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A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
~ Chinese Proverb - [Adversity]

 

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A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
~ English Proverb - [Adversity]

 

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A stumble may prevent a fall.
~ English Proverb - [Adversity]

 

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All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.
~ Ralph Ransom - [Adversity]

 

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Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape.
~ Mary Caroline Richards - [Adversity]

 

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Any port in a storm.
~ Scottish Proverb - [Adversity]

 

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Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you?
~ Qur'an - [Adversity]

 

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Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.
~ Jean Paul Richter - [Adversity]

 

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I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
~ Joan Rivers - [Adversity]

 

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I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.
~ J. C. (James Cash) Penney - [Adversity]

 

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Not everything which is bad comes to hurt us.
~ Italian Proverb - [Adversity]

 

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Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
~ Norman Vincent Peale - [Adversity]

 

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Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
~ Plutarch - [Adversity]

 

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Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.
~ Pliny The Elder - [Adversity]

 

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Stumbling is not falling.
~ Portuguese Proverb - [Adversity]

 

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That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.
~ Albert Pike - [Adversity]

 

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The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
~ Laurens Van du Post - [Adversity]

 

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The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem, it's their problem. If I see a door comin' my way, I'm knockin' it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window. I'll never let it stop me from what I wanna do.
~ Rosie Perez - [Adversity]

 

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The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep.
~ Sextus Propertius - [Adversity]

 

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Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.
~ Plutarch - [Adversity]

 

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