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- Adversity has ever been considered as the date in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, particularly being free from flatterers.
- Prosperity is too apt to prevent us from examining our conduct, but as adversity leads us to think properly of our state, it is most beneficial to us.
- The truly great and good, in affliction, bear a countenance more princely than they are wont; for it is the temper of the highest hearts, lite the palm-tree, to strive most upwards when it is most burdened.
- Sir P. Sidney.
- Half the ills we hoard within our hearts are ills because we hoard them.
- Barry Cornwall. http://treasury-of-thought.blogspot.com/2009/05/adversity.html