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25 Inspirational Quotes for Strength in Challenging Times (Updated 2020)

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Can uplifting quotes really boost you when times are tough? 

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I live with a chronic illness so I have some really tough days.

One of my go-to secrets is to seek comfort in my treasured list of quotations.

I have one in particular that speaks to me:


An uplifting quote to motivate you if you live with a chronic illness


It encourages me and lifts my spirits when I’m too weary of being sick.

Cheesy though it is, I have over the years developed a kind of rating system for a good quote.


Quotes are powerful. For me to love them, they must meet my ICE formula.

•  I    – inspire

•  C – comfort

•  E – encourage

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Here are a few ways to use these uplifting quotes as a personal development tool:

1.  Enter the quotes about strength that touch your heart on the pages of your journal or planner. This is
my favorite life planner:



2. Use a graphics design program like to create a collage of  these tough times quotes, print them out and frame them.

3. Turn them into screen savers or wall papers for your phone and computer.


25 Powerful Quotes that inspire hope and courage 


1.  We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us   to  the test.
Isabel Allende



2.  Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.
Theodore Roosevelt

3.   You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough.
It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.         
Richelle E. Goodrich


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4. There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.  But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.
Paulo Coelho (The Fifth Mountain’



5.   The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestlyBuddha7

6. Forget like a child any injury done by somebody immediately. Never keep it in the heart. It kindles hatred.
Swami Sivananda

7. The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.
Nelson Mandela


8. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.
 Anne Lamott

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

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10. You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
William Faulkner



11. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Albert Einstein

12. I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.
Og Mandino


13.   Hope doesn’t require a massive chain where heavy links of logic hold it  together. A thin wire will do…just strong enough to get us through the night until the winds die down.
Charles R. Swindoll

14. The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life. They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.
Kristen Butler

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15. It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.
Doe Zantamata

16.  Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision.
Winston Churchill


An uplifting quotation to encourage you to overcome your fearr

17. We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King Jr.

18. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.
 Thomas Edison

19.  Facing it, always facing it, that’s the only way to get through. Face it.
Joseph Conrad


An uplifting quote to face problems head on.

20. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
Lou Holtz

21. Tough times never last. but tough people do.
Robert H. Schuller

An uplifting quote to inspire perseverance when coping with difficulties.

22. Sometimes you will be in control of your illness and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.
 Kelly Hemingway


An uplifting quote about being optimistic when times are tough


An uplifting quotation to inspire courage in tough times.


25. Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the        scars to prove that we showed up for it.
        Hannah Brencher

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Final Thoughts on 25 Inspirational Quotes for Strength in Challenging Times

The quotation below sums up what you need to do if you’re facing a crisis or a challenge of some kind. Figure out if it is an obstacle or an opportunity.

What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity?
Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every
difficulty has an opportunity.
J. Sidlow Baxter

Do you have a favorite quote that lifts you up when you’re down? Please share it in the comments below.

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