“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.” – Chris Bradford
How many times have you heard the saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger“?
Probably too many to count! And while this phrase is well-intended, it’s not the most comforting thing to hear when you’re going through hard times, you know?
We get it — if your current challenges don’t kill you, you’ll come out of your situation wiser, more experienced and a lot tougher than you were before.
But, when shit is hitting the fan and your eyes physically can’t form another tear because they’re so red and swollen what you really need is inspiration — not an overused idiom.
If you’re facing hardships in your life right now, and it seems like your struggles will never end then take 5 minutes to read these 33 inspirational quotes by people who have overcome challenges just like you:
1.) “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling
2.) “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
3.) “You don’t overcome challenges by making yourself smaller, but by making yourself bigger.” – John C. Maxwell
4.) “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve
5.) “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but rising everytime we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
6.) “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
7.) “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destinations.” – C.S. Lewis
8.) “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the entire staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
9.) “A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins
10.) “Every day might not be a good day, but there is good in every day.” – Alice Morse Earle
11.) “When you go through deep waters I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:2
12.) “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Aiz Eineziz
13.) “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett
14.) “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius
15.) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
16.) “Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.” – Joel Olsteen
17.) “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Bob Marley
18.) “You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha
19.) “You’re tired of being strong, but you still are.” – Tony Robbins
20.) “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing its stupid.” – Albert Einstein
21.) “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair
22.) “Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” – Roy T. Bennett
23.) “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you’ll see obstacles.” – Wayne Dyer
24.) “People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you. But how strong you stand is what makes you.” – LeBron James
25.) “Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by tears once in a while so that we can see life with a clearer view again.” – Alex Tan
26.) “Every successful person has overcome hard times. Don’t be ashamed of your struggle, work past it.” – Live Life Happy
27.) “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
28.) “Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes because failure is God’s way of moving you in another direction.” – Oprah Winfrey
29.) “How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer
30.) “Within ourselves, there are voices that provide us with all the answers that we need to heal our deepest wounds, to transcend our limitations, to overcome our obstacles or challenges, and to see where our soul is longing to go.” – Debbie Ford
31.) “It’s okay to lose. Losing teaches you something. Having to try and going through the trials and tribulations to actually overcome, to get there to win, to triumph, that’s what makes life interesting.” – Elizabeth Banks
32.) “We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
33.) “Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” – Oprah Winfrey
Above all remember, everything in life is temporary, including your current challenges. You are strong enough to overcome anything that comes your way and rise after every fall. Don’t stay down, get back up and brush yourself off — you’re going to be okay.
Impossible = I’m possible.
About Antasha Durbin: Antasha is a spiritual writer, life-long student of the universe, and psychic tarot card reader. Her website, cajspirituality.com, is dedicated to casualizing the spiritual experience and making it attainable for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Follow her for free, easy-to-digest and highly actionable advice on spirituality, mindfulness and empowered living.