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58 Adversity Quotes

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery Quotes

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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 Quotes

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Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Of Adversity

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In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. [Fr., Dans l'adversite de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose ne nous deplaist pas.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maxim (99)

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Adversity reminds men of religion. [Lat., Adverse res admonent religionum.]

Titus Livy Quotes , Source: Annales (V, 51)

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In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends; While Nature, kindly bent to ease us, Points out some circumstance to please us.

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: On the Death of Dr. Swift, a paraphrase of Rochefoucauld's "Maxim"

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

Seneca Quotes

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In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends

John Churton Collins Quotes

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It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.

Buddha Quotes

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Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember

Seneca Quotes

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Beware of the friend who was once your foe.

Proverb Quotes

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And these vicissitudes come best in youth; For when they happen at a riper age, People are apt to blame the Fates, forsooth, And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth: He who hath proved war, storm, or woman's rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won experience which is deem'd so weighty.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) Quotes , Source: Don Juan (canto XII, st. 50)

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld Quotes , Source: Maxim (99)

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We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort.

Titus Livy Quotes , Source: Annales (V, 51)

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Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from human haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: As You Like It (Duke Senior at II, i)

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Adversity makes a man wise, not rich ...

John Ray Quotes

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diamonds shine more brightly foiled by black velvet.

Sai Baba Quotes

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If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.

John Heywood Quotes

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Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

Proverb Quotes

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

Socrates Quotes

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

William Hazlitt Quotes

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When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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. . . it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Bible Quotes , Source: Acts (ch. IX, v. 5)

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In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.

Bible Quotes , Source: Ecclesiastes (ch. VII, v. 14)

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