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30 Uplifting Quotes to Help You Through Hard Times

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Serena is a digital nomad who writes about work, emotions, and self-improvement.

Uplifting Quotes

  1. “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” — Thomas Edison
  2. “A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.” — Stephan Hoeller
  3. “The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.” — Tenzin Gyatso
  4. “I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.” — Nayyirah Waheed
  5. “Show me the most damaged parts of your soul, and I will show you how it still shines like gold.” — Nikita Gill
  6. “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell
  7. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  8. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
  9. “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” — E. Joseph Cossman
  10. “A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.” — Andrew Matthews
  11. “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”―Jodi Picoult
  12. “If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”―Shane Koyczan
  13. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”―Margaret Thatcher
  14. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  15. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.”―J.K. Rowling
  16. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” — Wayne Dyer
  17. “No matter how bleak or menacing a situation may appear, it does not entirely own us. It can’t take away our freedom to respond, our power to take action.”―Ryder Carroll
  18. “I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.”―Gail Borden
  19. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” — Stephen Hawking
  20. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” — Viktor Frankl
  21. “Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.” — Anonymous
  22. “The Truth shall set you free…but first it’ll piss you off. “— Gloria Steinem
  23. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  24. “Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.” — George Addair
  25. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney
  26. “Don’t settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” — Chris Brogan
  27. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” — Buddha
  28. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  29. “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” — Carl Jung
  30. “The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.” — Barack Obama

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Deepesh Devarajan from United Arab Emirates on January 13, 2021:

It's a Great Article!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 12, 2021:

There are some wise words in these many quotes you have collected. Thanks for the words of encouragement.