Adversity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old adversity quotes, adversity sayings, and adversity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A hard beginning maketh a good ending. John Heywood
A stumble is not a fall. Haitian (on adversity)
A true champion believes in themselves when no one else does. nosagirl05
Adversity is a gift. unknown
Adversity makes strange bedfellows. William Shakespeare
Anyone can stand adversity but to test a person's character, give them power. Abraham Lincoln
Constant dripping will wear away a stone. Greek Proverb
Difficulties make you a jewel. Japanese (on adversity)
Don't buy other people's problems. Chinese (on buying and selling)
Don't let the critics get you down. unknown
Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill
Everybody makes mistakes. unknown
Familiarity breeds contempt. Aesop
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. William Congreve
If God wants people to suffer, he sends them too much understanding. Yiddish (on balance and moderation)
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham Maslow
If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is better to give than to receive. Jesus
It is the last straw that breaks the camel's back. Charles Dickens
It's not the end of the world. unknown
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do, doesn't mean it's useless. Thomas Edison
Kingdoms divided soon fall. Bible (Matthew 12:25)
Necessity never made a good bargain. Benjamin Franklin
No news is good news. unknown
One man's beard is on fire; another man warms his hands on it. Kashmiri (on perversity)
Out of adversity comes opportunity. Benjamin Franklin
Roll with the punches. unknown
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. African Proverb
When you die, make others cry because you left something behind not because they lost something. Submitter's name lost
When you fall into a pit, you either die or get out. Chinese (on adversity)