Hardship Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Sean Maguire

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.     

Anne Bradstreet

I'm full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.     

Alfred Hitchcock

I just don't want to die without a few scars.     

Chuck Palahniuk

The pine stays green in winter, wisdom in hardship.     

Norman Douglas

The only thing that's the end of the world is the end of the world.     

Barack Obama

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

Albert Camus

Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable.     

Lora Leigh

Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.     

William Faulkner

Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.     

Ralph H. Blum

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.     

Adam Smith

It was no hardship to me to spend long hours reading and writing.     

Patti Smith

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


There is no success without hardship.     


For every dark night, there's a brighter day.     

Tupac Shakur

Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish had been all along.     

Rae Smith

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.     

Mother Teresa

God tests His people through hardship.     

John Piper

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.     

Emily Dickinson

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's come, stop, come, stop. There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.     

Michael Jordan

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.     

Maya Angelou

The very greatest things, great thoughts, discoveries, inventions have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.     

Samuel Smiles

We acquire the strength we have overcome.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him.     

Criss Jami

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

Frank A. Clark

What a weary time those years were, to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.     

Charles Bukowski

Everybody's at war with different things. I'm at war with my own heart sometimes.     

Tupac Shakur

Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.     

Tim Fargo

You can't run away from trouble. There ain't no place that far.     

Uncle Remus

The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.     

William Faulkner