130 Quotes About Being Strong To Overcome Challenges

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

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I’ve decided to make myself strong. As far as I can tell, that’s all I can do. Haruki Murakami

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No matter what they say, no matter what they think, do the right thing. Maxime Lagacé

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

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People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of. Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist, Amazon book)

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You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt


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Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men. Seneca

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The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us. Gloria Steinem

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Don’t go to the doctor with every distemper, nor to the lawyer with every quarrel, nor to the pot for every thirst. Benjamin Franklin

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All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art. Jorge Luis Borges

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So other people hurt me? That’s their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. Marcus Aurelius


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Either you reach a higher point today, or you exercise your strength in order to be able to climb higher tomorrow. Friedrich Nietzsche

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To try to avoid pain is to give too many f*cks about pain. In contrast, if you’re able to not give a f*ck about pain, you become unstoppable. Mark Manson

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Comfort is the craving that can take away your life. Develop the power to resist it, and you become unstoppable. Johnny Uzan

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Mankind has never achieved greatness but through suffering. Robert de Lamennais

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There is no security for those who seek it outside of themselves. Byron Katie

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The Best Quotes About Being Strong

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If you only walk on sunny days you’ll never reach your destination. Paulo Coelho

It’s possible to transcend anything that doesn’t kill you. David Goggins

To welcome with affection what is sent by fate. Marcus Aurelius

Nothing that goes on in anyone else’s mind can harm you. Nor can the shifts and changes in the world around you. Marcus Aurelius

To be like the rock that the waves keep crashing over. It stands unmoved and the raging of the sea falls still around it. Marcus Aurelius

There’s no hope if people expect life to be easy. There’s a future if people believe they must be strong. Maxime Lagacé

There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself. Miyamoto Musashi

We need to feel a little bit lost somewhere, physically or intellectually, at least once a day. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

The fragile wants tranquility, the antifragile grows from disorder, and the robust doesn’t care too much. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser. Benjamin Franklin

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Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them. Benjamin Franklin


If it scares me, there’s magic on the other side. Kamal Ravikant

Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance. James Baldwin

Many think they need to be stronger before they take the next step. But the truth is you need to take the next step before you get stronger. Thibaut

People who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses. Brené Brown (Rising Strong, Amazon book)

You cannot experience the fullness of your life when you live to avoid hurt. Iyanla Vanzant

If you aren’t big enough to stand criticism, you’re too small to be praised. Earl Deason

It is the business of the very few to be independent; it is a privilege of the strong. Friedrich Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil)

I measure the strength of a spirit by how much truth it can take. Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not consider painful what is good for you. Euripides

Part 2. Quotes About Being Strong That Are…

The Most Famous Quotes About Being Strong (Nietzsche, Franklin, Confucius, etc.)

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You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley

What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche

First principle: one must need strength, otherwise one will never have it. Friedrich Nietzsche

Who is strong? He that can conquer his bad habits. Benjamin Franklin

He that can compose himself, is wiser than he that composes books. Benjamin Franklin

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

Just like in bodybuilding, failure is also a necessary experience for growth in our own lives, for if we’re never tested to our limits, how will we know how strong we really are? How will we ever grow? Arnold Schwarzenegger

It takes more strength to repair than to build, to start anew than to begin, to be reconciled than to get along. Pope Francis

I realized that intimidation didn’t really exist if you’re in the right frame of mind. Kobe Bryant

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Pray not for a lighter load, but for stronger shoulders. Augustine of Hippo

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. Mother Teresa

You ought not to fear that over which you have no control. Aristotle

Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius

Short Quotes About Being Strong

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Vulnerability is a strength. Gary Vaynerchuk

The only way, is to learn to fight. Alain de Botton

Work when you can, rest when you can’t. Maxime Lagacé

Good things take time. Bad things don’t. Angela Jiang

I didn’t let my desire for comfort rule me. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me, Amazon book))

Help yourself. No one is coming to save you. Noah Kagan

Not taking things personally is a superpower. James Clear (Related topic: inner peace)

Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time. Debbie Millman

Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Jim Rohn

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

Holding on won’t make you strong, letting go will. Thibaut

Don’t give the small things more time than they deserve. Marcus Aurelius

Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak. Sun Tzu

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Inspirational Quotes About Being Strong

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Learn to love the pain of improvement. It is the most beneficial addiction you can have. Angela Jiang

Be more than motivated, be more than driven, become literally obsessed to the point where people think you’re f*cking nuts. David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

This life is all a f*cking mind game. Realize that. Own it! David Goggins (Can’t Hurt Me)

You must be courageous to admit that all things are possible, and that you are equipped to handle them all. Iyanla Vanzant

Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. Eleanor Roosevelt

You are only free when you realize you belong no place – you belong every place – no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. Brené Brown (Braving the Wilderness, Amazon book)

The most spiritual men, as the strongest, find their happiness where others would find their destruction: in the labyrinth, in hardness against themselves and others, in experiments. Their joy is self-conquest: asceticism becomes in them nature, need, and instinct. Difficult tasks are a privilege to them; to play with burdens that crush others, a recreation. Knowledge – a form of asceticism. They are the most venerable kind of man: that does not preclude their being the most cheerful and the kindliest. Friedrich Nietzsche (The Anti-Christ)

All the happiness in the world, all the good fortune on earth, compares not to a mind that has come upon silence. Kapil Gupta

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

What makes you beautiful is your presence. What makes you wise is your perseverance. Maxime Lagacé

See also: The Most Eye Opening 10 Minutes Of Your Life (10 minutes YouTube video with David Goggins)

Helpful Quotes About Being Strong

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No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within. Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s when our back is against the wall that we most often find a new door. Neil Strauss

Your brain is the most powerful weapon in the world. David Goggins

Life is hard and unfair. That’s why you must get up one more time. That’s why you must keep going no matter what. Maxime Lagacé

While it’s admirable to have a strong personality that’s consistent for all, one who can’t adjust to the moment is at a serious disadvantage. Ed Latimore

Meeting smaller emergencies and learning to deal with them had given me the confidence to deal with this larger emergency. So, little by little, I found out how to do things. After each catastrophe you don’t worry so much the next time, and each time you emerge stronger from your victory. Eleanor Roosevelt

How to develop old school mental toughness: 1. Resist impulses 2. Get uncomfortable 3. Workout 4. Eat healthy 5. Sleep 6. Set goals 7. Get organized 8. Meditate 9. Manage time 10. Live in gratitude 11. Relentless determination. Ralph Napolitano

Take the long view. This is going to be a nine-inning game. There will be highs and lows. Focus on what you can control. Brad Stulberg

The most important skill you can acquire: a mind calm under all circumstances. @orangebook_

See also: 10 Strategies to Make Yourself Mentally Stronger (psychologytoday.com)

Funny Quotes About Being Strong

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Intellect without balls is like a racecar without tires. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

It is a sign of weakness to avoid showing signs of weakness. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing. Benjamin Franklin

Deep Sayings About Being Strong

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Those who feel entitled to a good life will never suffer enough to achieve it. Maxime Lagacé

Realize that nothing needs to change, except yourself. Thibaut

The world caters to the unserious. The serious must cater to themselves. James Pierce

The world is too big and too busy to care about you. This is a blessing, for it makes you free. @LifeMathMoney

If you are easily provoked you are easily controlled. @TheStoicEmperor

I say, drop all your defences. Anyone can make a mistake — even you. Do not defend your mistakes; just accept them and move on. When you are totally defenceless, that is when you will be completely strong. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

No one thinks about you in quite the way you think. No one will love you in the way that you hope. No one can give you what you have always longed for. No one will make you what you seek to become. To lean is to fall. Kapil Gupta

It’s impossible to improve yourself when you see yourself as a victim in every situation. Bill Masur

There is nobody who is going to solve any of our problems, either political, religious or psychological. Jiddu Krishnamurti

To complain always brings discredit. Better be a model of self-reliance opposed to the passion of others than an object of their compassion. Baltasar Gracián

Behind every strong person is a story that gave them no choice. Aaron Will (twitter.com)

I’ve yet to meet a strong person with an easy past. Ed Latimore

It never gets easier. You either get stronger or life beats you down. Ed Latimore

If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it. Marcus Tullius Cicero

Your good fortune is not to need good fortune. Seneca (On Providence)

Wise Sayings About Being Strong (Words of Wisdom)

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Anything which is troubling you, anything which is irritating you, that is your teacher. Ajahn Chah

It is preposterous to take to heart that which you should throw over your shoulders. Baltasar Gracián

Buddha’s doctrine: man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are impermanent. Alan Watts

You aren’t mature enough to debate something if you can’t accept the possibility of being wrong. Ed Latimore

The weak focus on appearing strong and smart. The wise ignore others and find solutions. Maxime Lagacé

How unlucky I am that this should happen to me. But not at all. Perhaps, say how lucky I am that I am not broken by what has happened, and I am not afraid of what is about to happen. Marcus Aurelius

Nature builds things that are antifragile. In the case of evolution, nature uses disorder to grow stronger. Occasional starvation or going to the gym also makes you stronger, because you subject your body to stressors and gain from them. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by accepting them. Only when this surrender is made can we assure ourselves of inward quietness, and locate the next step on the road to ultimate victory. James Gordon Gilkey

Whoever then wishes to be free, let him neither wish for anything nor avoid anything which depends on others: if he does not observe this rule, he must be a slave. Epictetus (Enchiridion, Amazon book)

But what is philosophy? Doesn’t it simply mean preparing ourselves for what may come? Don’t you understand that really amounts to saying that if I would so prepare myself to endure, then let anything happen that will? Otherwise, it would be like the boxer exiting the ring because he took some punches. Actually, you can leave the boxing ring without consequence, but what advantage would come from abandoning the pursuit of wisdom? So, what should each of us say to every trial we face? This is what I’ve trained for, for this my discipline! Epictetus (Discourses, Amazon book)

Amateurs believe that the world should work the way they want it to. Professionals realize that they have to work with the world as they find it. Shane Parrish

When you see yourself as a witness, separate from ego, then no person or situation can shake you. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Failure-resistant is achievable; failure-free is not. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

Do not let the body be dragged along by mind nor be dragged along by the body. Miyamoto Musashi

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See also: 5 Lessons That Will Make You Stronger (exploringyourmind.com)

Part 3. Quotes About Being Strong For…

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For Kids

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles, great physical power; but the longer I live, the more I realize that real strength has much more to do with what is not seen. Real strength has to do with helping others. Fred Rogers

For Teens

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr. Seuss

I wonder if we confuse strength and other words – like aggression and even violence. Real strength is neither male nor female; but is, quite simply, one of the finest characteristics that any human being can possess. Fred Rogers

Life is a blend of sensitivity and sensibility. Sensibility is intellect, sensitivity is of the heart. You need to be sensitive yet strong. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

See also: inspirational quotes for teens

For Women

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou

Make solitude a part of your life. In order to work with difficulty, we need to gather our inner strength. Pema Chödrön

You make yourself strong because it’s expected of you. You become confident because someone beside you is unsure. You turn into the person others need you to be. Jodi Picoult (Vanishing Acts)

For Men

Conquer yourself rather than the world. René Descartes

When you over value compliments you become vulnerable to insults and judgement. Gary Vaynerchuk

When one has not had a good father, one must create one. Friedrich Nietzsche

Part 4. Conclusion

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Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting? Marcus Aurelius

Call to action: Read 10 Signs You’re a Mentally Strong Person (inc.com)

or 100 Mental Health Quotes To Comfort, Encourage, Inspire (wisdomquotes.com)

or watch Resilience in Hard Times (2-minute YouTube video by The School of Life)


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. 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, INFJ and also loves running.

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

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

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

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February 12, 2022

Originally published

March 22, 2020

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