A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.
A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
A heart well prepared for adversity in bad times hopes, and in good times fears for a change in fortune.
A man is a god in ruins.
A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.
A reasonable amount o fleas is good for a dog — keeps him from brooding over being a dog, maybe.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
A stumble may prevent a fall.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.
Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
Adversities do not make a man frail. They show what sort of man he is.
Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.
Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life's relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist — it reduces him to his fighting weight.
Adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it.
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.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.