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Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
When the world is in the midst of change, when adversity and opportunity are almost indistinguishable, this is the time for visionary leadership and when leaders need to look beyond the survival needs of those they're serving.
The Adversity Index was created by msnbc.com and Moody's Analytics to track the economic fortunes of states and metro areas. Each month, the Adversity Index uses government data on employment, industrial production, housing starts and home prices to label each area as expanding, at risk of recession, in recession or recovering.
People that are brilliant and successful, we think they've just always been that way. That's not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It's prepared them. I've never felt like you could develop character without adversity.
Adversity has a way of introducing a man to himself.
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
William Arthur Ward
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
As years passed away I have formed the habit of looking back upon that former self as upon another person, the remembrance of whose emotions has been a solace in adversity and added zest to the enjoyment of prosperity.
There is no education like adversity.
Sometimes good comes through adversity. I would not be who I am today had it not been for the internment, and I like who I am.
The firmest of friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
Charles Caleb Colton
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward.
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported with the later.
As a lifelong practitioner of martial arts, I'm trained to remain calm in the face of adversity and danger.
Everything that I've ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance.
In 'Gravity,' nearly everything is a metaphor for the main character. The way I tend to approach a film is that character and background are equally important; one informs the other. Here, Sandra Bullock is caught between Earth and the void of the universe, just floating there in between. We use the debris as a metaphor for adversity.
If you ask me why I've succeeded, it's because I was in the Royal Marines. You have this unbelievable sense of achievement and of overcoming adversity. That's the confidence it breeds.
Grit your teeth and smile. In the face of adversity, go. They don't deserve you.
I wish that only three residents of Tel Aviv could see what conditions on the West Bank are like. Living in such proximity, most Israelis have no idea about the adversity on the West Bank.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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