Quotes About Not Giving Up & Staying Strong

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Life is a struggle. It throws curveballs at you, humbles you, and attempts to break you down. Just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference. At least, that’s how it often feels, right?

The reason most people never achieve their dreams is because they simply give up. Remember that the times when its most important to persevere are the times that you will be most tested.

These are the best quotes about not giving up and staying strong to propel you through hard times.

These words were spoken by people who stayed strong in the face of doubt and struggle, and emerged triumphant. If these words ring true, you’ll know you are on the right path and you can do it!

Quotes About Not Giving Up

“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

Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does no one else.


Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

Albert Einstein

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein

Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.

“When you are going through hell, keep on going. Never never never give up.” – Winston Churchill

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A winner is someone who gets up one more time than he is knocked down.


Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

Earl Nightingale
“You can’t beat the person who won’t give up.” – Babe Ruth

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Samuel Beckett

Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.

Author Unknown

Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

Vince Lombardi

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Harriet Stowe

Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.

Author Unknown

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison

I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward.

Thomas Edison
“I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

People are always blaming circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get ahead in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.

George Bernard Shaw

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.

Zig Ziglar

To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.

Sugar Ray Robinson
“It is not wanting to win that makes you a winner; it is refusing to fail.” – Unknown

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.

Jane Addams

The day you give up on your dreams is the day you give up on yourself.

Author Unknown

Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.

Conrad Hilton

Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.

Charlie Jones
“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

William Feather

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.

Rocky Balboa

Don’t give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there who will try to discourage you. Don’t listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself.

Sidney Sheldon
“When someone tells you that you can’t do something, perhaps you should consider that they are only telling you what they can’t do.” – Sheldon Cahoon

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.

Author Unknown

No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them.

Maeve Greyson

Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.’

Mary Anne Radmacher
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

We hope these quotes about not giving up give you the determination you need to persevere through life’s challenges today.

Updated August 26, 2020.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie and his dog Oban. When not working on KIM, he enjoys traveling, poker, and anything related to crypto.