You can do this.
At one point or another in life, everyone reaches a point where everything becomes a little too much and it seems impossible to go on. You become lost in the haze of bad days and sleepless nights. You struggle to remember who you were before the event that changed you for the worse and even after the dust settles, you don’t know if you’ll ever be as happy as you were before it happened.
With each bad thing that life throws at you, you think to yourself “at least this is as bad as it’s ever going to get.” But flash forward a few days, weeks, months, or years and life throws you an even bigger curveball.
While you may feel the urge to punch a wall or scream into the void, you have no choice but to make it through. It’s unfair and the world is a cruel place but there’s comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. It’s a part of life and we must learn to overcome the struggles we face over the years.
Everyone has their specialties when comforting friends. Some are listeners; they can empathize and react in a way that shows they care. Others are talkers; they can say exactly what the person needs to hear. It takes a special someone to be both.
But where someone struggles to find the right words, another has already said them. Where one struggles to understand what someone is going through, another has gone through it themselves.
Words of encouragement are not only for the struggling; they are also for the successful. Everyone reaches a point where they need to be humbled or they need to remember where they came from. Here is how you help them, and yourself: by looking back at those who have felt the same profound sadness or confusion that you have. These people have been put down and defeated but they are still here, even if only through their words, to tell the tale. They made it, and so will you.
So when you feel like life is too much and need some inspiration to go on, look to these 40 quotes of encouragement to get you through even the toughest days.
1. Make the most out of what you have.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Know yourself.
“Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what’s actually good for you.” — Eric Thomas
3. You’ll make it.
“I didn’t come this far to only come this far” — Unknown
4. A bad day, week, or year doesn’t constitute a bad life.
“Soon, when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up.” — Brittany Burgunder
5. You can be mad but don’t give up.
“You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed to cry, but do not give up.” — Unknown
6. Know your worth.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
7. Speak up when needed and get what you deserve.
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” — Oprah Winfrey
8. Do it or don’t.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
9. Don’t let anyone stop you from going after what you want.
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” — Ayn Rand
10. Let go of the past.
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” — Will Rogers
11. It’s OK to fail but it’s not OK to give up.
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi
12. Accept challenges as opportunities.
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” — Duke Ellington
13. Hang in there.
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Franklin Roosevelt
14. Don’t underestimate yourself.
“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” — Jimmy Carter
15. Be a go-getter.
“Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me. Alright? You dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Chris Gardner,The Pursuit of Happyness
16. It’s childish and silly, but the simplest advice is often the best.
“Just keep swimming” — Dory, Finding Nemo
17. It’s a classic rope-a-dope.
“I’m letting life hit me till it gets tired. Then I’ll hit back.” — Sebastian, La La Land
18. Winning comes with the risk of losing.
“A real loser is someone who’s so afraid of not winning he doesn’t even try.” —Little Miss Sunshine
19. Dream big.
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” —Eames, Inception
20. Make a life for yourself that’s worth living.
“I don’t want to survive, I want to live.” — Wall-E
21. You’re stronger than you think.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
22. Dream big but stay humble.
“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” — Theodore Roosevelt
23. With each day comes the chance to do something amazing.
“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” — H. G. Wells
24. If it were easy, it’d already be done.
“If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” — Thomas Jefferson
25. Sometimes you need to lose yourself a little to find out who you really are.
“Not all those who wander are lost.” — J. R. R. Tolkien
26. Take a leap of faith.
“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
27. Life doesn’t stop for anyone.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost
28. Your triumphs are just as important to your story as your downfalls.
“You have to die a few times before you can really live.” — Charles Bukowski
29. Your reactions define you as much as your actions.
“Courage is grace under pressure.” — Ernest Hemingway
30. Success is the result of many failures.
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” — Truman Capote
31. With each mistake, you learn something new.
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” — James Joyce
32. The only way out is through.
“If you’re going through hell keep going.” — Winston Churchill
33. The best things aren’t easy to come by.
“Buckle up, and know that it’s going to be a tremendous amount of work, but embrace it.” — Tory Burch
34. Learn from your mistakes and do better the next time.
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Mary Louise Alcott
35. Rise from your ashes.
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” — Charles Swindoll
36. You’re in control of your fate.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
37. Fake it ’til you make it.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
38. Failure breeds success.
“Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” ― Neil Gaiman
39. Don’t worry about what others think.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss
40. Tough times are temporary.
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” — John Wooden
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Alyssa Asaro is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.