31 Real Life Quotes to Overcome Adversity

by  Darpan Sachdeva

Lao Tzu said it best,“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”


During the course of  our lives we all go through those down and dark period in life.Its when we feel everything falling apart for us and nothing seems to work.

We want to give up on everything what we have worked upon and  dreams of for years.This is the stage what we call as “Adversity”.

Adversity is inevitable, but difficulties or misfortunes don’t have to keep you from achieving your intended goals and finding the happiness you seek in business and in life.It’s how you overcome these adversities can make all the difference.

Every challenge we successfully conquer serves to strengthen not only our will, but our confidence, and therefore our ability to confront future obstacles.

So, the next time you find yourself standing in front of a huge mountain that feels impossible to climb–whether it involves your job, partner or business– refer to these wise words and inspirational quotes to help you find your way and remember why you started on this journey in the first place.


Down below  31 quotes on adversity would keep you on track towards your road to success and give you strength all through.

1.Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~Oprah Winfrey

2.There is no education like adversity. ~Disraeli

3.“Colors come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunlit sky.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

4.I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. ~Jewish Proverb

5.Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

6..Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. ~Abraham Lincoln

7. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’~Muhammad Ali

8.“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”~ Desmond Tutu

9.“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” ~Winston Churchill

10.“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”~ Jack London


11.I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

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

13.If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself. ~Russian Proverb

14.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. ~Lucretius, On the Nature of Things

15.“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

16.Success is 99 percent failure.~Soichiro Honda

17.Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go~.William Feather

18.Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt

19.Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.~Napoleon Hill

20.Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. ~Steve Jobs


21.Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.~W. Clement Stone

22.“Sacrifice has great value in that it not only achieves personal success but builds successful communities, nations and humanity. Each moment spent in selfless sacrifice makes you a stronger person, and such strength fosters the required determination to cope with adversity and hardship for the sake of others.”~Vishwas Chavan

23.Things are never so bad they can’t be made worse. ~From the movie The African Queen

24.“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” ~Zig Ziglar

25.“I am not what has happened to me, I am what I chose to become.”~ Carl Jung

26.“Getting knocked down in life is a given, getting up and moving forward is a choice.”~ Zig Ziglar

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

28.Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.” Unknown

29.“To solve a problem, you need to remove the cause, not the symptom.”
Liezi, Lieh-tzu: A Taoist Guide to Practical Livin

30.The spiritual path is not strewn with roses. ~Haridas Chaudhuri

31.“No one could endure lasting adversity if it continued to have the same force as when it first hit us. We are all tied to Fortune, some by a loose and golden chain, and others by a tight one of baser metal: but what does it matter? We are all held in the same captivity, and those who have bound others are themselves in bonds – unless you think perhaps that the left-hand chain is lighter. One man is bound by high office, another by wealth; good birth weighs down some, and a humble origin others; some bow under the rule of other men and some under their own; some are restricted to one place by exile, others by priesthoods: all life is a servitude.

So you have to get used to your circumstances, complain about them as little as possible, and grasp whatever advantage they have to offer: no condition is so bitter that a stable mind cannot find some consolation in it.”
~ Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Blog PhotoDarpan Sachdeva is the CEO and Founder of Nobelthoughts.com. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship, Self development & Success, Darpan started his website with the intention of educating and inspiring like minded people all over the world to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.To keep going and never get disheartened and learn from every adversity.

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