Resilience Sayings and Quotes

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

Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before.     

Elizabeth Edwards

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance.     

Jodi Picoult

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

Greg Kincaid

If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.     

Shane Koyczan

I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.     

Gail Borden

The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.     

Woodrow Wilson

It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks.     

Bob Richards

Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.     

Robert F. Kennedy

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


The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.     

Sir Winston Churchill

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

Japanese Proverb

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

Ernest Hemingway

Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all you were intended to be.     

Charles Jones

What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.     

Napoleon Hill

Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do right now, and do it. Today is your lucky day.     

Will Durant

Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you?yet, someone survived?You can do anything you choose to do.     

Maya Angelou

Fall seven times, stand up eight.     

Japanese Proverb

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.     

Helen Keller

If you're going through hell, keep going.     

Winston Churchill

When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.     

Jaeda Dewalt

It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.     

Bram Stoker

Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.     

Yasmin Mogahed

We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.     

Stephen Covey

Resilience is the ability to attack while running away.     

Wes Fessler

Resilience is the ability to find the inner strength to bounce back from a set-back or challenge.     


It's the bounce that counts! Picking ourselves up after life's hurdle     

Tessa Bielecki

Resilience is not what happens to you. It's how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you.     

Jeffrey Gitomer

Part of resilience is deciding to make yourself miserable over something that matters, or deciding to make yourself miserable over something that doesn't matter.     

Elizabeth Edwards

Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others     

Sharon Salzberg

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.     

Jamais Cascio