64 Uplifting Quotes to Motivate You Through Tough Times

64 Uplifting Quotes to Motivate You Through Tough Times

Negativity and pessimism are far too common these days.

We are bombarded with negativity in the news. On the internet. At work and in our daily lives. When things go wrong it is even easier to be down on ourselves when surrounded by all the negativity in the world.

Uplifting quotes are a balm to that negativity. They can give us the courage to face our fears. To get back up when we have fallen down, and to start over after we experience failure.

These mood lifting quotes can shake off our blues and add a bit of happiness into our lives. Or at least prop us up to face more of life’s challenges.

This page is full of positive and uplifting quotes. They include inspirational quotes, mood boosting quotes, funny happy quotes and even a handful of cute quotes. There is a section of uplifting quotes about life, adversity and entrepreneurs. It also features a section of uplifting quotes for women.

Let’s get to it.

Uplifting Quotes About Life

“A big part of being a well-adjusted person is accepting that you can’t be good at everything.”
– Kelly Williams Brown

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
– David Brinkley

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“Be the attitude you want to be around.” – Tim DeTellis

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”
– William James

“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
– Dalai Lama

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”
– Jacques Prevert

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.”
– Robert Frost

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.”
– Confucius

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”
– Robert Collier

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
– Anonymous

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
– James Allen

“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
– George Lorimer

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“Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.”
– Anonymous

The uplifting quotes about life in this section seem to be a lot about being satisfied with yourself and what it takes to achieve success in the things you desire from life.

I am a firm believer that the best way to achieve this satisfaction with life, and eventually the success you desire is by changing your habits.

Nothing is going to happen overnight, but changing your habits is a way to remake yourself as a slightly better version of yourself. Sort of like a YOU 1.1 then YOU 1.2 etc. Make enough changes over a long period of time and you will be significantly improved.

There are two great ways of making these changes in your life.

1. Habit Stacking

This is an idea I talk about in detail in my book Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness. But the concept is really simple, though I recommend reading the book to get the most from Habit Stacking,  you do not need to read this book to use the concept to improve your life.

The concept is simple. Find one habit you already do every day. Then you stack habits you WANT to add into your daily routine onto that habit. All habits need to be short (5 minutes or less). I would not recommend stacking more than 2-3 habits at first.

For example. You brush your teeth every morning. But want to add some exercise and health into your daily routine. With habit stacking you might make a habit to do 5 minutes of pushups IMMEDIATELY following your normal tooth maintenance. Then following your pushups, immediately make and drink a healthy smoothie.

2. Start a Morning Routine

It is not a mistake that my habit stacking example above was part of a morning routine. This is where we can make the biggest positive impact on our lives. All you need to make a morning routine work is the willingness to wake up 20-40 minutes earlier.

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Morning routines are hard to avoid. The day has not worn you down yet. In fact, a morning routine will actually give you energy for the day. IF you are up and ready, it is tough to put things off for later. Find out all about the benefits of morning routines and some examples in the post linked below.

Uplifting Quotes for Women

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
– Ayn Rand

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher

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“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
– Margaret Thatcher

“If it’s not exactly like you thought it would be, you think it’s a failure. What about the spectrum of colors in between.”
– Sara Evans

“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.”
– Julia Cameron

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
 – Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Just because you fail once doesn't mean you're gonna fail at everything.”
– Marilyn Monroe

“Life is full of screwups. You're supposed to fail sometimes. It's a required part of the human existence.”
– Sarah Dessen

“One thing at a time. Most important thing first. Start now.”
– Caroline Webb

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
– Francis Chan

“To succeed, you have to do something and be very bad at it for a while. You have to look bad before you can look really good.”
– Barbara DeAngelis

“Light tomorrow with today.”
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
– Mary Engelbreit

“If you embrace your flaws, nobody can use them against you.”
– Cara Alwill Leyba

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”
– Colette

“Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.”
– Heidi Johnson

My favorite of these uplifting quotes for women comes from the inimitable Julie Cameron.

In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.

This uplifting quote makes me think of the importance of being self aware. A lot of the pain in life comes from the constant rush of jumping from task-to-task-to-task. It may often seem like there is never a moment to rest, just constant stress from unending goals and deadlines.

This makes the moments taken for mindful living that much more important. Taking time out of a busy schedule and paying attention to the now is an important break that can give you time to revitalize, focus and THEN attack the day again with renewed vigor and energy.

Uplifting Quotes for Entrepreneurs

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” 
– Earl Nightingale

“Blaze your own glittery, sparkly, fiery, shimmering path. Surround yourself with the things that make you shine. Create your bubble and thrive in it.”
– Cara Alwill Leyba

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“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”
– Michael John Bobak

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.”
– Anonymous

“Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
– Dalai Lama

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
– Jim Ryun

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston S. Churchill

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
– Robert Schuller

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
– Mark Caine

“To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.”
– Mike Gafka

“Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.”
– Vaibhav Shah

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
– Nelson Mandela

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
– Martin Luther King

“You may only succeed if you desire succeeding; you may only fail if you do not mind failing.”
– Philippos

Entrepreneurs may certainly need some of these uplifting quotes. By definition, being an entrepreneur means creating opportunity where none was before.

Entrepreneurs are trailblazers and sometimes trailblazers get killed and eaten by Indians.

The life of an entrepreneur means you will have to face failure. In fact, most entrepreneurs have failed at some time. The difference between a successful entrepreneur and a failed entrepreneur may be as simple as being able to bounce back after setbacks or failures. The uplifting quotes above were tailor made to help entrepreneurs get back into the game.

Uplifting Quotes in Times of Adversity

“Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”
– Napoleon Hill

“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.”
– William Samuel Johnson

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“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
– Duke Ellington

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“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”
– Jewish Proverb

“If you’re going through hell keep going.”
– Winston Churchill

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”
– Lee Iacocca

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
– Leroy Satchel Paige

“Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.”
– Publilius Syrus

“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”
– Theodore N. Vail

“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”
– Seneca

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
– Chinese Proverb

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
– Kenji Miyazawa

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“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”
– Robert H. Schuller

“We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.”
– John H. Groberg

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
– Oscar Wilde

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
– Herman Melville

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
– Truman Capote

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
– Japanese Proverb

“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”
– L.M. Montgomery

Tough times and hard work go hand-in-hand. Mood boosting quotes like the ones above can help put things in perspective, bringing some light to the dark days and making the hard work seem a little bit easier.

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Did you enjoy these uplifting quotes?

Did you find any of these quotes to be inspirational? Mood boosting? Something that would make you feel a tiny bit better when facing failure. As always, positive quotes only have as much power as you give them, but I hope you found this collection of uplifting quotes to be a good one.

Please share your thoughts on these quotes in the comments below. Did you like them? Love them or hate them? Or are there good uplifting quotes not currently on this list? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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