Top 255 Adversity Quotes

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“I tend to not discriminate when it comes to people I can learn from. Basically, if someone has built a meaningful business in software, technology or media, faced disruption and adversity, and overcame underdog status, I want to know how they did it.”

― Aaron Levie

“How you deal with adversity says a lot about the kind of players you’ve got and the kind of team we’ve got.”

― Aaron Rodgers

“Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity.”

― Abu Bakr

“It feels good when guys reach out to be inspired – and you have shown people an example of how you can come back and be better than you were before when adversity strikes; and when the world predicts the opposite, you show them you not only can be successful but be great.”

― Adrian Peterson

“Adversity isn’t an obstacle that we need to get around in order to resume living our life. It’s part of our life.”

― Aimee Mullins

“The human race has had long experience and a fine tradition in surviving adversity. But we now face a task for which we have little experience, the task of surviving prosperity.”

― Alan Gregg

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

― Albert Schweitzer

“In ‘Gravity,’ nearly everything is a metaphor for the main character. The way I tend to approach a film is that character and background are equally important; one informs the other. Here, Sandra Bullock is caught between Earth and the void of the universe, just floating there in between. We use the debris as a metaphor for adversity.”

― Alfonso Cuaron

“I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.”

― Allen Klein

“In adversity, you have to find motivation to continue and do well.”

― Alvaro Morata

“Mentally strong people overcome setbacks with confidence because adversity only makes them better.”

― Amy Morin

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

― Anais Nin

“We have to have adversity in order for us to really reap the benefits and really just have an appreciation of how hard it is to win in the NBA.”

― Andre Iguodala

“Being a champion is not just being a frontrunner and being ahead, but it’s facing adversity.”

― Andre Ward

“You’re going to face adversity. It’s not if – it’s when.”

― Andre Ward

“I work best when there is adversity: I seem to get calmer the more the fur is flying.”

― Andrea Arnold

“People can grow from adversity as much as they do from prosperity.”

― Andrew Yang

“My late father Rev. James Thomas McGlowan was the inspiration behind ‘Bamboozled.’ My father admired Frederick Douglass’ courage and his bravery in the face of adversity.”

― Angela McGlowan

“A prosperous state makes a secure Christian, but adversity makes him Consider.”

― Anne Bradstreet

“Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.”

― Aristotle

“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

“I’m not fearful for myself, because I’ve seen adversity, and I can see it again. But I feel very upset and anguished when I see images of young lawyers beaten up.”

― Asma Jahangir

“You have setbacks in your life, and adversity. You can be discouraged about it or have courage to get through it and be better.”

― Austin Seferian-Jenkins

“Having been through some adversity, starting from different points and having to work through the depth chart on many occasions, it’s definitely helped my story.”

― Baker Mayfield

“I’m ready for any adversity that’s going to hit.”

― Baker Mayfield

“He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity.”

― Ben Jonson

“Funnily enough, I did a play called ‘Jumpy’ on the West End before I did ‘Divergent,’ and there was an essence of that character I played, called Cam, in Will. In the sense of his vulnerability, and… he had a sense of humor that comes out of adversity, similar to Will.”

― Ben Lloyd-Hughes

“One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity.”

― Ben Okri

“There will always be hard times. Use adversity to fuel your fire. In high school, I wanted to play quarterback but couldn’t until I was a senior. I played wide receiver instead, and this ultimately helped me because I learned more about the game.”

― Ben Roethlisberger

“There is no education like adversity.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“Goals give you a mark to shoot for and keep you motivated when you face adversity.”

― Benjamin Watson

“The Adversity Index was created by msnbc.com and Moody’s Analytics to track the economic fortunes of states and metro areas. Each month, the Adversity Index uses government data on employment, industrial production, housing starts and home prices to label each area as expanding, at risk of recession, in recession or recovering.”

― Bill Dedman

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

― Billy Graham

“For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.”

― Boethius

“Something called ‘the Oklahoma Standard’ became known throughout the world. It means resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated.”

― Brad Henry

“Great leaders know that adversity produces the greatest opportunities in life.”

― Brandon Webb

“World records aren’t broken in practice, and competitive environments and adversity are the birthplace of champions.”

― Brandon Webb

“I consider adversity being good sometimes, you know.”

― Brett Favre

“Initially, I know that I handled it worse than she did and I think partly because I’ve always been… every bit of adversity I’ve faced up until the last year and a half is adversity I brought upon myself – or the opposing teams have given me.”

― Brett Favre

“You can do nothing, or you can take on the challenge of taking on the adversity. You have got to have faith. You have to have faith in whatever you believe in.”

― Brian Banks

“I’ve proven I can hang in there, go through adversity, and pull tricks out of the bag.”

― Brian Ortega

“Nevadans, and all Americans, are resilient. Overcoming adversity is a part of our national heritage.”

― Brian Sandoval

“In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that does not displease us.”

― Brigham Young

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

― C. S. Lewis

“A lot of people think I had such a rosy career, but I wanted to identify that one of the things that helps you have a long career is learning how to deal with adversity, how to get past it. Once I learned how to get through that, others things didn’t seem so hard.”

― Cal Ripken, Jr.

“I definitely thrive off adversity. I know it’s always up from there.”

― Caroline Buchanan

“Gore isn’t required for a good story, but adversity is.”

― Celeste Ng

“He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.”

― Cesare Pavese

“Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.”

― Chanakya

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

― Charles Caleb Colton

“The firmest of friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“I really believe in the old expression that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s through adversity that you find the strength you never knew you had.”

― Christie Brinkley

“Grit your teeth and smile. In the face of adversity, go. They don’t deserve you.”

― Christine Lagarde

“To those out there who are suffering from cancer, facing adversity, I want you to know that your will to live can make all the difference in the world.”

― Craig Sager

“I know a lot of Cup Series champions, and they each have a very different personality. They all go about handling adversity, their challenges, and even confrontation a little differently.”

― Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Yes, I did shatter my leg, and it really changed my life, in a way. It wasn’t much fun, but it did open me up, and as we all know intuitively, adversity can develop resources.”

― Dan Millman

“Adversity creates comedy.”

― Darren Star

“Many of the lessons we are to learn in mortality can only be received through the things we experience and sometimes suffer. And God expects and trusts us to face temporary mortal adversity with His help so we can learn what we need to learn and ultimately become what we are to become in eternity.”

― David A. Bednar

“Weak minds sink under prosperity as well as adversity; but strong and deep ones have two high tides.”

― David Hare

“Obviously, resilience matters. I was no stranger to adversity, but it’s different when it’s personal. Not something I would recommend.”

― David Petraeus

“I’ve dealt with adversity before, had injuries before. I didn’t let that slow me down. It just changed my attitude about the game.”

― Deshaun Watson

“I just really know how to manage adversity.”

― Deshaun Watson

“In our personal and professional lives, we are constantly hit with one adversity after the other, most of which we have no control over. But the four things we have total control over is how we react, how we adapt, how we breathe, and how we take action.”

― Diamond Dallas Page

“I’m somebody who finds adversity is almost as good as encouragement. It’s almost like, you close the door, and I’ll find ten ways to kick it in and go around it or dig under it or something.”

― Diane Warren

“You learn from adversity more than anything because it allows you to see so much. It really allows you to see things in a different way.”

― Draymond Green

“No poem in the world could do my mom justice. Despite circumstance and adversity, she had an unwavering love for her kids and a faith-based, boundless capacity for forgiveness.”

― Ed Schultz

“When I say ‘fighter,’ I am thinking about how you deal with adversity, how you deal with being in bad situations.”

― Eddie Alvarez

“Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.”

― Elizabeth Hardwick

“No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity.”

― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

― Elvis Presley

“You’ve got to learn to laugh in the face of adversity.”

― Emily Atack

“Sometimes when you stare adversity in the face you’ve got to go back to those basic principles of football and do them right.”

― Fabian Delph

“Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.”

― Francis Bacon

“Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.”

― Francis Bacon

“I try to find scripts of stories that kinda celebrate the human condition… let’s talk about the tough world out there and the human spirit overcoming adversity.”

― Garry Marshall

“I’m a plodder, one foot in front of the other. Life is all about understanding that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And it’s your ability with how you deal with that adversity that ultimately affects your success.”

― Gary Johnson

“For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.”

― George Santayana

“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

“I strongly believe that through dedication and perseverance, one can overcome adversity to achieve success. It is a privilege to accept membership in the Horatio Alger Association, an organization which promotes this principle.”

― Ginni Rometty

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

― Golda Meir

“Whenever people are faced with any sort of adversity… they tend to gravitate toward things that make them comfortable, and things that they feel are important.”

― Grant Achatz

“It is unnatural to deny effort, adversity, and pain.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“I’m not a quitter. All my career, I went through a lot of physical adversity, injuries. It’s in my nature to be a battler.”

― Harmon Killebrew

“These are tough times, and the New Yorkers I have met are facing economic adversity with grace and dignity. They worry about their future, care about their neighbors and hope this storm will pass so they can focus on better days ahead.”

― Harold Ford, Jr.

“The overcoming of adversity and, ultimately, denying it the rite of passage, has been a constant and perpetual motive throughout my life.”

― Heather Mills

“Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.”

― Henry Fielding

“Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.”

― Henry Fielding

“He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later.”

― Henry Fielding

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

― Horace

“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.”

― Horace

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

― Horace

“In adversity remember to keep an even mind.”

― Horace

“I think I’m very calm in adversity, always remaining calm, and I don’t panic. I think that’s the main thing.”

― Iker Casillas

“As a kid, growing up, as far as I was concerned, I was Luke Skywalker. Any sort of small victory or any adversity I would come up against at school, I was like, ‘How would Luke Skywalker deal with this?’ Everybody was the Empire; anybody who bullied me at school was the Empire.”

― Jacob Anderson

“Rankings, for most players, are like adversity because we all want to be the best. So you’ve just got to approach it like you would a tough situation on the court. You just have to respond.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“It’s always amazing when a fan will say you’ve helped them through some kind of adversity.”

― James Arthur

“The Muppets are always really positive when they come across adversity, and they always have the ability to see the good in people.”

― James Bobin

“Adversity is a stimulus.”

― James Broughton

“A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures.”

― James E. Faust

“Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

― James Keller

“Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.”

― James Reston

“As a writer, I have this compulsion to take characters who appear formidable and bombard them with adversity until they crumble. What’s interesting is watching them rise again, and seeing how they’ve changed and grown, if indeed they have.”

― Jean Hanff Korelitz

“Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.”

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“I’m a dogged person. I respond to adversity with a steely resistance.”

― Jennifer Egan

“My mom has always just been one of those people who handle adversity and challenges, and really everything, with so much grace and elegance. I saw it all the time.”

― Jillian Hervey

“America has always built ourselves out of adversity. All the way back to the Great Depression.”

― Jim Gray

“The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.”

― Jimmy Carter

“Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Adversity is simply part of earth life. From it we can grow and progress if we choose to. Yes, some trials come because of our own disobedience, but many trials are simply part of life.”

― John Bytheway

“In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.”

― John Churton Collins

“I desire an special interest in your prayers that my faith fail not in the day of adversity.”

― John Hawley

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

― John Wooden

“You miss the adversity. The journey is what I’m talking about. Helping a guy get better. Seeing a guy get a contract. And seeing a seventh-round choice or free agent make the team.”

― Jon Gruden

“I am a quiet man who grows through adversity.”

― Jose Maria Aznar

“In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser and happier as a result.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“You may feel singled out when adversity enters your life. You shake your head and wonder, ‘Why me?’”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

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

― Josh Billings

“I think maybe there’s a part of me that needs adversity from the rest of the world in order to feel motivated to want to prove people wrong. I need people to be like, ‘What is this weirdo doing?’”

― Josh Trank

“The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!”

― Joyce Meyer

“Life’s about dealing with adversity and solving problems.”

― Julian Edelman

“I will forever be fascinated by how people deal with adversity, how people react in moments of crisis, or how people behave when life gets uncomfortable.”

― Julie Foudy

“I thrive on adversity.”

― Juliette Lewis

“I know exactly what it is like to fight against the odds and to overcome adversity.”

― Karen Handel

“As a woman, and as a working mom trying to get things done, you find yourself meeting adversity a lot, but you never talk about it because you don’t want to bring attention to it. You don’t want to go there.”

― Kate Hudson

“When I was growing up, I was very lucky. My family was the most important thing to me. They provided me with somewhere safe to grow and learn, and I know I was fortunate not to have been confronted by serious adversity at a young age.”

― Kate Middleton

“’Seat at the Table’ has expressed real adversity, struggle, and also triumph and joy.”

― Kelela

“Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.”

― Kevin Conroy

“Talking through troubles, staying calm in the face of adversity, that’s what my father taught me. It’s an invaluable lesson because there’s no shortage of adversity and mistakes to be dealt with.”

― Kevin Frazier

“All interesting, worthwhile humans suffered and struggled and overcame adversity of one sort or another. Pain is constructive. Misery can be useful. I believed this the way I believe the sun rises in the east. Then I had children, and I slowly began to disbelieve and disavow it.”

― Kim Brooks

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

― Kin Hubbard

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

― King Solomon

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

― King Solomon

“You know, you have to have some inner philosophy to deal with adversity.”

― Kirk Douglas

“I learned to put 100 percent into what you’re doing. I learned about setting goals for yourself, knowing where you want to be and taking small steps toward those goals. I learned about adversity and how to get past it.”

― Kristi Yamaguchi

“Memory tempers prosperity, mitigates adversity, controls youth, and delights old age.”

― Lactantius

“I went to a good school, played sports; things came relatively easy for me. Whenever I would get faced with adversity, I would always go do something else.”

― Lauren Gibbs

“I honestly think part of the appeal of ‘Rumours’ was that it was sort of heroic. We managed to push through in the face of so much personal adversity.”

― Lindsey Buckingham

“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.”

― LL Cool J

“Adversity is the first path to truth.”

― Lord Byron

“For all its ups and downs and challenges, I love writing. We only grow through adversity, so I welcome the difficulties, knowing bumps in the road are my greatest teachers.”

― Lori Wilde

“Everyone goes through adversity in life, but what matters is how you learn from it.”

― Lou Holtz

“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”

― Lou Holtz

“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man… It is more powerful than external circumstances.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“I like adversity; that’s how I am.”

― Luis Enrique

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”

― Malcolm X

“By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.”

― Mark Twain

“Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.”

― Martha Graham

“He who does not tire, tires adversity.”

― Martin Farquhar Tupper

“In times of adversity – for the country we love – Maryland always chooses to move forward. Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Whether we move forward or back: this too is a choice.”

― Martin O’Malley

“Football is not always easy; you need to navigate through some adversity.”

― Matt LaFleur

“I don’t want to sound Pollyannish about this. I understand that poverty is never just poverty. It’s often this collection of maladies, this compounded adversity. I’m not naive about the problem. But I think that stable, steady housing is one of the surest footholds we could have on the road to financial stability.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Adversity is an opportunity for growth. And an opportunity to really know who your friends are.”

― Megyn Kelly

“In so many things, growth comes from adversity.”

― Michael Huffington

“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”

― Michelle Obama

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

― Napoleon Hill

“There’s always going to be adversity.”

― Nick Foles

“One thing about championship teams is that they’re resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, they find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity.”

― Nick Saban

“The story of FDR as U.S. Commander in Chief is a heroic war story of a president who had already overcome great adversity in facing polio but who went on to take the reins of our armed forces in the greatest conflagration in human history – on our behalf.”

― Nigel Hamilton

“I’m able to make decisions even in the face of adversity.”

― Nikki Sixx

“I don’t think we live in those times when great art comes out of great adversity.”

― Noel Gallagher

“There’s always going to be bumps in the road. There’s always going to be this and that, adversity. You just overcome it. It’s what I’ve done all my life.”

― Odell Beckham, Jr.

“Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.”

― Og Mandino

“Maria did teach us a lot. It taught us to value what we have: our friends, our neighbors, and those who helped us. I know my people in PR are active. It took us by surprise, but we are warriors, and we are ready for any adversity.”

― Ozuna

“What the Anzac legend did do, by the bravery and sacrifice of our troops, was reinforce our own cultural notions of independence, mateship, and ingenuity. Of resilience and courage in adversity.”

― Paul Keating

“My strength comes from my mom. Just seeing what she had to go through to raise us, she wouldn’t make excuses; she wouldn’t put her head down. So I guess I looked at adversity right in the eye and took it on.”

― Paul Pierce

“I’m used to adversity and working really well in difficult situations. It was hard for me to accept the success.”

― Paula Cole

“I want to be a role model and I want to show kids that you can be strong and overcome adversity.”

― Paula Creamer

“Dealing with my first pro loss was the toughest adversity of my career.”

― Paulie Malignaggi

“Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.”

― Periander

“The only good thing about times of adversity is that you realize who your real friends and fans are – and the rest go away – which in my mind is an OK thing.”

― Pete Wentz

“Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”

― Plutarch

“Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.”

― Plutarch

“Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.”

― Publilius Syrus

“One thing that I don’t think my critics realize about me is that I’ve been trained to look adversity in the face.”

― Reggie White

“I think really what I’m saying is that I thrive on adversity.”

― Richard Marx

“There’s always been adversity, wherever I’ve gone.”

― Richard Sherman

“I try not to get too low. I fight adversity as hard as I can fight it, not to get too low. When good things happen, I don’t really embrace it. I just say it’s a lucky day.”

― Rick Pitino

“Under adversity, under oppression, the words begin to fail, the easy words begin to fail. In order to convey things accurately, the human being is almost forced to find the most precise words possible, which is a precondition for literature.”

― Rita Dove

“Good things are often birthed from adversity.”

― Robert A. Schuller

“I come from strong people who believe in the freedom of expression and, of course, a culture that believes in that. So the idea of overcoming adversity is something that is not unfamiliar.”

― Robert Battle

“In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.”

― Robert Collier

“Remember the great adversity of art or anything else is a hurried life.”

― Robert James Waller

“I spent a long time reporting on trans issues, and I know in the course of that reporting I saw how deeply adversity runs.”

― Ronan Farrow

“A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.”

― Rosalind Russell

“Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.”

― Rose Kennedy

“Sometimes good comes through adversity. I would not be who I am today had it not been for the internment, and I like who I am.”

― Ruth Asawa

“Everyone faces adversity.”

― Ryan Holiday

“A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity ’til he has tasted adversity.”

― Saadi

“When we are faced with adversity, when we are tested on who we are and what we stand for, we always pull together. We stand strong for our values and our way of life. We always have, and I know we always will.”

― Sadiq Khan

“In adversity you have to become stronger and make sure you don’t make those mistakes again so you learn from it.”

― Sam Allardyce

“By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown.”

― Samuel Daniel

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

― Samuel Johnson

“Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Adversity is the mother of enterprise.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“The trick to great romance is in overcoming adversity. In realizing that love is worth some uphill climbs.”

― Sarah MacLean

“Adversity, and perseverance and all these things can shape you. They can give you a value and a self-esteem that is priceless.”

― Scott Hamilton

“Everything that I’ve ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.”

― Scott Hamilton

“You show me anybody that’s great in anything they do, I’ll show you somebody that’s persevered, demonstrated that mental toughness to overcome some obstacles and adversity.”

― Sean McVay

“You learn about people when they do go through a little bit of adversity.”

― Sean McVay

“FCA is a culture of leaders and employees that were born out of adversity and who operate without sheet music.”

― Sergio Marchionne

“I don’t define myself by my successes. I define myself by adversity and how I’ve persevered.”

― Shaquem Griffin

“I think that everything you do helps you to write if you’re a writer. Adversity and success both contribute largely to making you what you are. If you don’t experience either one of those, you’re being deprived of something.”

― Shelby Foote

“I think we build resilience to prepare for whatever adversity we’ll face. And we all face some adversity – we’re all living some form of Option B.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“It is definitely true that adversity and hardship are not evenly distributed.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“Turning feelings into words can help us process and overcome adversity.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“’Option B’ draws not just on my story but on the research and stories of many people overcoming all kinds of adversity. No one should have to go through challenges and trauma alone.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“Adversity has a way of introducing a man to himself.”

― Shia LaBeouf

“Those who kept their sanity and humanity intact in the face of awful adversity. Heroes named and unnamed, some known only to God.”

― Silvia Cartwright

“As years passed away I have formed the habit of looking back upon that former self as upon another person, the remembrance of whose emotions has been a solace in adversity and added zest to the enjoyment of prosperity.”

― Simon Newcomb

“There are uses to adversity, and they don’t reveal themselves until tested. Whether it’s serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths.”

― Sonia Sotomayor

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”

― Stephen Covey

“I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and faced my adversity and my nay-sayers, but managed to do all right. It is a pretty classic tale.”

― Steve Nash

“Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what.”

― Steven Pressfield

“As a lifelong practitioner of martial arts, I’m trained to remain calm in the face of adversity and danger.”

― Steven Seagal

“Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.”

― Tacitus

“We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.”

― Tacitus

“Fasting is, first and foremost, an exercise for identifying and managing adversity in all its forms. With faith, in full conscience, fasting calls women and men to an extra degree of self-awareness.”

― Tariq Ramadan

“I didn’t care what, how much adversity life threw at me. I intended to get to the top.”

― Ted Turner

“Failure is inherent in the game. So if you don’t respond well to adversity, you’re probably not going to have a long career.”

― Theo Epstein

“Players that tend to respond to adversity the right way and triumph in the end are players with strong character. If you have enough guys like that in the clubhouse, you have an edge on the other team.”

― Theo Epstein

“The fact that guys adjusted really quickly to the big leagues, developed really quickly, faced adversity under the brightest spotlights, played great baseball, overcame so much, overcame centuries worth of issues and won a World Series, I guess it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re still not just prone to the laws of nature and reality and baseball.”

― Theo Epstein

“Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“I don’t think I’ve had any adversity. I mean, yeah, I studied hard in school, but that’s not adversity. Everyone in the Nuba Mountains has faced incredible adversity, every single one of them. Just to finish primary school is an incredible challenge.”

― Tom Catena

“Very often out of adversity that’s when the best work comes.”

― Tom Cochrane

“You don’t play 162 games without facing some adversity during the course of the year.”

― Tom Glavine

“Talk about the area of overcoming adversity, sucking it up, I rate myself a 10.”

― Tommy Morrison

“We have this culture valued at Uber, which we call the champions’ mind-set. And champions’ mind-set isn’t always about winning. It’s about putting everything you have on the field, every ounce of passion and energy you have. And if you get knocked down, overcoming adversity.”

― Travis Kalanick

“Whenever I do the sign of the cross, it always brings comfort in situations when you are faced with adversity and stress.”

― Troy Polamalu

“Overcoming adversity not only makes you stronger, it makes you more hopeful.”

― Valerie Jarrett

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”

― Victor Hugo

“I kind of almost get enjoyment out of adversity in life.”

― Vincent Kompany

“Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”

― W. Clement Stone

“Adversity tests us from time to time and it is inevitable that this testing continues during life.”

― Walter Annenberg

“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

“There is in every 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

“I’ve dealt with a lot of adversity and came out a stronger person.”

― Will Grier

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

― William Arthur Ward

“Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.”

― William Hazlitt

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

― William J. Clinton

“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”

― William Samuel Johnson

“Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.”

― William Shakespeare

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

― William Shakespeare

“How you balance class and school and other stuff outside, then working out twice a day – as a freshman, you’re thrown right into that. It’s good for you. It makes you go through adversity.”

― Willie Cauley-Stein

“Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.”

― Wilma Mankiller

“The Chinese nation is a great nation; it has been through hardships and adversity but remains indomitable.”

― Xi Jinping

“You have to handle adversity well. There are roadblocks you will have to fight through.”

― Zach LaVine

“For Black Label Special Opps, adversity is what you thrive on. General Patton is a huge fan favorite in Black Label.”

― Zakk Wylde

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.”

― Zig Ziglar

“I wish that only three residents of Tel Aviv could see what conditions on the West Bank are like. Living in such proximity, most Israelis have no idea about the adversity on the West Bank.”

― Zubin Mehta
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