165 Inspirational Quotes About Life Struggles

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165 Inspirational Quotes About Life And  Struggles


As much as none of us want to experience difficult times it is a part of the human experience.

Despite outside appearances, no one person escapes the challenges of life.

This can however be hard to remember when it feels like our personal life is falling apart.

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

This collection of quotes about life struggles is a source of motivation when going through the darkest moments of life.

They will inspire you to think differently about what role happiness and struggle play in life and how it is such an important part of our human evolution.

These motivational quotes help us to also remember all the good things in life.


165 Inspirational Quotes About Overcoming Life’s Struggles:

#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


#56.  “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”― Arthur C. Clarke


#57.  Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey


#58.  “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King


#59.  “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein


#60.  “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


#61.  “What we all need to do is find the wellspring that keeps us going, that gives us the strength and patience to keep up this struggle for a long time.” – Winona LaDuke


#62.  “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein


#63.  “Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.” – Ralph Marston


#64.  “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein


#65.  “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


#66.  “In any situation, there is a sacred-solution.” – Lailah Gifty Akita


#67.  “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu


#68.   “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu


#69.  “Things always get better with time, just wait and see.” – Clavel Nelson


#70.  “Hard times always lead to something great.” – Betsey Johnson


#71.  “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Nelson Mandela


#72.  “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela


#73.  “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln


#74.  “Remember that in difficult times, we don’t give up. We don’t discard our highest ideals. No! We rise up to meet them.” – Michelle Obama


#75.  “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”— Michael Altshuler


#76.  “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


#77.  “If I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino


#78.   “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass


#79.  “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.” – Bruce Lee


#80.  “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill


#81.  “Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.” –Haile Gebrselassie


#82.  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill


#83.  “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett


#84.  “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” –  Winston Churchill


#85.   “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.” — Winston Churchill


#86.  “Not many great things have ever been done without struggling, stand up for your dream, a definite plan and burning desire can get you there.” – Okorote Emmanuel


#87.  Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.” – Steve Martin


#88.  “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley


 #89.  “Hard times always lead to something great.” – Betsey Johnson


#90.  “Hard times lift the seeking souls to higher spiritual realms.” – Lailah Gifty Akita


#91.  “What we all need to do is find the wellspring that keeps us going, that gives us the strength and patience to keep up this struggle for a long time.” – Winona LaDuke


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


#93.  “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa


#94.   “Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.” – Iyanla Vanzant


#95.  “I’ll tell you something about tough times. They just about kill you, but if you decide to keep working at them, you’ll find your way through.” – Joan Bauer


#96.  Struggles are a part of life but they are not the totality of what life entails so we must remember to discover all the other ingredients that make life worth living.” – Anonymous


#97.  The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” —Thomas Jefferson


#98.  “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”– William James


#99.   “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills


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


 #101.   “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” – George Burns


#102.  “ Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote


#103.  “ Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.” – Napoleon Hill


#104.  “I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.” — Esie de Wolfe


#105.  “ Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ― Roy T. Bennett


#106.  “ Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill


#107.  “ Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit.” – Diane Westlake


#108.  “ Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy.” – Groucho Marx


#109.  “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.” —Walt Whitman


#110.  “ We all make mistakes,have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future.” – Steve Maraboli


#111.  “ If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions.” — Catherine Cook


#112.  It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” – Vince Lombardi


#113.    “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” –Bette Davis


#114.  “We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.” — William J. Brennan, Jr.


#115.  “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino


#116.  “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”– Robert Collier


#117.  “Even small positive shifts in thinking, create huge results if you are consistent in your efforts.”― Nanette Mathews


#118.  “To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals, this alone is worth the struggle.” – William Osler


#119.  “There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” – Woody Hayes


#120.   “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.” – Robert Tew


#121.  “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou


#122.  “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson


#123.   “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert Schuller


#124.  Some people swim as fast as they can. Faster than most. They can never stop and rest for long, and they never reach their destination, for they are constantly swimming upstream. But eventually, they become strong, in their own way.” – Robert Black


#125.  “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost


#126.  “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy


#127.  “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”– Robert Frost


#128.   “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.” – Robert Kiyosaki


#129.  “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” —Maya Angelou


#130.  “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert Schuller


#131.  “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank


#132.  “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon


#133.   “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas a. Edison


#134.  “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson


#135.  “The conception of each star was at the point of no return; of a desperate soul struggling to master the winds!” – C. JoyBell C.


#136.  “I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” – Elon Musk


#137.  “I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” – Audrey Hepburn


#138.  “Struggle is the food from which change is made, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it’s right in front of your face.” – Danny Dreyer


#139.  “When nothing goes right, you have to face forward and take it on head first.” – Kyo Shirodaira


#140.  “A good strategy of life is obvious: When the right path is found, it must be walked no matter how hard it is and the precious target this path destined to must be arrived at by defeating every difficulty encountered.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan


 #141.  “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie


#142.  “Life is at its best when everything has fallen out of place, and you decide that you’re going to fight to get them right, not when everything is going your way and everyone is praising you.” – Thisuri Wanniarachchi


#143.  “Everything is hard before it is easy.”― Goethe J.W.


#144.  “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”— Frank Ocean


#145.  “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn


#146.  “A life filled with vicissitudes, uncertainty, and hard lessons provides us with skills to better approach new challenges that come along.” – Vivian Eisenecher


#147.  “Even in the most difficult of times, there is always a hidden blessing that exists under all the superficial stuff that we so frequently see. There is always a rainbow waiting to burst forth after the rain.” – Daniella Whyte


#148.   “Those who overcome great challenges will be changed, and often in unexpected ways. For our struggles enter our lives as unwelcome guests, but they bring valuable gifts. And once the pain subsides, the gifts remain. These gifts are life’s true treasures, bought at a great price, but cannot be acquired in any other way.” – Steve Goodier


#149.  “Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar


#150.   “The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” – Elizabeth Kübler-Ross


#151.  “Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus


 #152.   “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Hellen Keller


#153.  “You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” – Brene Brown


#154.  The only person you should strive to be better than is the person you were yesterday.” – Tony Robbins


155.  “You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West


#156.  “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” – Dalai Lama


#157.  “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama


#158.  “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn


159.  “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” – Audre Lorde


#160.  “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” – Theodore Newton Vail


#161.  “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt


#162.  “Done is better than perfect.” – Sheryl Sandberg


#163.   “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”― Confucius


#164.  “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa


#165.  “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr



I hope these famous quotes about daily life and life’s challenges inspire you to look at your own life and problems in a different way.

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


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