115 Warrior Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Hero


Do you want to tap into the unshakable strength of your inner fighter? If you need some powerful words of encouragement to keep moving through life’s unpleasant moments, the following warrior quotes will get the job done. And if you’re preparing to tackle some major challenges in your life, have a look at these ingenious Art of War quotes.

No matter if you like it or not, life will often make you live up to some of the highest standards. It will challenge you and it will throw you numerous curveballs. To make things worse, life will push you down time and time again.

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

Unfortunately, none of this can be avoided. However, it is up to you to decide whether you want to allow the calamities of life to discourage you from pursuing your dreams. Ultimately, life will force you time and time again to decide whether to give up or to accept the challenge and become a warrior.

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The following inspirational warrior quotes help you to persevere during difficult times in life

Strength, resilience, and unshakable confidence are not necessarily built during the good times in life when everything is running smoothly. Quite the contrary, true character is formed during trials and tribulations.

It’s only when you’re put to the test and have to live up to life’s challenges that true strength and willpower are developed. And in a way, life leaves countless physical and psychological scars on us. But is only when you realize that scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue that you will begin to understand that you have begun the transformation to a true warrior.

115 Warrior Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Hero

What makes the following statement so powerful is that they were written by exceptional individuals who themselves have been treated very badly by life. But instead of giving up, they all found creative ways to get back up on their feet and to keep moving ahead in life. That’s why the following warrior quotes originate from some of the toughest and strongest individuals you can possibly think of.

Whenever you need some encouragement to shake off the dust and to continue on your path as a warrior, these quotes are just right for you. Enjoy reading.

Here’s our list of fierce warrior quotes


“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
Bruce Lee

Quote about the successful warrior


“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.”

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“Weapons may be carried by creatures who are evil, dishonest, violent or lazy. The true warrior is good, gentle and honest. His bravery comes from within himself; he learns to conquer his own fears and misdeeds.”
Brian Jacques

Quote about the gentle warrior


“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
Carlos Castaneda

Quote about warriors


“Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You can not withstand the storm.’
The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.'”
Jake Remington

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“When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers, when his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life’s preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime. That is why the true warrior cannot speak of battle save to his brothers who have been there with him. The truth is too holy, too sacred, for words.”
Steven Pressfield


“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalog of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be.”
Winston S. Churchill


“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”


“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
J.R.R. Tolkien


“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

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“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. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”
Lance Armstrong


“The most effective way to live is as a warrior. A warrior may worry and think before making any decision, but once he makes it, he goes his way, free from worries or thoughts; there will be a million other decisions still awaiting him. That’s the warrior’s way.”
Carlos Castaneda


“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


“The wise warrior avoids the battle.”
Sun Tzu


“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
Winston S. Churchill


“A warrior’s greatest enemy can also be his greatest teacher.”
Taran Matharu


“Oh! Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not. Do not return to your families with the stigma of disgrace marked on your brows. Return as heroes who have fought and conquered, and who know not what it is to turn their backs on the foe.”
Mary Shelley


“You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”
Abraham Lincoln


“Luck is simply the advantage a true warrior gains in excuting the correct course of action.”
R.A. Salvatore


“A warrior with a cause is the most dangerous soldier of all”
Michael Scott


“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


“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
Sun Tzu


“I love those who can smile in trouble…”
Leonardo da Vinci


“The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging, he’s going to keep trying to do right and make up for what’s gone before, just because that’s who he is.”
Joss Whedon


“The self-confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability in his own eyes and calls that humbleness. The average man is hooked to his fellow-men, while the warrior is hooked only to infinity.”
Carlos Castaneda


“The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything.”
Chogyam Trungpa


“You were born a winner, a warrior, one who defied the odds by surviving the most gruesome battle of them all – the race to the egg. And now that you are a giant, why do you even doubt victory against smaller numbers and wider margins? The only walls that exist are those you have placed in your mind. And whatever obstacles you conceive, exist only because you have forgotten what you have already achieved.”
Suzy Kassem


“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
G.K. Chesterton


“The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.”
Aaron Lauritsen


“The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.”
Richard Marcinko

Warrior quotes like this help you to keep going


“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”
Stephanie Garber


“The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging, he’s going to keep trying to do right and make up for what’s gone before, just because that’s who he is.”
Joss Whedon


“One mark of a great soldier is that he fight on his own terms or fights not at all.”
Sun Tzu


“The Army might screw you and your girlfriend might dump you and the enemy might kill you, but the shared commitment to safeguard one another’s lives is unnegotiable and only deepens with time. The willingness to die for another person is a form of love that even religions fail to inspire, and the experience of it changes a person profoundly.”
Sebastian Junger


“The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win”
Miyamoto Musashi


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


“Untroubled, scornful, outrageous – that is how wisdom wants us to be: she is a woman and never loves anyone but a warrior.”
Friedrich Nietzsche


“It is of utmost importance to realize that the warrior’s approach should be simple-minded sometimes, very simple and straightforward. That makes it very beautiful: you having nothing up your sleeve; therefore a sense of genuineness comes through. That is decency.”
Chogyam Trungpa


“Nothing fires the warrior’s heart more with courage than to find himself and his comrades at the point of annihilation, at the brink of being routed and overrun, and then to dredge not merely from one’s own bowels or guts but from one’s discipline and training the presence of mind not to panic, not to yield to the possession of despair, but instead to complete those homely acts of order.”
Steven Pressfield


“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


“Those who attempt to conquer hatred by hatred are like warriors who take weapons to overcome others who bear arms. This does not end hatred, but gives it room to grow. But, ancient wisdom has advocated a different timeless strategy to overcome hatred. This eternal wisdom is to meet hatred with non-hatred. The method of trying to conquer hatred through hatred never succeeds in overcoming hatred. But, the method of overcoming hatred through non-hatred is eternally effective. That is why that method is described as eternal wisdom. „
Siddhartha Gautama


“Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”
Carlos Castaneda


“It’s natural to feel fear. All great warriors are afraid. Only the stupid and the delusional are not…”
Rick Riordan


“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again… we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”
Lori Goodwin


“Some must be warriors, that others may live in peace. „
Mercedes Lackey


“It’s easy and un-extraordinary to be frightened of life. It’s far more difficult to arm yourself with the good stuff despite all the bad and step foot into tomorrow as an everyday warrior.”
Jonathan Safran Foer


“If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever. The saying that “All abilities come from one mind” sounds as though it has to do with sentient matters, but it is, in fact, a matter of being unattached to life and death. With such non-attachment, one can accomplish any feat.”
Yamamoto Tsunetomo


“Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.”
Steven Pressfield


“Fear is an aid to the warrior. It is a small fire burning. It heats the muscles, making us stronger. Panic comes when the fire is out of control, consuming all courage and pride.”
David Gemmell

These warrior quotes are powerfully encouraging


“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


“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
Winston S. Churchill


“It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for; I can never fight for myself, but, for others, I can kill.”
Emilie Autumn


“The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.”
Steven Pressfield


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“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


“If you are a warrior, decency means that you are not cheating anybody at all. You are not even about to cheat anybody. There is a sense of straightforwardness and simplicity.”
Chogyam Trungpa


“The fight isn’t over until you win.”
Robin Hobb


“The big difference between a warrior and a victim is that the victim represses and the warrior refrains.”
Don Miguel Rui


“A Warrior knows that the ends do not justify the means. Because there are no ends, there are only means…”
Paulo Coelho


“This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors.”
Lauren Oliver


“Tomorrow’s victory is today’s practice.”
Chris Bradford


“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
Beverly Sills


“The supreme accomplishment of the warrior: to perform the commonplace under far-from-commonplace conditions.”
Steven Pressfield


“Some of the most beautiful things worth having in your life come wrapped in a crown of thorns.”
Shannon L. Alder


“It’s always to soon to quit!”
Norman Vincent Peale


“All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out in front of our eyes from time to time. The difference between an average man and a warrior is that the warrior is aware of this, and one of his tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting, so that when his cubic centimeter pops out he has the necessary speed, the prowess, to pick it up.”
Carlos Castaneda


“The best fighter is never angry.”
Lao Tzu


“Anger has its place, but it will not serve you here, the way of the warrior is the way of knowing. Of that knowledge requires you to use anger, then you use anger, but you cannot wrest forth knowledge by losing your temper.”
Christopher Paolini


“Defeat exists but not suffering. A true warrior knows that when he loses a battle, he is improving the skill with which he wields a sword. He will be able to fight more skilfully next time.”
Paulo Coelho


“Before you can see the Light, you have to deal with the darkness.”
Dan Millman


“You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.”
Julien Smith


“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”
Leo Tolstoy


“Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.”
N.D. Wilson


“Whatever you are physically… male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy – all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”
Cassandra Clare

Warrior quotes like this are quite profound


“There’s more to being a warrior than killing. A true warrior — the best warrior — isn’t cruel or mean. He doesn’t claw an enemy who can’t fight back. Where’s the honor in that?”
Erin Hunte


“A warrior may change his metal, but not his heart.”
Edgar Rice Burroughs


“A woman is a warrior too. But she is meant to be a warrior in a uniquely feminine way. Sometime before the sorrows of life did their best to kill it in us, most young women wanted to be a part of something grand, something important.”
Stasi Eldredge


“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.”
Zig Ziglar


“The true test of a warrior is how your ‘stance’ holds up after any ‘circumstance’. Meaning, even after the stormiest weather, a true warrior will still reflect the brilliant rays of the magnificent sun through both his or her eyes. You may get hit by sudden lightning or take severe beatings from the cruel wind, but you will always get back up and stand strong on your feet again, soak in the sunlight, and be prepared to get hit by even the most merciless hail – time and time again.”
Suzy Kassem


“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
Sun Tzu


“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
Julie Andrews Edwards


“Warriors of light are not perfect.Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.”
Paulo Coelho


“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.”
Roy T. Bennett


“When you become fully responsible for your life, you can become fully human; once you become human, you may discover what it means to be a warrior.”
Dan Millman


“Surprise is the warrior’s greatest weapon”
Erin Hunter


“I realized a long time ago that a warrior in search of his dream must take his inspiration from what he actually does & not from what he imagines himself doing.”
Paulo Coelho


“Warriors know when to pick their fights.”
Sarah J. Maa


“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
Margaret Thatcher


“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.”
George R.R. Martin


“You’re trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never. They have to be faced and fought.”
Enid Blyton


“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


“A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free.”
John Stuart Mill


“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”
Horace Mann


“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”
Theodor Roosevelt

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“A Warrior of Light never resorts to trickery, but he knows how to distract his opponent.”
Paulo Coelho


“Fall. Stand. Learn. Adapt.”
Mike Norton


“It is said the warrior’s is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior by sticking assiduously to both divisions of the Way.”
Miyamoto Musashi


“Great victory requires great risk.”
Rick Riordan


“Never underestimate the vital importance of finding early in life the work that for you is play. This turns possible underachievers into happy warriors.”
Ken Robinson


“The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive.”
Carlos Castaneda


“All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett


“A warrior of the light must be prepared to be patient at difficult times, and know that the Universe is conspiring in his favor, even if he does not understand how.”
Paulo Coelho


“I found an inner strength to fight for myself. It was clear that nobody else would.”
Tehmina Durrani


“You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.”
Joel Osteen


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


“A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse.”
Mark Twain


“The warrior learns of the spiritual realm by dwelling on the cutting edge of the sword, standing at the edge of the fire pit, venturing right up to the edge of starvation if necessary. Vibrant and intense living is the warrior’s form of worship.”
Stephen K. Hayes


“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”


“The average man acts only if there is a chance for profit. Warriors say they act not for profit but for the spirit.”
Carlos Castaneda


“A warrior cannot lower his head – otherwise he loses sight of the horizon of his dreams.”
Paulo Coelho


“Warriors want a worthy opponent. There is no redress in fighting the pathetic.”
Donna Lynn Hope


“In the privacy of my dreams, I’m a warrior.”
Kimberly Derting


“Hardships make or break people.”
Margaret Mitchell


“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.”
William Morris

I hope you enjoyed this collection of warrior quotes. What is your favorite quote that helps you to awaken the fighter within you?

Stay victorious!


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