Overcoming Adversity Quotes: Important Life Lessons

Overcoming adversity quotes: Interestingly, we all learn a lot more form adversity than prosperity. In other words, we learn much more when things go wrong than when they go right.

Learning From Adversity
Adversities are part and parcel of living. It is how we respond to them and learn important life lessons from each adversity we encounter.

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Motivational Quotes About Adversity

To quote Marvin J. Ashton: “Adversity will surface in every life. How we meet it makes the difference.” You  discover and gain wisdom and blessings from these tough or painful experiences.

Below is a collection of overcoming adversity quotes which have helped me to see wisdom of adversity.

“Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.” – M. Kathleen Casey

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”  – Harry Golden

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

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

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”  – Garth Brooks

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

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”  – Jewish Proverb

“Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” – Ralph Blum

“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” – Isaac Asimov

“Good fortune and bad are equally necessary to man, to fit him to meet the contingencies of this life.” – French Proverb

“The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.” – Confucius

“All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Fractures well cured make us more strong.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Adversity reveals genius, prosperity to hide it.”  – Horace

“Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.” – Ovid

“The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.” – Henry W. Longfellow

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.” – Washington Irving

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

“Bad is never good until worse happens.” – Danish Proverb

“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

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.” – Seneca

“Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.” – Danish Proverb

“Obstacles are great incentives.” – Jules Michelet

“There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties.” – Ovid

“Surmounted difficulties not only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles.” – James Sharp

“A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.” – Chinese Proverb

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” – Henry J. Kaiser

“What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.” – Proverb

“It is the surmounting of difficulties that make heroes.” – Louis Kossuth

“Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.” – Nelson A. Rockefeller

“Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.” – William Hazlitt

“The problem is not that there are problems.  The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” – Theodore Rubin

“Every path hath a puddle.” – George Herbert

“A bad grade is only one letter in the Essay of life.”  – Lee Drake

“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” – Agatha Christie

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

“Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.” – Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

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

“There is no education like adversity.” – Disraeli

“We find comfort among those who agree with us – growth among those who don’t.” – Frank A. Clark

“If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change.  If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.”  – John A. Simone, Sr.

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche

“When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”  – John F. Kennedy

“There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.” – Michel de Montaigne

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Unknown

“The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.”  – John Vance Cheney

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” – Edwin Markham

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

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.  If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.”  – Norman Vincent Peale

“Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”  – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

“The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Unknown

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington

“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.” – O. Henry

“I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies.  The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.” – André Gide

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

“Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.” – Violeta Parra

“Problems are messages.” – Shakti Gawain

“To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.” – Oscar Wilde

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” – Bernard M. Baruch

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.”  – Max Lerner

“God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

“Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill.  Our antagonist is our helper.” –  Edmund Burke

“The course of true anything never does run smooth.”  – Samuel Butler

At times, challenges hit with the force of a roaring, rushing waterfall.  The true test, however, is whether you can put your arms up and enjoy the feel of the water.”  – Aviva Kaufman

“Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.” – Maltbie D. Babcock

More Wisdom Adversity Quotes:

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

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” – Francis Bacon

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Better bread with water than cake with trouble.”  – Russian Proverb

“The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials.” – Confucius

“Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear.  That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.” – William Faulkner

“The brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks.”  – Fred Beck

“My strength is made perfect in weakness.” – II Corinthians

“Problems are the price you pay for progress.”  – Branch Rickey

“When you’re feeling your worst, that’s when you get to know yourself the best.”  – Leslie Grossman

“The dark and the light are braided and bound.” – Marc Ian Barasch

“Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”  – Marcel Proust

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” – Bernard M. Baruch

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”  – Truman Capote

“Flowers never emit so sweet and strong a fragrance as before a storm. When a storm approaches thee, be as fragrant as a sweet-smelling flower.” – Jean Paul Richter

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

“Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.” – James Russell Lowell

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.  It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body.  It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” – Winston Churchill

“Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.” – Buddy Buie and J.R. Cobb

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”  – Latin Proverb

“In this world there are only two tragedies.  One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.”  – Oscar Wilde

“The garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall.  Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” – Unknown

Hope you like my selection of motivational quotes about adversity.

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