difficult times

Inspirational and Uplifting Quotes for Difficult Times

If you are going through difficult times, hard times in your life, reading some motivational quotes can help you remember that life is not always bad. 

Here are some of the best uplifting quotes:

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

2. “We face up to awful things because we can’t go around them, or forget them. The sooner you say “Yes, it happened, and there’s nothing I can do about it’, the sooner you can get on with your own life. You’ve got children to bring up. So you’ve got to get over it. What we have to get over, somehow we do. Even the worst things.” -Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

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

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

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

-Henry Ford

6. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Michael Jordan

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

8. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done. it’s always your choice.” -Wayne Dyer

9. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” -Vivian Greene

10. “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.”

-Dr. Seuss

11. “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

12. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” -Nelson Mandela

13. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” -Marcus Aurelius

14. “Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get, you’ve got to make yourself.” -Alice Walker

15. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

-Joshua J. Marine

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

17. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” -Frederick Keonig

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

19. “I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.” -Dr. Seuss

20. “Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carry with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”

-Napoleon Hill

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

22. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln

24. “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha

25. “Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.”Norman Vincent Peale

26. “The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself.” -Deepak Chopra

27. “Man is fond of counting his troubles but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up, as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

29. “To succeed, you have to do something and be very bad at it for a while. You have to look bad before you can look really good.” -Barbara DeAngelis

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


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

31. “If someone is strong enough to bring you down, show them you’re strong enough to get back up.” -Unknown

32. “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” -Muhammad Ali

33. “The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!” -Anne Frank

34. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” -Og Mandino

35. “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.”

-Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

36. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”Mahatma Gandhi

37. “Whoever you are, whatever you dream, you have to be strong in your head and strong in your heart. Be strong. There’s no quitting in the person who wants it bad enough.” -Carly Patterson

38. “No soul that aspires can ever fail to rise; no heart that loves can ever be abandoned. Difficulties exist only that in overcoming them we may grow strong, and they who have suffered are able to save.” -Annie Besant

39. “You’ve got three choices in life: give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.”Unknown

40. “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

41. “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

42. “Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguish the strong soul from the weak.” -Thomas Carlyle

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

44. “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” -Frank A.

45. “Through all the heartaches and the tears, through gloomy days and fruitless years; I do give thanks for now I know, there were the things that helped me grow.”

-David Lockett

45. “We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” -Barbara De Angelis

46. “Bringing good news is imparting hope to one’s fellow man. The idea of redemption is always good news, even if it means sacrifice or some difficult times.” -Patti Smith

47. “Difficult times disrupt your conventional ways of thinking and push you to forge better habits of thought, performance and being.” -Robin S. Sharma

These quotes about being strong in difficult times are for those who are looking for a reason to stand back up and to continue moving forward. Just take your challenges as an opportunity to build your mental strength. 


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