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Adversity Quotes

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.

Author: Heraclitus

Profession: Greek Philosopher

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

Author: Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

Profession: American Speaker, Motivational Writer, ''Think and Grow Rich''

In my room as a kid... I'd play a fighter and get knocked to the floor and come back to win.

Author: Dustin Hoffman (1937)

Profession: American Actor

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

Author: Lou Holtz (1937)

Profession: American Football Coach

Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.

Author: Homer

Profession: Greek Epic Poet

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

As a rule, adversity reveals genius and prosperity hides it.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.

Author: Doug Horton


Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.

Author: Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)

Profession: American Journalist, Author

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

There is in every 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.

Author: Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Profession: American Author