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Quotations about Adversity




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If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem.  Everything else is inconvenience.  ~Robert Fulghum


Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.  ~M. Kathleen Casey


If you're going through hell, keep going.  ~Winston Churchill


We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, "Why did this happen to me?" unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.  ~Author Unknown


A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.  ~Author Unknown


The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello


I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.  I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa


The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.  ~Harry Golden


We acquire the strength we have overcome.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


You can't run away from trouble.  There ain't no place that far.  ~Uncle Remus


Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, 1882


If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.  I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy.  But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it.  Whether he's got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.  ~Rona Barrett


Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.  ~Garth Brooks


Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.  ~Garrison Keillor


Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm


I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.  ~Jewish Proverb


Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?  ~Rose F. Kennedy


You have come into a hard world.  I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.  ~Henry Ward Beecher


If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.  ~The Houghton Line, November 1965


Turn your wounds into wisdom.  ~Oprah Winfrey


Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take.  You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack.  ~Author Unknown


If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.  ~Frank A. Clark


As long as you keep getting born, it's alright to die some times.  ~Orson Scott Card


We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  ~Kenji Miyazawa


Bad is never good until worse happens.  ~Danish Proverb


It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants.  ~Author Unknown


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


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, Memoirs of a Geisha


When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.  ~Barbara Bloom


There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.  ~Lou Reed, "Magic and Loss"


We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.  ~Charles C. West


Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.  ~From the movie The African Queen


If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.  ~Mary Engelbreit


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, "Jacula Prudentum"


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


I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.  ~Colette


Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.  ~Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, Flower, Fruit, and Thorn


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, address, 12 April 1959


The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.  ~Author Unknown


There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.  ~Michel de Montaigne


Adversity introduces a man to himself.  ~Author Unknown


It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when they refuse to get in line.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant


Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Night Flight, 1931, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert


That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.  ~James K. Feibleman


The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.  ~John Vance Cheney


If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.  ~John Steinbeck


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


Life didn't promise to be wonderful.  ~Teddy Pendergrass


Adversity is the first path to truth.  ~Lord Byron


Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way.  ~Bernie S. Siegel


We do survive every moment, after all, except the last one.  ~John Updike


Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.  If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.