31 Highly Effective Quotes About Strength In Hard Times

Are you struggling with something and need some inspiration? Seek comfort in these quotes about strength in hard times. I understand your need to find motivation. Recently, I lost my father and have been struggling to cope with that loss. Of course, this is a natural part of the grieving process. But it’s my first time understanding such grief.

Finding comfort in uplifting quotes benefits your mental health and mine. So I curated a list of powerful quotes about strength in hard times, touching on many hardships. My sincere hope is that you find encouragement here. No matter how difficult the situation you’re in, I hope you know and believe some people love you. Sometimes it’s easy to forget when the world feels like it’s caving in, but it’s always the truth. So please continue reading.

Don’t forget that there are people who genuinely care and want to speak to anyone who has forgotten that truth, Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Inspirational Quotes About Strength in Hard Times Dealing With Death

Confronting the pain that accompanies losing a loved one is critical to your healing. But that’s often easier said than done. So how do you begin the process? Setting your mindset to focus on growth and healing is a good start. I’ve found relief with self-reflection journaling. Having a place to organize thoughts and process feelings is helpful to recovery.

This inspirational quote about inner strength and death is an important truth. So important that I encourage you to write it down and revisit it until it clicks.

Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical, and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.

Earl Grollman

Too often measure our strength by our ability to hold it together. However, sometimes it’s necessary to fall apart. Grollman’s attention to grief’s cure as being your willingness to grieve is powerful.

Another favorite truth comes from the author of Eat, Pray, Love. a fantastic book and an incredible movie. This story has blessed me with several inspiring quotes and revelations. It’s a repeat in my collection, and I’m eager to share it with you.

Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place.

But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.

Elizabeth Gilbert – author of Eat, Pray, Love

How true is that? Firstly, to understand that you’re not alone in your anguish. Secondly, it’s encouraging knowing that someone has made it through the hell you’re experiencing. Lastly, you receive hope—something we all need to cling to in tough times.

Motivational Quotes About Strength and Moving Forward

One of the hardest things to accept is when it’s time to let go and move forward. But, whether leaving a toxic relationship or changing careers, you can find new strength when that day comes. Here are a few powerful quotes to encourage your journey.

The truth is, unless you let go. Unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.

Steve Maraboli

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage.

Dale Carnegie

Similarly, these anonymous strong quotes are widely cherished and with great reason and understanding.

One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.


Once you realize you deserve better, letting go will be the best decision ever.


One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss, or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.


Lastly, here is a truth I would have appreciated knowing earlier in life., but it’s never too late to learn, and I hope you see this truth too.

You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them but still move on without them.

Mandy Hale

Emotional Quotes About Strength in Hard Times

The world demands that I’m a strong woman. So here are a few good quotes to get through times when everything seems like it’s falling apart. These uplifting quotes will inspire you to stay strong during tough times. Finding inner strength so that you never give up is the ultimate measure of self-love. Be proud of yourself and keep going.

For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

One of the most quotable artists of all time, Bob Marley, spoke hundreds of uplifting messages. Here is one beacon of truth that will transform your thinking. Use your strength.

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

Bob Marley

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

Henry Rollins

When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!


The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Ernest Hemingway

What a powerful reminder that we all struggle until broken, but we still can transform that struggle into strength and use it in the broken places. I’ve witnessed God transform my struggles in many areas of life. Where once was my struggle is now my greatest strength. God is awesome.

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Depression Quotes About Strength in Hard Times

Battling depression can be a long and challenging journey. Especially when the people in your life don’t understand what living with depression entails. So here are a few strength depression quotes to encourage you through your struggle.

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.

Helen Keller

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

Winston Churchill

These quotes are important reminders for those of us who have survived abuses and trauma in our lives.

You say you’re depressed– all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective. It just means you’re human.

David Mitchell

You’re allowed to feel your feelings. So if you’re emotions are messed up inside and out, feel them. Don’t allow anyone to take that away from you. True strength comes in healing, not suppressing. Additionally, don’t forget to practice self-care.

Self-care is never a selfish act. It is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.

Parker Palmer

Perhaps my favorite inspirational quote and reminder:

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.

Dodie Smith

Be sure to enjoy those hot baths with handmade bath bombs. Their fizzy goodness is a life-changing element to your bath-time experience. Also, aromatherapy provides wonderful stress relief and alleviates anxiety.


Best Anxiety Quotes for Strength in Difficult Times

Living with anxiety can be a crippling experience—for example, the constant flood of self-doubts accompanied by continual worry while all the conversation replays. And don’t forget the never-ending concern about whether your friends genuinely like you or not. That is the worst! So I’ve included some anxiety quotes about strength in hard times.

First and foremost, if you can seriously embrace this truth, life becomes easier to accept. Because regardless of how carefully you plan things, life never goes according to the plan.

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

Robert Frost

Secondly, once you acknowledge that everything in life is not an emergency and that it’s all right when something doesn’t go according to plan, you’ll be relieved of the constant pressure to perform perfectly.

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes everything is an emergency.

Natalie Goldberg

Thirdly, let it go. Baby, let it go! I know, I know, easier said than done. I’m talking to myself here, too, mama, but the hard truth of the matter is this:

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

Steve Maraboli

Popular Inspirational Quotes About Strength in Hard Times

These famous inspirational quotes about strength in hard times promote courage so you can stay strong as each new day comes.

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 is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just one step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down

Eleanor Roosevelt

Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death.

Swami Vivekananda

Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemmingway

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Nothing will work unless you do. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

Maya Angelou

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Maya Angelou

We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

Napoleon Hill

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Man owes his strength in the struggle for existence to the fact that he is a social animal.

Albert Einstein

That concludes our list of motivational quotes about strength in hard times. Did you find any true strength on this list? I hope so. Please remember, you never know what someone else is going through. So be kind and spread the love with a social share. Thanks, those always make me smile.

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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and Jesus.

22 thoughts on “31 Highly Effective Quotes About Strength In Hard Times”

  1. I am sorry for the loss of your father. These quotes are so needed right now! I like the one about how you aren’t in control anyways. I like to think I’m always in control even when Im not!

  2. I really resonate with this quote “One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss, or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.” I really believe that we need to let go so as we can move forward.

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