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In adversity be spirited and firm, and with equal prudence lessen your sail when filled with a too fortunate gale of prosperity.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Remember to be calm in adversity.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from our impatience.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

No man can smile in the face of adversity and mean it.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
      - Victor Hugo

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
      - Isocrates

Brave men ought not to be cast down by adversity.
      - Titus Caius Silius Italicus

It is noble and so regarded both among nations and individuals to keep faith in adversity.
      - Titus Caius Silius Italicus

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

As adversity leads us to think properly of our state, it is most beneficial to us.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Prosperity is too apt to prevent us from examining our conduct, but as adversity leads us to think properly of our state, it is most beneficial to us.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Our dependence upon God ought to be so entire and absolute that we should never think it necessary, in any kind of distress, to have recourse to human consolations.
      - Thomas a Kempis

In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us.
  [Fr., Dans l'adversite de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose ne nous deplaist pas.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxim

In adversity and difficulties arm yourself with firmness and fortitude.
      - Latin Quotations

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Adversity reminds men of religion.
  [Lat., Adverse res admonent religionum.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (V, 51)

In all cases of heart-ache, the application of another man's disappointment draws out the pain and allays the irritation.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humanity, calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.
      - Peter Marshall

Through danger safety comes--through trouble rest.
      - John Marston

It is easy in adversity to despise death; he has real fortitude who dares to live and be wretched.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

In the wounds our sufferings plough immortal love sows sovereign seed.
      - Gerald Massey

Adversity is a medicine which people are rather fond of recommending indiscriminately as a panacea for their neighbors. Like other medicines, it only agrees with certain constitutions. There are nerves which it braces, and nerves which it utterly shatters.
      - Justin Huntly McCarthy

We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort.
      - Mencius

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