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ADVERSITY
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[ Also see Affliction Calamities Clouds Depression Desolation Difficulties Disappointment Disgrace Evil Failure Grief Hardship Ills Loss Misery Misfortune Poverty Prosperity Sickness Sorrow Stress Suffering Tragedy Trials Trouble Vicissitudes Woe ]

A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure.
      - Sydney Smith,
        Sermon on the Duties of the Queen

Adversity, sage useful guest,
  Severe instructor, but the best,
    It is from thee alone we know
      Justly to value things below.
      - William C. Somerville

There is healing in the bitter cup.
      - Robert Southey

Much dearer be the things which come through hard distress.
      - Herbert Spencer

The most affluent may be stripped of all, and find his worldly comforts, like so many withered leaves, dropping from him.
      - Laurence Sterne

Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and be understood by all.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

In all distresses of our friends
  We first consult our private ends;
    While Nature, kindly bent to ease us,
      Points out some circumstance to please us.
      - Jonathan Swift, On the Death of Dr. Swift,
        a paraphrase of Rochefoucauld's "Maxim"

All is well as long as the sun shines and the fair breath of heaven gently wafts us to our own purpose; but if you will try the excellency and feel the work of faith, place the man in a persecution.
      - Jeremy Taylor

As the ant does not wend her way to empty barns, so few friends will be found to haunt the place of departed wealth.
      - Unknown

The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly welded by the fiercest fire.
      - Unknown

When reduced by adversity, a man forgets the lofty tone and supercilious language of prosperity.
      - Unknown

In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.
      - Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung) (Chairman Mao)


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