Positive Quotes About Overcoming Life’s Toughest Challenges

Published on June 26, 2022

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Everyone experiences difficulties at some point or another within their lifetime. If you’re not facing hardship head-on, then it’s likely that you’re not doing much growing, either. To help you cope with the adversity you’re currently experiencing, we’ve collected the best positive quotes about overcoming life’s toughest challenges.

Positive Quotes to Motivate and Inspire You  

Although they can be painful in the moment, life’s trials and tribulations can teach us important lessons that we’ll carry with us for the rest of our time here on earth. Whether you’re currently facing obstacles in your career, relationships, creative pursuits, or another area of your life, there are always solutions waiting in the wings for you to discover.

Get inspired by these positive and inspirational quotes about overcoming whatever stumbling block you’re currently facing:  

Quotes on Growing from Challenges

“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Embracing each challenge can turn it into a privilege.”— Tonmoy Acharjee

“Challenges contain the seeds of our glory.”— Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“Understand that it is okay to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams.” — Josh Hinds

“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” — Molière

Positive Quotes on Gratitude

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson

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Willie Nelson” by John Pozadzides is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” — Alfred North Whitehead

“When times are good, be grateful, and when times are tough, be graceful.” — Dustin Poirier

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” — Brian Tracy

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie

Quotes on Coping With Life’s Challenges

“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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Barack Obama” by Joe Crimmings is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

“Smiling is a wonderful way to get a boost of happiness. The next time life presents you with a challenging situation, take a deep breath and smile.” — Morris Pratt

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

“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

Positive Quotes on Accepting Failure  

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” — George Burns

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” — Denis Waitley

“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” — Chris Bradford

“No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” — Chris Hardwick

“When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” — Eloise Ristad

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.