Merriam-Webster defines adversity as a difficult situation, condition, misfortune or tragedy. We’re all going to face adversity in life and business.  It’s how we face and overcome adversity that matters. Are we going to let adversity beat us and hold us back? Or are we going to face adversity and overcome it? Adversity, not success, makes us stronger. We learn from adversity, not success. Adversity is the foundation for success. Here are some quotes to help you overcome adversity.


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


Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity. - Og Mandino


Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition, such as lifting weights, we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. – Stephen Covey


Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity and a provision in old age. – Aristotle


One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. – Albert Schweitzer


Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. -Napoleon Hill


Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course. – William Shakespeare


Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. - Zig Ziglar


Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. – Horace


Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. – Lou Holtz


We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. – Helen Keller


Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. – J.K. Rowling


The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it. – Vince Lombardi


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


There is no education like adversity. – Benjamin Disraeli


I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean


Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt


If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill


The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. – Harry Golden


We acquire the strength we have overcome. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far. – Uncle Remus


Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds. – Norman Vincent Peale


The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials. – Confucius


It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. - Isaac Asimov


Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates


There is no excellence uncoupled with difficulties. – Ovid


Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. - Author Unknown






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