41 Inspirational Quotes for Difficult Times

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You ever feel like, every time you seem to run into something good, something bad always finds a way to sneak into your life? These difficult times can make it hard to make it through the day and find the hope to make it through another day. I found that sometimes the best way to get through difficult times is to drive right through them but that requires a little extra fuel in your tank. You ever had a friend or family member that said the right thing at the right time and it was like a light bulb going off in your head? Well, did you know that inspirational quotes can work in the same way?

Why Motivational Quotes Are Important

Hearing an inspirational word from a friend or family member can often give you the strength you need at that very moment to continue on.

But, we can’t always get that motivation from others, sometimes we have to motivate ourselves. I learned that surrounding yourself with positivity can do wonders for your mindset and your circumstances.

Positive quotes and words of inspiration appeal to your subconscious, so by reading them daily, posting them on sticky notes around your home, or placing them in picture frames, you can get the focus and drive you to need to get through those difficult times.

Reading inspirational quotes will not only give you the drive and focus you need to push forward but they are also a way to lift your spirits. The best part is that you can feel relieved immediately!

We all go through sorrows and these sorrows no matter how big or small, there is a way to get through them. Even when we are at our lowest point, going through the most difficult times, and we have nothing left to hold onto, there is hope.

inspirational quotes for difficult times

Below are 27 of my favorite Inspirational quotes to give you strength and inspiration during those difficult times.

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


“Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.” – Norman Vincent Peale


There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
— Pearl S. Buck


Out of difficulties grow miracles.— Jean de la Bruyère


You are full of unshaped dreams. You are laden with beginnings…There is hope in you…
— Lola Ridge


Whether you’ve seen angels floating around your bedroom or just found a ray of hope at a lonely moment, choosing to believe that something unseen is caring for you can be a life-shifting exercise.— Martha Beck


I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. 
— Anne Frank


We must accept infinite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. — Martin Luther King, Jr.


A lesson for all of us is that for every loss, there is victory, for every sadness, there is joy, and when you think you’ve lost everything, there is hope.
— Geraldine Solon


There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.— J.R.R. Tolkien


We always kept in our hearts the most noble, beautiful feeling that sets human beings apart: Hope.
— Manel Loureiro


Hope never abandons you; you abandon it.— George Weinberg


Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.— Martin Luther


Hope. It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in the springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing in the world keeping me afloat.
— Tahereh Mafi


If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.— Martin Luther King Jr.


The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
— Barbara Kingsolver


There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.
— Dalai Lama XIV


We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreparably broken.”— John Green


To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.
— Howard Zinn


We can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.—George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss


To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.—Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living


Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.Rachel Carson, Silent Spring


You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter


“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. 
” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.” 

― Alexandre Dumas


But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.― Martin Luther King, Jr.


“It’s going to be all right, sir,” Harry said over and over again, more worried by Dumbledore’s silence than he had been by his weakened voice. “We’re nearly there … I can Apparate us both back … don’t worry …”
“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.” 

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, and the Half-Blood Prince


to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again. 

― Ellen Bass


A star falls from the sky and into your hands. Then it seeps through your veins and swims inside your blood and becomes every part of you. And then you have to put it back into the sky. And it’s the most painful thing you’ll ever have to do and that you’ve ever done. But what’s yours is yours. Whether it’s up in the sky or here in your hands. And one day, it’ll fall from the sky and hit you in the head real hard and that time, you won’t have to put it back in the sky again.
― C. JoyBell C.


To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
― G.K. Chesterton


 “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”— Helen Keller


“We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.” – John H. Groberg


“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger


“No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength – if we have the virtue of resilience.” — Eric Greitens


“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill


“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”  — Japanese Proverb


“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche


“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius


“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” — Bob Riley


“Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.”– Francis Bacon


“We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt


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

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