Sunday, April 25, 2010


There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.
John Churton Collins

Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.
Ralph Blum

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
Isaac Asimov

Good fortune and bad are equally necessary to man, to fit him to meet the contingencies of this life.
French Proverb

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.
Washington Irving

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.

All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
Henry David Thoreau

Fractures well cured make us more strong.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adversity is wont to reveal genius, prosperity to hide it.

Misfortunes often sharpen the genius.

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.
Henry W. Longfellow

Success in the affairs of life often serves to hide one's abilities, whereas adversity frequently gives one an opportunity to discover them.

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving

Difficulties strengthen the mind,
as well as labor does the body.

Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
Charles Caleb Colton

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man be perfected without trials.
Danish Proverb

Obstacles are great incentives.
Jules Michelet

In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.
Albert Careb

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. Chinese Proverb

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.
Henry J. Kaiser

Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand.
E. E. Hale

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first steps to something better.

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
William Shakespeare

It is the surmounting of difficulties that make heroes.
Louis Kossuth

I do not cast my eyes away from my troubles. I pack them in as little compass as I can for myself, and never let them annoy others.
Robert Southey

Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
William Hazlitt

Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion.
Christian Nestell Bovee

A wretched soul, bruis'd with adversity,
We bid be quiet, when we hear it cry;
But were we burthen'd with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.
William Shakespeare

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