35 Inspiring Quotes for Hard Times

inspiring quotes for hard times
Quite often when we face hard times it is inspiring to read the wise quotes of those who have gone through similar difficulties and adversity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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

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

9. 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

10. However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. Henry David Thoreau

11. All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. Robert F. Kennedy

12. 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

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

14. 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

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

16. 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

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

18. 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

19. 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.

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

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

22. I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

23. New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings. Lao Tzu

24. It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Seneca

25. I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. Jewish Proverb

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

27. 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

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

29. Choose to be optimistic, it feels better. Dalai Lama

30. Your problem isn't the problem. Your reaction is the problem. Anonymous

31. The word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. Carl Jung

32. All life's battles teach us something, even those we lose. Paulo Coelho

33. It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. Lena Horne

34. The best thing one can do when its raining is to let it rain. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

35. Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. Voltaire

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