Endurance Sayings and Quotes

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

I guessed life was like that. You gained and you lost, and if you saved anything from the ruins, even if only a shred of self-respect, it was enough to take you through the next bit.     

Dick Francis

In the midst of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.     

Albert Camus

We all have the strength to endure the misfortunes of others.     

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

Without the strength to endure the crisis, one will not see the opportunity within. It is within the process of endurance that opportunity reveals itself.     

Chin-Ning Chu

So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.     

J.R.R. Tolkien

To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.     

George Mueller

It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there.     

Mia Hamm

Endurance pierces marble.     

Moroccan Proverb

Life asks not merely what you can do; it asks how much can you endure and not be spoiled.     

Harry Emerson Fosdick

It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.     

Philip Sidney

If you're going to go through hell... I suggest you come back learning something.     

Drew Barrymore

To struggle when hope is banished! To live when life's salt is gone! To dwell in a dream that's vanished. To endure, and go calmly on!     

Ben Jonson

Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.     

James Russell Lowell

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.     

Maya Angelou

Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.     

Friedrich Schiller

Endurance is not a young person's game. I thought I might even be better at 60 than I was at 30. You have a body that's almost as strong, but you have a much better mind.     

Diana Nyad

Solitude, isolation, are painful things and beyond human endurance.     

Jules Verne

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.     


At the end of the day it's about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves.     

Tabitha Suzuma

People have to learn sometimes not only how much the heart, but how much the head, can bear.     

Maria Mitchell

I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.     

Dean Acheson

To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being.     

Tom Robbins

Yes, as my swift days near their goal, 'Tis all that I implore: in life and death a chainless soul with courage to endure.     

Emity Bronte

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.     


Those who can bear all can dare all.     

Luc De Clapiers

Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.     

Matthew Quick

No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.     

Greg Kincaid

Life was not longer something to endure, but to live.     

Hubert Selby Jr.

Unless you have courage, a courage that keeps you going, always going, no matter what happens, there is no certainty of success. It is really an endurance race.     

Henry Ford

The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.     

Charles Dickens

The bird that flutters least is longest on the wing.     

William Cowper

He conquers who endures.     


If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.     

Corrie ten Boom

Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.     

Marcus Aurelius

Don't fear the gods. Don't worry about death; What is good is easy to get, and what is terrible is easy to endure.     


Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.     

William Barclay

Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.     


The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.     

Marcus Aurelius

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.     

John Ruskin

For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph.     

Thomas Mann

Find out what you're afraid of and go live there.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Endurance is patience concentrated.     

Thomas Carlyle

Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite.     

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.     

John F. Kennedy

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.     

Frederick Douglass

If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.     

Sarah J. Maas

No man ever threw away life while it was worth keeping.     

David Hume

If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.     

Kathrine Switzer

In the darkest hour the soul is replenished and given strength to continue and endure.     

Heart Warrior Chosa

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.     

Napoleon Bonaparte