Quotes About Strength And Courage In Hard Times

There is courage and hope to be found in every obstacle that we face. Moments of comfort through words, sayings, and quotes about finding inner strength and overcoming adversity can help us get through our collective and personal tough times. Whether you’re writing a sympathy card, consoling someone, or just need to be reminded that we can get through these difficult times, let these quotes about strength and courage recharge you and help reclaim your inner strength when you need it most.

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Quotes About Finding Inner Strength

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We all have untapped inner strength that helps us push through and conquer our challenges. For some, inner strength comes from a friend or family member, a person they look up too. Others may find strength within from a memory, or a place they know. We’ve curated a list of inner strength quotes to help bolster your own courage to give comfort to those who need it.

  • “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
  • “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” – Haruki Murakami
  • “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli
  • “Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama
  • “What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.” – Meryl Streep
  • “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.
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama
  • “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

Uplifting Quotes During Tough Times

“The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.” – Bryant McGill
Letting the people we care about know how much they mean to us has an uplifting, healing benefit for us and for our loved ones as well. There is nothing like being reminded that a person is constantly in your thoughts, with the reminder expressed in a most sincere, endearing way. Spread positivity and hope in people’s lives by letting them know how much we appreciate their presence in our lives and how much they mean to us.

  • “Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” – Misty Copeland
  • “For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – Frederick Buechner
  • “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” – Shannon L. Alder
  • “Connecting with those you know love, like and appreciate you restores the spirit and gives you energy to keep moving forward in this life.” – Deborah Day
  • “The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others.” – Bryant McGill
  • “Hard times, when held with open hands and a tender heart, can prepare us for the future.” – Cindee Snider Re
  • “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Inspirational Quotes About Strength

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson MandelaIf you are looking to gain some perspective on the current state of the world and find motivation to keep moving forward these inspirational quotes about strength remind us that we can overcome anything. Especially during these times of uncertainty, may these words of wisdom give you resilience and strength. Whether you’re looking for motivational sayings or the best words to live by, these quotes about strength are great for personalized cards and even inspirational wall art.

  • “Try to look at your weakness and convert it into your strength. That’s success.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.”– Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Problems are not stop signs; they are guidelines.”—Robert Schuller
  • “When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
  • “Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.” – Winston Churchill
  • “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – J.K. Rowling
  • “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.” – William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
  • “Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.” – Steve Martin
  • “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

Powerful Quotes About Courage

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Life takes courage. Every day we have our strength tested by the trials and tribulations of the human existence. And some days it can really just feel like it’s too much. But luckily, you do not have to look far, because it is always within you. Even on the days when you are certain it isn’t. Here are some powerful courage quotes that will help you be brave in the face of challenges.

  • “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  • “Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”– Sarah Dessen
  • “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” – Earl Nightingale
  • “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
  • “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
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
  • “The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” – R. G. Ingersoll

Quotes About Overcoming Adversity

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After a difficult challenge or moment, we develop a resiliency that helps us deal with other challenges in life.  Hardships hurt but they can also bring out the best in us. In honor of your ability to overcome hardship, below is our collection of inspirational, brave, and uplifting adversity quotes, adversity proverbs, and adversity sayings.

  • “In our personal and professional lives, we are constantly hit with one adversity after the other, most of which we have no control over. But the four things we have total control over is how we react, how we adapt, how we breathe, and how we take action.” –  Diamond Dallas Page
  • “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill
  • “Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.” – Kevin Conroy
  • “There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.” – Malcolm X
  • “We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” –  Barbara De Angelis
  • “It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward
  • “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
  • “You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.” – Golda Meir

Wrapping Up

Powerful words cans lift us up, motivate us, and give us the courage to do things we wouldn’t normally do. Surround yourself with words of wisdom and uplifting messages by adding wall art with strength and courage quotes and sayings to your home. Incorporate some of these quotes onto stickers, your desk calendar, your home decor, or any other printable items for your loved ones.

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