150 Hard Times Quotes That Will Make You Stronger

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Here are 150 of the best hard times quotes. The best part? They will make you feel stronger and inspired. You’ll find authors like Confucius, Steve Jobs, Oprah, Emerson, and lots more. Enjoy!

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Character is the virtue of hard times. Charles de Gaulle

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

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

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

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


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

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Master the art of doing things you don’t feel like doing, and you’ll go quite far. Thibaut

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You have the power to change anything. Rhonda Byrne

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

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Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea. @TheStoicEmperor


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

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

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Things worth having are worth waiting for. Paulo Coelho

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You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to. Robin Williams

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

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The Best Hard Times Quotes

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

You don’t build psychological resilience by feeling good all the time. You build psychological resilience by getting better at feeling bad. Mark Manson

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

Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you discover they aren’t so tough after all. Malcolm Gladwell

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

Hard times are good in their own way, too. The only way you can achieve true happiness is if you experience true sadness as well. Gabrielle Williams

If you’re not the smartest, strongest, or most innovative, you can still win by simply being the most consistent. Anthony Pompliano

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

Our ambition should not be to win but to play with our full effort. Our intention is not to be thanked or recognized, but to help and to do what we think is right. Our focus is not on what happens to us but on how we respond. In this, we will find contentment and resilience. Ryan Holiday

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

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

The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. John Vance Cheney

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

It will work if you forget all the reasons it will not. Paulo Coelho

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

As long as you keep getting born, it’s alright to die sometimes. Orson Scott Card

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

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

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

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

You can handle anything if you can handle time alone. @orangebook_

Talent is nothing but long patience. Gustave Flaubert

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Part 2. Hard Times Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Hard Times Quotes (Steve Jobs, Emerson, Oprah, etc.)

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

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius

Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now. Zig Ziglar

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

I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof. Alice Walker

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity. Coco Chanel

It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. J.K. Rowling

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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

Hard times make you bitter or make you more compassionate. Jewel

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

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

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

We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out. Theodore Roosevelt

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

To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered. Oscar Wilde

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success. Abdul Kalam

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One-liners, short hard times quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Problems are messages. Shakti Gawain

Persist. Jack Butcher

There are no straight lines. Tony Robbins

Wisdom is knowing when to end. Robert Greene

Dark times are not hopeless times. David Goggins

There is no failure. Only feedback. Robert Allen

Become comfortable with not knowing. Eckhart Tolle

Every downturn had ended in an upturn. Noah Kerner

Suffering is when we resist the moment. Kamal Ravikant

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

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Hard times produce your greatest gifts. Robin Sharma

In order to win, you must expect to win. Richard Bach

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

Don’t worry, this isn’t your last mistake. @orangebook_

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

If there is no struggle there is no progress. Kimberly Jones

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

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

Breathe deeply and often. This too shall pass. Jason Garner

There’s no such things as failure, only results. Tony Robbins

Successful people failed more than most made attempts. @orangebook_

Pros are just amateurs who learned from their mistakes. James Clear

Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character. Tony Robbins

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

Humble in our aspirations. Gracious in our success. Resilient in our failures. Ryan Holiday

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Inspirational, Positive And Encouraging Hard Times Quotes

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

We have the opportunity, even in difficult times, to let our spirit shine. Jack Kornfield

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

Adversity and catastrophe are inevitable in a universe where things fall apart. Small misfortunes allow us to test our own resilience. Trouble will come. We must be ready for it. @TheStoicEmperor

Start believing again; start dreaming again. Start talking like it’s going to happen; start acting like it’s going to happen. Joel Osteen

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

The hardest thing in the world is to continuously fall and stay motivated. But those who can will start to create great separation between them and those who choose the path of least resistance. David Goggins

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

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. David Goggins

A true champion has experienced fatigue many times and yet always finds what they still haven’t given. David Goggins

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

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

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

Never underestimate your own strength. You were born for a purpose and are blessed with the power to achieve it. @TheGodLight

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

When there is harmony between the mind, heart and resolution then nothing is impossible. The Vedas

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It will hurt. It will take time. It will take sacrifice. It will take dedication. It will be worth it. Jack Coulson

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

Be patient. It will all be fine in the end. Sometimes it’s just longer. Maxime Lagacé

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Funny Hard Times Quotes

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

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargained for. Stanisław Leszczyński

In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path. Swami Vivekananda

No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. Randy Pausch

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Deep Hard Times Quotes

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

Storms draw something out of us that calm seas don’t. Bill Hybels

But where, after all, would be the poetry of the sea were there no wild waves? Joshua Slocum

Choose not to be harmed — and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed — and you haven’t been. Marcus Aurelius

It’s important to be kind to yourself, but also be tough. Be real about where you are and where you want to be. Notice when you are not giving 100% and make sure to get rid of excuses. Gal Shapira

The perfected future never arrives. Life is full of seemingly endless trouble, and then life ends. Find peace in the imperfect present. @TheStoicEmperor

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. Henry Ward Beecher

Do you understand that the main thing holding you back is your belief that something is holding you back? Ralph Marston

There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns. The Panchatantra

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

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt. Max Lerner

Pain doesn’t last. And when it’s gone, we have something to show for it. Growth. Kamal Ravikant

We have more strength than will; and it is often merely for an excuse we say things are impossible. François de La Rochefoucauld

We should manage fortune like our health, enjoy it when it is good, be patient when it is bad, and never resort to strong remedies but in an extremity. François de La Rochefoucauld

Pain is important: how we evade it, how we succumb to it, how we deal with it, how we transcend it. Audre Lorde

You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave. Henry Ward Beecher

In prosperity it is very easy to find a friend; but in adversity it is most difficult of all things. Epictetus

If you only keep pushing when it makes sense, you’ll never accomplish anything great. Maxime Lagacé

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Wise Hard Times Quotes (Words of Wisdom)

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Virtue begins only when there is an effort. Leo Tolstoy

Planning for failure is a crucial part of success. James Clear

Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts. Anton Chekhov

Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself. Epictetus

In the meantime, cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, not to trust prosperity, and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases. Seneca

When you understand, there is peace. When you don’t, there is fear. Maxime Lagacé

There is tremendous power in acceptance. To fully accept suffering and misfortune frees you from fear. You can appreciate good times because you are not tormented by the knowledge that they will end (they will). Such is the way of things, and we must live in accord with reality. @TheStoicEmperor

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Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. David G. Allen

The more voluntary suffering you build into your life, the less involuntary suffering will affect your life. Tim Ferriss

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. Elmer G. Letterman

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. Chinese proverb

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Chinese proverb

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Bruce Lee

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are. Epictetus

You should look in suffering for the seeds of your future spiritual growth, or the bitterness of suffering will be severe. Leo Tolstoy

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens. Thaddeus Golas

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There are new levels, new giants to conquer, new mountains to climb, new skills to learn. Don’t let it overwhelm you; let it inspire you. Joel Osteen

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

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

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