Adversity will usually start to resolve itself when you begin to take action.
— Rick Pitino
Pray not for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.
— Theodore Roosevelt
The game was to just find something about everything to be glad about – no matter what it was. You see, when you’re hunting for the glad things, you sort of forget the other kind.
— Eleanor Porter
If you don’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.
— Erk Russell
The way you react to adversity is the key to success. People who succeed are the ones who respond the right way in adverse circumstances.
— Tom Landry, to his players after he was fired as head coach of the Cowboys
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
A worldly loss often turns into spiritual gain.
— Hazrat Khan
Difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
— Isak Dinesen
Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.
— Robert Leighton
If those tough times hadn’t happened, who’s to say I’d be playing in the NFL. It really helped my determination, drive and character. Everybody has overcome something in their lives. It’s all about how you take those challenges and use them for the better.
— Michael Lehan
The accomplishments of those born blind are a sure proof of how much the spirit can achieve when difficulties are placed in its way.
— George Lightenberg
Don’t be frustrated by your own inexperience. All green things grow and blossom eventually with enough nurturing.
God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way.
— Leighton Ford
For all the kids out there who are struggling, and whose peers say they’re terrible, I hope I’m an inspiration. If they love it and just keep plugging away at it, something good will come out of it.
— Amy Van Dyken
To change a behavior, we must be willing to experience a certain degree of discomfort.
— Marie Lindquist
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.
Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.
— Hank Aaron
There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
— Pearl Buck
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except for those who dare to believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
— Bruce Barton
If you can’t see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird or a dewy morning glory.
— Mary Bethune
I am not ashamed to confess that twenty-five years ago I was a hired laborer, hauling rails, at work on a flatboat.
— Abraham Lincoln
One great technique to deal with your fears in the face of adversity is to recount past challenges that you have successfully overcome. Your ability to manage present circumstances is improved when you recall past fears that were never ultimately realized.
— Art Berg
Pain is only temporary. . . the benefits last forever.
— Jack Canfield
You have to have faith that there is a reason you go through certain things. I can’t say I am glad to go through pain, but in a way one must, in order to gain courage and really feel joy.
— Carol Burnett
Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest song, the most touching poems, the most gripping stories and inspiring lives.
— Billy Graham
There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.
— Fred Rogers
The real irony is this: some of the happiest, most joy-filled people I know are people who have been through some of the worst pain in the world. I don’t know exactly why that happens, but this is my guess: once we’re no longer afraid to feel any feeling that comes our way, we really do become happy, joyous and free.
— Melody Beattie
Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage.
— John F. Kennedy
Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.
— Lou Holtz
I believe that God gave us crises for some reason – and it certainly wasn’t for us to say that everything about them is bad. A crisis can be a momentous time for a team to grow.
— Mike Krzyzewski
In crises the most daring course is often safest.
— Henry Kissinger
In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature’s way of forcing change – breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place.
— Susan Taylor