Adversity Quotes and Sayings

The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light.

Gems cannot be polished without friction nor a man perfected without adversity.

Submitted by: divine vergara on February 7, 2008

One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher

You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.

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

Hard times will pass but will not stop coming.

Submitted by: adesokan raymond on July 30, 2014

When times are difficult, remind yourself that no pain comes to you without a purpose.


Adversity is a hard but great teacher in life – it either builds you up or breaks you down. Adversity has produced many of the most successful people in the world. Adversity has defeated many inspiring and clever people. Adversity harasses the weak but surrenders to those who are determined, persistent and persevering.
Dr T.P.Chia

Submitted by: Dr T.P.Chia on April 11, 2013

Poverty and adversity have produced many of the most successful people in the world.
Dr T.P.Chia

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

Sometimes, you don’t have time to stop and smell the roses. Sometimes, life just isn’t that easy.

Submitted by: Zina Black on February 19, 2013

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

If you decide and will not to be defeated by hardship and adversity, good things will happen.
Dr T.P.Chia

Submitted by: Ivy Lee on February 21, 2014

Don’t let your struggle become your identity.

Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.


Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
William Arthur Ward

In times like these it is good to remember that there have always been times like these.
– Paul Harvey

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
– C. S. Lewis

The more you learn from hardship and adversity, the more you are equipped to face the future.
Dr T.P.Chia

Submitted by: Ivy Lee on May 8, 2013

More wisdom is acquired by people during hardship and adversity – and what is learned from failure tends to make people wiser.
Dr T.P.Chia

Submitted by: Ivy Lee on July 4, 2013

You can’t sit and wait for the storm to be over. You have to learn to dance in the rain.

Submitted by: Debbie Santiago on December 9, 2012

Wisdom comes through suffering.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.

Bad luck either destroys you or makes you the man you really are.
– Jamie (The killing)

Submitted by: some guy on September 8, 2012

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.


Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Victor Hugo

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Kahlil Gibran

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
Zig Ziglar

Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.

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