Quotes on Adversity

39 Quotes on Adversity That Will Change Your Perspective:

quotes on adversity

Nearly every man can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

~Abraham Lincoln

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.


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


Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.

~Charles Caleb Colton

Adversity is the first path to truth.

~Lord Byron

An earthquake achieves what the law promises but does not in practice maintain – the equality of all men.

~Ignazio Silone

They sicken of the calm that know the storm.

~Dorothy Parker

I long ago came to the conclusion that all life is six to five against.

~Damon Runyon

Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then.

~Samuel Johnson

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

~Josh Billings

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


No untroubled day has ever dawned for me.


Even in the deepest sinking there is hidden purpose of an ultimate rising. Thus it is for all men, from none is the source of light withheld unless he himself withdraws from it. Therefore the most important thing is not to despair.

~Hasidic Saying

Trouble will rain on those that are already wet.


The burden is equal to the horses strength.

~The Talmud

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.

~Frederic Chopin

The fiery trials through which we pass will light us down in honour or dishonour to the latest generation.

~Abraham Lincoln

No matter what kind of trouble a man has, he is sure to prefer some other kind.

~Unknown Author

The only person that sticks closer to you in adversity than a friend is a creditor.

~Unknown Author

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.

~Unknown Author

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.

~Mother Teressa

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

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

~Frank A. Clark

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

There is no education like adversity.  


Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.

~Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Adversity can do one of two things for you. It can make you better or it can make you bitter. Choose wisely.


Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

~Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

~Walt Schmidt

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.


If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.

~Terry Goodkind

To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.

~Thomas S. Monson

Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.

~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Not everything that is bad, comes to hurt us.

~Italian Proverb

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

~Bible Proverb

Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us- and those around us  – more effectively.

~Eric Allenbaugh

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

~Mary Kay Ash

When walking through the valley of shadows, remember, a shadow is cast by a light.

~H.K Barclay

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