166 Quotes About Being Strong During Difficult Times

Quotes About Being Strong

Facing tough times can sometimes feel overwhelming, but the right words can be a source of strength and encouragement. This list of 165 quotes about being strong during difficult times offers you a powerful collection of thoughts on resilience, inner strength, and the undying spirit of humanity amid adversity. Each quote is a small beacon of courage, designed to uplift and inspire you. These words are a reminder that even in the darkest moments, the capacity to overcome remains within you.

  1. “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” – Jodi Picoult
  2. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley
  3. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  4. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway
  5. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
  6. “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  7. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb
  8. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
  9. “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing
  10. “Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale
  11. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
  12. “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – J.K. Rowling
  13. “He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.” – Lao Tzu
  14. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
  15. “Strength is a matter of the made-up mind.” – John Beecher
  16. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
  17. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
  18. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli
  19. “Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela
  20. “It’s not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  21. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  22. “I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.” – Joshua Graham
  23. “You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” – Anonymous
  24. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  25. “Do not wait for the storm to pass, but learn to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene
  26. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling
  27. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne
  28. “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb
  29. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  30. “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change.” – C. JoyBell C.
  31. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon
  32. “Sometimes when you are in a dark place you think you have been buried, but actually you have been planted.” – Christine Caine
  33. “Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore
  34. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou
  35. “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott
  36. “Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until someone tries to take advantage of your weaknesses.” – Anonymous
  37. “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.” – Seneca
  38. “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami
  39. “Scars show toughness: that you’ve been through it, and you’re still standing.” – Theo Rossi
  40. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  41. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  42. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve
  43. “He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.” – William Samuel Johnson
  44. “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” – Horace
  45. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  46. “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.” – Robert Tew
  47. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  48. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran
  49. “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Unknown
  50. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington
  51. “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” – Dan Reeves
  52. “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
  53. “Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  54. “You don’t realize how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills
  55. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
  56. “Adversity is the first path to truth.” – Lord Byron
  57. “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall
  58. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton
  59. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  60. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi
  61. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle
  62. “You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” – Brian Tracy
  63. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  64. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott
  65. “We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Barbara De Angelis
  66. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” – Walter Elliot
  67. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  68. “Strength does not come from winning. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
  69. “Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased.” – Joel Osteen
  70. In my experience, people who don’t stick around during the hard times weren’t worth having around anyway.” – Kimberly Belle
  71. “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” – Marjorie Pay Hinckley
  72. “You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  73. No matter how much it hurts now, someday you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.” – Unknown
  74. “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca
  75. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  76. “Resilience is knowing that YOU are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” – Mary Holloway
  77. “Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.” – Rumi
  78. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot
  79. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
  80. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
  81. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
  82. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
  83. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” – Harry Golden
  84. “Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” – Francis Bacon
  85. “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger
  86. “Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.” – Unknown
  87. “The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth.” – Unknown
  88. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
  89. We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  90. The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  91. “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant
  92. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” – William Butler Yeats
  93. “Sometimes carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” – Albert Camus
  94. “To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.” – Gail Sheehy
  95. “I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.” – Dwayne Johnson
  96. “The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” – Bernard M. Baruch
  97. “Hard times lift the seeking souls to higher spiritual realms.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  98. “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” – William Barclay
  99. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
  100. “You can’t really be strong until you see a funny side to things.” – Ken Kesey
  101. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  102. “A hero is someone who, in spite of weakness, doubt or not always knowing the answers, goes ahead and overcomes anyway.” – Christopher Reeve
  103. “Don’t pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  104. “Adversity introduces a man to himself.” – Albert Einstein
  105. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
  106. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A.A. Milne
  107. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
  108. “You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” – Unknown
  109. “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  110. “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” – Bern Williams
  111. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan
  112. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” – Nelson Mandela
  113. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker
  114. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  115. “We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.” – R. C. Allen
  116. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  117. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu
  118. “You were given this life because you’re strong enough to live it.” – Unknown
  119. “The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.” – Meg Cabot
  120. “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar
  121. “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Unknown
  122. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
  123. “Strength isn’t about bearing a cross of grief or shame. Strength comes from choosing your own path, and living with the consequences.” – Jenny Trout
  124. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
  125. “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injustice.” – Marcus Aurelius
  126. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière
  127. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan
  128. “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward
  129. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  130. “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” – Bette Davis
  131. “Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” – L.M. Montgomery
  132. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  133. “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  134. “We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.” – William J. Brennan, Jr.
  135. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert Schuller
  136. “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Eliot
  137. The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.” – Barack Obama
  138. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  139. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  140. “The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing
  141. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill
  142. “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson
  143. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
  144. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” – Roy T. Bennett
  145. “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
  146. “No matter how much it hurts now, someday, you will look back and realize your struggles changed your life for the better.” – Unknown
  147. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller
  148. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  149. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” – Roy T. Bennett
  150. “The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
  151. “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” – Charles Kingsleigh
  152. “You are so much more than what you are going through.” – John Tew
  153. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” – Seneca
  154. “The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.” – Epicurus
  155. “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” – Dalai Lama
  156. “Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore
  157. “Never give in to the obstacles that lie in your path towards the achievement of your dreams.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  158. “You must tell yourself, ‘No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it.'” – Les Brown
  159. “Adversity has a way of introducing a man to himself.” – Shia Labeouf
  160. “She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards
  161. “A heart is a muscle, and what do muscles do when they are torn? They grow back stronger!” – Unknown
  162. “The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” – Robert Jordan
  163. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa
  164. “It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.” – Dalai Lama
  165. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  166. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Bob Marley

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