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

A stumble is not a fall.      

Haitian (on adversity)

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


Adversity is a gift.      


Adversity makes strange bedfellows.      

William Shakespeare

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

Abraham Lincoln

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.      


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

Napoleon Hill

Everybody makes mistakes.      


Familiarity breeds contempt.      


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.      

William Congreve

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

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is better to give than to receive.      


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

Charles Dickens

It's not the end of the world.      


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

Thomas Edison

Kingdoms divided soon fall.      

Bible (Matthew 12:25)

Necessity never made a good bargain.      

Benjamin Franklin

No news is good news.      


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

Kashmiri (on perversity)

Out of adversity comes opportunity.      

Benjamin Franklin

Roll with the punches.      


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)