54+ Best Adversity Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Overcoming adversity can be a challenge. After experiencing an adverse event, you can either view it as a blessing which will eventually make you stronger and wiser, or allow your past to control the rest of your life. Inspirational adversity quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

If you’re searching for famous encouraging quotes and greatest insecurity quotes that perfectly capture what you’d like to say or just want to feel inspired yourself, browse through an amazing collection of famous ambition quotes, inspiring purpose quotes and powerful persistence quotes.

Most Famous Adversity Quotes

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. Lou Holtz

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. Booker T. Washington

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Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends. Plutarch

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. Harry Golden

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about. Haruki Murakami

Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I built my life. J.K. Rowling

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. Abraham Lincoln

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspirational Adversity Quotes

Success is 99 percent failure. Soichiro Honda

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end. Roy T. Bennett

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. William Arthur Ward

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever. Roy T. Bennett

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself. Samuel Jackson

If you want to find out what a man is to the bottom, give him power. Any man can stand adversity — only a great man can stand prosperity. It is the glory of Abraham Lincoln that he never abused power only on the side of mercy. Robert Ingersoll

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather

Prosperity is not without many fears and distates; adversity not without many comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon

There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out. Lou Reed

There are uses to adversity, and they don’t reveal themselves until tested. Whether it’s serious illness, financial hardship, or the simple constraint of parents who speak limited English, difficulty can tap unexpected strengths. Sonia Sotomayor

There is no education like adversity. Disraeli

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou

There is no education like adversity. Benjamin Disraeli

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. Jimmy Dean

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the hero” within us is revealed. Bob Riley

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Theodore Roosevelt

Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. Edgar Allan Poe

Adversity is the first path to truth. Lord Byron

Seize every opportunity along the way, for how sad it would be if the road you chose became the road not taken. Robert Brault

The most successful people see adversity not as a stumbling block, but as a stepping-stone to greatness. Shawn Anchor

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ Muhammad Ali

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. William James

Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. Oprah Winfrey

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle

Fire is the test of gold. Adversity, of strong men. Martha Graham

When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up. Roy T. Bennett

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Napoleon Hill

Motivational Adversity Quotes

Sometimes good comes through adversity. I would not be who I am today had it not been for the internment, and I like who I am. Ruth Asawa

Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. Steve Jobs

One thing about championship teams is they’re resilient. No matter what is thrown at them, no matter how deep the hole, find a way to bounce back and overcome adversity. Nick Saban

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Barbara De Angelis

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. Hugh Allen

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Hellen Keller

Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Maltbie Babcock

In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser and happier as a result. Joseph B. Wirthlin

I haven’t always acted or reacted in a way that made me proud, but I didn’t make that same mistake twice, and I think that’s what I love about adversity is that it always reminds me of what’s really valuable in life. Sandra Bullock

Turning feelings into words can help us process and overcome adversity. Sheryl Sandberg

It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life story will develop. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you. Mary Tyler Moore

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. Zig Ziglar

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