25 Quotes On Overcoming Tragedy And Adversity

Quotes on Overcoming Tragedy And Adversity

During challenging times, when tragedy and adversity mount upon us, we can spiral into fear and anxiety or use the situation to transform ourselves into stronger beings. Here are quotes from famous people who’ve done the latter and have realized that tragedy and adversity are a normal part of life. 

  1. “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.” — Helen Keller
  2. “There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”— Dalai Lama XIV.
  3. “The mindset of loss of a loved one is to understand that the loss will never be undone. You must live with it, like it or not. But, to live well, you must turn that loss into something positive. That way, you can become the best version of yourself; scarred, flawed, and unstoppable.” – Val Uchendu
  4. “God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” – Desmond Tutu
  5. “It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.” – Dalai Lama
  6. “A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are st ”The tragedy about history – personally and globally is that while we may learn it we rarely learn from it.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru Cupid. Give me a choice and I’ll take A Midsummer Night’s Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh.”— Stephen King
  7. “We pass through this world but once. Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.” – Stephen Jay Gould
  8. “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” — Walt Disney
  9. “In this world, there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.”— Oscar Wilde
  10. “If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.” – Irvin D. Yalom
  11. “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” — Booker T. Washington
  12. “There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.”— George Bernard Shaw
  13. “Tragedy and comedy are simply questions of value; a little misfit in life makes us laugh; a great one is a tragedy and causes for expression of grief.”— Elbert Hubbard
  14. “The tragedy about history – personally and globally is that while we may learn it we rarely learn from it.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru
  15.  “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”— Charlie Chaplin.
  16. “Oh, my darling Herakles! If words of mortals can be heard in the halls of Hades, then hear what I am saying now. Your father, your children and are being killed! I, who once was called ‘blessed’ because I was married to you! Come, Herakles, come and save us! Come to me even as a mere shadow because your very presence would be enough for these child-killing cowards!”— Euripedes
  17. “Grief and resilience live together.” — Michelle Obama
  18.  “What does not kill me makes me stronger.”— Friedrich Nietzsche
  19.  “Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.”— Napoleon Hill
  20. “Life is about making our own choices, our own mistakes, and fighting our own battles. We all deserve to follow our own unique path.”— Svietlana Lavrentidi.
  21. “It’s not the tragedies that kill us, it’s the messes.” – Dorothy Parker
  22.  “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”— Albert Einstein
  23. “Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.” – Jean de la Bruyere
  24. “It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, acts to improve a lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  25. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman