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58 Adversity Quotes

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Heroes and Hero Worship (lecture 5)

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Aromatic plants bestow No spicy fragrance while they grow; But crush'd or trodden to the ground, Diffuse their balmy sweets around.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Captivity (act I)

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Thou tamer of the human breast, Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best!

Thomas Gray Quotes , Source: Hymn to Adversity (st. 1)

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The Good are better made by Ill, As odours crushed are sweeter still.

Samuel Rogers Quotes , Source: Jacqueline (st. 3)

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Great men rejoice in adversity just as brave soldiers triumph in war. [Lat., Gaudent magni viri rebus adversis non aliter, quam fortes milites bellis.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: De Providentia (IV)

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Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. [Lat., Ecce spectaculum dignum, ad quod respiciat intentus operi suo Deus. Ecce par Deo dignum, vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Lib. de Divina Providentia

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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.

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

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A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry. But were we burd'ned with like weight of pain, As much or more we should ourselves complain: So thou, that hast no unkind mate to grieve thee, With urging helpless patience wouldst relieve me; But if thou live to see like right bereft, This fool-begged patience in thee will be left.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana at I, ii)

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Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, For wise men say it is the wisest course.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Henry the Sixth, Part III (King Henry at III, i)

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His overthrow heaped happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Eighth (Griffith at IV, ii)

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Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Friar Laurence at III, iii)

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Then know, that I have little wealth to lose. A man I am, crossed with adversity; My riches are these poor habiliments, Of which if you should here disfurnish me, You take the sum and substance that I have.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine at IV, i)

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A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure.

Sydney Smith Quotes , Source: Sermon on the Duties of the Queen

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Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Francis Bacon Quotes

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Prosperity getteth friends, but adversity trieth them ...

Nicholas Ling Quotes

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Kites rise highest against the wind; not with it.

Sir Winston Churchill Quotes

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

Churton Collins Quotes

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

Horace Quotes

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Adversity is the first path to truth.

Lord Byron Quotes

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If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can't help but learn.

Bernie Siegel, MD 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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Sometimes adversity impels a person to greater heights, and sometimes it provides the opportunity for that person to be a blessing in the lives of others.

Norma H. Hill Quotes

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Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.

George Washington Quotes

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The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

Seneca Quotes

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No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.

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