132+ Hard Hitting Quotes That Make You Rethink

Each of the following quotes that hit hard is overflowing with wisdom, life lessons, and knowledge. All you need is a couple of minutes out of your day, and you can make different or better choices depending on what you learn.

Reading powerful hard-hitting quotes can help you change your perspective. They encompass nearly every aspect that makes up our day-to-day lives.

Thanks to all the distractions around us today, it’s easy to lose focus of what really matters in our lives. Sometimes all we need a reminder. To help you make the most of your life, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking hard hitting quotes about life, love, friends, relationships and happiness:

Best Hard Hitting Quotes

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. J.R.R. Tolkien

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. John Lennon

I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone to feel like that. Robin Williams

One word of encouragement can be enough to spark someone’s motivation to continue with a difficult challenge. Roy T. Bennett

It’s very possible and very okay to forgive someone and still not want to spend time with them. Karen Salmansohn

What is coming is better than what’s gone. Let this belief aim you in the direction you need to go. Karen Salmansohn

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. John A. Shedd

We try so hard to hide everything we’re really felling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most. Colleen Hoover

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You need to be buried deep in the dirt before you can find your bloom. Roz Inga

Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King

He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

It’s important to keep your feelings and your self worth in different places because when feelings get hurt it shouldn’t change how you view yourself. Kaci Diane

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away. Maya Angelou

I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and I realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you. Cassandra Clare

I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive. Frida Kahlo

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Babe Ruth

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. Leo Burnett

The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart. Benjamin Franklin

It ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. Rocky Balboa

The path to a dream is rarely linear. You gotta zig-zag your way to happiness. Karen Salmansohn

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. Eric Thomas

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Many people die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy five. Benjamin Franklin

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. Soren Kierkegaard

One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone. Shannon L. Alder

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it. Victor Hugo

Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the door bell. Oprah Winfrey

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there. Will Smith

Connecting with those you know love, like and appreciate you restores the spirit and gives you energy to keep moving forward in this life. Deborah Day

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Steve Jobs

Powerful Hard Hitting Quotes

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. H.G. Wells

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses

The greatest joys in life are found not only in what we do and feel, but also in our quiet hopes and labors for others. Bryant McGill

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

Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

He who is untrue to his own cause cannot command the respect of others. Albert Einstein

Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no. Gabriel Garcia

Who do you spend time with? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less. Steve Goodier

To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist. Gail Sheehy

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

I think I’ve always been half out of my shell and half in. Sometimes I can be extremely wild and sometimes I can be extremely shy. It just depends on the day. Emile Hirsch

Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. Benjamin Franklin

Encouragement is like water to the soul, it makes everything grow. Chris Burkmenn

Life is about making an impact, not making an income. Kevin Kruse

People can be so quiet about their pain, that you forget they are hurting. That is why it is so important to always be kind. Nikita Gill

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Bob Marley

Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life. J.K. Rowling

Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn. C.S. Lewis

The noble-minded encourage what is beautiful in people and discourage what is ugly in them. Little people do just the opposite. Confucius

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan

When you lose someone who is your entire universe, it hits you. All chances you didn’t take, all the things you didn’t say. Because the truth is that you think you have forever, but you don’t. You never do. The Love Whisperer

At the root of all misery is unfulfilled desire. Scott Hahn

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity. Coco Chanel

It’s easy to love someone when they’re happy. What’s hard is loving someone when they’re crying on the bathroom floor at 2am because everything came crashing down at once. Midnight thoughts

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

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

Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this. Celine Dion

Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons. Lailah Gifty Akita

Life is a flower of which love is the honey. Victor Hugo

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

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. Marilyn Monroe

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha

Motivational Hard Hitting Quotes

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Og Mandino

Hard times make you bitter or make you more compassionate. Jewel

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Dr. Seuss

It’s easy to say you’re over someone if you aren’t seeing them. The challenge is to look them in the eye and see their smile and hear their voice and still want to be able to say this is not what I want anymore. Board of Wisdom

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

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

It takes a lot of courage to push through hard times. Never give up. Good things are coming your way. Robert Tew

It’s sad. When you try to pick up a conversation with someone you haven’t talked to in a while and used to be close to, but you notice that they don’t make any effort to talk to you and just push you further away to the point where you realize that things have changed and it’d be probably better to let go. People cone and go, sadly. Even the ones you thought you’d never lose. Starstruk

Never give up. Things may be hard, but if you quit trying they’ll never get better. Stop worrying and start trusting God. It will be worth it. Germany Kent

Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty. John F. Kennedy

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Hard times lifts the seeking souls to higher spiritual realms. Lailah Gifty Akita

Don’t depend too much on anyone. Even your shadow leaves you when you are in darkness. Anonymous

You gotta learn how to stop telling people more than they need to know. Anonymous

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. Vivian Greene

Never give up. There are always tough times, regardless of what you do in anything in life. Be able to push through those times and maintain your ultimate goal. Nathan Chen

Live for each second without hesitation. Elton John

Memories have to be our most painful blessing. Kanye West

It will never rain roses. When we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. George Eliot

You know who you love but you can’t know who loves you. Nigerian Proverb

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

You realize how much you miss someone when something happens – good or bad – and the only person you want to tell is the one person who isn’t there. Life Hack

Going through challenging things can teach you a lot, and they also make you appreciate the times that aren’t so challenging. Carrie Fisher

People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else. Unknown

People will do better on their own time. You can’t force anyone to treat you right. You can’t force anyone to love you write. You can’t force anyone to be the person you thought you fell in love with. What you can do is see the situation for what it’s worth and walk away before it becomes more and more toxic to you and your life. Reyna Biddy

When you are feeling peaceful you are in your ultimate power. Karen Salmansohn

People change for two main reasons. Their minds have open or their hearts are broken.

I don’t know a startup that hasn’t been through tough times. Vinod Khosla

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison

Be nice to people even if your own heart is breaking, because there’s no need to break theirs too. Shubh Narwan

If you don’t fight for what you want, don’t cry for what you lose. Krishna

Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing. Seneca

I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today. Dwayne Johnson

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Eleanor Roosevelt

Short Hard Hitting Quotes

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another. Helen Keller

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. Bill Clinton

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

Life is short, and it is here to be lived. Kate Winslet

Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’ Lao Tzu

Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting. Haruki Murakami

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. Frank Lloyd Wright

Every moment is a fresh beginning. T.S. Eliot

If you love someone, tell him or her. Forget about the rules or the fear of looking ridiculous. What is truly ridiculous is passing up on an opportunity to tell someone that your heart is invested in him or her. The Things We Say

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. William Faulkner

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What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly? Erin Hanson

Hard times may have put you down sometimes but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be wise and strong. Anurag Prakash Ray

When I first met you you were nothing more than another face but six months later and you’re the only face I could ever find in a crowded place. Mindless Rants

When you cease to dream you cease to live. Malcolm Forbes

The healthiest response to life is joy. Deepak Chopra

We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us. William J. Brennan

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. Lillian Dickson

The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unencumbered acts of kindness and of love. Wordsworth

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

When you lose someone who is your entire universe, it hits you all chances you didn’t take, all the things you didn’t say. Because the truth is that you think you have forever, but you don’t. You never do. Anonymous

Never bother thinking about going back and changing the beginning. Start from now and try changing the ending. Anonymous

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. Henry Ford

In order to write about life first you must live it. Ernest Hemingway

The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything. Frank Sinatra

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. Carl Bard

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.

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. Muhammad Ali

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain