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36 Strength & Courage Quotes To Build You Up

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Here is a collection of 36 Strength & Courage Quotes for a little inspiration to get you through those hard times.

Strength & Courage Quotes

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

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” – Tony Robbins

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope” – Hal Lindsey

“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

“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

“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious dont live at all.” – Ashley L

“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

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

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

“True strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart.” – Unknown

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

“You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.” – Robin Sharma

“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

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

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

“Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, “Get the hell out of my way, I’ve got things to do.” – Unknown

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” – Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum LP

“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

“In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” ― Drew Barrymore 

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

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” – Veronica Roth

“Your friends will believe in your potential; your enemies will make you live up to it.” – Tim Fargo

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

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – J.K. Rowling

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

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

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli

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

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

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth.”- Unknown

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” – Henry Kissinger

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F Kennedy

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

We hope you enjoyed this collection of inspirational quotes. Share with us which one was your favorite and why?

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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51 Comments

  1. linda

    Sep 2, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Thank you u have helped me when I needed it most ,God bless ?

  2. teddy chikapa

    Feb 3, 2016 at 9:01 am

    very inspiring and encouraging indeed

  3. sagar

    Jan 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Great quotes.

  4. Bola

    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks Joel! Great collection!

  5. Dumbledore Quotes

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Thanks my friend for this nice list 🙂

  6. Rishub

    Dec 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Jordan quotes are good and there is reality in it if we apply it in our life. Best collection from you.

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1. “One of the things I learned the hard way, was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

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Refusing to be deterred by the shortsighted criticism, Ball dug in her heels, overcame her shyness, and went on to become the talented comedic actress and icon we know and love today. Just imagine how unfortunate it would have been if she had taken the negative criticism to heart and decided to give up her passion.

2. “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work—and realising what is opportunity and what isn’t.”

Today, we are very much conditioned to expect instant gratification in all areas of life. It’s important to remember, however, that true personal and professional success is achieved through tenacity and hard work. Very seldom does “luck” play a substantial role in building a solid and promising future.

Few people may realise that beyond the laughter and crazy shenanigans that Ball is so well known for, she was a trailblazing businesswoman who mapped out her professional path and keenly took advantage of opportunities that came her way.

Behind the scenes, she was co-creator, owner, and partner of Desilu Productions with her husband, Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy was the first real sitcom developed by a husband and wife team, and under Desilu Studios, the show pioneered the multi-camera shot and filmed in front of a live audience—something no one else was doing at the time.

Being a female owner of a film production company in the 1960s was unprecedented. But, Ball didn’t stop there. Instead, she would eventually buy out Desi and become the first female CEO of a major television and movie production company. Her hard work and perseverance created a legacy to last for generations.

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Ball’s career in the entertainment world was full of various ups and downs that included many B movies and lackluster performances. However, she continued to forge ahead learning from each and every experience. She was forty years old when she finally hit her stride and began her journey with I Love Lucy. Ball didn’t let the fact that Hollywood considered her to be “old” to stop her from fulfilling her dreams.

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4. “I dyed my hair this crazy red to bid for attention. It has become a trademark, and I’ve got to keep it this way.”

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For example, Ball’s natural hair colour was a light to medium brown with reddish tones. Early in her career, she bleached it blonde in hopes of being able to compete with the plethora of bombshell blondes of the era. She eventually realised, however, she needed to stand out, not blend in!

In a past interview, Ball is quoted stating, “Not being a beauty, I hated any part in a picture which depended on beauty. I resented work where looks were that important. There are so many glamour girls that I felt it was silly for me to try to compete with them.”

Dyeing her natural brown hair the colour red was one of the greatest risks Ball took early in her career, but it became one of the late comedian’s most beautiful physical features that helped her stand out and succeed in Hollywood. She shared, “I had to learn to concentrate on developing my personality—to have an individual approach. The way you feel about yourself has a lot to do with the impression you make.”

5. “The more things you do, the more you can do.”

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6. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”

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