Ten Quotes to Help Us Overcome Adversity

Gems of wisdom to inspire us to scale life's biggest challenges.

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” —Chinese philosopher Laozi

“There is no education like adversity.” — Former UK Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” — American author and disability rights advocate Helen Keller

“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” — American philosopher William James

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — Television host and executive Oprah Winfrey

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — Former United States Attorney General Robert F Kennedy

“Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”— Civil rights activist Malcolm X

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — American writer Maya Angelou

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”— Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” — American novelist Truman Capote.

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