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The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself- always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.
Jimmy Carter

Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.
Tacitus

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Cesare Pavese

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Any man can win when things go his way, it's the man who overcomes adversity that is the true champion.
Jock Ewing

Adversity reminds men of religion
Livy

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Francis Bacon

Weak minds sink under prosperity as well as adversity; but strong and deep ones have two high tides.
David Hare

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
Anais Nin

Adversity, which makes us indulgent to others, renders them severe towards us.
Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.
James Burgh

We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
Tacitus

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

Without adversity a person hardly knows whether they are honest or not.
Henry Fielding

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Josh Billings

Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
Josh Billings

It is noble and so regarded both among nations and individuals to keep faith in adversity
Titus Caius Silius Italicus

Courage is adversity's lamp.
Luc De Vauvanargues

It is noble and so regarded both among nations and individuals to keep faith in adversity
Titus Caius Silius Italicus

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Martha Graham

We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort
Mencius

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity
Lou Holtz

For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.
Boethius

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. - Maxims
Publilius Syrus

He who does not tire, tires adversity.
Martin Tupper

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters
Victor Hugo

The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.
Ulysses S Grant

The riders have comeback from the face of adversary... [we think he meant adversity!]
Phil Liggett

Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.
Plutarch

One thing I suffered from as a kid was I never felt adversity. The sense of being immune was, ludicrously, a painful one.
Diane Arbus

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
Aristotle

You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.
Golda Meir

Love is maintain'd by wealth: when all is spent,
Adversity then breeds the discontent
Robert Herrick

By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown.
Samuel Daniel

A true friend is tested in adversity
Quintus Ennius

As the yellow gold is tried in the fire, so is sincerity tested in adversity
Ovid

True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington



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