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Rejoice in adversity even more than in prosperity, for suffering brings forgiveness of sin. - Rabbi Akiva, fully Rebbe Akiva ben Yosef
Adversity is the first path to truth. -
The lessons of adversity are often the most benignant when they seem the most severe. The depression of vanity sometimes ennobles the feeling. The mind which does not wholly sink under misfortune rises above it more lofty than before, and is strengthened by affliction. - Richard Chenevix, fully Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin
It is wise even in adversity to listen to reason. - Euripedes
Hopeful in adversity, anxious in prosperity, is the heart prepared for weal and woe. - Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus
In adversity remember to keep an even mind. - Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Patience is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility; patience, governs the flesh, strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues the hand, tramples upon temptation, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom; patience produces unity in the church, loyalty in the state, harmony in families and societies; she comforts the poor and moderates the rich; she makes us humble in prosperity, cheerful in adversity, unmoved by calumny and reproach; she teaches us to forgive those who have injured us, and to be the first in asking forgiveness of those whom we have injured; she delights the faithful, and invites the unbelieving; she adorns the woman, and approves the man; is loved in a child, praised in a young man, admired in an old man; she is beautiful in either sex and every age. - George Horne
Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from our impatience. - George Horne
[Adversity is] the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free from admirers then. -
There is a sort of natural instinct of human dignity in the heart of man which steels his very nerves not to bend beneath the heavy blows of a great adversity. - Louis Kossuth, also Lajos Kossuth, fully Lajos Kossuth de Udvard et Kossuthfalva
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