Life is pretty easy when everything is going your way. But, if you’ve lived long enough, you know you’ll meet some challenges and downturns. That’s where our life struggle quotes can help.
Read through these insights from notable authors for some inspiration and motivation. As they say, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”
We’ll start with some of our favorites, and please use the jump menu to get to the portions of this collection you like. Enjoy!
Best Life Struggle Quotes
1.) Some roses grow through concrete. Remember that.
Brandi L. Bates
2.) I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott
3.) The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.
4.) When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
5.) 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
6.) But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
7.) You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
8.) You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
9.) Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.
Roy T. Bennett
10.) You drown not by falling into a river but by staying submerged in it.
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11.) Adversity causes some men to break others to break records.
William A. Ward
12.) You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.
Maya Angelou – see more May Angelou quotes on life, love, and women.
13.) It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
14.) We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
15.) Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
16.) I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I’m not afraid of my flaws.
17.) Quietly endure, silently suffer, and patiently wait.
Martin Luther King Jr.
18.) Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
19.) Problems are not stop signs; they are guidelines.
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20.) Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
21.) I like to use the hard times in the past to motivate me today.
22.) Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.
23.) Life is like photography. You use the negatives to develop.
Ziad K. Abdelnour
24.) If you are going through a lot, you are going to get a lot.
25.) Yesterday, I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
26.) Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
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27.) Don’t look for the hard answer when the answer is simple.
28.) If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells
29.) Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
30.) We come from people who found hope wherever they went.
31.) Your strength will be found when you stop struggling with yourself instead of thinking everyone is a struggle worth overcoming. Every obstacle in life is a lesson that teaches us, not others.
Shannon L. Alder
32.) If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
33.) There is no success without hardship.
34.) Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
35.) We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
36.) When nothing goes right, you have to face forward and take it on head first.
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37.) Struggle teaches you a lot of things, and I am happy that I witnessed a roller coaster ride. The journey has improved me as a person and made me more mature.
38.) Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.
39.) Don’t struggle about the struggle. In other words, life’s full of ups and downs. So if you’re struggling, don’t worry; everyone else has or will at some point.
40.) The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
41.) When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up.
42.) Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
43.) Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T. Washington
44.) We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.
William J. Brennan, Jr.
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45.) A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.
Orison Swett Marden
46.) Struggles not only make us into stronger, better, and wiser people, they also let us learn more about ourselves and our purpose in life.
47.) Life’s struggles are necessary for growth.
48.) Some people are silently struggling with burdens that would break our backs.
Wayne Gerard Trotman
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49.) I’ve met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my life, but you – you’re 20 minutes.
50.) If, at first, you don’t succeed, then skydiving is definitely not for you.
51.) Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer.
52.) Fear is the second toughest thing in life. Do you know what comes first? You.
53.) If you’re too open-minded, your brains will fall out.
54.) I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
55.) The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
56.) Do not take life too seriously. You never get out of it alive.
57.) When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.
58.) Struggle is like taking a long bath with lots of obstacles and challenges. It may not be fun, but it will surely make you clean.
59.) I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka and have a party.
60.) I tried to catch some fog earlier, I mist.
61.) You are upgrading your technology, and you’ve not upgraded yourself!
62.) If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?
63.) To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.
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64.) Bad days aren’t always bad. At least you’ll find out who your true friends are.
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65.) The truth is we all face hardships of some kind, and you never know the struggles a person is going through. Behind every smile, there’s a story of a personal struggle.
Adrienne C. Moore
66.) It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places.
Karen Marie Moning
67.) 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.
68.) When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Malcolm S. Forbes
69.) Success is a journey, not a destination.
70.) Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
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71.) Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember, all things are possible for those who believe.
72.) A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose.
Viktor E. Frankl
73.) Always think extra hard before crossing over to a bad side. If you were weak enough to cross over, you may not be strong enough to cross back.
74.) I think scars are like battle wounds – beautiful, in a way. They show what you’ve been through and how strong you are for coming out of it.
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75.) To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals – this alone is worth the struggle.
76.) You are not alone in the struggles of life. Entire cosmos is with you. It evolves through the way you face and overcome challenges of life. Use everything in your advantage.
77.) You’ve done it before, and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.
78.) 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 hardship today.
Thich Nhat Hanh
79.) Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.
80.) Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
81.) When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid”
82.) The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.
83.) Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
84.) Sometimes, our light goes out but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.
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85.) We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here now with the power to shape your day and your future.
86.) Life is a circle of happiness, sadness, hard times, and good times. If you are going through hard times, have faith that good times are on the way.
87.) A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars.
88.) It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks.
89.) The struggles, challenges, and obstacles that it takes to succeed in life are what makes success more valuable. Nothing great comes easy, and nothing easy can ever equate to greatness.
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90.) Dream, struggle, create, prevail.
91.) Some people are born with odds stacked against them in life. But they never give up on achieving their dreams.
92.) Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. And have tremendous expectations and believe in them.
Norman Vincent Peale
93.) When you learn to see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger, better, wiser, then your thinking shifts from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘I must do this.’
94.) Whenever you feel a little stricken down in pain, think about this. The knife has to be sharpened by striking and rubbing it against something strong before it can become useful. You are going to be great after the struggles.
95.) The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.
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96.) Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
97.) If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
98.) The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
99.) Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
100.) You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
Jonathan Safran Foer
101.) Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine
102.) Successful people are not those who never fail but those who never quit.
103.) The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.
104.) No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.
105.) We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King
106.) Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
107.) In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.
108.) Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.
109.) Strong people alone know how to organize their suffering so as to bear only the most necessary pain.
Dealing with Difficulties Sayings
110.) It is not the magnitude of our difficulties but the magnitude of our response to those difficulties that distinguishes us.
Viktor E. Frankl
111.) 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.
112.) Your task is not to seek love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
113.) Every ending is a new beginning.
114.) I think it’s important to realize you can miss something but not want it back.
115.) A broken heart is just the growing pains necessary so that you can love more completely when the real thing comes along.
116.) What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
117.) Heartbreaks, hurts, and disappointments are inevitable in life, but so is recovering and rising above them.
118.) Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.
Roy T. Bennett
119.) The best revenge is massive success.
120.) It is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
121.) Love is never wrong.
122.) The wound is the place where the light enters you.
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123.) Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
124.) Success is not about the destination; it’s about the journey and the person you become along the way.
125.) That’s the problem with people who don’t have to work for things. They don’t know how to work for things.
Taylor Jenkins Reid
126.) The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
127.) Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
128.) Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.
129.) Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
130.) Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John F. Kennedy
131.) Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.
132.) All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the values of life. The hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are.
Pope Paul VI
133.) Success is the fruit of consistent hard work.
134.) Success is the result of good judgment, hard work, and learning from failure.
135.) Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
136.) Successful people do what they have to do, whether they feel like it or not.
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137.) When I am struggling with my life, I look up towards the sky and say; Lord, you take over.
138.) It’s not exactly like you thought it would be; you think it’s a failure. What about the spectrum of colors in between.
139.) You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
140.) You can’t solve anyone else’s life for them. But then, if you see someone struggling with a heavy load, isn’t it forbidden to walk on without helping them?
141.) Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.
142.) The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
143.) 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
144.) To succeed, you have to do something and be very bad at it for a while. You have to look bad before you can look really good.
Hard Times Quotations
145.) To have darkness behind me, in front of me a bright sky, flickering lights on the water, and to feel it on the stony face of the southern sun.
146.) Look at my success. I didn’t achieve it overnight. It has been the product of many years’ struggle, and every year, my times have shown gradual improvement.
147.) You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.
148.) Surround yourself with only the people who are going to lift you higher.
149.) The score never interested me, only the game.
150.)Be someone’s strength. Be someone’s inspiration. And be someone’s reason to never give up.
151.)I’ll tell you something about tough times. They just about kill you, but if you decide to keep working at them, you’ll find your way through.
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152.)What we all need to do is find the wellspring that keeps us going, that gives us the strength and patience to keep up this struggle for a long time.
153.)Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.
Marian Wright Edelman
154.)Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Robert H. Schuller
155.)Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.
156.)Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
157.)Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
158.)All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.
Michael John Bobak
159.)Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.
160.)A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him.
LIfe is a Struggle Quotes FAQ
Here are some frequently asked questions about “Life is a Struggle quotes.”
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on,” by Franklin D. Roosevelt, is one of the most famous quotes about struggling.
“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle,” by Wilma Rudolph, and “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm,” by Winston Churchill.
“Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” by Bruce Lee.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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