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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.
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.
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.
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.