Strength Sayings and Quotes

In life, it’s rare for success to come easy. Without struggle there is no reward. Flex your muscles with the collection of wise and inspirational strength quotes below.

A single arrow is easily broken; a bundle of ten is not.      

Japanese (on strength and weakness)

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.     

Hermann Hesse

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.     

Mahatma Gandhi

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.     

Marcus Aurelius

We may get knocked down on the outside, but the key to living in victory is to learn how to get up on the inside.     

Joel Osteen

Sometimes you don't realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.     

Susan Gale

You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.     

Elizabeth Gilbert

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.     

Richard E. Byrd

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.      

Sir Leslie Stephen

A firm tree does not fear the storm.      

Dayak (Indonesian) (on strength and weakness)

Control your emotions or they will control you.      

Chinese Proverb

He that cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.      

Jewish Proverb

Little strokes fell great oaks.      

Benjamin Franklin

Our handicaps exist only in our minds.      

Franklin D. Roosevelt

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.     


That which does not kill us makes us stronger.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.     

J.K. Rowling

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.     

Albert Camus

Better to be strong than pretty and useless.     

Lilith Saintcrow

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.     

Unknown Author

Fall down seven times, get up eight.     

Japanese Proverb

The most beautiful people I've known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.     

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Strong people don't put people down. They lift them up!     

Unknown Author

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.      

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.     

Helen Keller

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.     

J.F. Clarke

You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.     

Robin Sharma

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.     

Louise Erdrich