Adversity

Rejoice in adversity even more than in prosperity, for suffering brings forgiveness of sin.

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.

It is wise even in adversity to listen to reason.

Hopeful in adversity, anxious in prosperity, is the heart prepared for weal and woe.

In adversity remember to keep an even mind.

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.

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from our impatience.

[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.

Adversity and prosperity have no fixed road; they are evoked by men themselves.

The educated man is a man with certain subtle spiritual qualities which make him calm in adversity, happy when alone, just in his dealings, rational and sane in the fullest meaning of that word in all affairs of life.

It is a true observation of ancient writers, that as men are apt to be cast down by adversity, so they are easily satiated with prosperity, and that joy and grief produce the same effects. For whenever men are not obliged by necessity to fight they fight from ambition, which is so powerful a passion in the human breast that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

Learning, if rightly applied, makes a young man thinking, attentive, industrious, confident and wary; and an old man cheerful and useful. It is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, an entertainment at all times; it cheers in solitude, and gives moderation and wisdom in all circumstances.

I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.

Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.

In this thing one man is superior to another, that he is better able to bear adversity and prosperity.

Prosperity begets friends; adversity proves them.

To bear adversity with an equal mind is both the sign and glory of a brave spirit.