116 Strong Quotes to Give You Strength during Hard Times


Do you need some encouragement that helps you to push through challenging times? Our collection of strong quotes will inspire you to keep going even when the going gets tough. And if you cannot get enough of powerful quotes, have a look at our selection of fear quotes that boost your courage.

Tough times cannot be avoided, they are a part of life. No matter if you like it or not, life will throw challenges, hardships, and setbacks at you. In most cases, none of this can be avoided.

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

Even though you’re not able to prevent bad things from happening to you, you can always change how you think about them. Your attitude and perspective determine to a great deal whether or not you’re capable of dealing with and overcoming challenges in life. As such, your mindset influences how good you can bounce back after a devastating blow.


These strong quotes will inspire you to get back up when life drags you down

Life is not always about what you do when things are going smoothly, but your ability to always get back on your feet when life pushes you down. Failures and setbacks will happen. Do not allow them to stop you from pursuing your dreams.

116 Strong Quotes to Give You Strength during Hard Times

The wonderful aspect of the following quotes is that they all originate from individuals who know how tough life sometimes can be. Every single author was confronted by devastating hardships and daunting challenges. But they all found effective ways to deal with what has happened. No matter if they failed repeatedly or if life through trials and tribulations at them, they all learned how to not allow themselves to be discouraged and to never give up.

Enjoy reading our selection of strong quotes


Tough times quote

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


Praying for an easy life quote

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”
Bruce Lee


Keep moving forward quote

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.”
Rocky Balboa


Scar tissue quote

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


Strong quote about pain

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong


“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


“The best way out is always through.”
Robert Frost


“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”
Henry Kissinger


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


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher


“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


“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
Joseph Campbell


“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”


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


“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


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


“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth.”


“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
Frederick Douglass


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


“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.”
Charles R. Swindoll

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“On particularly rough days, when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%. And that’s pretty good.”
Vinny Genovesi


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


“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.”
Mario Fernandez


“Never give up. Things may be hard, but if you quit trying they’ll never get better. Stop worrying and start trusting God. It will be worth it.”
Germany Kent


“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
Norman Vincent Peale


“You need to be buried deep in the dirt before you can find your bloom.”
Roz Inga


“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
Kenji Miyazawa


“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.”
Jim Rohn


“You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”
Brian Tracy


“The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.”
Eddie Vedder


“We all have an unsuspected resource of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.”
Isabel Allende


“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Mark Twain


“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
C.S. Lewis


“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.”
Theodore Roosevelt


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


“If you saw the size of the blessing coming, then you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.”
Kyle Brock


“In order to become the person you’re meant to be, living the amazing life you’re meant to live, sometimes you have to go through hard times.”


“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
Jack London


“Pain or damage don’t end the world. Or despair, or beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man.”
Al Swearengen


“Stars can’t shine without darkness.”


“You’ve got to stay strong to be strong in tough times.”
Tilman J. Fertitta


“Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”
Teddy Roosevelt


“You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it.”


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


“The question isn’t who is going to let me: it’s who is going to stop me.”
Ayn Rand


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


“How you think about a problem is more important than the problem itself. So always think positively.”
Norman Vincent Peale


“When times are tough, remind yourself that what is happening to you is happening for a reason.”


“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Haruki Murakami


“Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

These strong quotes are spot on


“Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.”
Larry Winget


“If he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt


“If you can’t outplay them, outwork them.”
Ben Hogan


“Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were.”
Lukas Hofer


“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”


“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Maya Angelou


“You create opportunities by performing, not complaining.”
Muriel Siebert


“Push that snooze button and you’ll end up working for someone who didn’t.”
Eric Thomas


“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”
Lao Tzu


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


“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.”
Albert Einstein


“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
Martin Luther King


“Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”
Paulo Coelho


“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
James Joyce


“The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.”
Roland Tiangco

Strong quotes like this inspire you to fight for your dreams


“The struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise; happiness has its own way of taking its sweet time.”
Gary Allen


“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
Mark Twain


“I don’t want to die without any scars.”
Chuck Palahniuk


“You’ll never know your strength until you face your struggles.”


“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Randy Pausch


“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.”
Bob Riley


“Sometimes you’re the windshield; sometimes you’re the bug.”
Mark Knopfler


“An arrow can only be shut by pulling backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”


“Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.”
Napoleon Hill


Choice is more than picking ‘x’ over ‘y.’ It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow.”
Sheena Iyengar


“It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”
Emiliano Zapata


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


“Life is tough darling, but so are you.”
Averie Lane


“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
James Conant


“I am strong because I have been weak. I am fearless because I’ve been afraid. I am wise because I’ve been foolish.”


“Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities.”
Rodolfo Costa


”Going through challenging things can teach you a lot, and they also make you appreciate the times that aren’t so challenging.”
Carrie Fisher


“One small crack does not mean you are broken; it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.”
Linda Poindexter


“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts, but because she continued on despite them.”
Beau Taplin


“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”
Paulo Coelho


“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”
Frida Kahlo


“Hard times may have put you down sometimes but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be wise and strong.”
Anurag Prakash Ray


“One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge.”
Roy T. Bennett


“If you feel like giving up, give up on that feeling and give in to the realization there are endless possibilities waiting to be discovered before you.”
Tom Althouse


“Encouragement is like water to the soul, it makes everything grow.”
Chris Burkmenn


“All of life is a test and we all have our challenges to meet.”
Marjory Sheba


“Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.”
Alexandre Dumas


“Never give up. There are always tough times, regardless of what you do in anything in life. Be able to push through those times and maintain your ultimate goal.”
Nathan Chen


“I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.”
Dwayne Johnson


“Hard times, when held with open hands and a tender heart, can prepare us for the future.”
Cindee Snider Re


“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
Max Ehrmann


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


“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With a positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.”
Clement Stone


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


“Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
Dale Carnegie


“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.”
Bruce Barton


“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy.”
Groucho Marx


“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.”
Audrey Hepburn


“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope.”
Christopher Reeve


“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”


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


“Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.”
Helen Keller


“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


“We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.”
William J. Brennan, Jr.


“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
H.G. Wells


“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.


“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


“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
Les Brown


“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path, and you will find you have crossed the mountain.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


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

I hope you enjoyed this collection of strong quotes. What’s your favorite quote that gives you strength and courage during tough times?

Stay victorious!


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