112+ Best Hard Times Quotes to Get Through Tough Times

Inspirational hard times quotes are universal nuggets of wisdom and may help shift your perspective.

Whatever your philosophy about life is, I am sure that one of these profound hard times quotes is sure to resonate with you. Also, they help you structure and reflect upon your daily thoughts and problems.

Here, we’ve rounded up the best powerful hard times quotes:

Inspirational Hard Times Quotes

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou

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

On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin. Gregory S. Williams

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles. Emily Dickinson

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert Schuller

Tonight we cry, we despair, and we fear. Tomorrow we get back to work trying to build the world we want. Sam Altman

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

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

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

Do not be concerned too much with what will happen. Everything which happens will be good and useful for you. Epictetus

inspirational hard times quotes

Master the art of doing things you don’t feel like doing, and you’ll go quite far. Thibaut

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

You have the power to change anything. Rhonda Byrne

​Strength is the product of struggle; you must do what others don’t to achieve what others won’t. Henry Rollins

In hard times, no less than in prosperity, preserve equanimity. Horace

Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are. Stephanie Lahart

Sometimes the tide is with us, and sometimes against. But we keep swimming either way. Charlie Munger

My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present. Steve Goodier

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

It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed. Doe Zantamata

Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good. Elizabeth Edwards

hard times quotes

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

My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down. Bob Moore

We’ve gotten through a lot of tough times, and we’re going to keep working to make them better. I wish the record was better. Mike Quade

​“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Napoleon Hill

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

What helps you persevere is your resilience and commitment. Roy T. Bennett

Uplifting Hard Times Quotes

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

It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack. Germany Kent

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

If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces. Shane Koyczan

The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is an opportunity for growth. Unknown

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

​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.

Things worth having are worth waiting for. Paulo Coelho

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Bruce Lee

A good half of the art of living is resilience. Alain de Botton

uplifting hard times quotes

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

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’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to. Robin Williams

Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible. Mike Norton

You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘nothing happens to you, it happens for you. Joel Osteen

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail. Nelson Mandela

I think you need to go through some stuff to really appreciate life and understand what it means to persevere, overcome, and have faith. I think those tough times make you a stronger person. Judith Hill

No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. Randy Pausch

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. Jacques Prevert

It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks. Bob Richards

There’s no such thing as a “bad experience,” only an experience that we fail to utilize. Mark Manson

Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes. Kevin Kelly

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Chuck Swindoll

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

Resilience is the ability to attack while running away. Wes Fessler

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. And I’ve been through some tough times, and I know a lot of people can recall tough times, and maybe are going through some tough times right now, but they don’t last. Alonzo Mourning

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

Hard Times Will Pass Quotes

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.

Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all. Malcolm Gladwell

If there is one lesson I’ve learned from failure and success, it’s this. I am not the outcome. I am never the result. I am only the effort. Kamal Ravikant

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

A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure. Henry Kissinger

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt

​Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. John F Kennedy

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

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

No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength – if we have the virtue of resilience. Eric Greitens

hard times will pass quotes

The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. Zig Ziglar

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

I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down. Abraham Lincoln

Hard times are good in their own way, too. The only way you can achieve true happiness is if you experience true sadness as well. Gabrielle Williams

The people who did the hard, unpopular, disciplined things during the good times are the ones set up to thrive during the bad times. Anthony Pompliano

I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong… I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles. Audrey Hepburn

The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat. Woodrow Wilson

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else. Henry Ward Beecher

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

It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play you can’t win. Judith McNaught

Hard times always lead to something great. Betsey Johnson

The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without. Elie Wiesel

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. Steve Maraboli

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Khalil Gibran

When times are hard and you are mentally and physically exhausted and feel like you have nothing left and all you want to do is quit, that’s when you find out who you are! Stay hard! David Goggins

Short Hard Times Quotes

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. Bernice Johnson Reagon

Screw it, let’s do it! Richard Branson

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Joseph Kennedy

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

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

Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about. Sir Winston Churchill

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

We all have battles to fight. And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive: it’s on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work. Eric Greitens

short hard times quotes

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. Sheryl Sandberg

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

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

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

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

No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear. Greg Kincaid

As long as you keep getting born, it’s alright to die sometimes. Orson Scott Card

People who try to force circumstances become their slaves. Those who use them become their masters. The Talmud

Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going. Yasmin Mogahed

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein

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

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. Steve Martin

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

You must bear losses like a soldier, the voice told me, bravely and without complaint, and just when the day seems lost, grab your shield for another stand, another thrust forward. That is the juncture that separates heroes from the merely strong. Margaret George

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

Strong people alone know how to organize their suffering so as to bear only the most necessary pain. Emil Dorian

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

Some knowledge is too heavy…you cannot bear it…your Father will carry it until you are able. Corrie ten Boom

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

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. Leo Suenens

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