“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

When things go wrong, they seem to happen all at once, back to back; like murphy’s law states, whatever would go wrong would go wrong. Life is a roller coaster ride; sometimes you are up, sometimes you are down, sometimes you want to smile, but you can only cry. Life can be extremely rough and tough, but the key to navigating life’s vicissitudes is to know that everything in life is impermanent. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do; this too shall pass; whatever does not kill you makes you stronger. The sun will rise tomorrow, every wound would heal, and the challenges are not here to stay; they are here to make you a better version of yourself.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Here are 30 great quotes on Adversity:

  • “The journey is never-ending. There’s always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what’s right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.” – Antonio Brown
  • “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
  • “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” – William J. Clinton
  • “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.” – Arthur Golden
  • “In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.” – John Churton Collins
  • “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”-Booker T. Washington
  • “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill
  • “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the “hero” within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley
  • “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Albert Einstein
  • “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami
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Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.”– Robert A. Heinlein

  • We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”– Barbara De Angelis
  • Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”– Lou Holtz
  • There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”– Malcolm X
  • “In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.” – Robert Collier
  • “Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.” – Elizabeth Hardwick
  • “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” — Walt Disney
  • “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” – Seneca
  • “Don’t hope that events will turn out the way you want, welcome events in whichever way they happen: this is the path to peace.” – Epictetus
  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie,
  • “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  • “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”- Hellen Keller
  • “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley
  • “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Challenge and adversity are meant to help you know who you are. Storms hit your weakness, but unlock your true strength.” – Roy T. Bennett
  • “To have a right estimate of a man’s character, we must see him in misfortune.” – Napoleon, 
  • “Adversity attracts the man of character. He seeks out the bitter joy of responsibility.”—  Charles de Gaulle,
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “The difference between a good life and a bad life is how well you walk through the fire.” –  Carl Jung
  • “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  • “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

All the Best in your quest to get Better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.

Lanre is a Digital Strategy Specialist with 8+ years experience in System Administration, Cloud Computing, and Digital Marketing. He is an avid reader, marathon runner(10+), lifelong learner, and loves blogging about self-improvement and personal re-invention. Contact E-mail: lanre.dahunsi@gmail.com

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