Quotes on Overcoming Adversity

Quotes on Adversity

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus

“The broken will always be able to love harder than most. Once you have been in the dark, you learn to appreciate everything that shines.”
~Zachry K. Douglas

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.”
~ Marianne Williamson

“When everything falls apart, from somewhere a light will appear.”
~ German Proverb

“Inner peace is certainly the ultimate resource for those dealing with suffering on a daily basis. But this isn’t something achieved by distancing yourself from the suffering around you. Inner peace is more a question of cultivating perspective, meaning, and wisdom even as life touches you with pain. It is more of a spiritual quality than a mental quality.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

“I love people who have been through adversity and heartache and obstacles as impossible as the sun itself. They usually make it out with hearts as hot as gold. A core made of fire. A life soaked with intention. Hope like a morning. They know how to start again – how to walk through walls with palms wide open, and how to begin at the edge, and end. Those to me, are the best people.”
~ Victoria Erickson

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.”
~ Nicole Reed

“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.”
~ unknown

“Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”
~ Jose N. Harris

“Joy seems to be a part of an unconditional wish to live, not holding back because life may not meet our preferences and expectations. Joy seems to be a function of the willingness to accept the whole, and to show up to meet with whatever is there.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

“There were a lot of nights I thought of how nice it would be how to stop my lungs to still my heart so I could return to the Earth and all the stars. But what a mistake it would have been because I can tell you now after the rains stop and the storms pass and the light peeks in through the darkness that the flowers Bloom and ways I’ve never seen wearing colours brighter than the Sun.”
~ Tyler Kent White

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
~ Rumi

“Do not resist that which rises in pain. Let the pain be that which takes you to your own Bliss.”
~ Igor Kufayev

“Sometimes life shatters you, and it feels as if you have been abandoned.
The universe sends no one.
 All will walk around the broken pieces as if they’re not at all visible,
 so you can learn to find and cherish yourself from the depths of your own soul.
You learn that you’re strong enough to gather the pieces,
put them back together and recreate yourself anew. 
Born again and born free,
 as so many levels of attachment have peacefully fallen away
like drops of rain.”
~ unknown

“Life has pounded me down and thrashed me around, time and time again. But I still love life, just as the earth still loves the rain.”
~ Suzy Kassem

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets it.”
~ Leonard Cohen

“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

“You’re so hard on yourself. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life: at the grid that softened you, at the heartache that widened you, at the suffering that strengthened you. Despite everything, you still grow. Be proud of this.”
~ unknown

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“The most beautiful people in the world are those who have gone through many struggles but have not allowed it to harden their hearts or to stop them loving. It’s there, alone in the darkness, where they wrestle with their insecurities and fears, that the inner work is done. It’s in that place of silent surrender that the divine becomes infused with their spirit, and as the light streams into their soul, the wounds of the past are healed. The trials we face are never sent to destroy us, but to help us find our way back home.”
~ Daniel Nielsen

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you thought you once couldn’t”
~ unknown

“Show me the most damaged parts of your soul, and I will show you how it still shines like gold.”
~ Nikita Gill

“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.”
~ unknown

“Don’t give up now, chances are your best kiss, your hardest laugh, and your greatest day are still yet to come.”
~ Atticus

“When I look back on my life, I see pain, mistakes, and heartache. When I look in the mirror, I see strength, learned lessons, and pride in myself.”
~ unknown

“Sometimes you just have to stick your head into the storm and drink up all the rain.”
~ Jonny Ox

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”
~ unknown

“Magic happens when you do not give up, even though you want to. The universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.”
~ unknown

“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
~ Anais Nin

“You never know how strong you are….until being strong is the only choice you have.”
~ Cayla Mills

“There’s going to be very painful moments in our life that will change your entire world in a matter of minutes. These moments will change YOU. Let them make you stronger, smarter, and kinder. But don’t you go and become someone that your not. Cry. Scream if you have to. Then you straighten out that crown and keep it moving.”
~ unknown

“Never give up because great things take time.”
~ unknown

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
~ Carl. G. Jung

“Often times of crises are times of discovery, periods when we cannot maintain our old ways of doing things and enter into a steep learning curve. Sometimes it takes crises to initiate growth.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

“Maybe the most beautiful act in all the world….is to open our hearts even as they are broken. To nurture our tenderness even though it is easy to turn biter. To remain gentle and supple although everything in you says go hard. To keep your soul open to facing the sky, even though you cannot yet see the light of the sun. They are of the truly remarkable.”
~ S. C. Lourie

“The secret of life, though, if to fall seven times and to get up eight times”
~ Paulo Coelho

“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, in fact, 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

“Don’t give up. Normally it is the last key on the ring which opens the door.”
~ unknown

“The greatest souls are awakened out of suffering. The most impressive personalities endure many scars.”
~ unknown

“You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.”
~ Josh Shipp

“I assure you, I am not put together at all. Nor am I broken, I am recovering. Finding the beautiful in the ugly and stitching it into my life.”
~ Rachel Wolchin

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
~ Drew Barrymore

“ I could only see my life a piece at a time – the happiness of a success or a time of celebration, or the ugliness and pain of a loss or a failure I was trying hard to put behind me out of sight. But like the dark pieces of the puzzle, these sadder events, painful as they are, have proven themselves a part of something larger…….We are always, always putting the pieces together without knowing the picture ahead of time. I have been with many people in times of profound loss and grief when an unsuspected meaning begins to emerge from the fragments of their lives. Over time, this meaning has proven itself to be durable and trustworthy, even transformative. It is a kind of strength that never comes to those who deny their pain.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen

“Sometimes there is nothing you can do but let it rain and wait for the sunshine.”
~ unknown

“People are like stained-glass windows. 
They sparkle and shine when the sun is 
out, but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if there is 
a light from within.”
~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“On a dark night a candle can shine its light at your feet and a short distance ahead on the path before of you. But it won’t light up the entire path. That’s because you don’t need to know the twists and turns along the way. You just need to move forward, trust that you’ll see the obstacles along the way, and believe in yourself. Take hold of the hand of the divine and step into the unknown night without fear. Because the little light you have is more than enough.”
~ Daniel Nielsen

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
~ Anne Frank

See also: Quotes on Gratitude and Quotes on Transformation

Image: Michelle Grace

Michelle is passionate about holistic health and self-discovery. She received her training in Nutrition, Herbalism, and Bodywork from the International Academy of Natural Health Sciences in Ottawa, ON. She studied Ayurveda and Yoga in India and later continued her Yoga studies on Koh Phangan in Thailand. Michelle truly believes that good health involves body, mind, and spirit. She loves to spend her time in walking in nature, meditating, painting, writing, and learning more about health and wellness.


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