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My Favorite Quotes About Strength, Courage, and Not Giving Up

I've been an online writer for over five years. I enjoy sharing my favorite quotes with others.

Discover some inspirational and motivational quotes related to strength, perseverance, toughness, and courage.

Discover some inspirational and motivational quotes related to strength, perseverance, toughness, and courage.

Most of My Favorite Quotes About Strength Have Nothing to Do With Muscles

When some people hear the word "strength," they automatically associate it with muscle, but if you sit and think for a moment, muscle has very little to do with actual strength. The will to keep going when you feel you can't go on any more is the ultimate testament to how strong one really is—and let's face it, if you don't have mental strength, things can be a lot tougher for you in life.

So, those of you looking for a few inspirational quotes on real strength, endurance, courage, and never giving up have found the right place. I hope you enjoy some of my favorites and hope that some will become your favorites.


Strength Quotes That Inspire You to Keep Going

Inspirational quotes about strength of character, mind, and soul.

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

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.

— Latin Proverb

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

— Unknown

Every artist was first an amateur.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

— William J.H. Boetcker

Invictus (Latin for "Unconquered")

Out of the night that covers me,

Black is the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

—William Ernest Henley


Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.

— Turkish Proverb

Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.

— Karl Von Clausewitz

The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there… and still on your feet.

— Stephen King

Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.

— Winston Churchill

Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.

— Euripides

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

I'm not funny. What I am is brave.

— Lucille Ball

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

— Japanese Proverb

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins—not through strength, but through persistence.

— Buddha


Courage Is Just Another Word for Strength

Wise sayings about mental toughness.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

— Rachel Carson

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflections.

— Thomas Paine

Pound for pound we humans aren't even as strong as the ant. Does that mean we're better or luckier that the ant isn't our size?

— Y. Hammer

How many weak shoulders have craved heavy burdens!

— Joseph Joubert

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.

— Maya Angelou


The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.

— Job 17:9

It is truly said: It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do.

— Chow Ching

Start wherever you are and start small.

— Rita Baily

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

— Christopher Reeve

Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost legendary.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent.

—U.S. President Calvin Coolidge

Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of those pieces.

— Judith Viorst

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

— Walter Bagehot

Always do what you are afraid to do.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.

— Mohandas Gandhi

More Inspirational Sayings About Being Strong When Times Are Tough

There's a reason so many people decide on using a quote about strength for a tattoo. It's because everyone can relate to it.

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.

— Barbara Bloom

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

— Laozi, Ancient Chinese Philosopher

It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants.

— Unknown

Knowing your weaknesses puts you in a better position to use your strengths.

— YellowHammer

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

— Saint Francis de Sales

I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.

— J.C. Penny

The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.

— John Ruskin

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

— St. Francis of Assisi

There is a growing strength in women but it's in the forehead, not the forearm.

— Beverly Sills

Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.

— Pythagoras

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.

— Mary Anne Radmacher

Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.

— Ho Chi Minh

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

— Samuel Johnson

He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.

— Cesare Pavese

One man with courage makes a majority.

— Andrew Jackson


More Quotes About Strength, Endurance, Courage, and Determination

Courage is a muscle, and like a muscle, it can be made stronger by working it.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

— Winston Churchill

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

— Eric Hoffer

Strength is born in the deep silence of long suffering hearts; not amid joy.

— Arthur Helps

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

— Louis Pasteur

Strength is not measured in muscle, but in will.

— M. Morrow

It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more 'manhood' to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.

— Alex Karras


Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.

— John Huston Finley

Be strong. Live honorably and with dignity. When you don't think you can, hold on.

— James Frey

Enduring habits I hate.... Yes, at the very bottom of my soul I feel grateful to all my misery and bouts of sickness and everything about me that is imperfect, because this sort of thing leaves me with a hundred backdoors through which I can escape from enduring habits.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Whenever you're strong; be weak. Whenever you're weak; be strong.

— D.M. Morrow

How do you go faster? Go faster. How do you become stronger? Become stronger. Very simple answers that most don't realize.

— My Great Uncle

Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.

— Maggie Kuhn

Of all the words in the world, the word "strength" is the one that is most often misunderstood—and abused.

— Y. Hammer

Sleep, riches, and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.

— Johann Paul Friedrich Richter

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

— Josh Billings


Any Strength Quotes You Want To Share?

Vortrek Grafix on January 10, 2014:

Blaise Pascal on having the courage to follow through with an inquisitive mind:

"It is not from space that I must seek my dignity, but from the government of my thought. I shall have no more if I possess worlds. By space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world.

TapIn2U on November 06, 2013:

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. -William J.H. Boetcker Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

anonymous on September 06, 2013:

@anonymous: Remember this... Satan was not originally a Christian or Catholic thought. The Devil was actually twisted from the Pagan's God. But that doesn't matter, Because I don't believe in a religion. I believe in myself and that has never stopped me from doing What others have told me was impossible.

anonymous on August 23, 2013:

@anonymous: God is inside of everyone. . .it takes a lifetime to realize it and love the gift. Warning, the devil will try to stop you from nurturing this gift so beware the purpose of God. Religion is corrupt but God is real...God is you! Peace

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on August 11, 2013:

The only quote I have to offer is my own which is "Live with gusto; life is too short". Amazingly, one finds the mental and physical strength to live each day at a pace of one day at a time.

anonymous on May 02, 2013:

@anonymous: Oh, please. The very notion of "gods" makes humanity weak and invites us to accept ignorance. Real strength is the ability to think for yourself, regardless of the mythology you were taught as a child.

sponias lm on April 17, 2013:

When you feel that only a miracle can save you, you should believe in miracles.

anonymous on February 08, 2013:

@favored: the God Delusion

superstitious writing on the wall is not truth

anonymous on August 11, 2012:

@favored: this is so true my sister, all wise proverbs come from Jehovah anyway. God is the ultimate strength in all mankind...

anonymous on July 17, 2012:

@favored: god didn't write the bible soo.. you're wrong also.

casquid on June 02, 2012:

Very Insprational!

Fay Favored from USA on February 27, 2012:

I have a few I can add:

"A threefold cord is not easily/quickly broken." GOD (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

"Iron sharpens iron." GOD also (Proverbs 27:17)

"A just man falls 7 times and rises up again." (Proverbs 24:16) That was GOD, not a Japanese proverb.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on February 22, 2012:

I've always loved that Japanese proverb: Fall seven times, stand up eight. Resilience goes hand in hand with developing courage and strength. Thank you for all of these wonderful and inspirational quotes. Appreciated!

John Dyhouse from UK on February 14, 2012:

Some very inspiring quotes, a lens worth reading. Thanks

anonymous on November 24, 2011:

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person."

I've got this strength quote hanging on my wall; it was said by Albert Einstein.

anonymous on November 19, 2011:

I love the picture and quote of the turtle. I wish I had that one on my wall and by the way, you should throw a couple of old sayings in here about willpower.

anonymous on November 18, 2011:

I'm glad you've decided to put a lot of quotes talking about mental toughness on here instead of muscle strength. The mind is the toughest muscle we have and with it we can will our bodies to do incredible things.

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