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100 Uplifting Quotes That Will Give You Strength When Going Gets Tough

Quotes About Life Being Hard

July 1st, 2019   |   Updated on February 17th, 2022

At times, life can seem so hard. You lack strength, courage and everything that you must have to pick up the broken pieces of life. Life can’t be easy sometimes. But you can’t run away from it. When going gets tough, tough gets going.

Here are 50 uplifting quotes that will give you strength when going gets tough:

1. “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


2. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”— Confucius


3. “Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”– Albert Einstein


4. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”– Henry Ford


5. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”- Bernice Johnson Reagon


6. “Nobody can make you to feel inferior without your consent.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

8.“After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.”– William R. Alger


9. “When I hear somebody say ‘life is hard’, I am always tempted to ask ‘compared to what?”– Sydney J. Harris


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



11. “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


12. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”– Robert Schuller


13. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”– Moliere


14. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”— Franklin D. Roosevelt


15. “Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”– Sarah Dessen


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


17. “Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”– Muhammad Ali


18. “You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.”– Shaun Hick


19. “To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”— Gail Sheehy, Author


20. “Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”– Bruce Lee



21. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”– Duke Ellington


22. “I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”– Jewish Proverb


23. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”— Joseph Kennedy


24. “You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.”– Dan Millman


25. “Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you.”– Chuck Palahniuk


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26.“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”– David Russell


27. “If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.”– Louis D. Brandeis


28. “Tf you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”― H.g. Wells


29. “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”– Chinese Proverb

30. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”– J.K. Rowling



31. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”-Joshua J. Marine


32. “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”– Marjorie Pay Hinckley



33. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”-Joshua J. Marine


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


35. “Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow.”– Terri Guillemets


36. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”– Louisa May Alcott


37. “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”– Iyanla Vanzant


38. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”— Carl Bard


39. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”– Seneca


40. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”- Thomas Edison


41. “Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.”– Iain Duncan Smith


42. “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”– Arthur Rubinstein


43. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”– J.K. Rowling


44. “Problems are not stop signs; they are guidelines.”— Robert Schuller


45. “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


46. “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”– Lou Holtz


47. “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”– Albert Camus


48. “Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.”-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


49. “Life is hard, but we make it much harder.”– Ryan Holiday


50. “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.”- Albert Schweitzer



51. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”- Charles R. Swindoll


52. “There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”- William Frederick Halsey, Jr.


53. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”- Suzy Kassem


54. “It always seems impossible until its done.”- Nelson Mandela


55. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into place.”- Lucille Ball


56. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”- Maya Angelou


57. “Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”- W. Clement Stone


58. “You are your best thing.”- Toni Morrison


59. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”- Audre Lorde


60. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”- Walt Disney



61. “You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.”- Nina Simone


62. “If you prioritize yourself, you are going to save yourself.”- Gabrielle Union


63. “I have standards I don’t plan on lowering for anybody, including myself.”- Zendaya


64. “When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.”- Laverne Cox


65. “Success is a journey not a destination.”- Ben Sweetland


66. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”- Napoleon Hill


67. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”- C.S. Lewis


68. “I realized that I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect, and beautiful journey of my life.”- Kerry Washington


69. “You can’t be hesitant about who you are.”- Viola Davis


70. “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”- J.M. Barrie



71. “Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”- Judy Garland


72. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”- Henri J.M. Nouwen


73. “Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the errors that counts.”- Nikki Giovanni


74. “Give light and people will find the way.”- Ella Baker


75. “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”- Bil Keane


76. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi


77. “Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you’ll see them all around you.”- Jon Bon Jovi


78. “I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it.”- Simone Biles


79. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible!'”- Audrey Hepburn


80. “Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream.”- Oprah Winfrey



81. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”- Winston Churchill


82. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”- Thich Nhat Hanh


83. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.”- Buddha


84. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”- Confucius


85. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”- Albert Einstein


86. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”- George Bernard Shaw


87. “If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.”- Carlos Santana


88. “Be happy for this moment. This moment in your life.”- Omar Khayyam


89. “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”- Bill Waterson


90. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”- Nora Ephron



91. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”- Rabindranath Tagore


92. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson


93. “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”- Leo Buscaglia


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


95. “Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.”- Mario Fernández


96. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”- Oscar Wilde


97. “If we give your children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.”- Bell Hooks


98. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”- Robert Frost


99. “Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.”- Stephanie Lahart


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