50 Uplifting Quotes For Difficult Times

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However painful they are, setbacks, failures, and tragedies are a part of life. Life has a way of kicking us when we’re down, but reading uplifting quotes will help you pick yourself up agin.

Whether we manage to find joy in the daily struggle of life and achieve success is largely dependent on our ability to persevere through even the toughest adversity without giving up.

If you’re going through a rough time, finding something to give you a little lift can help you remember that life isn’t always bad. These seemingly endless stretches of fear, disappointment, pain, and heartache are just brief moments of time that will soon pass.

We’ve put together a list of the very best uplifting quotes for difficult times. Whatever you’re facing, we’re here to inspire you.

Uplifting Quotes

MLK uplifting quote “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope”
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Duke Ellington

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.

Leroy Satchel Paige

It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.

Doe Zantamata

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

Jim Rohn

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

Og Mandino
Anonymous uplifting quote “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them”
“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” – Unknown

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.

L. M. Montgomery

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.

Elie Weisel

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

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

Quotes to Overcome Adversity

Publilius Syrus uplifting quote “Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them”
“Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.” – Publilius Syrus

The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.

Ulysses S. Grant

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.

William Samuel Johnson

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

Chinese Proverb

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.

William Hazlitt

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.

Nelson Mandela

Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.

Napoleon Hill
Jewish Proverb on adversity “I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders”
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” – Jewish Proverb

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.


Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Robert Schuller

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.

Lee Iacocca

Never give in. Never, never, never.

Winston Churchill

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

Quotes about Pushing Through

Uplifting Henry Ford quote “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it”
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

Robert Schuller

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.

Kenji Miyazawa

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan

Use what you’ve been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable!

Yvonne Pierre

The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

William James quote “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact”
“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

John Wooden

The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself.

Deepak Chopra

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.


If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

 Mary Engelbreit

To succeed, you have to do something and be very bad at it for a while. You have to look bad before you can look really good.

Barbara DeAngelis

Quotes about Learning from Difficult Times

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

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.

Albert Schweitzer

It’s not exactly like you thought it would be, you think it’s a failure. What about the spectrum of colors in between.

Sara Evans

I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.

Dr. Seuss

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.

Robert Frost

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.

Mary Anne Radmacher

To have darkness behind me, in front of me a bright sky, flickering lights on the water and to feel it on the stony face of the southern sun.

Julia Hartwig
Jacques Prevert uplifting quote “Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it”
“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” – Jacques Prevert

Man is fond of counting his troubles but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up, as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

James Allen

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

Malcolm S. Forbes

When the going gets tough – the tough get going!

John Belushi, Animal House

The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality.

Napoleon Hill

We hope you enjoyed these uplifting quotes! Did we miss anything? Share your favorite uplifting quote with us in the comments!

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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, son Alex, and his dog Oban.