The coronavirus crisis is creating a lot of stress and anxiety for many people. To help you deal with stress without losing your mind or ruining your relationships, I’ve put together a compilation of 100 inspirational quotes for dealing with tough times and sprinkled with thoughtful prompts and anti-anxiety resources.
“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.”― Rachel Marie Martin
Let go of life pictured inspiring quote for overcoming challenges
“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.” — Bernard Baruch“
“And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.” — Paulo Coelho
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“Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons that we didn’t think we needed to know.” — Amy Poehler
Reflection: What lessons are you learning (or could you learn) from this experience?
“Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.” — Ovid
“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
“Be the attitude you want to be around.” — Tim DeTellis
Reflection: What attitudes would you want to be around in this situation? Do you have those attitudes or is there room for improvement?
“We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.” – William J. Brennan, Jr.
“We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us.” – William J. Brennan, Jr. inspiring encouraging quote for difficult times
“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” – Frida Kahlo
“Just one small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.” — Dalai Lama
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“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
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 quote
“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” — Doe Zantamata
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” — Og Mandino
“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
“If you feel like giving up, give up on that feeling and give into the realization there are endless possibilities waiting to be discovered before you.” — Tom Althouse
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein
Reflection: What opportunities lie in your difficulty?
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” — Bruce Lee
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” — Duke Ellington
“Going through challenging things can teach you a lot, and they also make you appreciate the times that aren’t so challenging.” — Carrie Fisher
“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” — Mizuta Masahid
Reflection: Is there something that you can see now that you couldn’t see before? Do you see anything differently?
My barn having burned down… inspiring encouraging quote
“Keep calm and carry on. A challenging time is just that – a period in time. Taking a few deep breaths and knowing that it won’t last forever really allows me to focus on the present moment and task at hand.” — Elizabeth Armstrong
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” — Anonymous
“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.” — William Samuel Johnson
“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” — Dalai Lama
“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.” — Dalai Lama quote inspiring encouraging quote for difficult times
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” — Dolly Parton
“At some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening.” — Unknown
From someone small but mighty that lived through a long forced isolation: “Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” — Anne Frank
“It is a blessing to experience hardship. Not because we suffer, but because we learn to endure.” — Saim A. Cheeda
“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” — Gregory S. Williams
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling
“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.” — Napoleon Hill
“It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places.” — Karen Marie Moning
Reflection: Notice moments of beauty. Savor them.
“It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places.” — Karen Marie Moning inspiring uplifting quote for tough times
“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” — Jewish Proverb
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
I think that it’s important to add a disclaimer to this: “Only if you process the connected thoughts and feelings and harvest the wisdom from the experience.”
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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” — Christopher Reeve
“Grief and resilience live together.” — Michelle Obama
“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.” — Ana Claudia Antunes
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” — Chinese Proverb
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” — Robert H Schuller
“Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” — Francis Bacon
Reflection: What are some of your comforts and hopes in this time of adversity?
“Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” — Francis Bacon inspiring encouraging quote for difficult timesquotes
“There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.” — Cicely Tyson
“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong… I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn
“We all have battles to fight. And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive: it’s on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work.” — Eric Greitens
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.” — Coco Chanel
“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.” — Randy Pausch (There’s humor in this one, but it also rings true.)
Reflection: Are you doing things that are making matters worse? What changes can you make to your attitude or behavior to stop doing that?
No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. Randy Pausch inspiring quote for difficult times and challenges
“Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” — Robert Jordan
“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo—far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” — Jodi Picoult
“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within: strength, courage, and dignity.” — Ruby Dee
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” — Tao Te Ching
“Attitude-flexibility is the mentality that helps us to smoothly persevere through turbulent times.” — Dr. Jacinta Mpalyenkana