When the Going Gets Tough, Read These 30 Tough Life Quotes

It can be surprising how much “get through it” quotes can help uplift and inspire you during tough times. Here are 30 tough life quotes. Choose one (or a few) for a motto, memorize it, and repeat it to yourself when the going gets tough.

1.“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie


2. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


3. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


4. “You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen


5. “Certainly, there were tough times, but no, you can’t go back and change it. So, why dwell on it?” – Alex Smith


6. “The key to life when it gets tough is to keep moving. Just keep moving.” – Tyler Perry


7. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller


8. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon

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9. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard


10. “Life is tough; and if you have the ability to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it.” – Salma Hayek


11. “Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar


12. “Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.” – John Assaraf


13. “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine


14. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot


15. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

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16. “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


17. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman


18. “A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Satya Nani


19. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne


20. “There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is merely the comparison of one state to the other. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.” – Alexandre Dumas


21. “A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.” – Serena Williams


22. “ Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe


23. “You are enough just as you are.” – Meghan Markle


24. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison


25. “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins


26. “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger

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27. “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl


28. “Life chips away at us all. Some play the victim. Some choose to be a survivor. And then there are those who choose to conquer.” – Author Unknown


29. “And here you are living despite it all.” – Rupi Kaur


30. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

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