115 Uplifting Quotes to Brighten Your Day


Are you feeling down and need a healthy dose of encouragement? Our list of the most powerfully uplifting quotes will help you to get through tough times. And if you want even more encouragement, be sure to have a look at our quotes that give you strength during difficult times.

Let’s face it, life can be quite tough. Just when you thought you could enjoy some moments of peace and harmony, life throws curve balls at you.

“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

None of us can avoid tough times. You can try as much as you want, but there is no escape from being confronted with adversity every once in a while. Difficulties and setbacks are an integral aspect of life, whether we like it or not. Even more so, every single one of us will be confronted with challenges, misfortunes, times of distress, and larger-than-life challenges.

Uplifting quotes

You may not be able to avoid bad things from happening to you. However, you have total control on the way you think about what is happening to you. Similarly, your attitude will decide whether or not you are able to make the best out of not so fortunate situations. To help you develop the right mindset, we have created this selection of uplifting quotes that will help you through tough times.

115 Uplifting Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Your attitude influences to a great degree how you are able to cope with the trials and tribulations life throws at you. With the right mindset, you can overcome anything. Your thinking patterns will decide if you are able to use the hidden opportunities that come with tough times to your advantage. The following uplifting quotes will help you to keep going when the going gets tough. Even more so, they will motivate you to keep pushing ahead so that you can reach your dreams. As a bonus, we’ve also researched some pretty good uplifting quotes for women.

Enjoy reading our list of uplifting quotes


Quote that lifts you up

“I’m stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been ‘This too shall pass.’ I now understand it really well.”
Robin Roberts


Uplifting quote about opportunity

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.”
John F. Kennedy


Facing life quote to lift your spirits

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest.”
Henry David Thoreau


Uplifting quote about diamonds

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


Uplifting quote

“Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.”
Charles Caleb Colton


“Friction is necessary. Ease of life leads to complacency and the atrophy of the human will and spirit. Within our struggles lives our strength, within our trials lives our triumphs.”
Jason Versey


“Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide, for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment.”
Og Mandino


“Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.”
Robertson Davies


“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.”
Anaïs Nin


“Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness.”
Paul Brunton


“Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?”
John Keats


“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


“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


“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
David Brinkley


“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


“Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world.”
John Burroughs


“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


“The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.”
Horace Bushnell


“It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future.”
Gordon B. Hinckley


“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


“If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.”
Aung San Suu Kyi


“Sometimes you need a little crisis to help you realize your potential.”
Jeannette Walls


“Before the fruits of prosperity can come, the storms of life need to first bring the required rains of testing, which mixes with the seeds of wisdom to produce a mature harvest.”
Lincoln Patz


“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.”
Anne Frank


“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”
Roy T. Bennett


“Without trials and tribulation, there would be no hero. Without a hero, there would be no story. Without a story, there is no life as life is made up of vignettes of loving, learning and overcoming.”


“You can’t expect to grow stronger when you avoid hard stuff. I have never met someone who’s said, “I’m so thankful I took all those short cuts in my life. Best move ever.”
Jason Vallotton


“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud ― the obstacles of life and its suffering.”
Goldie Hawn


“Remember an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards; so when you feel like life is dragging you down with difficulties, it simply means that it’s going to launch you to something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
Megan Street


“A bruise is a lesson… and each lesson makes us better.”
George R.R. Martin


“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
Rosa Parks


“The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don’t worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He’s risen!”
Swindoll Charles R.


“Suffering has been stronger than all other teachings, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
Charles Dickens


“How can we who are so weak in ourselves, so inferior in power to the enemies confronting us, bear up under our trials which are so numerous, so protracted, so crushing? We could not, and therefore Divine grace has provided for us an all-sufficient Helper. Without His aid, we had long since succumbed, mastered by our trials. Hope looks forward to the Glory to come; in the weary interval of waiting, the Spirit supports our poor hearts and keeps grace alive within us.”
A. W. Pink


“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Sir Winston Churchill


“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles.”
T.F. Hodge


“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
Theodore Roosevelt


“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.”
Stephen Richards


“For all the hard times and tough challenges I faced during different periods of my life, I think I was lucky or blessed or both. When things looked bleak, a good guide would appear to set me straight. Maybe it’s my nature to remember the good and forget the bad, or maybe it’s my destiny to lock onto the righteous for help.”
B.B. King


“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
Ben Carson


“The real heroes are those who rebuild their lives using adversity as a stepping stone to greatness in the midst of the chaos life has thrown at them.”
Nikki Rowe


“The roughest roads often lead to the top.”
Christina Aguilera


“A sense of the divine presence and indwelling bears the soul towards heaven as upon the wings of eagles.”
Charles Spurgeon


“The turbulent nature of the storm is always second to the loving nature of God. Therefore, while an umbrella might keep me dry, it is God who dries the umbrella.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough


“If for a while the harder you try, the harder it gets, take heart. So it has been with the best people who ever lived.”
Jeffrey R. Holland


“Learning to endure times of disappointment, suffering, and sorrow is part of our on-the-job training. These experiences, while often difficult to bear at the time, are precisely the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others.”
Joseph B. Wirthlin


“God often uses the black poker of adversity in order that the flames of devotion may burn more brightly.”
Arthur W. Pink


“There is always light in the midst of darkness, even if it is only a pinpoint int he distance.”
Millie Florence


“The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.”
Charles Spurgeon


“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”
Muhammad Ali


“Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty.”
Thomas S. Monson


“Sometimes blessings come in ugly wrapping paper.”
Richie Norton


“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
Alexander Graham Bell


“Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”
Charles Jones


“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.”
Enid Blyton


“The tests we face in life’s journey are not to reveal our weaknesses but to help us discover our inner strengths. We can only know how strong we are when we strive and thrive beyond the challenges we face.”
Kemi Sogunle


“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
Thich Nhat Hanh


“Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”
Arthur Golden


“It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places.”
Karen Marie Moning


“I will always find a way and a way will always find me.”
Charles F. Glassman


“Friction creates a platform for change, generates heat and or fervor and creates a motivational charge that gives us an opportunity to be better. A gem cannot be polished without friction and so neither a person without hardships.”
Jason Versey


“While you are going through your trial, you can recall your past victories and count the blessings that you do have with a sure hope of greater ones to allow if you are faithful.”
Ezra Taft Benson


“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
Harper Lee


“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


“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery


“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”
Helen Keller


“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.”
Ralph Blum


“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
Mark Twain


“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
Stephen Richards


“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald


“Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose, to accept defeat, to learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind, and learn the art of dying.”
Bruce Lee


“Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.”
Dave Pelzer


“It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.”
Eric Hoffer


“It’s not how we fall. It’s how we get back up again.”
Patrick Ness


“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”
Sigmund Freud


“See your hard times through the spectacles of your experiences. They, too, shall pass away.”
Ogwo David


“Life, like classical music, is full of difficult passages that are conquered as much through endurance and determination as through any particular skill.”
Sheri L. Dew


“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”
Doe Zantamata


“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.”
Booker T. Washington


“No stars gleam as brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky. No water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand. And no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs through adversity. Tested faith brings experience. You would never have believed your own weakness had you not needed to pass through trials. And you would never have known God’s strength had His strength not been needed to carry you through.”
Charles H. Spurgeon


“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it. „
Boris Pasternak


“When you notice that you’re having negative thoughts about how all of this is going to pan out, you need to remind yourself that you are not a very good fortune teller.”
Donna W. Hill


“We are like the herb which flourisheth most when trampled upon.”
Walter Scott


“Adversity is a mirage. People, situations, and relationships sometimes change for the worst but inevitably clear a path for far better replacements. The continued journey will always find bliss.”
Carl Henegan


“A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.”
Steve Goodier


“Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right.”
Sherrilyn Kenyon


“But all of the survivors had one thing in common, and that was love. They survived through love. Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.”
Ruta Sepetys


“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Winston Churchill


“Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.”
Abigail Adams


“Uncomfortable as it may be, our adversity ultimately lights a fire and sharpens our very will to flourish. Today, let us not be discouraged, let us not be bitter in our suffering rather let us be encouraged as we look to our trials as a medium that will eventually make us better.”
Jason Versey


“If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.”
Lady Gaga


“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”
Albert Schweitzer


“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering… The love of God did not protect His own Son… He will not necessarily protect us – not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.”
Elisabeth Elliot

Uplifting quotes for women


“If it’s not exactly like you thought it would be, you think it’s a failure. What about the spectrum of colors in between.”
Sara Evans


“Don’t be the girl who fell. Be the girl who got back up.”
Jenette Stanley


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


“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott


“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”
Mark Anthony


“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalynn Carter


“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
Madeleine Albright


“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
Diane Mariechild


“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
Mary Engelbreit


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


“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.”
Audrey Hepburn


“Never give in to the obstacles that lie in your path towards the achievement of your dreams.”
Lailah Gifty Akita


“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
Alice Walker


“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”
Melissa Etheridge


“The power you have is to be the best version of yourself you can be, so you can create a better world.”
Ashley Rickards


“There never was, for all I could ever learn, a time when living was easy and peaceful.”
Ellis Peters


“Gratitude was never meant to be an excuse for giving up on the obstacles God has put before you. Some of the most magical things he can bring us require faith and a lot of planning.”
Shannon L. Alder


“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion”
Oprah Winfrey


“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”
Ruth Gordo


“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.”
Eleanor Roosevelt


“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”
Anne Frank

I hope you enjoyed this collection of uplifting quotes. What are the things you do to brighten your mood when you’re not feeling that great?

Stay victorious!


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