Adversity Quotes

Mary Tyler Moore

You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Terry Goodkind

If the road is easy, you're likely going the wrong way.

Mimi Jenkins

Be careful who you choose as your friends because their bad habits can become your bad habits. Choose wisely...we all have a choice in life.

David Halberstam

This was the mark of an uncommon soldier, someone whose courage away from the battlefield was the same as that on it.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Giving up isn't a deed. It is 'discontinuity' of a deed.

Dallin H. Oaks

I am unpersuaded that relative poverty and hard work are greater adversities than relative affluence and free time.

John Bytheway

If our testimonies are strong onthis point and if we feel the absolute assurance that God loves us, we will change our questons. We won't ask, 'Why did this happen?' or 'Why doesn't God care about me?' Instead, our questions will become, 'What can I learn from this experience?' or 'How does the Lord want me to handle this?

Margaret Mitchell

Hardships make or break people.

Sarah Dessen

But if everything was always smooth and perfect, you'd get too used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then. Otherwise, you'll never really enjoy it when things go right.

Daphne Du Maurier

I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.

Thomas S. Monson

Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.

Anne Bradstreet

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

[Meditations Divine and Moral]

Thomas S. Monson

To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Life is at its best when everything has fallen out of place, and you decide that you're going to fight to get them right, not when everything is going your way and everyone is praising you.

Jimmy Buffett

It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad.

Nick Hornby

There had been times when he knew, somewhere in him, that he would get used to it, whatever it was, because he had learnt that some hard things became softer after a very little while.

Alysha Speer

You never really know what's coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.

Henrik Ibsen

To live is to war with trolls.

Haruki Murakami

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.


Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.

Og Mandino

Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment.

Helen Keller

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

Abigail Adams

Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.

Titus Lucretius Carus

So it is more useful to watch a man in times of peril, and in adversity to discern 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, reality remains.


Did you have a rough month? I did :( but, you know what? There’s no time to dwell on a missed opportunity or worry about what I should’ve done or said, beating myself up & making myself miserable about my mistakes. That doesn’t work. So will take notes from that, put it behind me, move on & finish the year STRONG

Mary Norton

Misfortunes make us wise

Brandi L. Bates

In order to grow, I promise you'll have to let go of some habits. 10 times out of 10, they'll be the habits you're most in love with.

Chris Crutcher

There is no Jesus without Judas, no Martin Luther King, Jr., without the Klan; no Ali without Joe Frazier; no freedom without tyranny. No wisdom exists that does not include perspective. Relativity is the greatest gift.

Umair Haque

Confidence is this: Wearing your triumphs with humility, and wearing your scars with pride. Many of us do precisely the opposite.

Karen Salmansohn

The hardest thing about "everything happens for a reason" is waiting for that reason to show up.

Benjamin J. Carey

Funerals aren't scheduled.

L.M. Montgomery

...the sorrows God sent us brought comfort and strength with them, while the sorrows we brought on ourselves, through folly or wickedness, were by far the hardest to bear.

Dana Arcuri

No matter where you once were, no matter how dark your storm, God doesn't want you to remain there. Overcoming may not be easy, but it's possible when you ask your Father to battle for you.

Dana Arcuri

When we no longer have the strength to keep on walking, God will carry us. His strength is enough for you and I.

George MacDonald

But we believe – nay, Lord we only hope,
That one day we shall thank thee perfectly
For pain and hope and all that led or drove
Us back into the bosom of thy love.

Carolyn Marsden

From the mud of adversity grows the lotus of joy

Lailah Gifty Akita

I admire great people who endure crisis and triumph over adversities of life.

Lailah Gifty Akita

We are surrounded by adversity but we shall triumph because we have a greater spirit

R. N. Prasher

When I am passing through hell, I have to remind myself of the last time I happened to be on that road. How quickly it was over, without any ingenuity on my part. After all, hell is a one-way street. The only direction forward is the way out.

Dana Arcuri

When life gets hectic and you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on the people and things you are most grateful for. When you have an attitude of gratitude, frustrating troubles will fall by the wayside.

Dana Arcuri

If you are enduring a cold season, don't underestimate Christ can plant you right where you are at no matter how dirty, beat up, or worthless you may feel. Rest assured, He has strategically placed you in the precise place on earth for such a time as this.

Dana Arcuri

If you're facing a season of trials, don't allow the enemy to have a field day by putting negative thoughts in your mind. Let go of stinking thinking. Instead of turning away from God in anger or confusion, run into His loving arms where He will comfort you.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it;
Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.


Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.

Gina Capaldi

But little Carlos's most important defense was not his good punch but rather the beginnings of a great education.

Miya Yamanouchi

Your past history is NOT an excuse.

Randy Pausch

No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.

Rob Liano

Don't let a strong wind blow you over, take flight upon it.

Michael Joling

My friends, we should consider ourselves fortunate, not because we are any greater or lesser because we face adversity, rather we simply rejoice in the opportunity to face it.

Amaka Imani Nkosazana

People sometimes get so lost in their own beliefs that they fail to gain truth and understanding. You can't get the whole picture just by relying on your own perception. Never be afraid of the truth.

Amaka Imani Nkosazana

As you travel along the roads in life, there is a certain kind of peace that comes with knowing you're on the right path. And when you are faced with adversity, it challenges you but makes you stronger. The road is not always an easy route. Nevertheless, you must not allow your fears to keep you from reaching the destination.

Shaka Senghor

One of the greatest gift you can give another human being whi is going through adversity is HOPE.

Aniekee Tochukwu

Mistake is an event not a person

Carl Henegan

Adversity is a mirage. People, situations, and relationships sometimes change for the worst but inevitably clear a path for far better replacements. The continued journey will always find bliss.

Ezra Taft Benson

While you are going through your trial, you can recall your past victories and coul the blessings that you do have with a sure hope of greater ones to allow if you are faithful.

Lailah Gifty Akita

We must read, mediate and affirm the writings of Holy Scriptures, to partake in the divine nature and overcome the struggles of life.

Katie Kiesler

But never forget: When everything feels like it's falling to pieces, the pieces might actually just be falling into place.

Vince Lombardi

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. Thats the essence of it.

Christina Aguilera

The roughest roads often lead to the top.

Toni Sorenson

Success goes to the ones who do. Get up. Show up. Throw up if you have to. Do it afraid, but do it no matter.

Lailah Gifty Akita

No matter how tough the situation, you still have to hang on.

Vishwas Chavan

Sacrifice has great value in that it not only achieves personal success but builds successful communities, nations and humanity. Each moment spent in selfless sacrifice makes you a stronger person, and such strength fosters the required determination to cope with adversity and hardship for the sake of others.

M.K. Bhutta

Good fortune comes with many fears. It is always threatened by tragedies. But misfortune always tends to hope and peace. Hope is the heart of life. Flowers have fear of being withered while Thorns have not fear of being withered.

Katy Kauffman

No matter how fierce the enemy seems-when fear cripples us, anger enrages us, or selfishness possesses us; when adversity crushes us, opposition hounds us, or temptation plagues us-God is greater.

Soren Kierkegaard

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.

Lailah Gifty Akita

I am thankful to the Lord for my redemption. I was once lost, now I am saved by grace.

Arthur W. Pink

When you observe that the fire in your room is getting dull, you do not always put on more coal, but simply stir with the poker; so God often uses the black poker of adversity in order that the flames of devotion may burn more brightly.

Treasure Tatum

It takes darkness to be aware of the light.

Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III

Struggle is the meaning of life; defeat or victory is in the hands of God. But struggle itself is man’s duty and should be his joy.

Amit Kalantri

Your courage will be tested during the adversity as well as during the change.

Amit Kalantri

Adversity sure does gives you trouble, but it keeps you humble.

Jeff Bezos

I wanted a woman who could get me out of a Third World prison. Life's too short to hang out with people who aren't resourceful.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Look deeply into your soul. You have enough grace and strength to overcome any struggle.

Jonathan Evison

... when it seemed at every turn that the winds of fate had blown our lives afoul, financially, emotionally, or idealistically. Look at all that we endured. Look at all we managed to light along our path through the long shadow of adversity. Look at the seemingly indestructible affiliation that was once us. And look at us now.

Ram Mohan

When you feel life is tough.. take a trip around a nearby hospital and all your worries will start looking smaller.

Mandy Hale

The stretching of your faith is immediate pain that results in ultimate gain. It is in the waiting that we become who we are meant to be.

Nikki Rowe

She built her character with the adversity she had faced, so she could live the best of her life for the rest of life.

Chris Vonada

We can't always take the higher road when faced with adversity. Sometimes for the sake of restoration, peace and sharing the love of Jesus, we have to walk through the tribulation.

Carol Piner

Rod Cockshutt, Professor Emeritus at N.C. State University called my book, Evidence of Insanity, "an extraordinary achievement" and told me to not change the last 10-15 pages no matter what.

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

La terre nous en apprend plus sur nous que tous les livres. Parce qu'elle nous résiste. L'homme se découvre quand il se mesure avec l'obstacle.
(Terre des hommes)

Nicholas Sparks

It's hard at times, but it makes a kid strong in ways that most people can't understand. Teaches them that even though people are left behind, new ones will inevitable take their place; that every place has something good - and bad - to offer. It makes a kid grow up fast.

Brandi L. Bates

Sometimes transitional periods in life leave you feeling like a great big jumble of loose, split ends.

Brandi L. Bates

Remember to remember: sometimes your adversary is your biggest asset. Where would David be without Goliath? Jesus without Judas?

Brandi L. Bates

His ruby red rimmed moist eyes were two glasses of cranberry. He wore a cashmere sweater the color of Earl Grey tea...

Steve Goodier

I'm convinced that the world, more than ever, needs the music only you can make. And if it takes extra courage to keep playing in spite of your loss, many will applaud the effort. And who knows? Others may be inspired to pick up their broken instruments, their broken lives, and begin again.

Richard Paul Evans

I have wondered why it is that our greatest triumphs spring from our greatest extremity and adversity. Perhaps it is because we are so resistant to change, we only move when our seat becomes too hot to occupy.

JohnA Passaro

Just do the next right thing.

Then repeat indefinitely.

Tim Fargo

Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.

J.K. Rowling

You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity.


Forsake not the friendship of those who have been your staff in adversity, Forget not be benevolence of the blameless.

Elizabeth Gaskell

North and South has both met and made kind o' friends in this big smoky place.

Vahan Zanoyan

Children do not dwell on the ordinary harshness of life, even as they suffer through it.

Abraham Lincoln

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

Steve Goodier

We are stronger than we think. We have emotional, spiritual and even physical resources at our disposal. We may get knocked down, but we don’t have to stay down.

Oprah Winfrey

Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

T.K. Naliaka

To paraphrase Lucretius, there's nothing more useful than to watch a man or woman in times of contagious deadly disease peril combined with his or her assumptions of financial adversity to discern what kind of man or woman they really are.

Martin Luther

Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.

Lailah Gifty Akita

When the expected occurred, never panic, by keep calming, you gain control over the situation.

Sally Bedell Smith

Asked to explain how he became a war hero he (Kennedy) responded, "It was involuntary. They think my boat.

L. Frank Baum

This is the way to get ideas: never to let adverse circumstances discourage you, but to believe there is a way out of every difficulty, which may be found by earnest though.

Theodore Roosevelt

We Americans have many grave problems to solve, many threatening evils to fight, and many deeds to do, if, as we hope and believe, we have the wisdom, the strength, and the courage and the virtue to do them. But we must face facts as they are. We must neither surrender ourselves to a foolish optimism, nor succumb to a timid and ignoble pessimism.

Steve Turner

If the rock band U2 had been born in Orange County, California, would they have become just another church worship band?

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