75 of The Best Quotes About Strength

Strength can take on many different forms and meanings to different people. However, everyone can agree strength is necessary to thrive in this world. Whether that means having a strong spirit, mind, or body is up to you, but many of the times it is something you have to find within yourself as well. Having the strength to persevere through life’s adversities is one of the hardest things to do, it can be hard to even muster up any strength sometimes. But when that happens, it can help to get some inspiration, whether that be someone that directly inspires you, like a hero, or the collective wisdom of many people who have faced adversity. Whether you need to feel motivated to go for something, inspired to keep trying, or filled with hope, we have gathered 75 of the best quotes about strength. We love the idea of printing these out and making them into some sort of daily motivational quote system, but you can do whatever you want with them.


  1. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Former first lady of the United States
  2. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine ~ Philosopher
  3. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill ~ American author
  4. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa ~ Roman Catholic saint
  5. “Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” – Thomas Carlyle ~ Scottish philosopher
  6. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ American minister & civil rights leader
  7. “Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.” – Orison Swett Marden ~ American author
  8. “Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower ~ 34th President of the United States
  9. “Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.” – Euripides ~ Greek Playwright
  10. “Bravery never goes out of fashion” – William M. Thackeray ~ British novelist
  11. “My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson ~ British poet
  12. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway ~ American novelist
  13. “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” —Vernon Howard ~ American teacher
  14. “Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee ~ Actor & martial artist
  15. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill ~ Former British Prime Minister
  16. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt ~ 32nd President of the United States
  17. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ American essayist & poet
  18. “A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success” – Elbert Hubbard ~ American writer
  19. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius ~ Chinese philosopher
  20. “It’s not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” – J.R.R Tolkien ~ English writer
  21. “Hardship prepares ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis ~ British Novelist
  22. “Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting golden delicious” – Bill Meyer ~ Australian artist
  23. “When you are required to exhibit strength, it comes.” – Joseph Campbell ~ American professor
  24. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”  – Mahatma Gandhi ~ Indian activist
  25. “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus ~ French philosopher
  26. “Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton ~ American singer-songwriter
  27. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius ~ Roman emperor
  28. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination” – Tommy Lasorda ~ American baseball manager
  29. “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” – Thomas Paine ~ Philosopher
  30. “People do not lack strength; they lack will.” – Victor Hugo ~ French poet
  31. “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee ~ Actor & martial artist
  32. “When something bad happens you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” – Dr. Seuss ~ American author
  33. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi ~ Indian activist
  34. “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan ~ Former professional basketball player
  35. “Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.” – Henry Ward Beecher ~ American minister
  36. “The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience.” – Tokugawa Ieyasu ~ Japanese warrior
  37. “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” – Oprah Winfrey ~ American Media proprietor & philanthropist
  38. “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – James A. Froude ~ English historian
  39. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel ~ French fashion designer
  40. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Former first lady of the United States
  41. “The beautiful thing about setbacks is they introduce us to our strengths.” – Robin Sharma ~ Canadian Writer
  42. “The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” – Swami Vivekananda ~ Indian monk
  43. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” – Winston Churchill ~ Former British Prime Minister
  44. “I like criticism. It makes you strong.” – LeBron James ~ Professional basketball player
  45. “A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.” – Marilyn Monroe ~ American Actress
  46. “Conquering others takes force, conquering yourself is true strength.” – Laozi ~ Chinese philosopher
  47. “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” – Norman Vincent Peale ~ American minister
  48. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” – Bruce Lee ~ Actor & martial artist
  49. “The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.” – Woodrow Wilson ~ 28th President of the United States
  50. “Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ American essayist & poet
  51. “Thoughts are mightier than strength of hand.” – Sophocles ~ Greek playwright
  52. “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek ~ American poet
  53. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford ~ American captain of industry
  54. “You are the strongest when relaxed and at peace” – Mario Teguh ~ Indonesian motivational speaker
  55. “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H. G. Wells ~ English writer
  56. “Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.” – Paul Brunton ~ British theosophist
  57. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost ~ American poet
  58. “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell ~ American author
  59. “When we are strong, we are always much greater than the things that happen to us.” – Thomas Merton ~ poet
  60. “Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower ~ 34th President of the United States
  61. “Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.” – Sarah Dessen ~ American writer
  62. “Strength and wisdom are not opposing values.” – William J. Clinton ~ 42nd President of the United States
  63. “You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” – Cesar Chavez ~ American civil rights activist
  64. “If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” – Masaru Emoto ~ Japanese author
  65. “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud~ Austrian neurologist
  66. “Try to look at your weakness and convert it into your strength. That’s success.” – Zig Ziglar ~ American author
  67. “Whatever is in me is stronger than what is out there to defeat me.” – Caroline Myss ~ American author
  68. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa ~ Japanese poet
  69. “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison ~ American inventor
  70. “We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.” – Cesar Chavez ~ American civil rights activist
  71. “You feel your strength in the experience of pain.” – Jim Morrison ~ American singer-songwriter
  72. “It’s being willing to walk away that gives you strength and power – if you’re willing to accept the consequences of doing what you want to do.” – Whoopi Goldberg ~ American actress
  73. “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” – Sun Tzu ~ Chinese strategist
  74. “Facing your fears robs them of their power.” – Mark Burnett ~ British television producer
  75. “Weakness and strength are necessary for balance.  No one or nothing is only weak or only strong.  But some of us overlook our weaknesses, and even deny that we have them.  That can be dangerous, because denying there is a weakness is in itself a weakness.  Likewise, accepting that we have weaknesses becomes a strength.  And by the same token, overestimating strength is a weakness.  You should not be blinded by your strengths.  The feeling of strength is not the same as having strength.  Neither should you ignore your weaknesses.  Know them well, too.” – Joseph M. Marshall III ~ Native American historian