101 Inspirational Quotes That Will Give You Strength During Hard Times

Strength is a much admired virtue in our society! We especially respect and revere people who remain strong even in the face of adversities and emerge stronger than even before. Simply put, strength is the quality or state of being physically strong. However when we talk of human beings, it is not just the attribute of being physically strong which gives someone strength. Being mentally strong is a virtue that is as important—if not more—than being physically strong. Truly strong people are the ones who are able to bravely face the challenges that come their way and deal with problems in a determined and effective manner.

A person is able to recognize the true extent of his physical endurance and mental strength only under the most challenging circumstances. Life is not easy for anyone—everyone has to face heart breaks, job changes, monetary pressures, loss of a loved one, illnesses, and other issues from time to time. While many people break under the routine pressures and the occasional setbacks, only the strong ones keep on going no matter what. Read this compilation of quotes on strength to learn what it means to be truly strong in the face of adversities.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

- Friedrich Nietzsche

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

- All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections, Kasturba Gandhi

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

- Lao Tzu

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

- Albert Camus

Nobody can hurt me without my permission.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

- Maya Angelou

A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.

- Divergent, Veronica Roth

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

- Clippings from My Notebook, Corrie ten Boom

Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.

- C. JoyBell C.

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

- Vincent van Gogh

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

- Persuasion, Jane Austen

Better to be strong than pretty and useless.

- Strange Angels, Lilith Saintcrow

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.

- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.

- August Wilson

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.

- MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, José N. Harris

Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong.

- Sarah Dessen

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

It's not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.

- Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for; I can never fight for myself, but, for others, I can kill.

- The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, Emilie Autumn

There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.

- Dalai Lama

Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.

- Napoléon Bonaparte

Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

- Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Judith Viorst

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.

- Ann Landers

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

- Mahatma Gandhi

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

- Frederick Douglass

And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.

- The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

- A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.

- Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile, Criss Jami

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.

- Michael J. Fox

A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.

- Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.

- On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau

If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.

- Legend, Marie Lu

Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.

- An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir

Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on.

- A Million Little Pieces, James Frey

Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.

- City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare

You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.

- Roman Payne

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

You feel your strength in the experience of pain.

- Jim Morrison

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

- Maya Angelou

Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.

- Life, Steve Maraboli

A quiet conscience makes one strong!

- The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others ... Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." (Journal entry, 14 October 1922)

- Journal of Katherine Mansfield, Katherine Mansfield

Don't give up the fight, Stand up for your rights.

- Bob Marley

Love must not entreat,' she added, 'or demand. Love must have the strength to become certain within itself. Then it ceases merely to be attracted and begins to attract.

- Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend, Hermann Hesse

God, grant me strength to accept those things I cannot change.

- Angels & Demons, Dan Brown

And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.

- Paulo Coelho

Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.

- Joyce Meyer

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:7 NIV)

- Holy Bible: New International Version, Anonymous

The weaker you are the louder you bark. -Tenten

- Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto

My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus." [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]

- Stephen Hawking

I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.

- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay, Eric Roth

The center will hold." "How do you know?" "Because we are the center.

- The Fiery Heart, Richelle Mead

In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.

- Drew Barrymore

If you build the guts to do something, anything, then you better save enough to face the consequences.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

Being single doesn't mean you're weak, it means that you're strong enough to wait for the right person.

- Niall Horan

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.

- Douglas Coupland

You can't really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.

- Ken Kesey

Did it never strike your mind that what every woman says, some women may feel?

- Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Women are never so strong as after their defeat.

- Queen Margot, Alexandre Dumas

I'm wishing he could see that music lives. Forever. That it's stronger than death. Stronger than time. And that its strength holds you together when nothing else can.

- Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly

Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.

- The Way of the Sword, Chris Bradford

Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.

- Michael Jordan

Men know that women are an overmatch for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or the most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.

- A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, Samuel Johnson

Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.

- New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

I wonder if I will ever have the strength to hold onto something. Or if I will always be someone who destroys.

- Matched, Ally Condie

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

- The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.

- The Fires of Heaven, Robert Jordan

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. [Quoting Reverend Phillips Brooks, during Remarks at Presidential Prayer Breakfast, February 7 1963]

- John F. Kennedy

The key is this: Meet today's problems with today's strength. Don't start tackling tomorrow's problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow's strength yet. You simply have enough for today.

- Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear, Max Lucado

She was stronger alone…

- Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.

- John Calvin

She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.

- Ariana Dancu

Take my hands," Alec said. "And take my strength too. Whatever of it you can use to— to keep yourself going.

- City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

I am fallen, flawed and imperfect. Yet drenched in the grace and mercy that is found in Jesus Christ, there is strength

- Adam Young

Strength isn't about bearing a cross of grief or shame. Strength comes from choosing your own path, and living with the consequences.

- Jenny Trout

Au milieu de l'hiver, j'apprenais enfin qu'il y avait en moi un t invincible.

- Noces / L'été, Albert Camus

I used to think you were weak and just didn't fight back ... but now, honestly, I think you're actually pretty tough. It takes a hell of a lot of strength to not complain and lash out.

- Bloodlines, Richelle Mead

Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back.

- I am an Emotional Creature, Eve Ensler

Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.

- Lawrence G. Lovasik

You are evidence of your mother's strength, especially if you are a rebellious knucklehead and regardless she has always maintained her sanity.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.

- Elizabeth I

There is a certain strength in being alone.

- This Is What I Want to Tell You, Heather Duffy Stone

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

- The Sense of Wonder, Rachel Carson

Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It's a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.

- Zack W. Van

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.

- Bill Cosby

Screw pretty. I'd rather be strong. Pretty fades over time. Strength gets you through the bad shit.

- Oracle's Moon, Thea Harrison

Fall. Stand. Learn. Adapt.

- Fighting For Redemption, Mike Norton

I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.

- Madonna

You are never strong enough that you don't need help.

- César Chávez

It has always seemed that a fear of judgment is the mark of guilt and the burden of insecurity.

- Killosophy, Criss Jami

Rule your mind or it will rule you.

- Horace

A daily dose of daydreaming heals the heart, soothes the soul, and strengthens the imagination.

- Smile Anyway: Quotes, Richelle E. Goodrich

Don't know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.

- Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein

When you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong and you'll finally see the truth- that hero lies in you.

- Mariah Carey

If ever you feel like an animal among men, be a lion.

- Diotima, Criss Jami

You are human and mortal; we are the sum of our weak moments and our strong.

- The Black Gryphon, Mercedes Lackey

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