Sometimes in life, we need quotes about strength to remind us to remain steadfast, because we all go through hard times, times where our strength and fortitude are tried and tested.

These tough times can come in many forms: going through a divorce or breakup, losing a loved one, financial hardship, job loss or struggling to overcome a life challenge or obstacle.

While during them, it can feel impossible to find your inner strength, always remember, if you dig deep enough, it's there.

Whatever the difficulty you're facing, find your strength in these powerful quotes about strength and being strong.

PS: If you're looking for the strength to overcome your fears, or to find courage, check out our post on quotes about courage here.

100 Quotes about Strength and Being Strong

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

~Bruce Lee

When something bad happens, you have three choices: You can either let it define you, let it destroy you or let it strengthen you.


If you are going through hell, keep going.

~Winston Churchill

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

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.

~Orison Swett Marden

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

~Cayla Mills

Strength doesn't come from what you can do. Strength comes from overcoming the things you thought you couldn't.


Never, ever ever ever ever give up.

~Winston Churchill

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.


Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.

~Napoleon Hill

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles; it empties today of its strength.

~Corrie ten Boom

Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.

~Bob Riley

Being strong doesn't mean you'll never get hurt. It means even when you get hurt, you'll never let it defeat you.


Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

~A. A. Milne

Strength isn't about how much you can handle before you break, it's about how much you can handle after you break.


My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down.

~Bob Moore

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.

~Thomas Edison

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life: It goes on.

~Robert Frost

Be strong. You never know who you are inspiring.


Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, that’s true strength.

~Chris Bradford

You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

~Robin Sharma

Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.


Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.

~Rikki Rogers

You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!

~Dr. Seuss

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

~Nelson Mandela

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

~Ernest Hemingway

The will of the strong will never be shaken by doubts of the weak.


Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.

~Susan Gale

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

~Joseph Kennedy

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

~Harriet Beecher Stowe

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.


It's not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.

~J.R.R Tolkien

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

~Robert H. Schuller

Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.

~John Wayne

I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.

~Jewish Proverb

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

The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.

~Japanese Proverb

Look at life through the windshield, not the rear view mirror.

~Byrd Baggett

Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.

~Publius Ovidius Naso

For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

~Rudyard Kipling

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

~Dr. Seuss

Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.

~Judith Viorst

Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.

~Joel Osteen

Everything is okay in the end, if it's not ok, then it's not the end.


Hardship prepares ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

~C.S. Lewis

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

~Frank A. Clark

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

~Japanese Proverb

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

Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong.

~Sarah Dessen

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

~Christopher Reeve

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

~Carl Bard

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

Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.

~Michael Jordan

Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.

~Susan Gale

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

~Marcus Aurelius

A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.

~Vernon Howard

The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

~Henry Ford

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.


A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Strength isn't about bearing a cross of grief or shame. Strength comes from choosing your own path, and living with the consequences.

~Jenny Trout

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

~Frederick Douglass

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.


The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don't give up.

~Robert Tew

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.

~Babe Ruth

The first step is you have to say that you can.

~Will Smith

He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.

~William Samuel Johnson

All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.

~Mitch Albom

This too shall pass away.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will.

~Mahatma Gandhi

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.


That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Strength is the product of struggle, you must do what others don't to achieve what others won't.

~Henry Rollins

You never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

~Thomas A. Edison

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

~Charles Darwin

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

~Nelson Mandela

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.

~Sigmund Freud

Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on.

~James Frey

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities… always see them… for they’re always there.

~Norman Vincent Peale

The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.


Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.


Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.


Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

~Reverend Phillips Brooks

In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.

~Albert Einstein

You are never given anything in this world that you can't handle. Be strong and just keep moving forward.


For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

~Louis Pasteur

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

~Winston Churchill

We acquire the strength we have overcome.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage isn't having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

~Napoleon Bonaparte

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

~Louisa May Alcott

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

~Oprah Winfrey

Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep your head up, and handle it.

~Tupac Shakur

I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

~Muhammad Ali

In Conclusion

As Robert Schuller states, "Tough times never last, but tough people do."

Always remember that:

  1. The hard time you're going through will pass.
  2. Inside of you, you have everything you need to get through it.

So stay strong and find your inner strength with these powerful quotes about strength and being strong.