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Adverse

Definition: Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavourable.
Number of Quotes: 18

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Maya Angelou

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

A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
Confucius

There is no education like adversity.
Benjamin Disraeli

It is difficulties that show what men are.
Epictetus

Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Ernest Hemingway

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.
In the Harbor
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is a common fault of men not to reckon on storms in fair weather.
Niccolò Machiavelli

I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Richard Nixon

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Richard Nixon

Prosperity is no just scale; adversity is the only balance to weigh friends.
Plutarch

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The highest form of success ... comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Theodore Roosevelt

Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare

Success is measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington

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