When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose. Others do not.
Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this now? What have I done to cause this?
Will lead you into blind alleys. It really does no good to ask questions that reflect opposition to the will of God. Rather ask, What am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favour of the will of God is very hard to do. (Richard G Scott)
Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity and a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quicksand to virtue. (Shiller)
Some alternatives are long and hard, but they take us in the right direction toward our ultimate goal. Others are short, wide and pleasant, but they go off in the wrong direction. It is important to get our ultimate objectives clearly in mind so that we do not become distracted at each fork in the road. (Spencer W Kimball)
Misfortunes leave wounds which bleed drop by drop even in sleep. Thus little by little they train man by force and dispose him to wisdom in spite of himself. Man must learn to think of himself as a limited and dependent being. And only suffering teaches. (Simone Weil)
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man, but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. (Thomas Carlyle)
The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. (Theodore Rubin)
Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it. Winfrey, Oprah One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph. (Virginia Wolff)
A wretched soul, bruised with adversity We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; But were we burdened with like weight of pain, As much, or more, we should ourselves complain. (William Shakespeare)