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20 Inspiring Quotes About Getting Through Hard Times

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20 Inspiring Quotes About Getting Through Hard Times

Wise words from many talks of life

Any time you embark on a journey of self-improvement, growth, and change, you’re bound to run into some tough times. Sometimes, all it takes to turn things around and get a brighter look at your day is a little inspiration. So we’ve put together some of our favorite quotes about getting through the tough times.

Save the quotes you like, and put them somewhere you can see them every day — like your computer desk, your bathroom mirror, or inside your notebook. If you see a quote you think a friend would love, share it with them!

Here are 20 inspiring quotes about getting through the tough times.

1. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
– Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president30540163_s

2. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
– Arthur Ashe, tennis great

3. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.”
– The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader

4. “All airplanes are off course 99% of the time… Be open to the necessity of making course corrections until you reach your destination.”
– Brian Tracy, motivational speaker

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

6. “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, spiritual teacher

7. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
– Henry Ford, founder of the Ford company

8. “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
– Jesus of Nazareth

9. “Everybody has to deal with tough times. A gold medal doesn’t make you immune to that. A skater is used to falling down and getting up again.”
– Dorothy Hamill, Olympic ice skater

10. “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, author and spiritual thought leader

11. “Find one true friend to help you get through the tough times.”
– Kelly Osbourne, entertainer

12. “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
– Duke Ellington, American jazz legend

13. “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
– Seneca

14. “Your past is just a story. And once you realize this, it has no power over you.”
– Chuck Palahniuk, American novelist and freelance journalist

15. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
– Steve Jobs, founder of the Apple computer company

16. “There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the very highest heavens. This is the light that shines within our hearts. The little space in the heart is as great as the vast Universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightning and the winds are there, and all that is now, and all that is not. For the whole Universe is in God, and God dwells within our hearts.”
– From the Chandogya Upanishad, an ancient Hindu spiritual text

17. “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”
– Iyanla Vanzant, motivational speaker and consultant to Oprah Winfrey

18. “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”
– The Buddha

19. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan, legendary NBA basketball player

20. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer

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