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Adversity Quotes

Adversity is an essential element to fuel yourself in this material world. You can feel the drizzling of happiness only because sadness exists as an opposite emotion to it. Otherwise you will get bored in the wide world and will indulge yourself in meaningless things. Some people learn from adversities and make new records while others decide to fail themselves seeing the horrible face of adversity. You should be the former kind who learn things from adversity and should go light ahead of others, with your new found wisdom. Read these quotes to open your eyes to the new path of opportunities that are unlocked by adversity.

Charlie Chaplin

All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.

Billy Graham

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.


Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

Helen Keller

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.

John Stuart Mill

Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the sheltered and protected can never experience.

Thomas Paine

A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.

Mia Hamm

You may get skinned knees and elbows, but it's worth it if you score a spectacular goal.

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Kin Hubbard

I'll say this for adversity: people seem to be able to stand it, and that's more than I can say for prosperity.

Marcel Proust

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

Chuck Palahniuk

I just don't want to die without a few scars.


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

Victor Hugo

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

Stephen King

It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.

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Carl Jung

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

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Saint Augustine

God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.

Henry James

Life is a predicament which precedes death.

William Blake

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.


A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

Adam Smith

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.

Christopher Morley

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

Stephen King

God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live.

Thomas More

Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

Chuck Palahniuk

Every woman is just a different kind of problem.

William Arthur Ward

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.

Emily Dickinson

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.

Thomas Paine

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

Blaise Pascal

All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Toni Morrison

When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same.

John F. Kennedy

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.

Charlie Chaplin

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.

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Carl Jung

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

Joseph Campbell

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

Drew Barrymore

If you're going to go through hell... I suggest you come back learning something.

Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

Robert Kennedy

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

Walt Disney

I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.

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It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.

Anais Nin

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.

Joseph Addison

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

Samuel Johnson

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

Chuck Palahniuk

Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.

Albert Schweitzer

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

Helen Keller

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

Victor Hugo

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.

C. S. Lewis

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.