48 Strong Quotes For When Life Is Hard

If you, or someone close to you, is having a tough time of it right now, then these words of encouragement and strength can help to shift your mindset and inspire courage and hope.

When we face challenges in life it’s easy to give up or lose heart. It takes a great amount of strength to keep going and get back up after you fall down. But it feels nice when someone encourages us to come back from adversity stronger than before!

This article is full of helpful and inspiring quotes on being strong, determined and persevering, even through difficult times in life.

Being Strong Quotes About Life

Being strong in the face of adversity is all about finding the bravery and courage within yourself. To persevere through a difficult time you need to look deep inside yourself and find that power. 

Find strength in believing – in yourself and others. You don’t have to have an answer, just believe one exists:


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.” Tecumseh


“He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.” Lao Tzu


“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” Marcus Aurelius


“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi


“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” Booker T. Washington


“Heroism is endurance for one moment more.” George F. Kennan


“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.” Henry Rollins


“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw


“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” Thomas Merton


“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


“Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.” Mahatma Gandhi


“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” Robert H. Schuller


“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” Orison Swett Marden


“At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.” Christine Mason Miller


“Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.” Anais Nin


“I like criticism. It makes you strong.” LeBron James


“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” Isabel Allende


“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth


“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill


“What is to give light must endure burning.” Anton Wildgans


“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Mattie Stepanek


“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” Flavia Weedn


“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Khalil Gibran


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


“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


“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” Michael Jordan


“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” Eleanor Roosevelt


“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche


“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller


“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” Richard Branson


“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George Lorimer


“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Wayne Gretzky


“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” Saint Francis de Sales


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


“As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.” Mike Tyson


“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” Albert Einstein


“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” Charles Spurgeon


“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” Drew Barrymore


“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill


“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu


“Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance.” Lisa Murkowski


“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi


“Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Samuel Johnson


“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” Robert Kiyosaki


“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” Eleanor Roosevelt


Life has a way of getting in the way when you least expect it, but that doesn’t have to stop your success. Use your challenges as opportunities to learn about yourself and never give up on who you are.

When things feel tough just remember how far you’ve come and what an accomplishment that is.

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