And these vicissitudes come best in youth; For when they happen at a riper age, People are apt to blame the Fates, forsooth, And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth: He who hath proved war, storm or womans rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won the experience which is deemd so weighty. ByronDon Juan. Canto XII. St. 50.
Dans ladversité de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose qui ne nous deplaist pas. In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. La RochefoucauldMaxim 99. (Ed. 1665. Suppressed in 3rd ed. Quoted as old saying.)
Ecce spectaculum dignum, ad quod respiciat intentus operi suo Deus. Ecce par Deo dignum, vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus. Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. SenecaLib. de Divina Providentia.
A wretched soul, bruisd with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burthend with like weight of pain, As much, or more, we should ourselves complain. Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 34.