90 Bad Day Quotes to Motivate and Lift You Up on a Tough Day

Bad Day Quotes to Motivate and Lift You Up on a Tough Day

We all have bad days.

It’s just a part of life.

But how you handle them can make a big difference for what actions you take, real world results you get and how the rest of your day, week and year goes.

So in today’s post I’d like to share 90 of the most helpful and uplifting bad days quotes.

I hope you’ll find something good among all this timeless and time-tested advice to help you to turn today or your next bad day around into something better.

And if you want even more motivation and positive thoughts then check out this post with quotes on better days ahead and this one with my own favorite tips for turning a bad day around.

Inspirational Bad Day Quotes

A quote by Darryl Van Kirk.

“For many of us, a day is neither bad or good. It is our attitude that seems to make it what it is.”
Darryl Van Kirk

“If you wish to live to see better days, then you must endure the bad days.”
Abdul Kalam

“We don’t have a choice in how or when our bad days will blindside us. But what we do choose is how we allow them to leave us once they’re gone. You can use those moments as a catalyst to spur you on to greater things or you can let it be the event that breaks you and leaves you shattered and forever lost in darkness.”
Sherrilyn Kenyon

“It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”
Mary Engelbreit

A quote by Arieana E.

“Bad days always promise a better day tomorrow.”
Arieana E.

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
Maya Angelou

“There’s always a way through every challenge. You need a heart full of commitment. A lens focused on positivity. And a willingness to travel unexplored paths. Faith forward. You’ll get there.”
Karen Salmansohn

“Remember the tough times. They’ll help you appreciate the good times even more deeply”.

A quote by Henry David Thoreau.

“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
Henry David Thoreau

“When you’re having a bad day at work, a lot of times it’s your head. When you’re having good days, a lot of times it’s the absence of the mind.”
Curt Schilling

“Sometimes you need those bad days to help you appreciate the good ones.”

“Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.”
Regina Brett

A quote by Robert Louis Stevenson.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”
Francesca Reigler

“Even when bad things happen you have to try to use those bad things in a positive manner and really just take the positive out of it.”
Natalie du Toit

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.”
Dennis S. Brown

A quote by Aly Raisman.

“You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realize what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment.”
Aly Raisman

“Just because today started as a bad day doesn’t mean it has to end that way. Take action and turn your day around.”

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
William Shakespeare

A quote by Confucius.

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

“Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.”
Walt Whitman

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
John Wooden

“Sail through the good days, and on bad days pick a spot of blue sky to steer toward.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

A quote by Robert H. Schuller.

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
Robert H. Schuller

“I’m not going to lie, it’s tough. There were a couple of games where you’re down, and you’re in a really dark place, and you don’t know if you’re ever going to come out of it. You realize, ‘Hey, I’m having a bad day,’ but you realize there are people out there having worse days.”
Manny Machado

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
Stephen Richards

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

“Even when the sky is heavily overcast, the sun hasn’t disappeared. It’s still there on the other side of the clouds.”

A quote by Walter Dean Myers.

“It’s a hard life sometimes and the biggest temptation is to let how hard it is be an excuse to weaken.”
Walter Dean Myers

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
Robert H. Schuller

“A positive attitude is a person’s passport to a better tomorrow.”
Jeff Keller

“Many bad days were preceded by a bad night’s sleep.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A quote by Sandra Lee.

“My secret to survival has been embracing life’s challenges and not letting them dictate my frame of mind or determine my fate… Learning to stand strong in the face of challenge and adversity is the only way to get through the tough times.”
Sandra Lee

“When I’m having a bad day, I pick up my guitar.”
Michelle Branch

“When you have a bad day, a really bad day, try and treat the world better than it treated you.”
Patrick Stump

“What? You’re having a bad day? Think of those who didn’t wake up this morning, and can no longer live this day.”
Patty Medina

A quote by Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

“The only thing worse than a bad day is no day at all.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”
Robin Williams

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Some days are just bad days. And that’s OK. There is a new day tomorrow when you can get a fresh start.”

Funny Bad Day Quotes

A quote by Bill Watterson.

“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.”
Bill Watterson

“I do enjoy life, I really do. Especially if I wake up the next day.”
Elizabeth Taylor

“If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.”
John A Simone

A quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn

“A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story.”
Glennon Melton

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Truman Capote

“Nothing could be as hard as middle school.”
Zooey Deschanel

A quote by Nick Hornby.

“…I’ve had a bad week.” What’s happened?” Nothing’s happened. I’ve had a bad week in my head, is all.”
Nick Hornby

“If you want a place in the sun, you have to expect a few blisters.”
Loretta Young

Bad Day Quotes to Cheer You Up

“I get up every morning and it’s going to be a great day. You never know when it’s going to be over so I refuse to have a bad day.”
Paul Henderson

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

A quote by Mark Twain.

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
Mark Twain

“When you’re having what you feel like is a “bad day” and then someone comes along out of nowhere and extends to you the simplest of kind gestures, you feel it so deeply within your heart.”
Miya Yamanouchi

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
Martha Washington

“When someone treats you badly it’s because they feel bad. Don’t inhale their bad feelings. Breathe it out then hope they inhale your inner peace.”
Karen Sahlmansohn

A quote by Patch Adams.

“At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into an endless sea of gratitude from which I’ve never emerged.”
Patch Adams

“No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Sometimes the most beautiful things are in front of our eyes, and we don’t even notice because we’re either too busy or too afraid to take a closer look.”
Katja Michael

“Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”
Napoleon Hill

A quote by Zig Ziglar.

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.”
Zig Ziglar

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Martin Luther King Jr

“Never give up on someone who is having a bad day. Tomorrow could be yours.”
Giovannie de Sadeleer

“There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is merely the comparison of one state to the other. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.”
Alexandre Dumas

“You have to battle through some bad days to reach the best days of your life.”

A quote by Neil Cavuto.

“There’s nothing wrong or evil about having a bad day. There’s everything wrong with making others have to have it with you.”
Neil Cavuto

“If you do not meet inspiring obstacles and failure, cry; you do not have the great path to explore, grow and mature to be great.”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
Bob Moward

“No one really has a bad life. Not even a bad day. Just bad moments.”
Regina Brett

A quote by Richelle E. Goodrich.

“Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give in. Don’t ever stop trying. Don’t ever sell out. And if you find yourself succumbing to one of the above for a brief moment, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, whisper a prayer, and start where you left off. But never, ever, ever give up.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”
Paulo Coelho

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”
Carl Rogers

“There is no education like adversity.”
Benjamin Disraeli

A quote by Tupac Shakur.

“Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up.”
Tupac Shakur

“You have good days, you have bad days. But the main thing is to grow mentally.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.”
Charlie Chaplin

“I think every girl needs to love herself, regardless of anything. Like if you’re having a bad day, if you don’t like your hair, if you don’t have the best family situation, whatever, you have to love yourself and you can’t do anything until you love yourself first.”
Julianne Hough

“Do fewer things and do them well. Focus on the things only you can do. Do the important things which must be done now.”
Eric Barker

“The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change so that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger but in wisdom, understanding and love.”
Jennifer Edwards

A quote by James Dobson.

“If you’re going through difficult times today, hold steady. It will change soon. If you are experiencing smooth sailing and easy times now, brace yourself. It will change soon. The only thing you can be certain of is change.”
James Dobson

“Learn to understand the purpose of bumps in the road, grow from them and stay positive.”

“Better to fail at doing the right thing than to succeed at doing the wrong thing.”
Guy Kawasaki

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.”
Stephen Richards

“Everyone can have a bad day.”
Nikki Haley

A quote by Richie Norton.

“A day gone is a day gone. As they say, don’t let a bad day turn into a bad year. Every sunset is an opportunity to reset.”
Richie Norton

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
Abraham Lincoln

“When nothing goes my way, when all attempts fail, when the darkest clouds in the sky seem bent on hovering over me while everyone with whom I come into contact flashes a nasty scowl, I find some comfort in the thought of a fresh tomorrow. I am thankful for the opportunity to try again.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

“There is no good day or bad day, only good or bad actions.”
Amit Kalantri

A quote by Buddha.

“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Haruki Murakami

Want even more inspirational quotes for the tough days and those worst days in life? Check out this post with inspiring quotes about knowing your true worth and also this post with quotes about never giving up.

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