Adversity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old adversity quotes, adversity sayings, and adversity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A hard beginning maketh a good ending.      

John Heywood (c. 1497-1580)

A stumble is not a fall.      

Haitian (on adversity)

A true champion believes in themselves when no one else does.      

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Adversity is a gift.      

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Adversity makes strange bedfellows.      

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Anyone can stand adversity but to test a person's character, give them power.      

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Constant dripping will wear away a stone.      

Greek Proverb

Difficulties make you a jewel.      

Japanese (on adversity)

Don't buy other people's problems.      

Chinese (on buying and selling)

Don't let the critics get you down.      

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Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit.      

Napolean Hill ()

Everybody makes mistakes.      

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Familiarity breeds contempt.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.      

William Congreve (1670-1729)

If God wants people to suffer, he sends them too much understanding.      

Yiddish (on balance and moderation)

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.      

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it.      

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

It is better to give than to receive.      

Jesus

It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back.      

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

It's not the end of the world.      

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Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do, doesn't mean it's useless.      

Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Kingdoms divided soon fall.      

Bible (Matthew 12:25)

Necessity never made a good bargain.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

No news is good news.      

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One man's beard is on fire; another man warms his hands on it.      

Kashmiri (on perversity)

Out of adversity comes opportunity.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Roll with the punches.      

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Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.      

African Proverb

When you die, make others cry because you left something behind not because they lost something.      

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When you fall into a pit, you either die or get out.      

Chinese (on adversity)