This week I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience, growth through hardship and mistakes, courage and perseverance. Check out my book recommendations in this area on my What I’m Reading page. So I’ve compiled a page of favorite quotes about courage & resilience. I’ll update this page and add more quotes as I find them or remember old favorites. I share a lot of quotes on Instagram too, so if you love them as much as I do, follow me there for daily inspiration.  What’s your favorite quote?


I never lose. I either win or learn. – Nelson Mandela

Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. – Dalai Lama

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. – Theodore Roosevelt

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. – Anaïs Nin

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. – Louis L’Amour

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. – Nelson Mandela

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou

Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.  J. K. Rowling

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. – Theodore Roosevelt

We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong.  The amount of work is the same. – Carlos Castaneda

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Khalil Gibran

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

Discomfort is the price of admission for a meaningful life. – Susan David (psychologist, Ted talk)

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. – African Proverb

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail. – Confucius

Above all, be the heroine in your life, not the victim. – Nora Ephron

Success is measured by how high you bounce when you hit bottom. – George S. Patton

Most people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. – Napoleon Hill

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

Self-trust is the first secret to success. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.- Albert Einstein

Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new ending. – Chico Xavier

It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything. – “Fight Club” movie

Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope! – Barack Obama

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. – Bernard Williams

If your job is to eat a frog, eat it first thing in the morning, and if your job is to eat two frogs, eat the big one first. – Mark Twain

You can do so much in 10 minutes’ time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity. – Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of the furniture brand IKEA


So what do you think? What’s your favorite quote? Let me know in the comments below

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