55 Resilience Quotes To Get Through The Toughest Times

Looking for some inspiring resilience quotes? Well, let me ask you a strange question first.

Ever wonder why cafes pair coffee with desserts?

It’s because they complement each other.

The bitterness of the coffee brings out the sweetness of the dessert, and vice versa.

What does that have to do with resilience, you say? Well, the thing to remember about life is that the ups and downs go hand in hand.

You can’t appreciate the good without the bad, and you can’t endure the bad without the confidence that it will lead to something good eventually.

That’s our take on resilience. Want 55 more? If “Yes,” keep reading.

55 Quotes on Being Resilient

1. “When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

2. “Think about your capabilities, your strength, your perseverance, and your resilience. Give yourself a pat on the back.” — Kate Anderson

3. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou

4. “In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.” — Albert Bandura

5. “Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.” — Jean Chatzky

6. “Strong people alone know how to organize their suffering so as to bear only the most necessary pain.” — Emil Dorian

7. “Resilience is not about being able to bounce back like nothing has happened. Resilience is your consistent resistance to give up.” — Janna Cachola

8. “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” — Jamais Cascio

9. “What helps you persevere is your resilience and commitment.” — Roy T. Bennett

10. “A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.” — Jack Dempsey

11. “One's doing well if age improves even slightly one's capacity to hold on to that vital truism: ‘This too shall pass.’” — Alain de Botton

12. “Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.” — Catherine DeVrye

13. “When it’s only you that you can rely on, you’re surprised at the resilience you have.” — Paul Dini

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

15. “Resilience can go an awful long way.” — Eddie the Eagle

16. “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before.” — Elizabeth Edwards

17. “Your ability to nurture and truly appreciate yourself for who you are goes a long way toward boosting your resilience and helping you bounce back more quickly in times of stress, hurt, and loss.” — Lisa Broesch-Weeks

18. “My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.” — Steve Goodier

19. “No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength – if we have the virtue of resilience.” — Eric Greitens

20. “True resilience fosters well-being, an underlying sense of happiness, love, and peace.” — Rick Hanson

21. “Things always get better with time, just wait and see.” — Clavel Nelson

22. “Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” — Mary Holloway

23. “Resilience is an important key. Protect the key to your peaceful heart.” — Angelica Hopes

24. “The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” — Robert Jordan

25. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller

26. “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.” — Greg Kincaid

27. “There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.” — Sophie Kinsella

28. “If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.” — Shane Koyczan

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29. “Resilience is, of course, necessary for a warrior. But a lack of empathy isn’t.” — Phil Klay

30. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela

31. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” — Og Mandino

32. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.” — Dr. Steve Maraboli

33. “It’s during our very worst fall that we can either die or learn to fly.” — Sira Masetti

34. “Change what you can, manage what you can’t.” — Raymond McCauley

35. “My life was my life; I would have to stare it down, somehow, and make it work for me.” — Paula McLain

36. “Successful people demonstrate their resilience through their dedication to making progress every day, even if that progress is marginal.” — Jonathan Mills

37. “Although most of us don’t spend time thinking about our thoughts, increasing your awareness of your thinking habits proves useful in building resilience.” — Amy Morin

38. “Willingness to get going, concentrated effort, persistence and resilience in the face of obstacles – all are crucial to success in achieving life goals.” — George Harris

39. “Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience.” — Michelle Obama

40. “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” — Jodi Picoult

41. “Become more resilient by learning to focus on solutions rather than problems.” — Byron Pulsifer.

42. “Everyone needs resilience, because one thing is certain, life includes adversities.” — Karen Reivich

43. “Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling

44. “In the wake of the most crushing blows, people can find greater strength and deeper meaning. I also believe that it is possible to experience pre-traumatic growth, that you don't have to experience tragedy to build your resilience for whatever lies ahead.” — Sheryl Sandberg

45. “I won’t lose hope. I won’t be broken.” — Rachel L. Schade

46. “Sleep is a key part of the requirements for resilience and good decision-making.” — James G. Stavridis

47. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” — Margaret Thatcher

48. “Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” — Gever Tulley

49. “It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

50. “I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget.” — Erin Van Vuren

51. “The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.” — Joshua Waitzkin

52. “I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance.” — Lee Ann Womack

53. “The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.” — Woodrow Wilson

54. “Truth be told, you will never really know just how strong and adamant you are unless adversity strikes. Then you learn courage, you build resilience, you learn to persevere, you build character.” — T. Whitmore

55. “Human beings have enormous resilience.” — Muhammad Yunus

Did these resilience quotes help you?

It’s often said that life is not a bed of roses.

Actually, it is — but probably not in the way you think.

On the one hand, rose petals are soft and beautiful. On the other hand, roses come with thorns.

That’s an apt metaphor for life, don’t you think? It has both petals and thorns, and you can’t really have one without the other.

But, as the people above point out, it’s not your hardships that define how “good” or “bad” your life is.

Rather, it’s how you carry those hardships, and whether you choose to let them make or break you.