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Quotations on Adversity

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No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.

~ Unknown

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity - another man's I mean.

~ Mark Twain

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

~ Victor Hugo

Adversity is the first path to truth.

~ Lord Byron

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.

~ William Hazlitt

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

~ Seneca

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.

~ Sir Francis Bacon

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.

~ Washington Irving

Friendship, of itself a holy tie,
Is made more sacred by adversity.

~ Charles Caleb Colton

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.

~ Charles Caleb Colton

Poverty is very terrible, and sometimes kills the very soul within us; but it is the north wind that lashes men into Vikings; it is the soft luscious south wind which lulls them to lotus dreams.

~ Marie Louise de la Ramée

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