15 Inspirational Quotes for Tough Times

Pandemic life is tough. Add on inequality, unemployment, and the steady erosion of a lifetime of saving it’s difficult. Now add on the ordinary difficulties of life: chronic illnesses, family stresses, and home and vehicle maintenance—it’s a lot. Anxiety is high. High enough that sometimes innocent words blow up into something else. But mankind has been through a lot. You’ll get through this, too. Here are some inspirational quotes for tough times to remind you that you can do this.

Stacked stones in a bamboo forest and these inspirational quotes for tough times to remind you how tough you are

On Being Tough

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

– Robert Schuller

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


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

On Ways to Think

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. 

– Marcus Aurelius

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.

 – Dan Millman

If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

–Mary Engelbreit

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

― Andrew Murphy

On Coping

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.

Jacques Prevert

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness

–Maya Angelou

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.

–Louisa May Alcott

There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.

–Hugh Jackman

Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.

–Princess Diana

On Hope

a pink lotus flower in water reflecting the blue sky and white clouds above and these inspirational quotes for tough times to remind you how tough you are

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. 

– Thich Nhat Hanh

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

–Martin Luther King

Tough Times

You are tough. When you feel you’ve reached your breaking point, remember how tough you are. 

So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. You’re doing great


Use the amazing tools we have today: Zoom, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger Calls , text messages, and phone calls. Have a driveway or backyard socially distanced and mask wearing get together. See how creative you can be in helping friends and family maintain social distancing. And if you can’t do all those things, stop and make sure you are taking care of yourself. And maybe think about these inspirational quotes for tough times.

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