer a dog - keeps him from broodin' over bein' a dog, mebbe.  ~Edward Westcott

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

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

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.... [A]ccept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.... ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.  ~Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, 1929

I had a lover's quarrel with the world.  ~Robert Frost, The Lesson for Today, 1942

I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies.  The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.  ~André Gide

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.  ~Author Unknown

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

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

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

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

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things.  ~Robert Service

Sometimes I think my life would make a great TV movie.  It even has the part where they say, "Stand by. We are experiencing temporary difficulties."  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Damaged people are dangerous.  They know they can survive.  ~Josephine Hart

Yes, one must suffer, even in vain, so as not to have lived in vain.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars.  ~Violeta Parra

There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.  ~Alexander Smith

Despair is anger with no place to go.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

What a pity human beings can't exchange problems.  Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow's.  ~Olin Miller

Problems are messages.  ~Shakti Gawain

I guess if you take away the pain in life it means having no beauty to hope for.  ~Daniel, @blindedpoet

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, The Sketch Book, 1820

For fate has wove the thread of life with pain,
And twins ev'n from the birth are Misery and Man!
~Homer, Odyssey

People are resilient.  After all, every person born has recovered from nine months on life support.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.  ~Oscar Wilde

So do the Winds, and Thunders cleanse the Air:
So working Seas settle and purge the Wine;
So lop't and pruned Trees do flourish fair,
So doth the Fire the drossy Gold refine.
~John Davies, "Nosce Teipsum," 1599

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