35 Inspirational Quotes When You Want to Give Up

These inspirational quotes are perfect for when you really want to give up. They can provide that extra encouragement, a gentle nudge and a reminder that the only way to succeed is to keep going.

Imagine if you’re so, so close that you’re almost ‘there’. There could be big changes, big shifts of momentum just around the corner. So buckle yourself back in and keep going.

When you’re feeling down and want to give up, it’s important to remember why you started in the first place. Remember your reasons for wanting to achieve your goal, and think about how much progress you’ve made so far.

Here are some helpful words to inspire you and to keep you going:


Inspirational Quotes When You Want to Give Up


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela


“Either do not begin or, having begun, do not give up.” Chinese Proverb


“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Confucius


“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” Mary Anne Radmacher


“How long should you try? Until.” Jim Rohn


“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean


“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” Elbert Hubbard


“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth


“Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” James A. Michener



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“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe


“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” William James


“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Japanese Proverb


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius


“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” Winston Churchill


“When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.” Roy McAvoy


“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” Charles Spurgeon


“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Theodore Roosevelt


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie


“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt


“Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right.” Henry Ford


“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi


“It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends.” Brothers Grimm


“I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison


“We all can dance when we find music that we love.” Giles Andreae



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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” William Ernest Henley


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Audrey Hepburn


“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett             


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle


“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” Earl Nightingale


“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” Martin Luther King Jr.


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Zig Ziglar



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“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill


“Survival can be summed up in three words―never give up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying.” Bear Grylls


“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” William Feather


“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


How do you keep going when you want to give up?

You can keep going when you want to give up by shifting your focus. Ask yourself:

  • Why do I want this?
  • How will it make me feel when I achieve it?
  • Do I just need a little break to reset?
  • Do I need to ask for help?

Think of the progress you’ve made so far – you’ve already made a start, so you might as well see it through.

Goals aren’t achieved through perfection, they’re achieved by small steps and consistent effort towards your goals.

If it was easy, everyone would do it. You’ve got this.


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