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50 Words of Wisdom About Overcoming Adversity and Challenges


Adversity is something we all have to face at one point or another. As with all things that come in the way of our achieving goals in life, we think of adversity as misfortune and we dread encountering it. But it does not have to be that way.

As a matter of fact, most people have made it through the storm. Most people survived. So if you are in the middle of one right now, remember that you will pull through, and even become stronger after it all passes.

So next time you have to face adversity, look to these quotes for inspiration to tackle any obstacle that comes your way.


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50 Words of Wisdom About Overcoming Adversity and Challenges



1. “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

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

3. “Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.”- Jean Paul Richter

4. “Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.”- Pliny The Elder

5. “Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”- Edgar Allan Poe


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6. “Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist — it reduces him to his fighting weight.”- Josh Billings

7. “One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.”- Kahlil Gibran

8. “We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.”- Lucius Annaeus Seneca ( The Younger )

9. “When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.”- Mary Kay Ash

10. “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”- Jerry Chin


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11. “In times of storm, the shallowness of the root structure is revealed.”

12. “Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.”- Washington Irving

13. “When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.”- Rosalind Russell

14. “God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.”- Proverbs

15. “Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity.”- Og Mandino

16. “A stumble may prevent a fall.”- English Proverbs

17. “Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.”- Aesop

18. “Adversity is the first path to truth.”- Lord (George Gordon) Byron

19. “The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.”- Charles M. Schwab

20. “Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”- Thomas Carlyle


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21. “Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.”- Plutarch

22. “To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.”- Jean Jacques Rousseau

23. “I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.”- Sam Walton

24. “When it gets dark enough you can see the stars.”- Lee Salk

25. “The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up.”- Source Unknown

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

27. “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”- Danny Devito

28. “Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.”- Periander

29. “No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.”- Source Unknown


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30. “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.”- Marcus Annaeus Seneca (Seneca the Elder)

31. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”- Proverbs

32. “Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.”- Henry Fielding

33. “One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”- Albert Schweitzer

34. “Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.”- Ryszard Kapuscinski

35. “He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.”- Henry Fielding

36. “The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.”- Samuel Smiles

37. “Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.”- Plutarch

38. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.”- Ernest Hemingway

39. “He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”- William Samuel Johnson

40. “Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”- James Rogers



41. “All adverse and depressing influences can be overcome, not by fighting, but by rising above them.”- Charles Caleb Colton

42. “The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.”

43. “It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.”- Lord (George Gordon) Byron

44. “The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.”- C. S. Lewis

45. “Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man, but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”- Thomas Carlyle

46. “The proof of gold is fire…”- Benjamin Franklin

47. “As iron put into the fire loseth its rust and becometh clearly red-hot, so he that wholly turneth himself unto God puts off all slothfulness, and is transformed into a new man.”- Thomas Kempis

48.”What is to give light must endure the burning.”- Victor Frankl

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

50. “Great men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”- Seneca



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