Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.
Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight.
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
By courage I repel adversity.
(Adversa Virtute Repello)
He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.
Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.
Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
Adversity is the touchstone of friendship.
Adversity is the trial of principle. Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not.
He that can heroically endure adversity will bear prosperity with equal greatness of the soul; for the mind that cannot be dejected by the former is not likely to be transported without the latter.
In adversity remember to keep an even mind.
You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity.
—J. K. Rowling
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
—John Churton Collins