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14 Quotes on Adversity

14 Quotes on AdversityAwhile back I gave you 10 quotes on following your dreams from a little book called 2500 Years of Wisdom: Sayings of the Great Masters.

I wanted to share 14 more on the topic of adversity, because I found them very inspiring — exactly what I needed to propel me forward despite the difficulties I face.

I thought you would appreciate them too.

He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great.
~ Herman Melville

Adversity introduces a man to himself.
~ Albert Einstein

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
~ Ben Johnson

Originality and a feeling of one’s own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

There are defeats more triumphant than victories.
~ Michel de Montaigne

Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be. –J. R. Miller

A man can get discouraged many times, but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.
~ John Burroughs

In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Problems are messages.
~ Shakti Gawain

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere interesting.
~ Frank A. Clark

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill

Failures, repeated failures, are sign-posts on the road to achievement. The only time you don’t want to fail is the last time you try something (and it works). –Charles F. Kettering

Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good.
~ Lucy Larcom

Originally posted on Sanity Break at Everyday Health.

14 Quotes on Adversity

Therese J. Borchard

Therese J. Borchard is a mental health writer and advocate. She is the founder of the online depression communities Project Hope & Beyond and Group Beyond Blue, and is the author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist. You can reach her at or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

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Borchard, T. (2018). 14 Quotes on Adversity. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2019, from
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