Great Throughts Treasury

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Related Quotes

Rabbi Akiva, fully Rebbe Akiva ben Yosef NULL

Rejoice in adversity even more than in prosperity, for suffering brings forgiveness of sin.

Adversity | Character | Forgiveness | Prosperity | Sin | Suffering | Wisdom | Forgiveness |

Richard Chenevix, fully Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin

The lessons of adversity are often the most benignant when they seem the most severe. The depression of vanity sometimes ennobles the feeling. The mind which does not wholly sink under misfortune rises above it more lofty than before, and is strengthened by affliction.

Adversity | Affliction | Character | Depression | Mind | Misfortune | Misfortune |

Euripedes NULL

It is wise even in adversity to listen to reason.

Adversity | Character | Reason | Wise |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

In adversity remember to keep an even mind.

Adversity | Character | Mind |

Philemon NULL

In this thing one man is superior to another, that he is better able to bear adversity and prosperity.

Adversity | Better | Character | Man | Prosperity |

Publius Syrus

Prosperity begets friends; adversity proves them.

Adversity | Character | Prosperity |

Francis Quarles

To bear adversity with an equal mind is both the sign and glory of a brave spirit.

Adversity | Character | Glory | Mind | Spirit |

Richard Francis Burton, fully Sir Richard Francis Burton

If adversity hath killed his thousands, prosperity hath killed his ten thousands; therefore adversity is to be preferred. The one deceives, the other instructs; the one is miserably happy, the other happily miserable; and therefore many philosophers have voluntarily sought adversity and commend it in their precepts.

Adversity | Happy | Prosperity | Wisdom |

James Burgh

In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.

Adversity | Change | Hope | Prosperity | Wisdom |

John W. Daniel, fully John Warwick Daniel

By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown.

Admiration | Adversity | Distress | Wisdom |

Henry Fielding

He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatest of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.

Adversity | Mind | Prosperity | Soul | Will | Wisdom |

John Angell James

To bear adversity with meek submission to the will of God; to endure chastisement with all long-suffering and joyfulness; to appear cheerful and amid surrounding gloom, hopeful amidst desponding circumstances, happy in God when there is nothing else to make us happy; he who does this has indeed made great advances in the divine life.

Adversity | Circumstances | Gloom | God | Happy | Life | Life | Nothing | Submission | Suffering | Will | Wisdom | God |

Lucretius, fully Titus Lucretius Carus NULL

Watch a man in times of ... adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off.

Adversity | Heart | Man | Truth | Wisdom | Words |

Hasdai Ibn Shaprut

It is not every calamity that is a curse, and early adversity is often a blessing. Surmounted difficulties not only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles.

Adversity | Calamity | Future | Teach | Wisdom | Calamity |