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100 Quotes About Overcoming Struggles in Life

If you are going through tough times, these quotes about struggles in life will help you overcome hardships.

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There are times when life seems to be the equivalent of Sisyphus pushing his boulder up a mountain.

Of course, as you probably know, the boulder always rolls back down on poor Sisyphus.

If I’ve learned anything about life, it’s those times that can change us and change our lives.

With this article in hand, you will be able to navigate through life a little easier. Fortunately, unlike Sisyphus, we all have the following life struggle quotes to help us along the way.

Whether you’re currently pushing a boulder up a hill, going through a break-up, or studying for finals, there is a tad of wisdom lying herein just for you. Please, enjoy these quotes about struggles in life.

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

2. “Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait. ” – Martin Luther King Jr. 

3. “Those who overcome great challenges will be changed, and often in unexpected ways. For our struggles enter our lives as unwelcome guests, but they bring valuable gifts. And once the pain subsides, the gifts remain. These gifts are life’s true treasures, bought at a great price, but cannot be acquired in any other way.” – Steve Goodier 

4. “When I am struggling with my life I look up towards the sky and say; LORD you take over.” ― Joan Disantis

5. Life’s struggles are necessary for growth. ― Oscar Auliq-Ice 

6. “I tell them that the most important aspect is to be yourself and have confidence in yourself. I remind them the triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph 

7. “You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.“ — Brené Brown 

8. “When the storms do come; you can only allow them to slow you down, but don’t let them stop you. There will be delays, detours, and disappointments but you have to keep pushing through it.” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive 

9. “As much as this will not be easy, it’s better to choose life even through the struggles.” – Anonymous

10. “Once you make it to your point of making it, you’ll appreciate the struggle.” – Nas

11. “In the darkest time, I have always believed, the light will shine.” – Lailah Gifty Akita 

12. “No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it.” – Brad Gast 

13. “I have bipolar 2 disorder, anxiety disorder, and ADHD. I take my medications every day. I go to therapy every week. I hope, one day, I can be on the other side of therapy – you know, like the one who gets to write stuff down and shakes her head and listens.” ― Emma Thomas 

14. “Strength comes from struggle. 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.’” – Toni Sorenson 

15. “Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.” – Friedrich Nietzsche 

16. “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.” – Swami Sivananda 

17. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.” – Thomas Paine

18. “Without Struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

19. “The struggle of my life created empathy – I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.” – Oprah Winfrey

20. “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” – Pope Paul VI 

21. “Sometimes, life’s challenges are tough to deal with. You will succeed if you focus your thoughts on how to overcome the challenge.” – Catherine Pulsifer 

22. “There are better people in the world, do not let the worst do the worst to you, you deserve the best in life.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson 

23. “If there is one thing I have learned through my struggles in life, its today’s trials will be tomorrow’s faded memories.” – Angelique Bochnak 

24. “Life requires overcoming challenges and obstacles of many types. Battling our struggles and fears determines who we are.” – David Weatherford 

25. “Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” – Marian Wright Edelman 

26. “All our experiences are rich colors that make a full life.” ― Melody Beattie 

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27.    “To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals — this alone is worth the struggle.” – William Osler 

28. “Life has a way of broadsiding us with lessons that we need to learn but would rather avoid.” – Craig Groeschel 

29. “I believe my life has no limits. I want you to feel the same way about your life, no matter what your challenges may be.” – Nick Vujicic 

30. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill

31. “Challenges are our biggest teachers. Nothing teaches us more in life than challenges.” – Brenda Nathan 

32. “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?” – Naomi Alderman 

33. “Even in the most difficult of times, there is always a hidden blessing that exists under all the superficial stuff that we so frequently see. There is always a rainbow waiting to burst forth after the rain.” – Daniella M. Whyte

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34. “No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it.” – Brad Gast 

35. “Some people will just go with the flow of things and sway in life, while others will fight against the currents and go upstream to reach their destiny.” – Anthony Liccione 

36. “Sometimes we can feel like we are not good enough, but it is important to remember that we have nothing to prove to others. Love and respect yourself each and every day.” – Lisa Lieberman-Wang 

37. “Some roses grow through concrete. Remember that.” – Brandi L. Bates

38. “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 

39. “Difficult times will come. It’s a fact of life, isn’t it? There are good times and bad times in everybody’s life.” – Raj Kosaraju 

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

41. “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 

42. “Hard times are like thunder. They make a lot of noise but do little harm. Don’t fear hard times.” – Debasish Mridha

43. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” ― Ernest Hemingway, “A Farewell to Arms”

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

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

46. “It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” ― Dalai Lama XIV 

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

48. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 

49. “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.” — Abraham Lincoln 

50. “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.”  — Sean Covey

51. “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.” – Manoj Bajpayee 

52. “Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.” – Bernadette Devlin

53. “The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” – Albert Camus 

54. “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.” – Rudyard Kipling 

55. “A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” – John Steinbeck 

56. “The struggle goes on. The victory is in the struggle, for me. And I accepted that a long time ago.” – Al Lewis

57. “Going to the woods is going home, for I suppose we came from the woods originally. But in some of nature’s forests, the adventurous traveler seems a feeble, unwelcome creature; wild beasts and the weather trying to kill him, the rank, tangled vegetation, armed with spears and stinging needles, barring his way and making life a hard struggle.” – John Muir 

58. “I wish everyone well, but you need to focus on yourself. You need to stop putting your hand out. Everyone wants hand-outs. Everyone wants things for free. You’ve got to put in the work. You’ve got to grind. You’ve got to go through the struggle, and you’ve got to get it.” – Conor McGregor 

59. “The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We’re still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings.” – Halle Berry 

60. “Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is an honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.” – Orison Swett Marden 

61. “Even in the most difficult of times, there is always a hidden blessing that exists under all the superficial stuff that we so frequently see. There is always a rainbow waiting to burst forth after the rain.” – Daniella Whyte 

62. “It’s in the ‘valleys’ of your life that you can drink from God’s sweetest streams.” – Richard Daly 

63. “A life filled with vicissitudes, uncertainty and hard lessons provides us with skills to better approach new challenges that come along.” – Vivian Eisenecher 

64. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Mahatma Gandhi 

65. “Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the addiction. Talk about your joys.” – Rita Schiano 

66. “You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” – Shannon L. Alder 

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67. We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. – Barbara De Angelis 

68. “Life has a way of broadsiding us with lessons that we need to learn but would rather avoid.” – Craig Groeschel 

69. “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo–far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” — Jodi Picoult 

70. “A good half of the art of living is resilience.” — Alain de Botton 

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

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

73. “Some knowledge is too heavy…you cannot bear it…your father will carry it until you are able.” — Corrie ten Boom 

74. “My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” — Mizuta Masahide 

75. “If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.” — Shane Koyczan 

76. “Believing in yourself can be hard, especially when no one else believes in you, just be proud of who you are, and believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it.” — Rashida Rowe 

77. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle 

78. “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt 

79. “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.” — Christopher Nolan 

80. “You always pass failure on the way to success.” — Mickey Rooney 

81. “Never believe that you are anything less than extraordinary.” — Kaiden Blake 

82. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou 

83. “Motivation comes from working on things we care about.” — Sheryl Sandberg 

84. “Happiness is not by chance, but by choice.” — Jim Rohn 

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

86. “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.” – Anne Frank 

87. “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” – Lao Tzu 

88. “Never regret something that once made you smile.” – Amber Deckers 

89. “Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

90. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington 

91. “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 

92. “Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.” – Susan Taylor 

93. “Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller

94. “When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett 

95. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean 

96. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James 

97. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald 

98. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis 

99. “You do not find the happy life. You make it.” – Camilla Eyring Kimball 

100. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss 

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Final Thoughts

There is a lifetime of knowledge within these quotes about struggles in life.

Hopefully, you’ve been able to gather at least several tidbits to help you along the way.

And hopefully, you won’t be pushing any boulders up any hills anytime soon.

Please, come back to this list any time you need inspiration or guiding light. And please, remember to look for the light.

There is always darkness, but if you look closely, there is always a silhouette of hope embedded somewhere within every mirror.

I hope you found these life struggle quotes worth reading. May the light guide you, always.




100 quotes about overcoming struggles in life

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