Survival Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old survival quotes, survival sayings, and survival proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Surviving means being born over and over again.

Erica Jong

Only the strong survive.

Namibian Proverb

Rule of survival: Pack your own parachute.     

T.L. Hakala

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Winston Churchill

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

Winston Churchill

Survival is triumph enough.

Harry Crews

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Dalai Lama

It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.

Robert H. Schuller

Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory.     

Sun Tzu

Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.

Robertson Davies

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.

Bruce Lee

Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual's instinct for self preservation.     

Albert Einstein

Self-preservation, nature's first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe.     

Andrew Marvell

We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.

Richard Dawkins

Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.

Frank Herbert

Survival often feels like an indignity.     

Guillermo Del Toro

In the greater part of humankind there resides an instinct for survival. It is this which can clutch at straws and effect a rescue from them. It is this which can, now and then, outwit fate.

Tanith Lee

Survival ... is an infinite capacity for suspicion.     

John Le Carre

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

What does not kill us makes us stronger.

Friedrich Nietzsche