92+ Best Hard Times Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Hard Times Quotes

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo  far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance. Jodi Picoult

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

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou

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

On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin. Gregory S. Williams

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

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed. Doe Zantamata

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. Jim Rohn

My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present. Steve Goodier

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

Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good. Elizabeth Edwards

A good half of the art of living is resilience. Alain de Botton

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing. L. M. Montgomery

Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self aware to this absolutely anything in the world is possible. Mike Norton

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. Elie Weisel

It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. Steve Maraboli

We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of. John H. Groberg

We all have battles to fight. And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive it’s on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work. Eric Greitens

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

No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear. Greg Kincaid

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

Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going. Yasmin Mogahed

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

The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived. Robert Jordan

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it. William Hazlitt

You must bear losses like a soldier, the voice told me, bravely and without complaint, and just when the day seems lost, grab your shield for another stand, another thrust forward. That is the juncture that separates heroes from the merely strong. Margaret George

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail. Nelson Mandela

Strong people alone know how to organize their suffering so as to bear only the most necessary pain. Emil Dorian

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

Some knowledge is too heavy.you cannot bear it.your Father will carry it until you are able. Corrie ten Boom

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

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks. Bob Richards

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

No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength if we have the virtue of resilience. Eric Greitens

Never give in. Never, never, never. Winston Churchill

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. Audrey Hepburn

The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat. Woodrow Wilson

Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else. Henry Ward Beecher

We have nothing to fear, but fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance. Lee Ann Womack

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert Schuller

Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths. Drew Barrymore

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

My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon. Mizuta Masahide

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

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Use what you’ve been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable! Yvonne Pierre

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare. Angela Duckworth

The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. Epicetus

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese Proverb

Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. John Wooden

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave be strong take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason. Andrew Solomon

The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself. Deepak Chopra

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Chuck Swindoll

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop. Confucius

Resilience is the ability to attack while running away. Wes Fessler

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

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher

To succeed, you have to do something and be very bad at it for a while. You have to look bad before you can look really good. Barbara DeAngelis

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

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being. Albert Schweitzer

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s not exactly like you thought it would be, you think it’s a failure. What about the spectrum of colors in between. Sara Evans

One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered. Michael J. Fox

I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me. Dr. Seuss

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal. Criss Jami

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. Robert Frost

Successful people demonstrate their resilience through their dedication to making progress every day, even if that progress is marginal. Jonathan Mills

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

You have power over your mind not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

To have darkness behind me, in front of me a bright sky, flickering lights on the water and to feel it on the stony face of the southern sun. Julia Hartwig

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino

Man is fond of counting his troubles but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up, as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. Fyodor Dostoevsky

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive. Jean Chatzky

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

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine

When the going gets tough  the tough get going. John Belushi, Animal House

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

The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality. Napoleon Hill