great calamity and
confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest
is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is
elicited from the darkest storm.—Colton.
- In the
of prosperity we
have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity only
bruis'd with adversity,
minds are tamed and subdued
by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.—Washington Irving.
We bid be
we hear it cry;
But were we
with like weight of pain,
As much, or
should ourselves complain.
not always angry when
he strikes, but most chastises those whom most he likes.—Pomfret.
of my adversity has
purged the mass of my acquaintance.—Bolingbroke.
thorn delightful wisdom
grows; In every rill a sweet instruction flows.—Dr. Young.
cares, or sharp
conclude it best
it should be so,
faint in the day of
adversity, thy strength is small.—Proverbs 24:10.
has the effect of
eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain
wild world the fondest
and the best are the most tried, most troubled and distress'd.—Crabbe.
lessons of adversity are
often the most benignant when they seem the most severe. The depression
of vanity sometimes ennobles the feeling. The mind which does not
sink under misfortune rises above it more lofty than before, and is
healing in the bitter
is the blessing of
the Old Testament, adversity is the blessing of the New, which carrieth
the greater benediction, and the clearer revelation of God's
- In all
cases of heart-ache,
the application of another man's disappointment draws out the pain and
allays the irritation.—Lytton.
Lord loveth He chasteneth.—Hebrews
brightest crowns that are
worn in heaven have been tried and smelted and polished and glorified
the furnace of tribulation.—Chapin.
morality is preserved
only in the school of adversity, and a state of continuous prosperity
easily prove a quicksand to virtue.—Schiller.