Overcoming Adversity Quotes

By | November 15, 2016

Misfortunes often sharpen the genius. – Ovid

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes. – Louis Kossuth

Aspiring minds must sometimes sustain loss. – Plato


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

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

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer. – Albert Careb

Pick battles big enough to matter, snall enough to win. – Jonathan Kozol

Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it. – Horace

Adversity introduces a man to himself. – Anonymous

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one’s abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them. – Horace

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

I think the challenge is to take…difficult and painful times and turn them into something beneficial, something that makes you grow. – Michelle Akers

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

Adversity is the mother of progress. – Mahatma Gandhi

There is no education like adversity. – Benjamin Disraeli

Adversity is the first path to truth. – Lord Byron

Obstacles are great incentives. – Jules Michelet

Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet. – Confucius

Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion. – Christian Nestell Bovee

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

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

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

Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand. – E. E. Hale

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If it did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. – Charlotte Bronte

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

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

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

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. – Washington Irving

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

There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties. – Ovid

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

There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm. – J. H. Vincent

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

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

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

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

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