Overcoming Adversity

  1. The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest and therefore when most was required of imagination in order to build it all. Limitations seem to have always been the best friends of architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!  When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up – the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 (Living Bible)
  3. So be truly glad!  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here.  These trials are only to test your faith, to see whether or not it is strong and pure. 1 Peter 1:6 (Living Bible)
  4. Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories. Billy Graham
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller
  8. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. Lena Horne
  9. Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. Socrates
  10. No man is more unhappy than the one who is never in adversity; the greatest affliction of life is never to be afflicted. Hugo Victor
  11. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. Albert Camus
  12. Suffering cheerfully endured, ceases to be suffering and is transmuted into an ineffable joy. Mahatma Gandhi
  13. I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. Mark Twain
  14. The nearer the dawn the darker the night. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  15. When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. Peter Marshall
  16. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse. Helen Keller
  17. That which is bitter to endure may be sweet to remember. Thomas Fuller
  18. Do not let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
  19. An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. G. K. Chesterton
  20. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken.  We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.  We are hunted down, but God never abandons us.  We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. 2 Corinthians 4:8,9 (Living Bible)

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