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families struggling with adversity
  an unfortunate state or event
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  • families struggling with adversity
  • a period marked by adversities
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity...
    George Washington

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  • Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.
    Cicero
  • 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.
    Anne Bradstreet
  • Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
    Socrates
  • In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
    John Churton Collins
  • A wretched soul, bruis’d with adversity,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Achievement through adversity and all that.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • She mostly told stories of trials and tribulations and battling adversity and Diana Ross.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • We talk of people rising heroically in times of adversity, but I think that’s rarer than we’d like to believe.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • …MacPherson who scoffed at everything Inigo knew, it was MacPherson who said, "Thibault, Thibault is fine if you fight in a ballroom, but what if you meet your enemy on terrain that is tilted and you are below him," and for a week, Inigo studied all the moves from below, and then MacPherson put him on a hill in the upper position, and when those moves were mastered, MacPherson kept right on, for he was a cripple, his legs stopped at the knee, and so he had a special feel for adversity.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • (It was something of a pleasure to show off how handily he dealt with adversity.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • This conviction that they fought for their homes and women gave many Confederate soldiers remarkable staying power in the face of adversity.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • "But hey, what’s life without a little adversity?"
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Despite the Dreck that’s been written in the Gospels, adversity produces not understanding and compassion, but cruelty.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • While both men had the compact grace of athletes, Frank’s was the build of a tennis player, Jamie’s the body of a warrior, shaped—and battered—by the abrasion of sheer physical adversity.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Thankfully Andy, who had been my companion in adversity before, understood that the last thing I wanted was to talk.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He dealt with every manner of adversity with calm, adaptive acceptance.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • They mean that adversity tests one’s strength of character.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Had the hour of adversity come?
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • That a god should put up with adversity, I could understand.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But Caroline Beaufort possessed a mind of an uncommon mould, and her courage rose to support her in her adversity.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I am accustomed to adversity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • With just nine days to go before their first game, Luma figured her best shot at getting this disparate group of boys to bond was to make them face adversity together.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He didn’t triumph over adversity.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I persevere and thrive on adversity.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Major — de Coverley, a Spartan in adversity, did not flinch once throughout the whole hideous ordeal.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The common bond of humanity and decency that we share is stronger than any conflict, any adversity, any challenge.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Her soul had been baked hard in the fire of adversity, and there was no altering it now; life to her was the hunt for daily bread, and ideas existed for her only as they bore upon that.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • When the boy headed off into the Alaska bush, he entertained no illusions that he was trekking into a land of milk and honey; peril, adversity, and Tol-stoyan renunciation were precisely what he was seeking.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • So you feel the need to pit yourself against adversity in order to test your abilities.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The Illuminati had no doubt expected the Vatican to be their usual reticent selves in the face of adversity.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • What we really want them to learn is far more important: teamwork, perseverance, sportsmanship, the value of hard work, an ability to deal with adversity.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • She had always been exposed completely naked to the sharp wind of adversity; now it seemed to her she was clothed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The long, dull monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He’d also demonstrated a remarkable ability to prevail over adversity.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • If you could see it all, before you go- all the adversity you face at sea- you would stay here, and guard this house, and be immortal-though you wanted her forever, that bride for whom you pine each day.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He had hardened himself against adversity.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He has adversity for both in mind until you take high Troy, or are defeated, beated back to your deep-sea-going ships.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • The wounded bustard had been completely forgotten, and from heat and thirst was suffering greatly until her friendly care revived it, and it was tied to a tree and allowed to move about, its fierce spirit greatly tamed by adversity.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • When the wind of adversity began to blow upon the housekeeping of the Rue des Fossoyeurs—that is to say, when the forty pistoles of King Louis XIII were consumed or nearly so—he commenced complaints which Athos thought nauseous, Porthos indecent, and Aramis ridiculous.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • If, heretofore, I had been none of the warmest of partisans I began now, at this season of peril and adversity, to be pretty acutely sensible with which party my predilections lay; nor was it without something like regret and shame that, according to a reasonable calculation of chances, I saw my own prospect of retaining office to be better than those of my democratic brethren.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The O’Haras were a clannish tribe, clinging to one another in prosperity as well as in adversity, not for any overweening family affection but because they had learned through grim years that to survive a family must present an unbroken front to the world.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She had stated therein that she had fallen into adversity, and was leaving Dover for good, but had quite made up her mind to it, and was so well that nobody need be uncomfortable about her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Lesson number 1b in Bibwit’s carefully planned curriculum: For most of the universe’s inhabitants, life is not all gummy wads and tarty tarts; it is a struggle against hardship, unfairness, corruption, abuse, and adversity in all its guises, where even to survive-let alone survive with dignity-is heroic.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Wealth is certainly a most desirable thing, but poverty has its sunny side, and one of the sweet uses of adversity is the genuine satisfaction which comes from hearty work of head or hand, and to the inspiration of necessity, we owe half the wise, beautiful, and useful blessings of the world.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • And thus having led my reader to the knowledge of the first parts of my life so remarkable for the many peculiar providences that attended it, floating in the ocean of uncertainty and disappointment, of adversity and prosperity, beginning foolishly, and yet ending happily; methinks now that I am come to a safe & pleasant haven, it is time to cast out my anchor, &c, laying up my vessel, bid, for a while, adieu to foreign adventures.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Throughout all the adversity, I triumphed when most would have given up.
    Sampon Davis, et. al.  --  We Beat the Street
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