27 Quotes About Strength to Persevere

Life is a funny thing.

We often tend to overestimate somethings we are capable of and underestimate others. The human mind, while great at calculations, is not so great at predicting our own potential.

However, when we need to find strength, it’s most likely that we will find it outside of ourselves. This may be in spirituality or religion, in relationships, or simply in the words of others who have come before us and faced similar struggles.

The following quotes will show you how successful people throughout history have viewed strength. What you’ll see is that their mindset and their attitude towards finding strength is what can lead them to persevere through difficulties.

Tough times are inevitable, and this is a fact many of us don’t actively try to face. But if we recognise that we are capable of doing so, and we are prepared in our attitudes and philosophy, we can grow as people and go on to push the boundaries and experience a richer and more fulfilling life.

Here are 27 quotes about strength to persevere.

You can find great strength in hardships
Have you ever heard the phrase “pressure makes diamonds?” It comes from the fact that coal, which is dark and dirty, when under pressure for a long period of diamond, turns into diamonds, one of our most valued jewels. The same is true of the human being. When we put out muscles under regular stress, they grow, when our immune system faces challenges, it becomes stronger. And when we face challenges in life, and approach them with the belief that they can make us more psychologically resilient, that’s exactly what happens.

“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

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran

Finding strength in love

Love is a felt sense of connection between people and things. When we feel that we are connected to others, we share burdens and we share strengths, so that ultimately we feel more powerful and capable in times of need. This is why so many people throughout history have placed such a significant importance on a greater power or the greater good.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” – Psalm 28:7

“Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” – Andrew Solomon

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” – Michael J. Fox

“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.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.” – Criss Jami

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – J.K. Rowling

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Strength builds character
The people we meet with the most interesting personalities and the most refined values are very often those who have been through difficult times. Imagine that your character is like a piece of marble, and every tough situation is chipping away at little pieces of you that are unnecessary. With enough time, something refined and interesting will emerge. Though it is up to you to develop a positive value system that means what emerges is beautiful. Those who bear life’s suffering without guidance are at risk of falling prey to nihilism.

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine

“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.” – Paulo Coelho

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

“Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears.” – Demi Lovato

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

Strength can be learned if you put your mind to it
Many of us have the misconception that strength is an inherent trait that we can’t change. That may be true in certain physical domains, though it would be argued by behavioural scientists that we underestimate our capacity for improvement. Psychological resilience, for example, is one area that is very flexible, and through training and therapy can be changed significantly. We often see strong people and believe they were always like that, but that’s cause we’re only seeing a snapshot of their life. If we saw all the moments they’d felt weak, we would understand that they’re very much human like us.

“Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.” – Joel Osteen

“He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.” – Louisa May Alcott

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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

“Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.” – Chris Bradford

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

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