Strength Quotes to Make You Strong

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Looking for strength in the face of adversity? These strength quotes show what it means to be strong and face whatever life is throwing at you.

Challenging times are inevitable, but facing them and overcoming them is what makes us strong and leads to a more fulfilling life.

Being strong isn’t just about being able to get through tragedy. It’s also about preparing yourself physically and mentally for the tests you have to face.

Top 10 Strength Quotes

Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.

Niccolò Machiavelli

Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
John Beecher quote "Strength is a matter of a made up mind"
“Strength is a matter of a made up mind.” – John Beecher

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

J.K. Rowling

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

Albert Schweitzer

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

Napoleon Bonaparte

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Tim Fargo quote "If you have no struggles, you’ll have no strength"
“If you have no struggles, you’ll have no strength.” – Tim Fargo

People do not lack strength, they lack will.

Victor Hugo

Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.

Alexander Pope

Quotes about Strength

Developing the emotional and mental toughness allows us to overcome our pain and be beacons of strength for others. These strength quotes show all the benefits of being strong, getting stronger, and enduring what life throws at us.

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

Marcus Aurelius

There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

Booker T. Washington

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

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

Louis Pasteur

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

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

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

Oprah Winfrey

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.

T.S. Eliot

Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.

Susan Gale

Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance.

Lisa Murkowski

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.

John Locke

The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

Psalm 28:7, ESV

My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Eric Hoffer quote "Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength"
“Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.” – Eric Hoffer

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

Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

Bruce Lee

Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.

Francis Bacon

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.

Jodi Picoult

Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears.

Demi Lovato

We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.

Isabel Allende

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

Lao Tzu
"The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists"
“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” – Japanese Proverb

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

Napoleon Hill

If an ant carries an object a hundred times its weight, you can carry burdens many times your size.

Matshona Dhliwayo

The spirit of hope, inner strength, enthusiasm, and persistent determination are the pillars for any success.

Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great

What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.

Meryl Streep

Mental strength is something you either have, or you haven’t.

Katie Taylor

Building mental strength is the key to reaching our full potential in life.

Amy Morin

Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.

Katherine Dunham

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

Phil Jackson

A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence.

Dalai Lama

Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of those pieces.

Judith Viorst
Eckhart Tolle quote "Power over others is weakness disguised as strength"
“Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.” – Eckhart Tolle

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.

Billy Graham

Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace.

Alexis Carrel

Virtue is inner strength. It expands your nature.

John Bradshaw

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Mother Teresa

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

Whatever is in me is stronger than what is out there to defeat me.

Caroline Myss

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

Corrie Ten Boom

Developing Strength

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Khalil Gibran

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.

Richard L. Evans

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.

William Ellery Channing
"Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong"
“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” – Calvin Coolidge

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

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

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

Thomas Paine

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Kahlil Gibran

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Peter Marshall

In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.

Dawna Markova

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

Swami Vivekananda

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.

Paul Cezanne
Euripides quote "Nothing has more strength than dire necessity"
“Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.” – Euripides

He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity.

Ben Jonson

The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.

Rita Mero

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

Tolerance is a virtue that depends upon peace and strength.

Charles Lindbergh

The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.

Leonardo da Vinci

Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.

Dalai Lama

Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.

Gregory Peck

Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.

Emerson quote "We acquire the strength we have overcome"
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.

Laurence Sterne

Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.

Michael Jordan

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

Qualities of Strong People

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.


Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

St. Francis de Sales

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

Stephen Covey

The more you care, the stronger you can be.

Jim Rohn

Silence is a source of great strength.

Lao Tzu

This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Christopher Reeve
James Dean quote "Only the gentle are ever really strong"
“Only the gentle are ever really strong.” – James Dean

Humble souls are fearful of their own strength.

William Gurnall

Yielding will overcome anything superior to itself; its strength is boundless.

Bruce Lee

Leverage the strength that you have: that no one else can be you.

Todd Wheatland

Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Mattie Stepanek

Strong people are ones who can smile for others’ happiness.

Veronica Purcell

You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.

J.R.R. Tolkien

We are stronger, gentler, more resilient, and more beautiful than any of us imagine.

Mark Nepo

Solitude is the strength of being alone. It’s where we become our best company.

Jay Shetty

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Nelson Mandela

A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.

Vernon Howard

Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.

George Henry Lewes
Emerson quote "Concentration is the secret of strength"
“Concentration is the secret of strength.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.

Marilyn Monroe

The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

Hermann Hesse

Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.

Sarah Dessen

Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.

Baruch Spinoza

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life – including you.

Kelly Rudolph

The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

Thomas Carlyle
"The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict"
“The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” – William Ellery Channing

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

Dwight Eisenhower

Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.

Ann Landers

Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Being Strong Quotes

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Ernest Hemingway

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.

Louisa May Alcott

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

You can’t really be strong until you see a funny side to things.

Ken Kessey

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

Bob Marley

Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

Henry Rollins
Louisa May Alcott quote "Strong convictions precede great actions"
“Strong convictions precede great actions.” – Louisa May Alcott

A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.

Marge Piercy

We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.

Eleanor Roosevelt

I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.


Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

Norman Vincent Peale

Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.

Karina Kapoor Khan

It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

Winston Churchill

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9, ESV

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

Cayla Mills
"Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals"
“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.” – James Naismith

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

Be very strong… be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion.

Alberto Juantorena

You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.

Ken Kesey

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Edmund Hillary

Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.


I want my girls to be strong and self-sufficient.

Angie Harmon

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford

Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.

Misty Copeland

You have to be strong and calm to overcome difficult moments.

Dani Alves
Thomas Merton strength quote "Perhaps I am stronger than I think"
“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” – Thomas Merton

You can be strong and true to yourself without being rude or loud.

Paula Radcliffe

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Joe Kennedy

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.


We hope these quotes give you a boost and help you find more strength when you need it.

There will be times in your life where you’re challenged, where nothing seems to be going right, where tragedy strikes and you’re left to pick up the pieces. But that’s no reason to stay down for long.

No matter what you’re going through, these strength quotes show other people have gone through the same or worse and come out stronger.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. 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, son Alex, and his dog Oban.