Motivational Quotes About Hard Times & Adversity

Going through some tough times right now?

Here are over 1000 of the best motivational and inspirational quotes and sayings for people going through hard times and adversity.

If you are going through some hardships, then the first thing you must do is welcome the challenge into your life as an opportunity to learn and grow.

We cannot change what we do not own.

How you choose to define the situation you are in will determine the effect you get out of it.

Remember, life is meaningless.

Everything that is happening is neutral.

You decide whether the situation is “good” or “bad”.

So decide on how you want to experience whatever you are going through.


If you expect to come out of the other side stronger, then you must accept the obstacle and hardship. It is only then when you will find ways to overcome and transform this difficult time.

And one of the best ways to do these is by keeping a positive mind.

Your mind is going to be the greatest asset you have in overcoming these difficult times so make sure to bookmark this page as a way to help inspire and motivate you.

Here are some quotes for people going through hard times about adversity and courage that will help give you strength:

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Mistakes are proof that you are trying.

“Life is not easy.” Who said it was supposed to be?

Work on you, for you.

Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.

I love who I’ve been, but I really love who I’m becoming.

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error.

If you can’t find the opportunities you’re looking for…create them.

Whatever is worrying you right now, forget about it. Take a deep breath, stay positive and know that things will get better.

We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. – Barbara De Angelis

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington

Free yourself from your past mistakes, by forgiving yourself for what you have done or went through. Every day is another chance to start over.

Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.

No matter how hard times may get, always hold your head up and be strong; show them you’re not as weak as they think you are.

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome. – Unknown

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.

Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong but because you’re doing something right.

Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the mental forces of hate, jealousy, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. – OG Mandino

When sore trials come upon us, it’s time to deepen our faith in God, to work hard, and to serve others. Then He will heal our broken hearts. He will bestow upon us personal peace and comfort. – Russell M. Nelson

Nothing is a coincidence. Everything you’re experiencing is meant to happen exactly how it’s happening. Embrace the lessons. Be grateful.

When you feel like quitting think about why you started.

Tough people are not born. They’re made when there’s no one there to dry their tears.

Don’t be afraid to start over. It’s a brand new opportunity to rebuild what you truly want.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. – Elisabeth Kubler Ros

Be strong enough to let go and patient enough to wait for what you deserve.

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.

Strength isn’t about how much you can handle before you break. It’s about how much you can endure after you’ve been broken.

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.

It’s gonna get harder before it gets easier. But it will get better, you just gotta make it through the hard stuff first.

Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.

There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

I asked God, “Why are you taking me through troubled water?” He replied, “Because your enemies can’t swim.”

It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning. – Colin Powell

Keep your head up. God gives His hardest battles to His strongest soldiers…

Until you’re broken, you don’t know what you’re made of. It gives you the ability to build yourself all over again, but stronger than ever.

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. – C.S. Lewis

Hard times will always reveal true friends.

Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.

Without rain nothing grows. Learn to embrace the storms of your life.

When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust Him fully because two things can happen. Either He’ll catch you when you fall, or He will teach you how to fly.

Everything is energy. Your thought begins it, your emotions amplifies it, and your action increases its momentum.

Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased. – Joel Osteen

When I stumbled, I stumbled not backward, but forward. So when I fell, I fell into grace. – Morgan Harper Nichols

Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone. Appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next.

Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.

Success is what happens after you have survived all of your disappointments.

Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t and start loving yourself for everything you already are.

You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.

Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.

Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears. – Demi Lovato

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Costaneda

Your path is beautiful and crooked and just as it should be.

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. – Richard Bach

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

Nobody said it would be easy, so don’t ever give up when it gets hard.

This too, shall pass. When things are bad, remember: it won’t always be this way. Take one day at a time. When things are good, remember: it won’t always be this way. Enjoy every great moment.

Remember it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.

Dream big. Start small. Work hard. Stay focused. Keep going forward.

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be.

I am thankful for all those difficult people in my life. They have shown me exactly who I do not want to be.

Sweat is magic. Cover yourself in it daily to grant your health wishes.

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Be strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared, and humble when you are victorious.

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

Before you sleep, remember that it’s ok to not be ok. We all have our struggles. God loves you for who you are, but too much to leave you that way.

Replace those thoughts of worry with thoughts of hope, faith, and victory. – Joel Osteen

You don’t gain anything from stressing. Remember that.

Everything will work out in the end. You don’t need to know how. You just have to trust that it will.

Whatever is worrying you right now, forget about it. Take a deep breath, stay positive and know that things will get better.

Sometimes you have to put everything to the side just to take care of yourself. Don’t be afraid to say no when it’s necessary.

Be patient, good things are coming your way.

Invest your energy into something that is going to contribute to your growth.

Anyone who has grown mentally, physically or spiritually knows that growth is not found in comfort.

Be strong now, because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.

I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay. Because I don’t quit. – Shayne McClendon

Hard times are often blessings in disguise. Let go and let life strengthen you. No matter how much it hurts, hold your head up and keep going. This is an important lesson to remember when you’re having a rough day, a bad month, or a crappy year. Truth be told, sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are the ones your spirit needs most. Your past was never a mistake if you learned from it. So take all the crazy experiences and lessons and place them in a box labeled “Thank you”.

You have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling at your weakest.

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.

People underestimate their capacity for change. There is never a right time to do a difficult thing. – John Porter

Someday you will look back, and know exactly why it had to happen.

You can’t calm the storm… so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass. – Timber Hawkeye

… and when everything seems hopeless, just take it a day at a time. And if one day seems too much, just take it an hour at a time. And if an hour is too much, just take it a minute at a time.

Remember that just because you hit bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there. – Robert Downey Jr

If you need to step back and get away from things for a bit, do exactly what you need to do for you to gain clarity again.

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!

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.

You don’t know pain until you’re staring at yourself in the mirror with tears in your eyes, begging yourself to just hold on and be strong. That is pain.

Don’t get discouraged by what you’re going through. Your time is coming. Where you are is not where you’re going to stay.

You are the only one who can limit your greatness.

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

When life knocks you down… calmly get back up, smile and very politely say, “You hit like a bitch.”

When life puts you in tough situations, don’t say “why me?” Say “try me”.

When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That’s what the storm is all about. – Haruki Murakami

In life, you always get what you ask for and it rarely comes in the package you think it’s suppose to come in. – Kurek Ashley

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.

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

Pain has taught me to appreciate the things that don’t hurt. – Melissa Tripp

You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun. ― Shaun Hick

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Leroy Satchel Paige

Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude, and all that extra stress is gone.

Everyone is breakable, but not everyone is aware that it’s a choice to stay broken. – Stanley Behrman

You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages. – Michelle Obama

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

Stay strong. You never know who you are inspiring.

Everything will work out in the end. You don’t need to know how. You just have to trust that it will.

Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it. – Joel Osteen

Sometimes you learn your worth through disappointment. It’s okay, we’ve all been there.

It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places. ― Karen Marie Moning,

Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now.”

You may be sad, disappointed, heartbroken or even scarred. But wake each day with a new sense of hope, a will to fight on and not give up.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

You are so much more than what you are going through.” – John Tew

“I love who I’ve been, but I really love who I’m becoming.”

“I love the thought that great things are coming. No matter what you’re going through, there’s so much to look forward to.”

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

“No matter how painful or long the process is, it’s so beautiful and amazing seeing people being shamelessly authentic with themselves.”

Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.
– Sarah Dessen

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. – Malcolm X

“There are two ways to be happy: change the situation, or change your mindset towards it.”

I love when people that have been through hell walk out of the flames carrying buckets of water for those still consumed by the fire. – Stephanie Sparkles

In my life I’ve gone through a lot of really hard times. I went through depression and had so many challenges that I overcame. And I overcame because I just decided to be happy. –
Lilly Singh

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. – Mahatma Gandhi

It’s natural to be upset when faced with hardship. But try to pull yourself together. Your efforts won’t go to waste. – Mufti Menk

“Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing.”

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. – Walt Disney

The most important thing is that sometimes you have to go through hard times to get to the good stuff. – Abby Wambach

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
– Frank Herbert

“The beautiful thing about life is that you can always change, grow and get better. You aren’t defined by your past. You aren’t your mistakes.”

“If you’re having a bad day, just remember that you have managed to get through every bad day you’ve had. You’ll make it through this one too.”

“Everything happens for a reason. People change so you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so you can appreciate them when they go right.”

I truly believe that it’s all of the hard times that make you step up to the next level, and that’s what makes you a champion. Caroline Buchanan

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. Lee Iacocca

You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events. – Joel Osteen

“You always have the choice to be happy. Learn to understand the purpose of bumps in the road, grow from them and stay positive.”

“You always get tested the most before you progress to the next level.”

“Being optimistic really has nothing to do with happiness, it’s just taking whatever life chucks at you and not letting it break you down.”

Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique. Kevin Conroy

“Don’t give up when you can’t see results right away. Some things take time. Just be patient with yourself.”

“We don’t always choose what happens to us, but we can choose to see it as positive, to believe it is for the best, and to use it to grow.”

“I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past…be proud of your scars and that you’re still standing.”

As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Soon, when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up. ― Brittany Burgunder

“People who make you feel better about yourself when you’re sad are so important.”

“Focusing on your purpose is everything. Don’t allow negativity to distract you from where you’re headed.”

“No matter what knocks you down in life, get back up and keep going. Never give up. Great blessings are a result of great perseverance.”

“You are both the problem AND the solution.”

When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on. – LL Cool J

“Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s okay to have a moment of uncertainty about life. It’s a transformative period to find your purpose.”

“Be thankful for your blessings and never doubt your struggles. Don’t ask why it happened, just be thankful for the strength it gave you.”

“Be aware as often as possible of the great transformation process you are going through.”

“Sometimes a situation you think of as “bad” is actually putting you on a path to the best thing that could possibly happen to you.”

“Don’t allow yourself to be a victim. Take control of your life. Let go of people who don’t serve you no good. Start doing things to make you happy.” – Reyna Biddy

“Never accept failure, no matter how often it visits you. Keep on going. Never give up… NEVER.” – Michael Smurfit

“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything you’re experiencing is meant to happen exactly how it’s happening. Embrace the lessons. Be grateful.”

“Don’t give up when you can’t see results right away. Some things take time. Just be patient with yourself.”

I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past…be proud of your scars and that you’re still standing.

“No matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. The Light is always with you. You might not see it, but you can trust it.”

“Do your future self a favor and work hard now.”

In difficult times, we’re not supposed to quit believing; we’re not supposed to quit growing. Joel Osteen

“It takes a ton of courage to push through hard times. Don’t give up. Good things are coming your way.”

“You have the power within yourself to make anything possible, you must diminish the doubt and ignite the self belief.” – Leon Brown

“Eventually you’ll end up where you need to be, with who you’re meant to be with, and doing what you should be doing. Patience is the key.”

“It’s okay to restart and recreate. Don’t spend time beating yourself up over something that went wrong. There’s always another chance.”

“Be gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.”

“Fear is a natural byproduct of change. It takes time to get familiar with new thoughts and situations. Don’t let it stop you from changing.” – Jerry Corsten

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life chips away at us all. Some play the victim. Some choose to be a survivor. And then there are those who choose to conquer.”

People that are brilliant and successful, we think they’ve just always been that way. That’s not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It’s prepared them. I’ve never felt like you could develop character without adversity. Bobby Bowden

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

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. – Marie Curie

“Don’t stay stuck in a low chapter. Zoom out. And have faith that everything you’re going through is setting you up to prosper.”

Understand that the universe is giving you challenges to help you to become the greatest version of yourself.

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

Be thankful for the hard times. They are heaven sent to teach you lessons, make you stronger, and ultimately lead you to a better destiny.

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop. – Confucius

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie

To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them. – Picabo Street

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill

It’s important to feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, nothing negative can touch you.

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. Ray Bradbury

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit

Whatever is worrying you right now, forget about it. Take a deep breath, stay positive and know that things will get better.

You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. Golda Meir

Courage is not limited to the battlefield or the Indianapolis 500 or bravely catching a thief in your house. The real tests of courage are much quieter. They are the inner tests, like remaining faithful when nobody’s looking, like enduring pain when the room is empty, like standing alone when you’re misunderstood. – Charles Swindoll

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammad Ali

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. – Mignon McLaughlin

We don’t always choose what happens to us, but we can choose to see it as positive, to believe it is for the best, and to use it to grow.

When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. – John F. Kennedy

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

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. – Thucydides

Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. – Stephen Covey

Don’t get discouraged; it is often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

Free yourself from your past mistakes, by forgiving yourself for what you have done or went through. Every day is another chance to start over.

Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert H. Schuller

If we could all just laugh at ourselves, in hard times or good times, it would be an incredible world. – Jena Malone

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela

Don’t give up. All of your hard work will pay off soon, stick with what you’re doing no matter how hard it gets.

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

Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness. – Susan Gale

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.- Maya Angelou

By seizing the opportunities that disruption presents and leveraging hard times into greater success through outworking, outinnovating, and outthinking everyone around you, this just might be the richest time of your life so far. – Robin S. Sharma

The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.



1. Remember to Breathe

When going through difficult times we tend to shorten our breath. Some of us even forget to breathe.

Breathing slow and deep is crucial to keeping your mind and body relaxed. If you stay in a relaxed state, it is much easier for your mind to come up with solutions that will help you through the hard times.

2. Embrace the Challenge

Whatever you are going through, this is your moment right now. This is the time that will define you as a person.

This difficult time is an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Life is giving you a platform to become the bigger version of yourself.

Will you step up and answer the opportunity with courage?

Or, will you shrink and react from fear.

The choice is yours.

3. Exercise Daily

One of the best ways to transform stress is by exercising. Especially some form of cardio.

This gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing which is important so you don’t become stagnant.

Problems are much easier solved when the body is moving.

4. Focus on the Positive

No matter how hard or difficult the situation may be, remember to focus on the positive.

There is always something you can focus on that will remind you that you are blessed.

Remain in a state of gratitude and you will see that solutions and opportunities will present themselves much faster.

5. Use Your Imagination

Your imagination is the most powerful tool you have. It is the engine that brings all solutions to you.

Make sure to spend each day day dreaming and visualizing things you can do that will help you overcome your obstacles.

6. One Day At A Time

As cliche as it may sound, take things one day at a time.

Write down all the things you need to do and get organized.

Focus on accomplishing one to three tasks a day that help you move forward.

As you accomplish each task, you will feel progress and things will get better.


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