70 Hard Times Quotes To Uplift And Inspire You

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

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Here are 70 of the best quotes about hard times.

You need inspiration.

I need inspiration.

We all need it.

So don’t look further and read these.

You will not be disappointed.

I’ve been using quotes since 2004.

Whenever I feel down or unmotivated, I read a few quotes and slowly build back my momentum.

And you should do the same.

On this page, you’re in good hands:

I hope you’ll enjoy the quotes as much as I did.

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Character is the virtue of hard times. Charles de Gaulle

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

At night, especially, it is beautiful to believe in the light. Plato

Tonight we cry, we despair, and we fear. Tomorrow we get back to work trying to build the world we want. Sam Altman

You have the power to change anything. Rhonda Byrne

Hard times lift the seeking souls to higher spiritual realms. Lailah Gifty Akita

Things worth having are worth waiting for. Paulo Coelho


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

The more humble a person is, the freer and stronger he is. Leo Tolstoy

There’s no such thing as a “bad experience,” only an experience that we fail to utilize. Mark Manson

Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes. Kevin Kelly

If there is one lesson I’ve learned from failure and success, it’s this: I am not the outcome. I am never the result. I am only the effort. Kamal Ravikant

The people who stick with things for years and never stop almost always win the race. James Clear

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



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

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

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

Virtue begins only when there is an effort. Leo Tolstoy

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

People who try to force circumstances become their slaves. Those who use them become their masters. The Talmud

When it’s tough, lean in and stay strong. Remember it’s for the better. It’s for you, not against you. Maxime Lagacé

Work. Keep digging your well. Water is there somewhere. Rumi


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

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. Leo Suenens

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

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. Henry Ford

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. Mike Tyson

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If you want to save your soul, forget about your comfort. Leo Tolstoy

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity. Coco Chanel

Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. Michael Jordan

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

The task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted. Søren Kierkegaard

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

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

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

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Life will throw obstacles at you to make sure you truly want it. Maxime Lagacé

There are no straight lines. Tony Robbins

Dark times are not hopeless times. David Goggins

A happy life doesn’t mean an easy life. Thibaut

It’s only pain that can make you change. Naval Ravikant

Hard times always lead to something great. Betsey Johnson

Accept hardship as a necessary discipline. Lailah Gifty Akita

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

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

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. Fyodor Dostoevsky

The universe is sending you exactly what you need. Andrew Zaffina

When we go all in, we find the answers. They’re in us. Kamal Ravikant

Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased. Joel Osteen

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

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

If my wealth goes away, it takes with it nothing but itself. Seneca

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

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

The further you walk away from accountability, the weaker you become. Character is not built on the couch. Stay hard! David Goggins

When crisis and disaster strike, don’t waste them. No problems, no progress. Kevin Kelly

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

Persevere on, my brave lads. We have only just begun. Never despond! Never say enough! Swami Vivekananda

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


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Hard times produce your greatest gifts. Robin Sharma

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

If things appear to be coming apart, maybe they are just rearranging themselves for a better fit. Pawnee Grey

Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of Being. Eckhart Tolle

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

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

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

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You need hard times to become strong, otherwise you stay weak. Maxime Lagacé

Key Takeaways

  • By facing hard times, you’ll develop your resilience and character.
  • Don’t confuse a happy life with an easy life. Hard times are useful: they create meaning.
  • During hard times, the best thing you can do is to stay calm. The storm always passes.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Hard times become easier when you find support.
  • Wise people keep going forever. Hard times are simple the price to pay to reach what you want. Stay hard!

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Do you have a hard time right now? What’s your favorite hard times quote? And remember: words can transform your life, if you find the right ones.


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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

Last update

August 7, 2023

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