A truly hellish scene, a forest fire behind a stand of trees has turned the sky red and black

26 awesome quotes (plus a great poem) about coping with adversity

“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, Kafka on the Shore

A thunderstorm in the distance. There is a visible line of demarcation where the rain is, and where the sunset is happening behind it.

“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 compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”

― Edgar Allan Poe


“If the road is easy, you’re likely going the wrong way.”

― Terry Goodkind


“Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”

― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“Hardships make or break people.”

― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind


“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”

― Mary Tyler Moore


 (Read “How big is your brave” on KrissWrites.com) 

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

― J.K. Rowling


“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”

— Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven

“We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world”

― Helen Keller


“You can make heaven out of hell, or hell out of heaven. The choice is yours.”

― Shannon L. Alder


“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”

― edwin louis cole


“Nobody is exempt from the trials of life, but everyone can always find something positive in everything even in the worst of times.”

― Roy T. Bennett


“Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right.”

― Glennon Doyle, Untamed


“It takes no more time to see the good side of life than to see the bad.”

― Jimmy Buffett


“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”

― Helen Keller


“Struggle is the food from which change is made, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it’s right in front of your face.


Now, I know that might sound a bit simplistic. But, too often we’re led to believe that struggling is a bad thing, or that we struggle because we’re doing something wrong.


I disagree. I look at struggle as an opportunity to grow. True struggle happens when you can sense what is not working for you and you’re willing to take the appropriate action to correct the situation. Those who accomplish change are willing to engage the struggle.”

― Danny Dreyer


“When you think this pain is all you deserve, you are right. You are the only one that can decide how long you will walk in hell.”

― Shannon L. Alder

A truly hellish scene, a forest fire behind a stand of trees has turned the sky red and black

“And despite hitting rock bottom, you got back up. When you thought you wouldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, you created it. Your story is one of overcoming. Please acknowledge how powerful you are.”

― Ash Alves, A Warriors Reminder: A Collection of Reminders for Healing and Self-Empowerment


“Success goes to the ones who do. Get up. Show up. Throw up if you have to. Do it afraid, but do it no matter.”

― Toni Sorenson


“The man of courage is not the man who did not face adversity. The man of courage is the man who faced adversity and spoke to it. The man of courage tells adversity, “You’re trespassing and I give you no authority to steal my joy, my faith or my hope.”

― Kiese Laymon, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America


“No matter how depleted or broken down you get in a situation, know your mind is like any other part of the body. It stretches and strengthens. The next time you’re faced with adversity, understand you’re preparing your mind to take on more weight.”

― Wallace Miles, UNDERR8TED: The Route That Caught an NFL Dream


“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, Holistic Wealth: 32 Life Lessons to Help You Find Purpose, Prosperity, and Happiness


“Remind yourself of what you’ve been able to overcome. All the times you felt like you weren’t going to make it though, you proved yourself wrong. You’re more powerful than you think.”

― Ash Alves, A Warriors Reminder: A Collection of Reminders for Healing and Self-Empowerment




Out of the night that covers me,

      Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

      For my unconquerable soul.


In the fell clutch of circumstance

      I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

      My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears

      Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

      Finds and shall find me unafraid.


It matters not how strait the gate,

      How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

      I am the captain of my soul.

Related reading: “How to stay productive even when you’re depressed,” “7 ways to move from overwhelmed to overjoyed,” “I’m Great!”






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