Trying times are times to try. The hammer shatters the glass but it forges the steel.
Adversity brings knowledge, and knowledge wisdom.
Adversity and loss make a man wise.
Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.’
The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.
Adversity exasperates fools, rejects cowards, draws out the faculties of the wise and industrious, puts the modest to the necessity of trying their skill, awes the opulent, and makes the idle industrious.
We all have strength enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
However, never daunted, I will cope with adversity in my traditional manner… sulking and nausea.
No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted.
What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.