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Famous Difficult Times Quotes

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

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. — Zig Ziglar

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. —  Dr. Seuss

He worked with her as she was and not as he wanted her to be. —  Colin Clark, ‘My Week with Marilyn’

And hard times are good in their own way, too. Because the only way you can achieve true happiness is if you experience true sadness as well. It’s all about light and shade. Balance. — Gabrielle Williams

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

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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.

Difficult times don’t come your way just so you can survive them; God uses these times in your life to form and refine you. —  Joel Osteen

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. —  Eleanor Roosevelt

Inside every person is a person you don’t know. —  Karen Salmansohn

You may go through very difficult time. Where you feel like a failure but remember one thing, struggle and hard times are the most inspirational thing in the world. — Anurag Prakash Ray

The best way to predict the future is to create it. —  Abraham Lincoln

Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less. —  Steve Goodier

Confidence, courage and determined spirit are vital for surviving hard times. — Lailah Gifty Akita

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

No matter how hard you try to make things work out for the best…some people will never change. — Karen Salmansohn

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

Letting go of unhappy thoughts and memories is an act of self— care. —  Karen Salmansohn

Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the door bell. —  Oprah Winfrey, ‘Oprah Winfrey Speaks: Insights from the World’s Most Influential Voice’

When someone is going through a storm…your silent presence is more powerful than a million empty words. —  Thelma Davis

You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it. —  Unknown

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. —   John Lennon

Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again. —  Frances Rodman

Nobody can make you to feel inferior without your consent. —  Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

There’s a telepathy between hearts, where no words are needed and all is understood. —   Karen Salmansohn

Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die. —  Brian Vaczily

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. — Bruce Lee

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity. — Coco Chanel

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

I’ve got nothing to do today but smile. —  Paul Simon

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. —  Kevin Kruse

You start with a darkness to move through but sometimes the darkness moves through you. ― Dean Young

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. —  Martin Luther King

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better. — Malcolm S. Forbes

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

I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person. — Rita Mero

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. — Bob Marley

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. —  Og Mandino

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

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

Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit. —  Napoleon Hill

We are all dealing with a challenge of some kind. Some of us are just better at hiding it than others. —  Karen Salmansohn

Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed. —  Bob Riley

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. — Albert Einstein

So the next time you see a person with a compose face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet. —  Susan Cain, ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’

Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life. — Woody Allen

Become a happy memory collector. Live fully in the now, appreciating each moment. This is how you capture future memories. —  Karen Salmansohn

Do not sit still; start moving now. In the beginning, you may not go in the direction you want, but as long as you are moving, you are creating alternatives and possibilities. —  Rodolfo Costa, ‘Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes’

Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts. — Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything. —  Katy Perry

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles. — Emily Dickinson

In the midst of these hard times it is our good health and good sleep that are enjoyable. — Knute Nelson

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

Encouragement is like water to the soul, it makes everything grow. —  Chris Burkmenn

The noble— minded encourage what is beautiful in people and discourage what is ugly in them. Little people do just the opposite. —  Confucius, ‘The Analects’

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

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. —  Buddha

One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone. —  Shannon L. Alder

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

If you are going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

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

Hard times may have put you down sometimes but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be wise and strong. —  Anurag Prakash Ray

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. — Dale Carnegie

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. —  Thomas Edison

I didn’t fail the test, I just found  ways to do it wrong. —  Benjamin Franklin

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one. —  Elbert Hubbard

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. —   Edith Wharton

In life, we make the best decisions we can with the information we have on hand. —  Agnes Kamara— Umunna, ‘And Still Peace Did Not Come: A Memoir of Reconciliation’

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, ‘BE HAPPY NOW!’

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

Hard times are sometimes blessings in disguise. We do have to suffer but in the end it makes us strong, better and wise. —  Anurag Prakash Ray        

When people are protecting something truly special to them, they become as strong as they can be. —  Karen Salmansohn

Hard times sustain and strengthen others, inspiring them to strive toward personal growth. — Senora Roy

I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today. —  Dwayne Johnson

There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there. —  Paulo Coelho, ‘The Fifth Mountain’

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 C.

You are not allowed to let the sadness ruin you. —  Karen Salmansohn

Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life… including you. —  Kelly Rudolph

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. —  Steve Martin, ‘Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life’

Smile often. Be loyal. Never stop learning. Stay humble. Work hard. Be kind. Travel. Be honest. Appreciate. Love. —  Karen Salmansohn

I don’t know a startup that hasn’t been through tough times. —  Vinod Khosla

If you are being positive and strong in difficult times half of your problems will be solved automatically. — Anurag Prakash

Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. — Les Brown

You’ve got to stay strong to be strong in tough times. —  Tilman J. Fertitta

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. —  Ayn Rand

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

Hard times make you bitter or make you more compassionate. — Jewel

Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons. ― Lailah Gifty Akita

For the rest of his life, Oliver Twist remembers a single word of blessing spoken to him by another child because this word stood out so strikingly from the consistent discouragement around him. —  Charles Dickens, ‘Oliver Twist’

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

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

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Confucius

You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat. —  Joel Osteen

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer. —  William R. Alger

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

I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today. — Dwayne Johnson

Hard times, when held with open hands and a tender heart, can prepare us for the future. ― Cindee Snider Re

If you feel like giving up, give up on that feeling and give into the realization there are endless possibilities waiting to be discovered before you. —  Tom Althouse

Never give up. There are always tough times, regardless of what you do in anything in life. Be able to push through those times and maintain your ultimate goal. —  Nathan Chen

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. —  J.R.R. Tolkien, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. —  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased. — Joel Osteen

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. —  Arthur Rubinstein

Never give up. Things may be hard, but if you quit trying they’ll never get better. Stop worrying and start trusting God. It will be worth it. ― Germany Kent

Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. — Dalai Lama

Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are. —  Stephanie Lahart, ‘Overcoming Life’s Obstacles: Enlighten— Encourage— Empower’

One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge. —  Roy T. Bennett

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. —  Kenji Miyazawa

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

A happy life is a balanced life. Be kind – but not a doormat. Trusting – but value boundaries and intuition.Content – but stay open and growing. — Karen Salmansohn

How can you love people without encouraging them? And how can you be loyal to people without educating them. —  Confucius, ‘The Analects’

There have been some hard times, people around me supported me. —  Laure Manaudou

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you. —  Dan Millman

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —  Henry Ford

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, ‘Voice of Reason’

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

Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better. —  Walt Disney

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. — Carl Bard

Sometimes it’s tough to explain what’s going on in your head…when you don’t even understand it yourself. —  Karen Salmansohn

When you look deeply into your anger you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering.  As soon as you see that, then your capacity for accepting and having compassion for them is there. — Thich Nhat Hanh

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

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. — H.G. Wells

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

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. —  Dr. Seuss

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. —  George Bernard Shaw

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

…I’ve discovered that if you want to reach your true potential, it’s much more effective to ignite a new passion for life than to dwell on past problems. —  Neil A. Fiore, ‘Awaken Your Strongest Self: Break Free of Stress, Inner Conflict, and Self— Sabotage’

Believe in yourself and you can be anything. — Katy Perry

It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you…rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit. —  Eartha Kitt

Going through challenging things can teach you a lot, and they also make you appreciate the times that aren’t so challenging. —  Carrie Fisher

Don’t cry for a man who’s left you; the next one may fall for your smile. —  Mae West

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

Be honestly and unapologetically you. Because you being uniquely you will allow the people you interact with to feel comfortable being uniquely them…perhaps for the first time in their lives. There is no more authentic way to connect and no greater gift to give. —   Scott Dinsmore

All of life is a test and we all have our challenges to meet. ― Marjory Sheba

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. —  Abraham Lincoln

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever. —  Zahid Abas

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

If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don’t, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way. —  Matt D. Miller