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  Adversity teaches us life's most valuable lessons.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Adversity brings us into deep waters not to drown us, but to cleanse us.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  One must put on a brave display even in adversity.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Be frugal in prosperity, fear not in adversity.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Many can bear adversity, but few contempt.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Tenacity and adversity are old foes.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Prosperity gets followers, but adversity distinguishes them.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Adversity is the foundation of virtue.  
 -  English proverb
  

  One who has never met adversity will not develop foresight.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  The value of prosperity is known by adversity.  
 -  American proverb
  

  Adversity is easier borne than prosperity forgot.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Look upon adversity as opportunity in disguise.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Adversity and loss make a man wise.  
 -  Welsh proverb
  

  Prosperity glitters and adversity shrivels.  
 -  Arabic proverb
  

  Adversity brings knowledge, and knowledge wisdom.  
 -  Welsh proverb
  

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

  Adversity tests the sincerity of friends.  
 -  Aesop
  

  One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Back, n. That part of your friend which it is your privilege to contemplate in your adversity.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity, and stumble from defeat to defeat.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  One who was adored by all in prosperity is abhorred by all in adversity.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  There is no education like adversity.  
 -  Benjamin Disraeli
  

  Experience teaches that the time to buy stocks is when their price is unduly depressed by temporary adversity. In other words, they should be bought on a bargain basis or not at all.  
 -  Benjamin Graham
  

  If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.  
 -  Bill Clinton
  

  Be too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear, and too happy to tumble in adversity.  
 -  Carlson Gracie
  

  Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its griefs and anxieties.  
 -  Cicero
  

  It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.  
 -  Dalai Lama
  

  In prosperity, our friends know us. In adversity, we know our friends.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.  
 -  John Wooden
  

  In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.  
 -  Lee Iacocca
  

  There are times in everyone's life when something constructive is born out of adversity. There are times when things seem so bad that you've got to grab your fate by the shoulders and shake it.  
 -  Lee Iacocca
  

  There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.  
 -  Martha Graham
  

  Adversity will do something to you or for you.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

  Don't be afraid of a little opposition. Remember that the kite of success generally rises against the wind of adversity - not with it.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

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

  Friendships that are won by awards, and not by greatness and nobility of soul, although deserved, yet are not real, and cannot be depended upon in time of adversity.  
 -  Niccolo Machiavelli
  

  I'm just one small, tiny example. Pick any true-life hero, whether it's Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, or the Reverend Martin Luther King and you'll find someone who had to weather adversity - prison, violence, even the threat of death - but held on to the belief that their dreams could prevail.  
 -  Nick Vujicic
  

  Championships, in games and in life, are won by those who have learned to cope with adversity.  
 -  Og Mandino
  

  Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse.  
 -  Og Mandino
  

  Where victims see adversity, extreme achievers see opportunity.  
 -  Robin Sharma
  

  Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.  
 -  Seneca
  

  The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.  
 -  Seneca
  

  Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most effective way to confront adversity.  
 -  Thich Nhat Hanh
  

  Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

  Adversity doesn't build character; it reveals it.  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  Never tell people your troubles. Half of them are not interested and the other half are glad you're getting what's coming to you.  
 -  Tommy Cooper
  

  Character is built by adversity, but strong character is not the inevitable result of adversity. It all depends on how we choose to respond to the circumstances of life. Setbacks and struggles can shape us into something exceptional or something entirely unremarkable. It's how we respond to the difficulty and what we learn from it that upgrades our character.  
 -  Tommy Newberry
  

  Adversity doesn't build your character. Adversity reveals your character.  
 -  Unknown
  

  There is no greater success than to have Faith in spite of adversity, Love in spite of hatefulness of others and compassion for ignorance.  
 -  Unknown
  

  All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.  
 -  Washington Irving
  

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

  The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are meant to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.  
 -  William Arthur Ward
  

  As the valley gives height to the mountain, so can sorrow give meaning to pleasure; as the well is the source of the fountain, deep adversity can be a treasure.  
 -  William Arthur Ward
  

  Prosperity is a great teacher, adversity a greater.  
 -  William Hazlitt
  

  Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.  
 -  William Somerset Maugham
  

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