Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
~ William Ellery Channing
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
~ Thomas Paine
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
~ African Proverb
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Although fate presents the circumstances, how you react depends on your character.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus
Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.
Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.
~ Helen Keller
Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.
~ Brigitte Nicole
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.
~ Louise Erdrich
Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.
~ Susan Gale
You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
~ Marcus Aurelius
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
~ Maya Angelou
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
~ Ralph Sockman
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
~ Woodrow Wilson
A strong woman is one who is able to smile this morning like she wasn’t crying last night.
You can’t be strong all the time. Sometimes you just need to be alone and let your tears out.