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110 Never Give Up Quotes for When Life is Hard and Tough

110 Never Give Up Quotes for When Life is Hard and Tough

On some days – or sometimes during weeks or even months – life is just hard and tough.

And you may start to think to yourself that you might as well give up on your new habit, current goal or most important dream.

This week’s post is all about that.

And about the timeless wisdom from the past few thousands of years that can help you to stay strong, to nudge yourself back on the right track again and to keep going towards what you deep down want and dream about.

Never Give Up Quotes That Will Help You to Stay Strong

“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

“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.”
Unknown

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

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

You can't really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.”
Ken Kesey

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

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”– Randy Pausch

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

“The best way out is always through.”
Robert Frost

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
John Steinbeck

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
Kahlil Gibran

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“At any given moment you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.”
Christine Mason Miller

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”– Anthony Robbins

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

“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can’t go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure is a cancerous way to live.”
Kevin Bacon

“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
John Newton

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do and damned if you don't.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Wayne Dyer

“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.”
Leo Buscaglia

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never Give Up Quotes for When You’ve Had a Setback or Failed

“Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.”
Muhammad Ali

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

”Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”
Richard Branson

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.”
John Wooden

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
J.K. Rowling

“I like criticism. It makes you strong.”
LeBron James

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
Michael Jordan

“A man may fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
John Burroughs

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
Sophocles

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With positive mental attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, and a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order to prepare to try again.”
W. Clement Stone

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
Drew Barrymore

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.”
Napoleon Hill

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott

“You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
Johnny Cash

“When written in Chinese the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.”
John F. Kennedy

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Chinese Proverb

“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim?
Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”
Alfred Adler

“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
James Cameron

“The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”
R. G. Ingersoll

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.”
Virgil Thomson

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

“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

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”
Charles F. Kettering

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
Henry Ford

Never Give Up on Your Dreams Quotes

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
Flavia Weedn

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
Michael Jordan

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
Jim Rohn

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

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
Duke Ellington

“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
Tom Bradley

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
Napoleon Hill

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
Ashley Smith

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
Bruce Lee

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
Christopher Reeve

“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.”
Unknown

”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
Brian Tracy

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
John Wooden

“No matter where you're from, your dreams are valid.”
Lupita Nyong'o

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
T.E. Lawrence

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
Oprah Winfrey

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Dale Carnegie

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”
Mae Jemison

“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.”
Jerome Fleishman

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.”
Lou Holtz

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”
Les Brown

“I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.”
Anaïs Nin

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
Jack Canfield

“When I'm old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say, ‘Wow, that was an adventure,' not, ‘Wow, I sure felt safe.'”
Tom Preston-Werner

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Harriet Tubman

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”’
Earl Nightingale

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”
Soren Kierkegaard

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

Inspiring Quotes on Perseverance and Patience

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

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

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

“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

“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”
Zig Ziglar

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”
Thomas Edison

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

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Maya Angelou

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
Marie Curie

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.”
Colin Powell

“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more ‘manhood' to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.”
Alex Karras

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

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Calvin Coolidge

“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.”
Edgar A. Guest

“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

 
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  • Joel

    Thank you for sharing these inspiring quotes.

  • Really good list. Relying on a good quote that resonates with you is helpful during the tough times. My fav, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
    Robert H. Schuller
    Thank you!

  • Wal

    Thanks a lot for these wonderful quotes! Great motivation for life.

  • Jasna

    Excellent encouragement! I have copied out my favourites and will keep them for reference. Thank you for giving us such good insight!

  • Tony

    These are great! Thank you

  • SHEILA

    very powerful qoutes to live by.

  • :)

    Thank you for this!

  • Stella

    This is so interesting and inspirational. I wish I could be getting this information more and more often.
    Thanks.

  • Dan

    “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

    Love that!!

  • Quotes are extremely important. I love them because they summarize a life lesson in just a few words. Thanks for these quotes… I feel like giving up many times in life but I’m still hanging on.

  • amazing quotes..keep up the good work.

  • Some of these are very powerful quotes.
    thanks for motivating us

  • So many of my favourite ones are there in this list. I am planning to use some of these and get them printed and hanged in my study table. You can never have enough of the motivational quotes afterall!

  • I’m really a great fan of motivational quotes. We all need an extra push time to time and I read short, inspiring words to catch back up.

  • I consider quotes to be an eye-opening words that sum up a variety of experiences in just one sentence. I love reading them! :)

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