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160 Uplifting Quotes to Help Get Us Through Tough Times

Throughout every person’s life, life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. There will be hard times where it’s forecasted to be dark and gloomy, with seemingly constant showers. And when it rains, it pours. We experience some potholes, speed bumps, and hard times along the way. Even in the midst of a global pandemic like the current Coronavirus outbreak, each individual and each family has their own set of personal struggles and concerns (related to the virus, or not). But there is courage and hope to be found in every obstacle that we face. However painful they are, setbacks, failures, and tragedies are a part of life. Whether we manage to find joy in the daily struggle of life and achieve success is largely dependent on our ability to persevere through even the toughest adversity without giving up.

We all have bad days, including me. When times are tough, I always look for inspiring quotes to help me get through them. Finding something to give me a little lift can help me remember that life isn’t always bad. These seemingly endless stretches of fear, disappointment, pain, and heartache are just brief moments that will soon pass. During these times, reading quotes of power, inspirational depression quotes, encouragement, or words of wisdom from others who have walked in our shoes before can give us some clarity to fully understand that we will get through this difficult time. So, get yourself a glass of water, sit back, and let these 160 inspirational quotes for hard times refresh your fighting spirit and faith!

160 Uplifting Quotes For Hard Times

Top 10 Hard Times Quotes

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“In the meantime, cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases.” – Seneca

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

“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

“Never give up, and be confident in what you do. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.” – Marta

“Anyone is free to judge me, but they weren’t there in my tough times.” – S. Sreesanth

“Tough times call for tougher decisions.” – Prabhas

“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

“You’ve got to stay strong to be strong in tough times.” – Tilman J. Fertitta

“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. I preach that, and I guess you have to live to it.” – Julian Edelman

“In tough times, everyone has to take their share of the pain.” – Theresa May

Getting Through Hard Times Quotes

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“When the going gets tough – the tough get going!” – John Belushi

“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” – Rita Mero

“Adversity and catastrophe are inevitable in a universe where things fall apart. Small misfortunes allow us to test our own resilience. Trouble will come. We must be ready for it.”

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

“And hard times are good in their own way, too. Because the only way you can achieve true happiness is if you experience true sadness as well. It’s all about light and shade. Balance.” – Gabrielle Williams

“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

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

“Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons that we didn’t think we needed to know.” – Amy Poehler

“You don’t build psychological resilience by feeling good all the time. You build psychological resilience by getting better at feeling bad.” – Mark Manson

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Motivational Hard Times Quotes

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

“All you need to do is a little step forward. It’s the hardest part. The rest is easier.” – Gal Shapira

“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.” – Dr. Seuss

“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.” – Chris Bradford

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

“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” – Ovid

“Character is developed in the tough times, when we’re not getting our way but we keep doing the right thing.” – Joel Osteen

“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

“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

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

“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

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

“It takes time for a fruit to mature and acquire sweetness and become eatable; time is a prime factor for most good fortunes.” – The Vedas

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer

“There is tremendous power in acceptance. To fully accept suffering and misfortune frees you from fear. You can appreciate good times because you are not tormented by the knowledge that they will end (they will). Such is the way of things, and we must live in accord with reality.”

“There were good times, there were hard times, but there were never bad times.” – Steve Jobs

“We have the opportunity, even in difficult times, to let our spirit shine.” – Jack Kornfield

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing

“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

“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

“The hard stuff will always be hard. The scary stuff will always be scary. It won’t ever feel easy and you won’t ever feel like doing it. The real way to move forward is knowing that you can push yourself. You can do it anyway. That’s how you succeed.” – Mel Robbins

“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.” – Criss Jami

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” – Louisa May Alcott

“It’s important to be kind to yourself, but also be tough. Be real about where you are and where you want to be. Notice when you are not giving 100% and make sure to get rid of excuses.” – Gal Shapira

Gratitude In Hard Times Quotes

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“Hard times always lead to something great.” – Betsey Johnson

“Hard times are purposeful, meant to refine and redirect us. They’re not arbitrary or random, and they’re definitely not cruel.” – Liz Curtis Higgs

“Hard times, when held with open hands and a tender heart, can prepare us for the future.” – Cindee Snider Re

“Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.” – Alice Walker

“Hard times produce your greatest gifts.” – Robin Sharma

“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

“Hard times make you bitter or make you more compassionate.” – Jewel

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

“Hard times fall upon everybody. Whatever it is, we’re going to get out of it.” – Mike Tyson

“Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” – Coco Chanel

“Hard times are sometimes blessings in disguise. We do have to suffer but in the end it makes us strong, better and wise.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

“In difficult times, it’s so hard to look around and to see what to be grateful for.” – Alice Barrett

“Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.” – Gabrielle Douglas

“The hardest thing in the world is to continuously fall and stay motivated. But those who can will start to create great separation between them and those who choose the path of least resistance.” – David Goggins

During Hard Times Quotes

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“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

“Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts.” – Anton Chekhov

“In my experience, people who don’t stick around during the hard times weren’t worth having around anyway.” – Kimberly Belle

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

“Accept hardship as a necessary discipline.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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

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

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” – Zig Ziglar

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

“You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Surviving Hard Times Quotes

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

“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

“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

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

“Confidence, courage and determined spirit are vital for surviving hard times.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“It will hurt. It will take time. It will take sacrifice. It will take dedication. It will be worth it.” – Jack Coulson

“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.

Hard Times Will Pass Quotes

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

“Night is always darker before the dawn and life is the same, the hard times will pass, every thing will get better and sun will shine brighter than ever.” – Ernest Hemingway

“A true champion has experienced fatigue many times and yet always finds what they still haven’t given.” – David Goggins

“After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” – William R. Alger

“Breathe deeply and often. This too shall pass.” – Jason Garner

“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that all will work out for the best.”

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

“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

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

“Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

Hard Times Love Quotes

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

“The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself.” – Deepak Chopra

“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” – Andrew Solomon

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The faultfinder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.” – Henry David Thoreau

“How can you love people without encouraging them? And how can you be loyal to people without educating them.” – Confucius

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

“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

Hard Times In Life Quotes

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“You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it.”

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” – Michelle Obama

“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

“When life changes itself to harder. Change yourself to stronger.”

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

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

“There is no deed in this life so impossible that you cannot do it. Your whole life should be lived as an heroic deed.” – Leo Tolstoy

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” – Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“The perfected future never arrives. Life is full of seemingly endless trouble, and then life ends. Find peace in the imperfect present.”

“The more voluntary suffering you build into your life, the less involuntary suffering will affect your life.” – Tim Ferriss

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

“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

“Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life… including you.” – Kelly Rudolph

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

“Realists are not afraid to look at the harsh circumstances of life.” – Robert Greene

“Never abandon life. There is a way out of everything except death.” – Winston Churchill

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

“Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success.” – Abdul Kalam

“Life will always be hard on you, but it doesn’t mean you should give up.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

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

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

“Life is given to us not only for pleasures.” – Nikolai Gogol

“Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea.”

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

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

“It’s not supposed to be easy. Life is designed to test the human soul.” – David Goggins

“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

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” – Robert Frost

“In life, you may face hard times. But in the face of adversity, always seek to remain positive. What we think, will eventually become our life. And if you think positive, you will have a positive life.” – Sarah Wilson

“In life, we make the best decisions we can with the information we have on hand.” – Agnes Kamara-Umunna

“Give yourself a break. Life isn’t easy, especially now. It’s okay to be human, to feel all the emotions that come with difficult moments like these. Breathe and let go of the judgments and high expectations and just be as you are. You’re good. You’re enough. Just breathe.” – Jason Garner

“For the rest of his life, Oliver Twist remembers a single word of blessing spoken to him by another child because this word stood out so strikingly from the consistent discouragement around him.” – Charles Dickens

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

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.” – Zahid Abas

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

“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

“All of life is a test and we all have our challenges to meet.” – Marjory Sheba

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

“A happy life doesn’t mean an easy life.” – Thibaut

“…I’ve discovered that if you want to reach your true potential, it’s much more effective to ignite a new passion for life than to dwell on past problems.” – Neil A. Fiore

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

“Character is the virtue of hard times.” – Charles de Gaulle

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

Hard Times Relationship Quotes

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“The couples that are meant to be, are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart, and come out even stronger.”

“It seems a lot of relationships fail, because when tough times come around … People want to give up too easy. The fact of the matter is every relationship is going to experience difficult times sooner or later. Don’t throw away a potential good lasting relationship just because things got a little hard.” – Bryan Burden

“If you have a difficult marriage, it’s the hard times that make it better. If you have a relationship, it’s the hard times that actually make it better, and that goes for life as well.” – Kerry Stokes

“Every relationship has its own problems. But sometimes what makes it perfect is if you still wanna be together, when things go the wrong way.”

True Friends During Hard Times Qutoes

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“I say find one true friend to help you get through the tough times.” – Kelly Osbourne

“There have been some hard times, people around me supported me.” – Laure Manaudou

“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

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” – Ulysses S. Grant

“Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.” – Publilius Syrus

“In prosperity it is very easy to find a friend; but in adversity it is most difficult of all things.” – Epictetus

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

“I’d rather have bad times with you, than good times with someone else. I’d rather be beside you in a storm, than safe and warm by myself. I’d rather have hard times together, than to have it easy apart. I’d rather have the one who holds my heart.”

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