Hard Times Sayings and Quotes

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always run as smoothly as we’d hoped. We experience some potholes, speed bumps, and hard times along the way. What matters is to keep going. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about hard times.


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

Bob Riley

Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased.     

Joel Osteen

Hard times are sometimes blessings in disguise. We do have to suffer but in the end it makes us strong, better and wise.      

Anurag Prakash Ray

And hard times are good in their own way, too. Because the only way you can achieve true happiness is if you experience true sadness as well. It's all about light and shade. Balance.     

Gabrielle Williams

You may go through very difficult time. Where you feel like a failure but remember one thing, struggle and hard times are the most inspirational thing in the world.     

Anurag Prakash Ray

Difficult times don't come your way just so you can survive them; God uses these times in your life to form and refine you.      

Joel Osteen

Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.     

Napoleon Hill

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.      

Chinese Proverb

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

Henry Ford

Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger.     

Dalai Lama

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

Bob Marley

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

Bruce Lee

The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.     

Seneca The Younger

If you are going through hell, keep going.     

Winston Churchill

I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.     

Rita Mero

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.     

Coco Chanel

In the midst of these hard times it is our good health and good sleep that are enjoyable.     

Knute Nelson

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.     

Emily Dickinson

I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.      

Dwayne Johnson

Hard times make you bitter or make you more compassionate.     

Jewel

Confidence, courage and determined spirit are vital for surviving hard times.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Only during hard times do people come to understand how difficult it is to be master of their feelings and thoughts.     

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.     

Woody Allen

Tough times never last, but tough people do.     

Robert H Schuller

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.      

Zahid Abas

Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.     

Zig Ziglar

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.     

Albert Einstein

If you are being positive and strong in difficult times half of your problems will be solved automatically.     

Anurag Prakash

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.     

Malcolm S. Forbes

Hard times sustain and strengthen others, inspiring them to strive toward personal growth.     

Senora Roy

Going through challenging things can teach you a lot, and they also make you appreciate the times that aren't so challenging.     

Carrie Fisher

Every struggle you had in your life shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times they can only make you stronger.     

Anmol Andore

Hard times may have put you down sometimes but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be wise and strong.     

Anurag Prakash Ray

No matter how hard it seems just keep going, don't quit because we only fail when we give up.     

Anurag Prakash Ray

Those who make hostility a daily manner are often left in the lurch at difficult times.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times shall be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.     

Saint Augustine

When you're already going through a rough patch of life; a slight wave from past thrash you down so gracefully that journey becomes an unending shore!     

Monika Arora

Hard days are the best because that's when champions are made.     

Gabrielle Douglas

In my experience, people who don't stick around during the hard times weren't worth having around anyway.     

Kimberly Belle

One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart.     

Linda Poindexter

Pain is your friend; it is your alie. Pain reminds you to finish the job and get the hell home. Pain tells you when you have been seriously wounded. And you know what the best thing about pain is? It tells you you're not dead yet!     

G.I Jane

You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to.     

Robin Williams

There's a lot of people out there who go through hard times, and they feel alone. They feel like nobody is there. But I'm in the same boat.     

Brandy Norwood

When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent.     

RuPaul

Hard times lifts the seeking souls to higher spiritual realms.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Hard Times Are Like a Washing Machine, They Twist, Turn and Knock Us Around, But In The End we Come Out Cleaner, Brighter and Better Than Before     

Anonymous

Hard times always lead to something great.     

Betsey Johnson

Hard times are moments of reflection.     

Lailah Gifty

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear that you will make one.     

Elbert Hubbard

Born through hard times, Ghetto child of mine. I wonder if you have to suffer for your father's crimes.     

Tupac Shakur

Why worry? If you've done the very best you can, worrying won't make it any better.     

Walt Disney

In difficult times, it's so hard to look around and to see what to be grateful for.     

Alice Barrett

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.     

Corrie ten Boom

Life will always be hard on you, but it doesn't mean you should give up.     

Anurag Prakash Ray

How do we handle unimaginable tragedy? What do we do when our worst nightmares come true? Instead of following conventional wisdom, Job fell down to the ground and worshiped ground.     

Jeff Syverson

When life changes itself to harder. Change yourself to stronger.     

Anurag Prakash Ray

In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.     

Lee Iacocca

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.     

Will Rogers

In hard times, gold is a good friend and good friend is gold!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

There are no hard times for good ideas.     

Harry Gordon Selfridge

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.     

Buddha

Write what you love. Love will hold you through the hard times and hold the world during the good times.     

Mark Z Danielewski

The world and everyone in it is always ready to blame a man for anything when he is already knocked down.     

Therese May

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

William Barclay

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be     

Marcel Pagnol

Even in hard times there's a possibility to have fun.     

Eyden I

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.     

Duke Ellington

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”     

Thich Nhat Hanh

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.     

Leroy Satchel Paige

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

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.     

Denis Waitley

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.     

Elie Weisel

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

Albert Camus

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.     

Richard Bach

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.     

Abraham Lincoln

Walked into hard times / Stepped into hard times / All of me is hard time / Welcome to hard times     

Richard Melville Hall

Through the hard times, people say that you gotta be strong / Through these hard times, people say you gotta keep going on     

Eric Appapoulay

Through the hard times, people try and kick you when you're down / Through these hard times, don't it always seem like there's never / anyone around to help you when you're strung out?     

Eric Appapoulay

Through these hard times people see what it's like for the poor / Through these hard times people really find out what it's like to be ignored     

Eric Appapoulay

It's been very hard / It's getting easier now / Hard times are over / Over for a while     

Yoko Ono

All that I want / Is to wake up fine / Tell me that I'm alright / That I ain't gonna die     

Taylor York

All that I want / Is a hole in the ground / You can tell me when it's alright / For me to come out     

Taylor York

Hard times / Gonna make you wonder why you even try     

Taylor York

Hard times / Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry     

Taylor York

Many years you have lingered around my cabin door / Oh hard times come again no more      

Dolly Parton

Oh, hush a bye hard times go ye to rest / Cause my ragged baby wants a new ruffled dress      

Dolly Parton

Every day held a new surprise / I watched the hunger burning in my sister's eyes / The paste-board shack we called home / Would haunt me in my dreams / Cause there's nothing soft about hard times     

Jimmy Buffett

We never knew anything groovy / A dime meant bread and not a movie     

Jimmy Buffett

The muscles that controlled my smile were rarely ever used / Cause there's nothing soft about hard times     

Jimmy Buffett

Had to go 'cause I could see I wasn't meant for poverty / The family ties were broken soon and I went off to find the moon     

Jimmy Buffett

So I sit on a bench in Jackson Square / I drink my wine and I breathe the midnight air / Tomorrow I'll just hit the street and bum another dime / Cause there's nothing soft about hard times     

Jimmy Buffett

She asks me 'round to have a bite to eat / When I get there, she's invited the street / She gives me hard times, / But when she loves me, she loves me.     

Peter Skellern

She takes me home and slips on something cool / She let me kiss her where she don't as a rule / She gives me hard times / But when she loves me, she loves me.     

Peter Skellern

It isn't easy when you're making the scene / You either fit right in or fall in between / These are hard times for lovers     

Neil Diamond

Some people see it almost played like a game / The way it is today, it's kind of a shame / They're such hard times for lovers     

Neil Diamond

Can carry that weight / But I don't know how far / These are hard times / Truly hard times     

Neil Diamond

Hard times spreading just like the flu / Watch out homeboy, don't let it catch you     

Joseph Simmons

Prices go up, don't let your pocket go down / When you got short money you're stuck on the ground     

Joseph Simmons

Hard times are coming to your town / So stay alert, don't let them get you down     

Joseph Simmons

They tell you times are tough, you hear that times are hard / But when you work for that ace you know you pulled the right card     

Joseph Simmons

The hard times are dead and gone / But the hard times have made me strong     

Christopher Bridges

Hard times have made me see / That the hard times ain't where I wanna be     

Christopher Bridges

Well, I recall days in the city / And I think back, 'Oh what a pity' / Remembering how it wasn't pretty / Every day life in the city     

Christopher Bridges

Out in the street we had to take it / With friends around, couldn't it / What wasn't there, we had to make it / Hanging out down in the city     

Christopher Bridges

Hard times / Blue and sad / Don't you cross the line / Run, run make it fun / Freeing up the time     

Malcolm Mitchell

Cause hard times they come and they go / Most of the time they're in the middle of the road / It's the same pain in different ways / Don't your know, Son, when it pours it rains     

Ryan Bingham

Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears / While we all sup sorrow with the poor / There's a song that will linger forever in our ears / Oh, hard times, come again no more     

Ray Charles

Tis the song, the sigh of the weary / Hard times, hard times, come again no more / Many a days you have lingered around my cabin door / Oh, hard times, come again no more     

Ray Charles

While we seek mirth and beauty and music, light and gay / There are frail forms fainting at the door / Though their voices are silent, their pleading looks will say / Oh, hard times, come again no more     

Ray Charles

My mother told me / 'Fore she passed away / Said son when I'm gone / Don't forget to pray / Cause there'll be hard times / Lord those hard times / Who knows better than I?     

Ray Charles

Well I soon found out / Just what she meant / When I had to pawn my clothes / Just to pay the rent     

Ray Charles

I had a woman / Who was always around / But when I lost my money / She put me down     

Ray Charles

Same old sad eyed news man on my same old TV set/ Talking about our big depression but I ain't worried yet / About hard times, hard times     

Gary Robert Rossington

Fallen on hard times but it feels good to know / that milk and honey's just around the bend / Running on bad lines we'd better run as we go / Tear up, tear up the overdraft again.     

Ian Anderson

Looking for sunshine oh but it's black and it's cold / Yet, you say that milk and honey's just round the bend / Giving us a hard time, my friends / handing us the same line again.     

Ian Anderson

Have you ever felt / That your life is a wasting / Happiness beyond your reach / Sweet love has gone astray / Suddenly it's bitter / Hard times     

Carlos Santana

When you're all alone / Nothing seems to matter / Sadness always fills the air / Hurts so deep inside / You just have to cry out / Wow, hard times     

Carlos Santana

Ain't a hard time been invented that I cannot handle.     

Michael Mann

I have a hard time with left and right. / And I have a hard time with right and wrong!     

Amy Wolfram

I think hard times are almost over. I think the country is going to get better. Until it does get better, I'll make a living here on Walton's Mountain.     

The Waltons

I deliver a hard day's work for my money. I just want the chance. It'll come. I believe in America. I follow the rules. Everybody's got their own hard times these days.     

Ray Nelson

Hard times can mean no money.     

Andrew Matthews

Hard times can mean no friends, no job, no hope.     

Andrew Matthews

Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.     

Swami Vivekananda

Sometimes life is hard. How do you hang on when things seem hopeless? You can tackle your problems as you would climb a mountain.     

Andrew Matthews

Through hard times. It puts your life into perspective. It will get you back on track.     

Andrew Matthews

Fruitful times are waiting those who are patient in the hard times.     

Jonathan H. Wilson

Those who desire good life never be in bed at the rising of the sun.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

You cannot beat hard time, but hard times bears fools and scatters their destiny.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

If you allow condition to get rid of you, you are not worthy of a good life.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

Do not fail in life, do not disappoint yourself, seek to know the hidden treasures of life; and you will live longer than your ancestors.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

When the bitterness of life covers a man, his sweet words become very bitter to his people.     

Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

When things get really hard, people pray.     

Eric Greitens

Those who do not have worthy struggles in their lives never enjoy the pleasure of celebrating a hard-won victory.     

Eric Greitens

You need resilience not just for the hard times. You need resilience if you're going to be happy.     

Eric Greitens