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Adversity Quotes

Here's a collection of adversity quotes to remind us that in everyone's life, there's difficulties, trials and problems. These aren't all bad as we learn to build strength and confidence by overcoming difficulties.

Who doesn't face any problems, sufferings or difficulties? Probably only the dead.

So adversities are part of life and they usually bring with them big lessons for us to learn, grow and shape up as an individual, as a woman in our own right.

May these inspirational adversity quotes encourage you on the journey of life!




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

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

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

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

Convert difficulties into opportunities, for difficulties are divine surgeries to make you better.
-- Author Unknown

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.
-- Author Unknown

Determination, patience and courage are the only things needed to improve any situation.
-- Author Unknown

Do not fear the winds of adversity. Remember: A kite rises against the wind rather than with it.
-- Author Unknown

Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart.
-- Myla Kabat-Zinn

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
-- Napoleon Hill

Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
-- Og Mandino

Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
-- James Buckham

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for.
-- Stanislaus I, Maxims

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

I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.
-- Boris Pasternak

I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.
-- Jonas Salk

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

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

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

If the truth be known, most successes are built on a multitude of failures.
-- Author Unknown

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

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

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

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.
-- Louisa May Alcott

It is always in the midst, in the epicenter, of your troubles that you find serenity.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
-- Voltaire

Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.
-- Lucy Larcom

Out of difficulties grow miracles.
-- Jean De La Bruyere

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
-- John Quincy Adams

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.
-- Robert Schuller

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
-- African Proverb

There are times in everyone's life when something constructive is born out of adversity... when things seem so bad that you've got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.
-- Author Unknown

The course of true anything never does run smooth.
-- Samuel Butler

The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials.
-- Confucius

The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
-- Epictetus

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

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

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
-- Washington Irving

There is no education like adversity.
-- Disraeli

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

We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.
-- Frank A. Clark

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

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
-- Winston Churchill

We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.
-- John H. Groberg

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
-- Barbara De Angelis

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

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

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
-- Bill Gates

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