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.
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.
Arrogance is the outgrowth of prosperity.
Prosperity proves [tries] the fortunate, adversity the great.
Prosperity begets friends; adversity proves them.
A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity till he has tasted adversity.
Truly prosperity tries the souls even of the wise.
In prosperity do not rejoice too much and in adversity be not downcast.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.
We become wiser in the midst of adversity; it is prosperity that takes away righteousness.
The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
The ambitious man desires nothing like glory, and on the other hand dreads nothing like shame. To the envious person, again, nothing is more pleasant than the misfortune of another, and nothing more disagreeable than the prosperity of another. And so each person according to his affect judges a thing to be good or evil, useful or useless.
There be four good mothers who have four bad daughters: Truth hath Hatred, Prosperity hath Pride, Security hath Peril, and Familiarity hath Contempt.
Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals. Constant employment and well-paid labor produce in a country like ours, general prosperity, content and cheerfulness.
To rejoice in the prosperity of another is to partake of it.
It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
Vocabulary is an index to a civilization, and ours is a disturbed one. That's why so many of the new words deal with war, violence, drugs, racism, and not so many with peace and prosperity.