47 Overcoming Adversity Quotes and Sayings


There are many circumstances in life that can leave you confronted with adversity. Whether you are faced with a disaster or mishap, finding a way to overcome life’s challenges will lead you rising above. Here are some great adversity quotes and sayings that will help to leave things in perspective.

“A best friend is the only one that walks into your life when the world has walked out.”

“A poet should be so crafty with words that he is envied even for his pains.”

“Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go.”

“But if everything was always smooth and perfect, you’d get too used to that, you know? You have to have a little bit of disorganization now and then.”

“Challenge and adversity are meant to help you know who you are. Storms hit your weakness, but unlock your true strength.”

“Difficulties and adversities viciously force all their might on us and cause us to fall apart, but they are necessary elements of individual growth and reveal our true potential.”

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”

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

“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.”

“Hardships make or break people.”

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest.”

“I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”

“If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.”

“If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.”

“If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim.”

“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end.”

“Life is at its best when everything has fallen out of place, and you decide that you’re going to fight to get them right, not when everything is going your way and everyone is praising you.”

“Love is as simple as the absence of self given to another. God, when invited, fills the void of any unrequited love; hence loving is how one is drawn closer to God no matter its most horrific repercussions.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.”

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.”

“Nobody is exempt from the trials of life, but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times.””

“Often those that criticize others reveal what he himself lacks.”

“Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.”

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

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

“Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right.”

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.”

“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.”

“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”

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

“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”

“The roughest roads often lead to the top.”

“These are the times that try men’s souls.”

“To live greatly, we must develop the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and triumph with humility.”

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.”

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

“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.”

“Whenever something bad happens, keep calm, take a few deep breaths and shift the focus to something positive.”

“Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.”

“Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating.”

“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”

“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”

“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it.”

The best way to overcome adversity is to start with courage.

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