|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.|
Acts. IX. 5.
| Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.|
|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.
| Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.|
CarlyleHeroes and Hero Worship. Lecture V.
| In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.|
Ecclesiastes. VIII. 14.
|Aromatic plants bestow|
No spicy fragrance while they grow;
But crushd or trodden to the ground,
Diffuse their balmy sweets around.
GoldsmithThe Captivity. Act I.
|Thou tamer of the human breast,|
Whose iron scourge and tortring hour
The bad affright, afflict the best!
GrayHymn to Adversity. St. 1.
| 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.)
|Adversæ res admonent religionum.|
Adversity reminds men of religion.
LivyAnnales. V. 51.
|The Good are better made by Ill,|
As odours crushed are sweeter still.
Saml RogersJacqueline. St. 3.
| 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.
| Gaudent magni viri rebus adversis non aliter, quam fortes milites bellis.|
Great men rejoice in adversity just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
SenecaDe Providentia. IV.
|Sweet are the uses of adversity;|
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. I. L. 12.
|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.
|Let me embrace thee, sour adversity,|
For wise men say it is the wisest course.
Henry VI. Pt. III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 24.
|His overthrow heapd happiness upon him;|
For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
And found the blessedness of being little.
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 64.
|Then know, that I have little wealth to lose;|
A man I am crossd with adversity.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 11.
| A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure.|
Sydney SmithSermon on the Duties of the Queen. (1837)
|In all distresses of our friends|
We first consult our private ends.
SwiftOn the Death of Dr. Swift.