Those close to me know January was a tough month.
College started, I was officially diagnosed with Lyme disease after receiving a second confirming test, forging ahead with a few stressful reputation management campaigns for clients I work with & generally feeling a sense of discouragement.
This depressive spirit isn’t the natural habitat my inner-self likes to dwell in.
In an effort to jump out of this cesspool, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite “when the going gets tough” quotes.
Quotes shed positive light on many situations.
I hope they lift you as much as they did for me.
- “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey
- “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
- “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” – William James
- “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
- “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley
- “He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.” – Koran
- “Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.” – W.H. Auden
- “Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot
- “We need men who can dream of things that never were.” – John F. Kennedy
- “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.” – Cicero
- “Man is the artificer of his own happiness.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.” – Lyndon B. Johnson
- “Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.” – Joseph Addison
- “I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.” – Oscar Levant
- “Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.” – M.L. Mencken
- “Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.” – Elsa Maxwell
- “Knowledge is power.” – Sir Francis Bacon
- “Curiosity killed the cat, but for awhile I was a suspect.” – Steven Wright
- “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.” – Woodrow Wilson
- “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” – Marian Evans
- “A ship in harbor is safe— but that is not what ships are for.” – John A. Shedd
- “Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne
- “Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.” – David McCullough
I hope these “when the going gets tough” quotes cured your soul; as they did mine.
Sunset photo by Lozula. There’s something magical about the images this man gathers. He captures the world – and his work captures my heart.