When you're dealing with a difficult situation, it can feel hopeless - like you're at the bottom of a deep, dark pit.
Here are 25 of my favourite quotes for hard times that have helped me to gain strength and have pulled me out of moments when things have appeared to go from bad to worse.
Hopefully you're able to find a few gems here that will motivate you to keep going, even if you feel like you're at your breaking point.
This iconic quote by Buster Moon from the movie Sing! is one of my absolute favourite quotes for hard times, because it helps you start to visualize the positive things that can happen if your situation changes completely.
This might sound like a depressing quote, but it's actually a firm, motivational reminder to take full responsibility for our actions, because they are the one thing we can control.
This quote by Winston Churchill carries the same sentiment as the previous quote.
This is a quote for hard times that you see everywhere, from coffee mugs, to posters, to bracelets. It's a reminder that all situations are temporary, even the ones that are painful and seem never-ending.
This quote by Helen Keller is deeply powerful because it a reminder of the indomitable human spirit.
Whenever you feel low, you can take comfort in knowing that someone else - somewhere else on this planet - has experienced the same challenge and has successfully overcome it.
This quote by Mizuta Masahide invites the reader to consider the unexpected benefits that may be brought about by hardship.
This quote for hard times reminds us that sometimes the action that we're most avoiding is exactly what we need to do to get to a better place.
Even if you're going through a situation that makes you feel low and worthless, remember that you still have value. You are inherently valuable.
This quote reminds us that there is beauty in adversity, and when you look back on your life, the moments that you are most proud of are often the moments when you persevered through hardship.
It's hard to see the benefits of hard times when you're in them, however, many people have shared the experience that their struggles were blessings in disguise.
The challenge may be ugly, but the result may be one of the most beautiful gifts you've ever been given.
If you're going through hard times because you took a risk but it didn't go as planned, your courage and bravery is still commendable.
If you have a winner's mindset, then the burning fire to succeed within can prove to be stronger than the fires and disasters you face externally.
We all have a choice to make: whether we will let difficulties break us, or whether we will use them as an opportunity to come back better than ever.
This is another one of my absolute favourite quotes for hard times - I even wrote an entire article about it here.
If you can anticipate challenges, then even if you can't completely eliminate them - you can at least prepare for them, mentally and physically. This gives you the best chance of success as you navigate through them.
Suffering is never enjoyable. But while we're suffering, we can at least learn the skill of endurance, which will prove helpful in many other situations.
You will live longer than the difficult situation you're currently in.
On a similar note, this famous quote by American poet Robert Frost reminds us that even though it can seem that hard times will last forever, they won't last forever, because life goes on. It always does. See this quote in my Wednesday Wisdom post here.
Remember that life may be pulling you back temporarily just so you can be propelled further than you could ever imagine.
Is there anyone that you can lean on to get through the tough time you're currently in? Even if you don't have family, perhaps you have friends who feel like family? These people can infuse you with the strength you need to keep going when you feel like giving up.
This is a beautiful quote that helps us put a positive spin on the hard times we face. Of course, there are varying degrees of difficult situations, but some of them are just difficult enough to challenge and teach us without actually harming us.
This is a good quote for hard times because it reminds us not to take the situation personally.
This follows a similar theme as the previous quote. Everyone has to face challenges sooner or later, so rather than asking why hard times are here, you can flip the script and ask yourself why you're the right person to deal with the challenge.
It's not always easy to see challenges as opportunities for personal development, but if you are able to adopt this mindset, it really will give you an edge in life.
When you think of who you are today, you can likely think of some hard times that you went through that made you the person you are. What skills and qualities do you have that you developed only by struggling through hardship?
Even though those times were painful, look at who you are today, and reflect on the positive transformations that you can be proud of. Who knows what the future holds for you, if you become a stronger, better person with every hardship you face.
Which of the above quotes for hard times do you appreciate the most?
I think that although quotes won't fix the situation, they can help you gain perspective and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Of course, the quotes that are most meaningful to you will depend on your values and experiences. So whenever you find a quote that perfectly encapsulates how you feel and your vision for the future, keep it close and refer to it as often as possible.
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