Everyone goes through tough times. That’s just life. Admittedly, some struggles are much more difficult than others. Divorce, miscarriage, or job loss, for example, are far weightier trials than a bout with the flu or a washing machine on the fritz. Yet, whether we are dealing with a minor problem or a major one, words of wisdom and encouragement can often help us look at the problem from a new perspective or lighten the load a bit.
Here are 20 quotes to ponder during tough times.
- “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuler
- “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
- “Faith, like film is developed in the dark.” – Adrian Rogers.
- “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – CS Lewis.
- “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” – Walter Anderson
- “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
- “I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.” – Joel Osteen
- “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes
- “Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness. I actually put my hands up to my face, one next to each eye, like blinders on a horse.” – Regina Brett
- “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
- “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy
- “To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship.” – Henri Nouwen
- “Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He’s sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.” – Charles Stanley
- “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey
- “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
- “For your own self-respect and sanity, your creative freedom, you have to be careful that you don’t rely too much on other people’s opinions of what you do because it can stunt and inhibit you.” – Luke Evans
- “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll
- “When life is good and we have no problems, we can almost let ourselves believe we have no need for God. But in my experience, sometimes the richest blessings come through pain and hard things.” – Anne Graham Lotz
- “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
- “Yesterday’s a closing door
You don’t live there anymore
Say goodbye to where you’ve been
And tell your heart to beat again.” – from Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, sung by Danny Gokey; lyrics by Bernie Herms, Randy Phillips, and Matthew West