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Quotations about adversity

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

 - Abraham Lincoln

Stephen KingHarry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.

 - Stephen King

EpicurusYou don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

 - Epicurus

Francis QuarlesIn the height of thy prosperity expect adversity, but fear it not. If it come not, thou art the more sweetly possessed of the happiness thou hast, and the more strongly confirmed. If it come, thou art the more gently dispossessed of the happiness thou hadst, and the more firmly prepared.

 - Francis Quarles

As gold is tried by the furnace, and the baser metal shown, so the hollow-hearted friend is known by adversity.

 - Pietro Metastasio

Niccolo MachiavelliIt is a true observation of ancient writers, that as men are apt to be cast down by adversity, so they are easily satiated with prosperity, and that joy and grief produce the same effects. For whenever men are not obliged by necessity to fight they fight from ambition, which is so powerful a passion in the human breast that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

 - Niccolò Machiavelli

Horace Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

 - Horace

John KeatsDo you not see how necessary a world of pain and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?

 - John Keats

Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.

 - Soren Kierkegaard

Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep; thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being; and only suffering teaches him this.

 - Simone Weil