201 Quotes About Adversity (The Ultimate List)

Quotes About Adversity (Adversity Quotes)

  1. “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Albert Einstein

  2. “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

  3. “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

  4. “Challenges are what makes life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.”

  5. “Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.” -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

  6. “You can’t be brave is you only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore

  7. “Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.” – Og Mandino

  8. “How quickly and responsibly we react to adversity is far more important that adversity istself.” – Jim Rohn

  9. “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.” -Walt Disney

  10. “Adversity precedes growth.” – Rosemarie Rossett

  11. “Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” – Zig Ziglar

  12. “Adversity can be turned to opportunity simply by adjusting our perception and our attitude.” – Gal Lynne Goodwin

  13. “Adversity causes some men to break and others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward

  14. “What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”

  15. “Out of adversity comes opportunity.” – Benjamin Franklin

  16. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

  17. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

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

  19. “We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Barbara De Angelis

  20. “For a seed to achieve it’s greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, it’s insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” – Cynthia Occelli

  21. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”

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

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

  24. “Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.”

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

  26. “The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.” – Aristotle

  27. “I have been broken. I have known hardship and I have lost myself. But her I stand, still moving forward and growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life. They made me stronger.”

  28. “I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” – Muhammad Ali

  29. “ANy man can win when things go his way. It is the man who overcomes adversity that is the true champion.” – Jock Ewing

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

  31. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” – Walt Disney

  32. “As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.” – Joseph B. Wirthin

  33. “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

  34. “At the end of hardship comes happiness.” – Korean Proverb

  35. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

  36. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”

  37. “Fire is the test of gold. Adversity of strong men.” – Martha Graham

  38. “When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.”

  39. “Hard times are sometimes blessings in disguise. Let it go and let it make you better.”

  40. “There is no education like adversity.” – Benjamin Disraeli

  41. “One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.” – Henry Ward Beecher

  42. “To stand alone against all adversity is the most sacred moment of existence.” – Frank Herbert

  43. Adversity provides the opportunity for the best part of us to shine.” – Fail Lynne Goodwin

  44. “To the victim, adversity is bad. To the leader and warriors, hard times are life’s richest times of growth, opportunity and possibility. Use them to fly.” Robin Sharma

  45. “In times of adversity and change, we really discover who we are and what we’re made of.” – Howard Schultz

  46. “In prosperity our friends know us, in adversity we know our friends.” – John Churton Collins

  47. “Hardships make us strong. Problems give birth to wisdom. Sorrows cultivate compassion. Those who have suffered the most will become the happiest.” – Daisaku Ikeda

  48. “By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity another man’s. I mean.” – Mark Twain

  49. “Adversity brings knowledge, and knowledge wisdom.” – Welsh Proverb

  50. “Rise to the challenges that life presents you. You can’t develop genuine character and ability by sidestepping adversity and struggle.” – Daisaku Ikeda

  51. “The roughest roads often lead to the top.” – Christina Aguilera

  52. “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”

  53. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.” – Hellen Keller

  54. “People have adversities in their lives that they must content with all the time and still they lead productivve lives. And it is not just illness that creates adversity. I have seen so many strong people in this community. Children with impossibly difficult experiences, people going through extremely bitter divorces, people dealing with financial reverses, so many issues. Luckily we live in an open society. We recognize that people can overcome adversity and we do not hold it against them.” – Shelly Kassen

  55. “You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.” – James J. Corbett

  56. “All roads that lead to success have to pass through hard work boulevard at some point.”

  57. “Choose to win each day. Defy the odds. Embrace challenges and never let adversity steal your dreams.” – Billy Cox

  58. “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”

  59. “Any man can win when things go this way. It’s the man who overcomes adversity that is a true champion.”

  60. “He who faces no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is. The characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in soil with a strong mixture of troubles.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

  61. “To all who so despair, may I offer the assurance of the Psalmist’s words ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Thomas S. Monson

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

  63. “When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you.” – Joel Osteen

  64. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  65. “Real champions fight through adversity.” – Connor McGregor

  66. “The circumstances that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth.” – Charles Stanley

  67. “Embrace the struggle and let it make you stronger. It won’t last forever.” – Tony Gaskins

  68. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is not path and make a trail.”

  69. “I will fight any battle for you, crush any adversity. Because you are mine, beautiful girl. I love you so madly that the past before you feels sane.” – Kresley Cole

  70. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley

  71. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

  72. “I’m stronger because of the hard times, wiser because of my mistakes and happier because I have known sadness.” – Allison Vogel

  73. ‘Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African Proverb

  74. “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” – Arthur Golden

  75. “Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart. A humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.” – Marianne Williamson

  76. “Adversity and challenges are life’s way of creating strength. Adversity creates challenge, and challenge creates change, and change is absolutely necessary for growth. It there is no change and challenge, there can be no growth and development.” – Willie Jolley

  77. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming odds.” – Christopher Reeve

  78. “It is during challenging times that we find out what we are made of. For that is when we discover the power of our spirit.” – Randi G. Fine

  79. “It is really wonderful how much resilience there is an human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly pack to the first principles of hope and enjoyment.” – Bram Stoker

  80. “The scripture says ‘rain falls on the just and unjust’. Even when you have faith, you’ll still have difficulties, but when the storms come, you will not be defeated.”

  81. “He delivers the afflicted by their affliction and opens their ear by adversity.” – Job 36:15

  82. “Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right.”

  83. ‘Difficulties in life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realize you hidden potential.”

  84. “Be strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now, but in never rains forever.”

  85. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

  86. “The greater the hardship the greater the reward.” – Alhamdulillah

  87. “The friend in my adversity, I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” – Ulysses S. Grant

  88. “Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity.” – Abu Bakr

  89. “Adversity is part of life. By avoiding adversity, one avoids life.”

  90. “Never quit. If you stumble, get back up. What happened yesterday, no longer matters. Today is another day, so get on track and move closer to your dreams and goals. You can do it.”

  91. “Adversity is just change that we haven’t adapted ourselves to yet.” – Aimee Mullins

  92. “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

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

  94. “A persons true nature is revealed at times of the greatest adversity.” – Daisaku Ikeda

  95. “Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.”

  96. “Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” – Victor Hugo

  97. “Things that were hard to bear are sweet to remember.” – Seneca

  98. “We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  99. “Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” – William James

  100. “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome.”

  101. “Your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” – Michelle Obama

  102. “Impossible odds make achievements even more satisfying.”

  103. “The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure.” – Nike

  104. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and with stand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to appellation.” – George Washington

  105. “By making sense of tragedy and putting the pieces back together in a way that feels more cohesive than ever before, we can tell a story of post-traumatic growth.”

  106. “When the winds of adversity come, remember one thing. Kites fly highest against the wind. Kites don’t fly in spite of opposition, kites fly high because of opposition. In fact, they couldn’t fly without opposition.” – John Bytheway

  107. “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admires then.” – John Wooden

  108. “Hardship may come from the outside, but failure can only come from the inside.” – Melanie Hope

  109. “Hardships, poverty and want are the best incentives and the best foundation for the success of man.” – Bradford Merrill

  110. “When life places a wall in our path, we have two choices. We can beat our head against it, or we can figure out a way to get around it.” – Randi G. Fine

  111. “A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B.F. Skinner

  112. “Sometimes life gives you obstacles. Obstacles that may seem unfair or too extreme. But you are give choices. Break through the obstacles or let the obstacles break you.”

  113. “No athlete is truly tested until they’ve stared an injury in the face and come out on the other side stronger than ever.”

  114. “We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” – Winston Churchill

  115. “Adversity and loss make a man wise.” – Welsh Proverb

  116. “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handles stress exceptionally well.”

  117. “No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity For he is not permitted to prove himself.” – Seneca

  118. “In the face of adversity, I am never fearful. For my ability to create solutions ensures, all adversity is turned into triumph.” – Eleesha

  119. “Persistence in the face of adversity prevents defeat.” – Fail Lynne Goodwin

  120. “Face adversity head on in your training and you will conquer it smoothly in your fight.” – Conor McGregor

  121. “Adversity is preparation for greatness.” – Andy Andrews

  122. “He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.” – Ben Johnson

  123. “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” – Billy Graham

  124. “Adversity is the first path to truth.” – Lord Byron

  125. “Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.” – Aesop

  126. “Adversity builds character and character takes you places money can’t.” – T.I.

  127. “Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.” – Lou Holtz

  128. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

  129. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

  130. “A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.”

  131. “It is prosperity that gives us friends, adversity that proves them.” – Proverb

  132. “Adversity often produces an unexpected opportunity. Look for it! Appreciate and utilize it. This is difficult to do if your feeling sorry for yourself because you’re faced with adversity.” – John Wooden

  133. “Adversity is the opportunity to grow yourself under the challenging circumstances and helps you to bring out the best in you.”

  134. “When life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface and breathe again.” – Sheryl Sandberg

  135. “Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes it’s jewels with.” – Thomas Carlyle

  136. “Sometimes, the most important lessons in life are the ones we learn the hard way.”

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

  138. “Adversity is the midwife of genius.” – Napoleon

  139. “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” – Henry Ward Beecher

  140. “IF we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Anne Bradstreet

  141. “Gold is tired by fire, brave men my adversity.” – Seneca

  142. “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult

  143. “Adversity has a way of introducing a man to himself.” – Shia Labeouf

  144. “Adversity is the source of our deepest growth and greatest blessings. Embrace it, dare to seek it.” – Aron Ralston

  145. “Adversity can be our greatest motivation for spiritual growth or our deadliest means of discouragement.”

  146. “Some of the most amazing people in the world were not perfect. They were scarred by suffering, hardships, losses and imperfections. But when they recovered, they were stronger, wiser and more loving and compassionate. Your life is going to get better in the proper time, and you will be stronger and more at peace than every before.” – Bryant McGill

  147. “Adversity is a series of episodes that helps to build character.”

  148. “In the hour of adversity, be not without hope, for crystal rain falls from black clouds.”

  149. “Adversity can strengthen you if you have the will to grind it out.” – Ray Kroc

  150. “The pine stays green in the winter, wisdom in hardship.” – Norman Douglas

  151. “You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive. Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive. To breath, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love. Sometimes there is sadness on our journey. But there is also lots of beauty. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us around the bend.”

  152. “There is no success without hardship.” – Sophocles

  153. “To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship.” – Henri Nouwen

  154. “You may go through difficulty, hardship or trail. But as long as you are anchored to him, you will have hope.” – Charles Stanley

  155. “It is difficulties that show what men are.” – Epictetus

  156. “If we believe tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

  157. “The journey is never ending. There is always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity. You just gotta take it all in and do what’s right. Continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.” – Antonio

  158. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

  159. “You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.” – Elizabeth Taylor

  160. “Even cowards can endure hardship. Only the brave can endure suspense.” – Mignon McLaughlin

  161. “Adversity always presents opportunity for introspection.” – Abdul Kalam

  162. “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

  163. “Keep your head up. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers.”

  164. “Without hardships, we would not have valued ease.”

  165. “Sometimes God stirs us out of comfortable situations in order to stretch us and cause us to use our faith.”

  166. “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark

  167. “When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”

  168. “For all the hardship, I was still excited to be on the trail. Testing my endurance. Feeling especially alive as strength and fatigue flowed alternately through my limbs.” – Colin Powell

  169. “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me. 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

  170. “Even during the worst hardship, when the other things in our lives seem to fall apart, we can still find peace in the eternal love of God.” – Armstrong Williams

  171. “No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but your own consent.” – William Ellery Channing

  172. “I have known hardship, I have lost myself, but here I stand. Still moving forward, growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life. They made me stronger.”

  173. “The hardship that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future. – Philip Emeagwali

  174. “Every bad situation will have something positive. Even a dead clock shows correct time twice a day.”

  175. “Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.” – Charles Spurgeon

  176. “Sometimes the same hardship you wish would be removed is the very thing that is curing, protecting and saving you.” – Yasmin Mogahed

  177. “When you believe in your purpose, you can work through obstacles, overcome disappointments and endure hardships.” – Billy Cox

  178. “Life is the best school, hardship is our best teacher, problem is the best assignment and failure is the best revision.”

  179. “Keep in mind the tougher the lessons, the bigger the blessing.”

  180. “It’s shocking how many people believe hardships are a punishment from God. Every hardship is good for you if it brings you closer to hip.” – Yasmin Mogahed

  181. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian Larson

  182. “Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it. Who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy?” – Yevgeny Yevtushenko

  183. “You can into this world to grow and to explore and to touch the miracles and marvels of life. Your suffering needs to be respected. Don’t try to ignore the hurt because the hurt is real. Instead let the hurt prove there is hope through your healing. Let the hurt soften you instead of hardening you. Let the hurt open you instead of closing you. Let the hurt deliver you to love and not to hate.” – Bryant McGill

  184. “Hardship may dishearten at first, but every hardship passes away. All despair is followed by hope, all darkness is followed by sunshine.” – Rumi

  185. “I’ve yet to meet a strong person with an easy past. Strong people don’t have easy lives. Struggle cultivates strength that cannot be developed any other way.”

  186. “Hardship makes the world obscure.” – Don Delillo

  187. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth

  188. “We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.”

  189. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.” – Michael Jordan

  190. “Bad things do happen, how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure of the most precious gift I have. Life itself.” – Walter Anderson

  191. “When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  192. “I am bigger than this. I am not my struggles. I will survive this and overcome it. I will keep moving forward. Nothing will keep me down. I will rebuild myself stronger than before. Watch me.”

  193. “Without hardships, we wold not have valued ease.”

  194. “Don’t waste a moment staring at obstacles blocking your way, they will not remove themselves. Life is about creating new paths.” – Dostovsky

  195. “Darkness must pass, a new day will come. And when the sun shines, it will shine out the clearer.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

  196. “If you can make it through tonight, there’s a brighter day.” – Tupac

  197. “One of the major keys to success si to keep moving forward on the journey. Making the best of the detours and interruptions, turning adversity into advantage.” – John C. Maxwell

  198. “A key to strengthening spiritual muscles and enduring hardship is finding strength in the Word of God.” – Walter Martin

  199. “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 one of your biggest advantages.” – Michelle Obama

  200. “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

  201. “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

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