I hope you enjoy this extensive collection of adversity quotes. You will learn how to overcome adversity from the wise insights from these quotes. There is a teaching video by Napoleon on overcoming adversity.
"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
"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
"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." ~ Edwin Markham
"To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered." ~ Oscar Wilde
"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." ~ Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
"If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment." ~ Henry David Thoreau
"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." ~ Woody Hayes
"Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." ~ Napoleon Hill
"Trust in the LORD with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight" ~ Bible – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." ~ Bible – Romans 8:28 (NIV)
"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." ~ Bible – 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." ~ Bible – 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." ~ Bible – Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
"Invite your melancholy outside for a walk. Or read it a poem. Or bake it chocolate chip cookies." ~ Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com
"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.Some come from ahead and some come from behind.But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!" ~ Dr. Seuss
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Every failure made me more confident. Because I wanted even more to achieve things, as revenge. To show that I could." ~ Roman Polanski
"Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion." ~ B. C. Forbes
"You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave." ~ Henry Ward Beecher
"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't." ~ Frank A. Clark
"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." ~ Norman Vincent Peale
"Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good." ~ Lucy Larcom
"If you're going through hell, keep going." ~ Winston Churchill
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." ~ Frank Leahy
"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
"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
"No man ought to lay a cross upon himself, or to adopt tribulation, as is done in popedom; but if a cross or tribulation come upon him, then let him suffer it patiently, and know that it is good and profitable for him. ~Martin LutherCount the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll." ~ Unknown
"We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of." ~ John H. Groberg
"Do not show your wounded finger, for everything will knock up against it." ~ Baltasar Gracian
"I have learned in the great University of Hard Knocks a philosophy that no woman who has had an easy life ever acquires. I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us." ~ Dorothy Dix
"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." ~ Frank A. Clark
"The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief." ~ William Shakespeare, Othello
"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
"Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take. You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack." ~ Unknown
"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." ~ Kenji Miyazawa
"A new wound makes all the old ones ache again." ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960
A couple went into an antique shop and saw this BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL MAGNIFICENT little tea cup sitting high up on a shelf. And they just fell in love with that tea cup. They said, "We have got to have that teacup!" They were admiring the teacup – all of a sudden the teacup began to talk to them.
It said, "You know, I have not been always like this! There was a time when nobody would have wanted me. There was a time when I was not attractive at all. You see there was a time in my life when I was just an old, hard, gray lump of clay. And the master potter came along and he picked me up one day and he began to pat me and reshape me; and I said, "STOP IT! What are you doing? That HURTS! Ahhh, LEAVE ME ALONE!" and he simply looked at me and said,"Not yet!"
And then he put me on this wheel and he began to spin me around, and around and around! And I got so dizzy and could hardly see where I was going anymore! I was losing it! Everything was spinning around and around and I felt sick to my stomach. And I said; "LET ME OFF HERE!" and he said: "Not yet!".
Finally, the day came when I had taken on another shape. All of that spinning around finally gave me another shape. All of that patting and molding and squeezing and pinching gave me another shape. And all of a sudden – he put me into this FURNACE! It is called the first firing. And ‘twas SO HOT in there! Oh, I could not believe how hot it was. I thought, I can’t stand this! I’m going to DIE in here! "GET ME OUT OF HERE!!! Don’t you love me??(Crying.) Why are you leaving me in here?" You see, the oven door had glass in it and the master would just look in his eyes AND HE WOULDN’T LET ME OUT!! But he would just smile at me and say, "Not yet!!"
FINALLY, the oven door opened and he took me out – set me on a shelf and I thought, "Whew! Thank God that is over!". Then he began to paint me all over with this stinky paint! Changing my color from gray to this pretty blue that I am now! And I said: "This stuff STINKS! It is choking me!(coughing) I don’t like this smell! STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!" He would just say: "Not yet!".
Then he put me back in a SECOND oven. It is called the second firing, and ‘twas TWICE as hot as the first oven! And I thought, "Now, I will DIE in here for sure! This is the end of me. This will finish me off! GET MW OUT OF HERE! I CAN’T STAND IT! I CAN’T STAND IT! Really – I am telling you – I can’t stand it! This is going to kill me! GET ME OUT OF HERE!" And he would just look through that glass and say: "Not yet!"
Then one day the door finally opened – he took me out and he put me up here on this shelf to let me cool off. After I cooled off, one day he came by and he handed me this mirror and I looked at myself and I could not believe how BEAUTIFUL I was! I could not BELIEVE how I have CHANGED! Why, I did not look anything at all like that old gray clay that I started out to be!
Now, I am this beautiful, little, delicate teacup! And EVERYBODY wants me now! But there was a time in my life when NOBODY wanted; NOBODY liked me; NOBODY paid any attention to me! They just kicked me around; walked on me.
But now – "I AM SPECIAL! But I WASN’T ALWAYS this way!"
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle." ~ Robert Alden
"Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purist ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms." ~ Charles Caleb Colton
"Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job." ~ Victor Hugo
"During the darkest indigo midnight, yet will countless stars blossom." ~ Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." ~ Steven Kloves, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (movie)
"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
"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
"This struggle of people against their conditions, this is where you find the meaning in life." ~ Rose Chernin
"To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering." ~ Roberta Flack
"We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival." ~ Winston Churchill
"Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes." ~ Francis Bacon
"Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater." ~ William Hazlitt
"A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity 'til he has tasted adversity." ~ Sa'di
"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
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." ~ Horace
"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." ~ Truman Capote
"Men strive for peace, but it is their enemies that give them strength, and I think if man no longer had enemies, he would have to invent them, for his strength only grows from struggle." ~ Louis L'Amour
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body." ~ Seneca
"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength." ~ August Wilson
"He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper." ~ Edmund Burke, The Revolution in France, 1790