75 Quotes For When Times Get Tough


My favorite things to do during tough times are running, reading a book or drinking coffee at chill cafe.  When I don’t have time to read a book I enjoy reading quotes, see below for some of my favorite…

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

2. The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. – unknown

3. We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. — C. Joybell 

4. Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Leroy Satchel Paige

5. I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me. – Tracee Ellis Ross

6. Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

7. A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington

8. Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. – J.K. Rowling

9. No one is going to hand me success. I must go out and get it myself. That’s why I’m here. To dominate. To conquer. Both the world, and myself. — unknown

10. I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. – Jewish Proverb

11. Every time you are able to find some humor in a difficult situation, you win. – unknown

12. 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

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

14. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. – James Allen

15. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. – unknown

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

17. 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

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

19. I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death. – Thomas Paine

20. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again. — Eric Roth

21. Do your thing. Do it unapologetically. Don’t be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they’re going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. It’s far more valuable than success. Take ownership, take chances, and have fun. And no matter what, don’t ever stop doing your thing. – Asher Roth

22. When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. – Iyanla Vanzant

23. The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. – Chinese Proverb

24. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden

25. Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else. —unknown

26. When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. — Harriet Beecher Stowe

27. 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.

28. If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? – unknown

29. It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any. – Hugh Laurie

30. Problems are not stop signs; they are guidelines. — Robert Schuller

31. The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity. – Ulysses S. Grant

32. The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. – Seneca

33. Adversity is a fact of life. It can’t be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it. – unknown

34. There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

35. The true test of a person character is how they stand during test of adversity – unknown

36. The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. – Charles M Schwab

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

38. Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. – Christopher Reeve

39. He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity. – William Samuel Johnson

40. To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist. — Gail Sheehy

41. 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

42. Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. – Publilius Syrus

43. One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. – Albert Schweitzer

44. Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. — Christopher Robin

45. When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

47. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. — Thomas Edison

48. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. – Charles R. Swindoll

49. There is no education like adversity. – Benjamin Disraeli

50. Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. – Wayne Dyer

51. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

52. 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

53. Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you. – Chuck Palahniuk

54. When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be ground to stand. Or you will grow wings to fly. – O.R. Melling

55. 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

56. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. – Marcus Aurelius

57. Pain is your friend; it is your alie. Pain reminds you to finish the job and get the hell home. Pain tells you when you have been seriously wounded. And you know what the best thing about pain is? It tells you you’re not dead yet! – G.I Jane

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

59. Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher

60. If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. – unknown

61. If you are going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

62. Failure is a BRUISE not a tattoo – Jon Sinclair

63. The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity. – Seneca

64. It’s better to be in the arena, getting stomped by a bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot. – Steven Pressfield

65. Bad things happen to good people all the time. It sucks. It’s not fair but then much of life isn’t fair. It’s how you live that matters. It’s how you deal with the bumps in the road. – Maya Banks

67. Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. ― Maya Angelou

68. Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing. ― Paulo Coelho, Maktub

69. God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars. ― Elbert Hubbard

70. There comes a point when you either embrace who and what you are, or condemn yourself to be miserable all your days. Other people will try to make you miserable; don’t help them by doing the job yourself. ― Laurell K. Hamilton

71. Never complain, never explain. Resist the temptation to defend yourself or make excuses. ― Brian Tracy

72. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ― Milton Berle

73. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ― Oscar Wilde

74. We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. ― Santosh Kalwar

75. If you’re reading this … Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is. – Chad Sugg

If I’ve missed your favorite quote please feel free to share below…


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