40 Inspirational Quotes for Overcoming Obstacles

A short but powerful collection of inspirational quotes for overcoming obstacles in life.

Obstacles are a part of life. Everyone faces them at some point, and it can be difficult to overcome them at times.

However, it’s what we think about them that matters. If we shrink in fear, feel self-defeated and unmotivated by obstacles, we can become stuck in life.

If we instead, face them, find solutions, seek help when needed, and keep on moving forward – then that is where the magic happens. The sense of confidence and satisfaction in overcoming an obstacle in life can be life-changing. It builds resilience, belief in ourself and the ability to conquer bigger and better things in the future.

These inspirational quotes for overcoming obstacles will help you find the courage to keep going when things get tough.


Inspirational Quotes About Overcoming Obstacles


“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” Molière


“The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.” Barack Obama


“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve


“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” Frank A. Clark


“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” Norman Vincent Peale


“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Thomas Jefferson


Famous Quotes About Overcoming Obstacles In Life


“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… 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


“Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.” Robert H. Schuller


“Success in life depends on your desire to keep moving forward despite the odds.” Lailah Gifty Akita


“Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome.” E.A. Bucchianeri


“When there’s a setback, someone with a fixed mindset will start thinking, ‘Maybe I don’t have what it takes?’ They may get defensive and give up. A hallmark of a successful person is that they persist in the face of obstacle, and often, these obstacles are blessings in disguise.” Carol Dweck


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” Booker T. Washington


“Today’s tears water tomorrow’s gardens.” Matshona Dhliwayo


“All the energy in the universe is evenly present in all places at the same time. We don’t get energy, we release energy. And the triggering mechanism to release energy is desire. When you have a strong desire to do something, you will always have the energy to do it.” Bob Proctor


“Convince your enemy that he will gain very little by attacking you; this will diminish his enthusiasm.” Sun Tzu


“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” George Bernard Shaw


“Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.” Amit Ray


“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams



“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” Les Brown


“Real obstacles don’t take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.” Barbara Sher




“When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do, we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it.” Robert A. Heinlein




“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan



“It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles; that’s the key to happiness.” Herbie Hancock



“Many times, we are our worst enemy. If we could learn to conquer ourselves, then we will have a much easier time overcoming the obstacles that are in front of us.” Stephan Labossiere


“There will always be obstacles and challenges that stand in your way. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to those potential hazards so you can continue on your journey to success.” Amy Morin


“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” Albert Schweitzer


“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford


“A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” John F. Kennedy


“Don’t give up. Obstacles can be overcome through strategy and learning.” Hidetaka Miyazaki


“I know those challenges that come up from time to time in life are our little learning tools, our little steppingstones. If we didn’t have those things in our life, how would we learn anything? We would just be walking around like nothing. We need those obstacles in our life because I know one thing – I’m a much better person for them.” Gladys Knight


“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” Ralph Marston


“To overcome obstacles, you need solutions.” Thomas Tuchel


“Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture… Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.” Norman Vincent Peale


“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” Thomas Carlyle


“The gateways to wisdom and learning are always open, and more and more I am choosing to walk through them. Barriers, blocks, obstacles, and problems are personal teachers giving me the opportunity to move out of the past and into the totality of possibilities.” Louise L. Hay


“I’ve been motivated by overcoming challenge and overcoming the hurdles and obstacles that face me. There still is plenty out there to get motivated by.” Andre Agassi


“Overcome obstacles one at a time: Sometimes the end goal becomes too daunting, so take things one step at a time and overcome each obstacle as you get to it.” Joy Mangano


“It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique. And that’s what I know for sure… I think.” Ellen DeGeneres


“People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness.” Lucinda Williams


Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced before and that you are capable of doing hard things!


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