Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.Francis Bacon
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New.Francis Bacon
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.seneca the younger
Aromatic plants bestow no spicy fragrance while they grow. But crush'd or trodden to the ground, diffuse their balmy sweets around.Oliver Goldsmith
The good are better made by ill, as odours crushed are sweeter still.samuel rogers
How full of briers is this working-day world!William Shakespeare, p. 7.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.thomas carlyle
It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.Acts, IX. 5. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
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
For in all adversity of fortune the worst sort of misery is to have been happy.Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
Adversity borrows its sharpest sting from impatience.Bishop Horne, p. 7. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
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