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6 Encouraging Founding Father Quotes about Adversity

Everyone will face difficulties at some point in their lives. These trials may overwhelm and cause despair, but it’s in these times that one must move forward and continue on. A few well-placed words can become a source of strength.

America’s Founding Fathers faced great adversity; they knew firsthand what it meant to face and overcome challenges of a grand scale. Their words can be a source of inspiration for overcoming challenges in our own lives.

Here are six encouraging quotes for navigating adversity from America’s Founding Fathers.

6 quotes about adversity from Founding Fathers


  1. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” —Thomas Paine
  2. “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” —William Ellery
  3. “Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the cause, and the aid of the supreme being, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble action.” —George Washington
  4. “The value of liberty was thus enhanced in our estimation by the difficulty of its attainment, and the worth of characters appreciated by the trial of adversity.” —George Washington
  5. “People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.” —John Adams
  6. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.” —George Washington

You might also be interested in learning what the Founding Fathers had to say about patriotism and liberty, as well as six Founding Father quotes about peace.


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