Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity

Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity
This famous maxim is from Shakespeare’s classic play ” As you like it “. They are spoken by the duke senior in the forest of Arden.

This statement contains a profound truth – adversity or difficulty brings the best in man as he learns to cope with his trials. Man’s real worth is put to test in adversity. It develops fortitude and courage in him.

Difficulties are in fact gifts bestowed by god upon man. It during these times that he realises what he has missed by keeping himself confined to the life of comfort. He learns the value of life.

A student who gives up simple pleasures to focus on his studies comes out in flying colours. The little joys he has sacrificed yield him abundant happiness. In times of adversity people discover their true friends as the saying goes ” Prosperity makes friends and adversity tries them “.

Adversity trains us to appreciate the lessons of the life. It brings out the innate qualities of one’s personality, of which one is ignorant. The hardships endured by Harischandra and Lord Rama brought out the noble qualities in them.

Thus, adversity does not always symbolise pain or difficulty. If one looks at the brighter side it actually serves to strengthen character and will power. It brings to the fore the dormant wisdom of man, for, as the saying goes ‘adversity is a blessing in disguise’.

Expansion of Ideas


A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing.

A Rolling stone Gathers no Moss.

A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

All That Glitters is not Gold

An Apple a day keeps the Doctor away

As You Sow, So Shall You Reap

Birds of a feather flock together.

Books - our Best Friends

Burning the midnight oil

Charity begins at Home.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Cut your Coat According to Your Cloth

Empty vessels make the most sound

Examination: A Necessary Evil

Example is Better Than Precept OR Practice What You Preach OR Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Experience is the best teacher

God Helps those who Help Themselves

God made the country and Man Made the Town.

Green City ; Clean City

Health is Wealth

Home Sweet Home

Honesty is the best policy

Impossible is a word in the Dictionary of Fools.

India: Unity in Diversity

Industry is the mother of prosperity

Is having a Hobby / Leisure Time activity helpful?

Is Plastic Bad for the Environment?

Knowledge is Power

Looking on the bright side

Manners Maketh Man

Neither a Borrower nor a Lender be

Nothing succeeds Like Success.

One Good Turn Deserves Another

Perseverance is the key to success

Pollution: Earth’s enemy number one.

Practice Makes Perfect

Prevention is Better than Cure.

Pride Goes Before a Fall

Procrastination is the thief of time.

Science and Modern inventions: A Blessing or a curse?

Service to Man is Service to God.

Slow and Steady wins the race.

Speech is silver, Silence is Golden.

Strike While the Iron is Hot Or Make hay while the sun shines

The Hand that rocks the cradle Rules the world

The world has enough for every man's need, But not for every man's greed.

Things of Beauty is a joy forever.

To err is human, To forgive Divine.

Travel broadens the mind

Trees - Nature’s Gift to Man.

Unity is Strength

We are a part of Nature, Not Apart from Nature.


Work is Worship