55 Inspirational Quotes About Life Struggles

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55 Inspirational Quotes About Life Struggles

As much as none of us want to experience struggle it is a part of the human experience. Despite outside appearances, no one person escapes difficult times. This can however be hard to remember when it feels like our personal world is falling apart.

Luckily many wise people who have also been through hard times have put pen to paper and their words can offer us hope and comfort during these times.

This collection of quotes about lifes struggles will inspire you to think a  bit differently about what role happiness and struggle play in life and how it is such an important part of our human evolution.


  1. Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live. – Paulo Coelho
  2. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie
  3. 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
  4. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. – Mark Twain
  5. Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. – Thich Nhat Hanh
  6. Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness. I actually put my hands up to my face, one next to each eye, like blinders on a horse. – Regina Brett
  7. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. – Steve Jobs
  8. You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. -Epicurus
  9. No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. – Barbara DeAngelis
  10. Too often in life, something happens, and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So, the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations. – Tom Brady
  11. 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
  12. Be more humble than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, always offering respect onto others and never expecting any in return. – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
  13. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  14. If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness. – Confucius
  15. If we didn’t struggle through some things, we would never develop the strength and stamina we need to survive in this world. – Joyce Meyer
  16. In struggling with misfortunes lies the true proof of virtue. – William Shakespeare
  17. All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. – Helen Keller
  18. Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. – Bernard Williams
  19. Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. – Gautama Buddha
  20. The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James
  21. They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. – Andy Warhol
  22. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy
  23. By changing our mindset and habits, we can actually dramatically change the course of life. – Shawn Achor
  24. Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. – Rumi
  25. We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. – Luciano De Crescenzo
  26. Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly – Paulo Coelho
  27. The consciousness, of loving and being loved, brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring. – Oscar Wilde
  28. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. – Carl Jung
  29. Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. – Miguel de Cervantes
  30. Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. – Eckhart Tolle
  31. There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. – Ralph Blum
  32. Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. – Margaret Cousins
  33. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. – Maya Angelou
  34. Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body. – Norman Vincent Peale
  35. Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes. – Etty Hillesum
  36. The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable or happy. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda
  37. Reflective thinking enables you to distance yourself from the intense emotions of particularly good or bad experiences and see them with fresh eyes. – John C. Maxwell
  38. We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
  39. Realistic expectations for life are that we are going to be better today than we were yesterday. – Jim Harbaugh
  40. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not recognize it when it arrives. – Heraclitus
  41. You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. – Edwin Louis Cole
  42. Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. – Nido R Qubein
  43. Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. – Robertson Davies
  44. Take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. – Jim Rohn
  45. You may not seem able to change some outer circumstances but you can start by changing your inner experience of life and yourself. – Joy Page
  46. Others’ circumstances seem good to us and ours seem good to others. Publilius Syrus
  47. Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you. – Wayne Dyer
  48. A flow of happiness and abundance will manifest when you have reached the deepest level of yourself. – Deepak Chopra
  49. Think positive thoughts, intensely. Grow enthusiastic images, boldly. Speak only wonderful words to yourself, constantly. Feel fantastic, NOW! This colors your view of the world. Like a magnet, you attract the resources necessary to manifest the world you desire. – Mark Victor Hansen
  50. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured. – Gordon B. Hinckley
  51. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. What you believe about life will be your experience of life. – Neale Donald Walsch
  52. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment, and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. – Gilda Radner
  53. The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  54. Don’t fear starting over. You can build something better. – Unknown
  55. Life’s challenges shouldn’t paralyze you. They should help you discover who you are. – Bernice Johnson Reagon


I hope these quotes about life struggles inspire you to look at your own problems in a different way.

Do you have any favorite quotes about life being hard? Share in the comments below.

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