Life can simply be really, really tough sometimes, not that you need me to tell you that I’m sure.


If you’re experiencing tough times yourself, this post is meant simply to provide you with a boost of spirit-strengthening, uplifting and emotionally supporting statements, in the form of 20 handpicked quotes on overcoming adversity, finding hope, and practicing resilience. I hope these offer you a lift.



“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


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


“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.


“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


“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


“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


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


“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


“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”  Earl Nightingale


“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.


“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher


“Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” ~Dale Carnegie


“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” Anne Frank


“Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge


“This too shall pass.”
Persian Sufi Poets


“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.“
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. “
– Oprah Winfrey


”Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
– Japanese Proverb


“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. “
-Richard Bach


“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.“
– Ben Spock