Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93)
Be not troubled in poverty nor confident in riches, for poverty is followed by riches, and riches are followed by poverty.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Persian Hidden Words 51)
I know that thou art in difficulty, but this difficulty is conducive to the everlasting felicity and this weakness is followed by the supreme strength. Consider thou how the faithful women in the time of Christ, and after the departure of His Highness, underwent hardships! What difficulties did they not bear; and what calamities did they not endure! But adversity and trial, misfortune and derision, became the cause of imperishable and deathless glory and rest.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v2, p. 264-265)
If adversity befall thee not in My path, how canst thou walk in the ways of them that are content with My pleasure? If trials afflict thee not in thy longing to meet Me, how wilt thou attain the light in thy love for My beauty?
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Arabic Hidden Words 50)
If sorrow and adversity visit us, let us turn our faces to the Kingdom and heavenly consolation will be outpoured.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 110)
Look thou around the world of existence: A little worldly transaction cannot be brought about except through surmounting many an obstacle. How much more important are the objects of the Supreme World! Certainly there existeth troubles, trials, afflictions, persecution, censure and contempt. When thou didst occupy thy time in the past to give out religious exhortations and advices, thou experienced some persecutions and trouble. But thou canst not realize in this present moment what great ordeals are in store and what unbearable calamities, affliction and adversity exist, and that to give up life is the easiest of all those calamities. But the end of all these is bliss, overflowing joy, everlasting exultation, happiness and supreme contentment. It is eternal life, never ending glory, a lordly gift and divine sovereignty!
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 547)
O sincere servant of the True One! I hear thou art grieved and distressed at the happenings of the world and the vicissitudes of fortune. Wherefore this fear and sorrow? The true lovers of the Bahá Beauty, and they that have quaffed the Cup of the Covenant fear no calamity, nor feel depressed in the hour of trial. They regard the fire of adversity as their garden of delight, and the depth of the sea the expanse of heaven.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 309)
Prosperity, contentment, and freedom, however much desired and conducive to the gladness of the human heart, can in no wise compare with the trials of … adversity in the pathway of God; for such exile and banishment are blessed by the divine favour, and are surely followed by the mercy of Providence.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 280-281)
The advanced men of all time have ever been persecuted and continually in adversity.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy, p. 42)
The one reason I wish to live is that I may reveal Thy Cause, and I seek the continuance of life only that I may be touched by adversity in Thy path.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 147)
Thou knowest that the people are encircled with pain and calamities and are environed with hardships and trouble. Every trial doth attack man and every dire adversity doth assail him like unto the assault of a serpent. There is no shelter and asylum for him except under the wing of Thy protection, preservation, guard and custody.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 619)
Under all conditions, whether in adversity or at ease, whether honoured or afflicted, this Wronged One hath directed all men to show forth love, affection, compassion and harmony.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 72-73)
Verily God hath made adversity as a morning dew upon His green pasture, and a wick for His lamp which lighteth earth and heaven.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 17)