21 Inspirational Quotes for Difficult Times

We all go through tough times throughout life with some being more difficult than others. From failed dreams to break ups to losing people we love, these events can often cause our life to come to a halt. We can become stuck and feel like we can’t move forward. However, move forward we must because regardless of what happens, life goes on.

The following is a list of some inspirational quotes I like that will hopefully help you find the mental strength to overcome your obstacles. If you have any other quotes that relate to dealing with hard times that you like, please add them in the comments below. Thanks.

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

“Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.” – Susan Taylor

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

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

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

“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

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

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“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

“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor can we be perfected without adversity.” – Unknown

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

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

“A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.” – John Maxwell

“I am grateful for all of my problems. After each one was overcome, I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come. I grew in all my difficulties.” – James Cash Penney

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” – Bertie Charles Forbes

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

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” – John Wooden

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” – Dalai Lama

“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.” – Charlie Jones

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


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