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That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.
      - Norman Vincent Peale

Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity.
      - Periander of Corinth

Adversity, which makes us indulgent to others, renders them severe towards us.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
      - Plutarch

When Providence, for secret ends;
  Corroding cares, or sharp affliction, sends;
    We must conclude it best it should be so;
      And not desponding or impatient grow.
      - John Pomfret

Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
      - Colin Powell

He that has no cross deserves no crown.
      - Francis Quarles

Clouds are the veil behind which the face of day coquettishly hides itself, to enhance its beauty.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The Good are better made by Ill,
  As odours crushed are sweeter still.
      - Samuel Rogers, Jacqueline (st. 3)

Genuine, morality is preserved only in the school of adversity, and a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quicksand to virtue.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The willow which bends to the tempest often escapes better than the oak, which resists it; and so, in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Great men rejoice in adversity just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
  [Lat., Gaudent magni viri rebus adversis non aliter, quam fortes milites bellis.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        De Providentia (IV)

Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune.
  [Lat., Ecce spectaculum dignum, ad quod respiciat intentus operi suo Deus. Ecce par Deo dignum, vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Lib. de Divina Providentia

Bold, adversity
  Cries out for noble York and Somerset,
    To beat assailing death from his weak legions.
      And whiles the honorable captain there
        Drops bloody sweat from his war-wearied limbs.
      - William Shakespeare

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
  Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
      And this our life, exempt from human haunt,
        Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
          Sermons in stones, and good in everything.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, i)

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
  Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
    Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Duke Senior at II, i)

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity,
  For wise men say it is the wisest course.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at III, i)

Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Friar Laurence at III, iii)

A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,
  We bid be quiet when we hear it cry.
    But were we burd'ned with like weight of pain,
      As much or more we should ourselves complain:
        So thou, that hast no unkind mate to grieve thee,
          With urging helpless patience wouldst relieve me;
            But if thou live to see like right bereft,
              This fool-begged patience in thee will be left.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Adriana at I, ii)

His overthrow heaped happiness upon him;
  For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
    And found the blessedness of being little.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Griffith at IV, ii)

Then know, that I have little wealth to lose.
  A man I am, crossed with adversity;
    My riches are these poor habiliments,
      Of which if you should here disfurnish me,
        You take the sum and substance that I have.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Valentine at IV, i)

As the flint contains the spark, unknown to itself, which the steel alone can awaken to life, so adversity often reveals to us hidden gems, which prosperity or negligence would forever have hidden.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

The truly great and good, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm-tree, to strive most upwards when it is most burdened.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

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