Difficulty AheadCredit: aconantThere are far too many times in life we have to find our way through hard times. The inspirational quotes below will help you get through those times of darkness and depression if you’re willing to really read them. Never take any of them with a grain of salt as most of these quotes for difficult times come from people who have had to undergo such experiences. As we try to endure these moments of stress and worry, it is a huge help to hear the wisdom of others who have struggled before and made it through to the other side. Although the journey may not always be an easy one, you can be rest assured that you are not alone. It does get better.

45 Inspirational Quotes for Challenging Periods in Your Life

1- Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

2- The difference between where you are and where you want to be is your commitment to getting there.  ~Michael Clapier

3- Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.  ~Henry Van Dyke

4- Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

5- The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  ~Chinese Proverb

6- I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.  ~J.C. Penny

7- Man cannot remake himself without suffering.  ~Alexis Carrel

8- Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed, it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road.  ~Unknown

9- If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.  ~Woody Allen

10- 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

11- We acquire the strength we have overcome.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

12- If you have no voice… scream. If you have no legs… run. If you have no hope… invent.  ~Cirque du Soleil, Alegria

13- Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.  ~Henry Miller

14- Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.  ~John Huston Finley

15- Adversity removes the cloak of “what we are supposed to be” to reveal the truth of what we are.  ~Charles Stanley

16-If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.  ~Robert Fritz

17- I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.  ~Dr. Seuss

18- The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.  ~Chinese proverb

19- Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

20- Sometimes in tragedy we find our life's purpose - the eye sheds a tear to find its focus.  ~Robert Brault

21- Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.  ~Native American Saying

22- No pressure, no diamonds.  ~Mary Case

23- Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.  ~Norman Vincent Peale

24- God grinds the axes he intends to use.  ~Dave Sim

25- Every adversity carries with it the seeds of a greater benefit!  ~Napoleon Hill

26- Take the first step, no more, no less, and the next will be revealed.  ~Ken Roberts

27- Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.  ~J. Willard Marriott (On a personal note, this is one of the greatest quotes on strength and endurance I've ever had on my wall, which is why it's still there.)

28- It is such a secret place, the land of tears.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

29- In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.  ~Vince Lombardi

30- Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.  ~Buddha

31- Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.  ~Horace

32- It’s a hard life sometimes and the biggest temptation is to let how hard it is be an excuse to weaken.  ~Walter Dean Myers

33- Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  ~E.E. Cummings

34- The poorest man is not without a cent, but without a dream.  ~Unknown

35- Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.  ~William Hazlitt

36- I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A bird will fall frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.  ~D.H. Lawrence

37- Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.  ~Unknown

38- In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.  ~Albert Camus

39- In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.  ~Albert Einstein

40- God uses suffering as a whetstone, to make men sharp with.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

41- Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.  ~African Proverb

42- We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  ~Kenji Miyazawa

43- 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

44- I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.  ~Unknown

45- The darkest hour has only sixty minutes.  ~Morris Mandel

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