45 Quotes About Facing Adversity

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Adversity is associated with feelings of negativity and conflict. This is not always the case. Adversity can bring many advantages to your life as well. Here is a look at some of the best quotes about adversity to get you inspired.

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.”

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.”

“As long as you keep getting born, it’s alright to die some times.”

“Bad is never good until worse happens.”

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?”

“Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.”

“Earth’s tribulations diminish in proportion to the elevation of our souls.”

“Enduring habits I hate…. Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.”

“For thirty years now, in times of stress and strain, when something has me backed against the wall and I’m ready to do something really stupid with my anger, a sorrowful face appears in my mind and asks…”

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”

“I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.”

“I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”

“I shall come, not as one who has escaped pain, but as one who has glorified it.”

“If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy.”

“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire—then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. Life is inconvenient.”

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

“If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.”

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

“Say not that this or that thing came to thwart you; it only came to test you.”

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.”

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

“Sometimes in tragedy we find our life’s purpose — the eye sheds a tear to find its focus.”

“Sometimes the littlest things in life are the hardest to take. You can sit on a mountain more comfortably than on a tack.”

“The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he’s got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.”

“The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.”

“The only thing that’s the end of the world is the end of the world.”

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”

“The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back.”

“The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.”

“There is no education like adversity.”

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

“Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse.”

“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”

“We find comfort among those who agree with us — growth among those who don’t.”

“We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.”

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.”

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”

“You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.”

“You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.”

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

“You peer into my life to find a lingering past, but I tell you it was sunk ten thousand fathoms deep and weighted down with my dead self.”

There are many pros and cons to adversity. If you have a story of your own, do not be afraid to share it and inspire others.