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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.
    • Johnson.
  • 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.
    • Johnson
  • 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.