Quotes Dealing With Adversity

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"Do not pray for a light burden----Pray for a strong back."

"I like the man who faces what he must with step triumphant and a heart of cheer; who fights the daily battle without fear; sees his hopes fail, yet keeps unfaltering trust that God is God; that somehow, true and just, His plans work out for mortals;..."

(from"Unfaltering Trust," by Sarah K. Bolton) Quoted by El Ray L. Christiansen, BYU Speeches, Jan. 6, 1960, p. 3 (audio only)

"Have you GROWN or did you GROAN!!"

"Thank God for what you have.  Trust God for what you need."

"The time to be happy is now.  The place to be happy is here.  The way to be happy is to make others so."

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles----It empties today of its strength."

"No trial is joyous for the present but grievous to be borne; 
but trials yield their blessings, when patiently endured."

John Taylor Journal of Discourses, Vol.6, p.166-7

"Self-pity is an acid which eats holes in happiness."

~Earl Nightingale~

"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us."

~ Voltaire ~

"Sometimes adversity impels a person to greater heights, and sometimes it provides the opportunity for that person to be a blessing in the lives of others."

Norma H. Hill (Ensign, August 1984, page 64)

"If, as do trees, our souls had rings to measure the years of greatest personal growth, the wide rings would likely reflect the years of greatest moisture--but from tears, not rainfall."

Neal A Maxwell From his book "Quotes"

"I take nothing for granted.  I now have only good days, or great days."

Lance Armstrong

"In relation to events that will yet take place, the kind of trials, troubles, and sufferings which we shall have to cope with, it is to me a matter of very little moment; these things are in the hands of God, he dictates the affairs of the human family, and directs and controls our affairs; and the great thing that we, as a people, have to do is to seek after and cleave unto our God, to be in close affinity with him, and to seek for his guidance, and his blessing and Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the right path. Then it matters not what it is nor who it is that we have to contend with, God will give us strength according to our day."

John Taylor - "Journal of Discourses" - 18:282

"I trust that God wouldn't give me more than I can handle.  I just wish he didn't have such faith in me."

Mother Teresa

"The Lord does allow darkness and struggle and pain.  He often uses it to call us to him.  Using my own children as examples, I've come to know that the one who is playing happily is so preoccupied with pleasant experiences that he sometimes may not respond when I call and may even run farther away. "But the child who has been hurt, or is in pain, seeks me out, comes to me readily, knocks at my door (if you will), and is anxious for me to help and be healed."

Jeffrey R. Holland: "In the Thick of Life's Urgencies" 
"BYU Speeches of the Year", 11 September 1984

"All our losses and sufferings will be made up to us in the resurrection."

Bruce R. McConkie  (Ensign, November 1976, page 108)

"Greatness is best measured by how well an individual responds to the happenings in life that appear to be totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved."

Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, November 1984, page 22)

"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

James Baldwin

"If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. 
"Maybe that's what it's all about after all . . ."


The road is better because you have traveled it.

"There is a divine purpose in the adversities we encounter every day.  They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless."

James E. Faust  (May 1979 Ensign "The Refiner's Fire")

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