We enjoy travelling among strange cultures and pushing our bodies in outdoors activities because we love exploration and adversity. In overcoming adversity, we prove to ourselves, time and time again, that we are not confined by social norms nor limited by our bodies. Overcoming adversity makes us feel free.
In honour of the opening of the 2012 climbing season on Mount Everest, here are ten quotes about adversity.
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
~ William Arthur Ward
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
~ George Santayana
Adversity is the first path to truth.
~ Lord Byron
Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.
~ John Wooden
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
~ Victor Hugo
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
By adversity are wrought the greatest works of admiration, and all the fair examples of renown, out of distress and misery are grown.
~ Samuel Daniel
By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man’s, I mean.
~ Mark Twain
Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
~ Thomas Carlyle
Lead photo by ` TheDreamSky