140+ Quotes About Overcoming Adversity to Inspire You Forward

Throughout our lives, we all face adversity in one form or another. It can be tough to keep going when things seem to be working against us, but it’s important to remember that everyone has the ability to overcome any obstacle. These quotes about overcoming adversity will inspire you to keep going and never give up on your dreams.

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Quotes About Overcoming Adversity

1. “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” — Victor Frankl

2. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” — Frida Kahlo

3. “I am more than my scars.” — Andrew Davidson

4. “Well, if it can be thought, it can be done, a problem can be overcome,” — E.A. Bucchianeri

5. “I can’t cry so I have to laugh.” — Maria Nhambu

6. “The music of hope is everywhere, but to hear it, you need to ignore the muddy jangle of life’s hassles.” — Christine M Knight

7. “Your strength doesn’t come from winning. It comes from struggles and hardship. Everything that you go through prepares you for the next level.” — Germany Kent

Quotes About Overcoming Adversity

8. “Beautiful souls are shaped by ugly experiences.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

9. “God built lighthouses to see people through storms. Then he built storms to remind people to find lighthouses.” — Shannon L. Alder

10. “Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges.” — Amit Ray

11. “Use what you’ve been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable!” — Yvonne Pierre

12. “Self-pity is spiritual suicide. It is an indefensible self-mutilation of the soul.” — Anthon St. Maarten

13. “Today’s tears water tomorrow’s gardens.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

14. “Don’t run from your weakness, you will only give it strength.” — Stephen Richards

15. “God didn’t design your life so you would constantly fall down, but he does hope that you will be brought to your knees.” — Shannon L. Alder

16. “God can deliver you so well that some people won’t believe your testimony.” — Shannon L. Alder

17. “Without trials and tribulation, there would be no hero. Without a hero, there would be no story. Without a story, there is no life as life is made up of vignettes of loving, learning and overcoming.” — Gibson Chrissy

18. “Every great warrior must learn to endure and overcome the adversities of life.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

19. “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” — Rikki Rogers

20. “The courage to live brings its own rewards.” — Rachel L. Schade

21. “Without being push to the wall, we will have remained in our comfortable zone. But this circumstance challenges us to find the courage to move on.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

22. “Time has always been the greatest ally to Truth, because Time eventually relieves and reveals all.” — Suzy Kassem

23. “Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

24. “Life isn’t easy for anyone. We all have challenges. We all face adversity. It’s how we overcome it that makes us who we are.” — Tracey Garvis Graves

25. “I may not be where I want to be, but if I stop now, I’ll NEVER get where I’m going!” — Laura Lynch

26. “Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

27. “No matter what, I would never let the people who wanted me to break see how much damage they had inflicted.” — Rachel L. Schade

Quotes About Overcoming Adversity

28. “Adversity awaken in us a strong-will to a daring life.You become a stronger person with each adversity that you overcome.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

29. “Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.” — E.B. White

30. “Love is our strength to overcome the evils of the world.” — Amit Ray

31. “If it is going to kill you,” — T. Scott McLeod

32. “No matter how many times you cut down a resilient tree, it will keep growing.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

33. “We can cry for years but sometimes gotta smile too.” — Aberjhani

34. “Beware trying to iron out all your quirks, perceived flaws and doubts. It’s often these things that help you find strength, compassion, empathy for others and heart.” — Rasheed Ogunlaru

35. “When all seems to be against you, remember, a ship sometimes has to sail against the current, not with it.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

36. “You have to prepare physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to conquer any mountain.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

37. “Challenges are part of life. Overcoming them makes you a stronger person.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

38. “Without adversity, there would be no growth, and without growth, there would be no lesson to be learned.” — Michelle D. Rosado

39. “When people try to bury you, remind yourself you are a seed.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

40. “If you want to catch your dreams, you have to drop your fears.” — Anton Rubaclini

41. “It is only during a storm that a tree knows how strong it is.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

42. “A new challenge keeps the brain kicking and the heart ticking.” — E.A. Bucchianeri

43. “When life hands you dirt plant seeds.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

44. “Just because a person successfully steers a voyage through hell doesn’t mean he ever wants to sail that route again.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

45. “Hang on! God will be thy strength in any act of your pursuit.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

46. “A flower blooming in the desert proves to the world that adversity, no matter how great, can be overcome.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

47. “You are strong because of what you overcame, brave because of what you defeated, fierce because of what you mastered, and powerful because of what you conquered.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

Quotes About Overcoming Adversity

48. “One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” — Albert Schweitzer

49. “One friend in a storm is worth more than a thousand friends in sunshine.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

50. “The victory over our inner self is a daily struggle. Be strong and do not give up.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

51. “Hardships refine a man to what he ought to be.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

52. “Everyone at some point in life have faced rejection and failure, it is part of the process to self realisation.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

53. “If beautiful lilies bloom in ugly waters, you too can blossom in ugly situations.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

54. “Tell yourself this: I am a conqueror. I am a detour slayer, and my goals and dreams don’t exist in a vacuum. Every bit of my life is preparing me for something better, something greater.” — Keisha Blair

55. “It is better to look forward to summer than to curse winter.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

56. “It is better to stand in the rain than to run to your enemy for shelter.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

57. “The grace of endurance is the great power of God at work within us.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

58. “Lovely flowers sometimes bloom in ugly places.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

59. “It is the storm that propels a ship to its destination.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

60. “You were born to dream. You were born to strive. You were born to conquer. You were born to rise.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

61. “Go forward and conquer any mountain on your path.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

62. “The gift of life, gives you the greatest opportunity to live and chance to rise above any situation. With hopeful attitude you can overcome any struggle.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

63. “Dear past, I survived you. Dear present, I’m ready for you. Dear future, I’m coming for you.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

64. “Be like a rose; no matter how many thorns you encounter in life, bloom.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

65. “Stars do not hide from darkness. Roses do not hide from thorns. Diamonds do not hide from pressure.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

66. “Our most beautiful dreams are born from our most unpleasant nightmares.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

67. “Your darkest experiences often lead you to your brightest fortunes.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

Quotes About Overcoming Adversity

68. “An axe cuts through a forest not because of its size, but its endurance.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

69. “Adversity tests the limit of our strength.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

70. “We all face difficult times. It is only the grace of God that gives strength to endure.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

71. “A diamond earns its sparkle from the pressure it endures.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

72. “Light at the end of the tunnel is inconsequential when your inner light is on.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

73. “I lost all I had known and gained a life I was yet to know.” — Nikki Rowe

74. “Seek God every morning.Trust God every moment.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

75. “Money can cloud your vision. Sometimes, God takes away the money and uses times of adversity to refine us like gold.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

76. “Be like seeds; do not see dirt thrown at you as your enemy, but as ground to grow.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

77. “If a ship is strong, the ocean’s tides do not bother it.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

78. “Life is hope.Hope is faith.Faith is believe.Believe is possibilities.Possibility is miraculous.Miraculous is divine.Divine is supernatural.Supernatural is spiritual.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

79. “I am a happy soul, despite all life challenges.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

80. “Persevere like a seed; even when people try to bury you, flourish.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

81. “If you saturate your mind with positive thoughts, it will sustain you in any situation.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

82. “Turn your failures into lessons, your obstacles into opportunities, your tragedies into triumphs, and in no time you will turn your dreams into reality.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

83. “You have to make an enemy a friend to conquer his or her evil intentions.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

84. “Perfume is the scent that pours out of a flower’s soul when crushed.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

85. “You cannot be as E-ffective when you are IN-fected.” — Johnnie Dent Jr.

86. “A butterfly is a caterpillar who never gave up on his dream to fly.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

87. “If you are going through hell, keep walking until you reach heaven.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

88. “Calm yourself and you calm your storm.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

89. “Don’t be discouraged by life’s difficulties. With hope and determination, you can triumph over any difficulties.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

90. “We are surrounded by adversity but we shall triumph because we have a greater spirit” — Lailah Gifty Akita

91. “Throwing dirt on a seed only increases its value.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

92. “A rose does not lose its beautiful scent because it grew in dirt.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

93. “Often there’s a secret courage hidden in the pocket of our deepest fears saying, “Bring it on, motherfucker” — Curtis Tyrone Jones

94. “If stars avoided the dark, they would not be visible at night.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

95. “Perseverance, endurance and patience are the three greatest survival skills.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

96. “A dove struggling in a storm grows stronger than an eagle soaring in sunshine.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

97. “If you press grapes, wine will pour out; if you crush roses, perfume will pour out; if you afflict the talented, genius will pour out.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

98. “Learn from the ocean; not fearing turbulence, it uses the wind against it to rise instead.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

99. “You ought to the read stories of how people have endured worst situation. You will find the strength to survive life.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

100. “Challenges are part of life;We weaken our spirit, when we act in fear and lose hope.But we strengthen our spirit, when we fearlessly with faith and hope, rise up to meet and conquer the challenges.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

101. “Those do dare take risks, shall fulfill their passions.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

102. “Don’t let yesterday’s storm keep you from enjoying today’s sunshine.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

103. “In the midst of the turbulence, we hang onto hope.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

104. “Storms teach trees to dance.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

105. “Failing over and over again is how you learn to succeed over and over again.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

106. “Hope kept us alive in the midst of the turbulence.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

107. “But if a person hasn’t ever experienced true despair, she grows old never knowing how to evaluate where she is in life; never understanding what joy really is. I’m grateful for it.” — Banana Yoshimoto

108. “A bird only begins to realize its potential the day you throw it off a tall cliff.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

109. “God’s grace is strong enough to hold me steady through every difficulty.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

110. “It is the dirt that propels a flower to blossom.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

111. “We may have to struggle to achieve our goals, but our struggles may yield as much growth as our learning. The strengths we develop in overcoming challenges will be with us in the eternities to come.” — Dallin H. Oaks

112. “Picking up the pieces of a shattered dream is better than having no pieces to pick up at all.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

113. “Hang on! Don’t give up.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

114. “I try to keep the happy memories. If that’s what you call selective memories, I’m good with that.” — Nicole  Williams

115. “Failure is a sign post, directing the right road for life’s journey.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

116. “Your greatest highs come from overcoming your greatest lows.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

117. “Every adversity is the fuel for the soul. The greatest self-realization occurs during the greatest adversity.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

118. “When push to the wall. You have to develop strategies to scale over the wall.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

119. “With positive attitude, you can graciously overcome every adversity.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

120. “Be strong and courageous. Fear not! God will grant you the strength to overcome any adversity.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

121. “When the world told the caterpillar its life was over, the butterfly objected, “My life has just begun.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

122. “It is impossible to graduate from the University of Life with no scars.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

123. “You don’t command wind in the direction it blows, but you command a ship in the direction it sails.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

124. “A prayer and positive affirmation are the keys for a divine intervention in any situation.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

125. “Seeds achieve their highest potential in dirt.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

126. “Fear can only be mastered outside of your comfort zone.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

127. “Scars mean you fought. Wrinkles mean you lived. Heartache means you loved.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

128. “Endure to the very end.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

129. “The opportunities far outweigh the disappointments.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

130. “You have to conquer every obstacle, before you can reach the top of the mountain.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

131. “A daisy in a garden fits in; a rose in a desert stands out.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

132. “Behind great challenges lie great rewards.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

133. “Life’s challenges are inevitable. We have to prepare mentally by renewing our mind with inspiration daily to be able to cope when the situation arise.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

134. “Rainbows can’t rise without storms.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

135. “The most vibrant of flowers often come from the filthiest of soils.” — Zack W. Van

136. “Stay strong in spirit, be patient and you will overcome any situation.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

137. “Don’t be afraid of criticism; the tallest trees are always confronted by the strongest winds.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

138. “I am a strong woman, I can endure it all.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

139. “When the expected occurred, never panic, by keep calming, you gain control over the situation.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

140. “Reaching the goal is never the real goal.Facing challenges, overcoming them and realising your inner strengths while attempting a goal, is the true goal.” — Manoj Arora

141. “The greater your setbacks the greater your comebacks.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

142. “Encouragement is a fire of flame. It refreshes the soul and revives the spirit.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

143. “Every successful person had experience failure but they overcome with courage and adamant hope” — Lailah Gifty Akita

144. “It is easier to move mountains using God’s hands.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

145. “He who can endure the worst can withstand any thing.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

146. “Sometimes singed wings will fly with greater purpose.” — Tom Althouse

147. “A daisy blooming in a desert is worth more than a rose blossoming in a rainforest.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

148. “The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

That wraps up our list of quotes about overcoming adversity. Hope you enjoyed these quotes.