Reading an uplifting quote can sometimes mean the difference between starting your day with a positive outlook, and trudging through with a negative one. No matter how much we try, life isn’t all roses and song. Instead of dwelling on the bad, we have the option of focusing on the good and positive things that happen to us. Tacking a few uplifting quotes to your calendar or bulletin board can be a great way to improve your outlook and help you get a better start to your day. To help with this, we’ve collected 30 uplifting quotes for hard times to help you get started!
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King
We will always be faced with some form of disappointment in our lives, whether it’s getting passed over for a promotion or missing the winning numbers on this week’s lotto ticket. Instead of focusing on these disappointments, we must accept them and move on, but as Mr. King states, we must never lose the infinite hope that keeps us applying for those new jobs or buying those lotto tickets week after week. Hope is what drives us, after all.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
Obstacles are inevitable, as basketball star Michael Jordan states, but there is no reason that any obstacle in your path should prevent you from pursuing your goals or chasing your dreams. Instead of letting it beat you, find a way to get around or to make it work to your advantage. A wall in your path can become a great leaping point to help you get that much closer to your goals.
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
If you’ve ever tried to walk up a hill with the wind in your face, you know how difficult it can be. Trying to reach your goals can feel like that same uphill trudge, but as Ford is reminding us, for an airplane to fly, it has to move against the wind. Don’t let the wind in your face slow you down. Instead, spread your wings and fly!
“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve made his name as Superman, but even after the accident that cost him his ability to walk, he remained a positive and inspiring individual. This uplifting quote is the perfect example of the attitude that kept him going, even though he didn’t achieve his ultimate goal of walking, he did live an amazing and inspiring life.
“I want people to see that the cosmic perspective is simultaneously honest about the universe we live in and uplifting, when we realize how far we have come and how wonderful is this world of ours.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
Looking up at the sky, it’s easy to feel small or insignificant. That’s not what physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson wants you to think though. Instead, imagine all of the amazing things that we have accomplished so far, and all of the incredible things that we have yet to accomplish. Dare to dream of these amazing things, and don’t ever let the world make you feel small.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
Don’t let the desire for unattainable perfection prevent you from moving forward toward your goals or following the paths to your dreams. Striving for perfection is a great way to motivate yourself, but don’t be disappointed when you don’t reach it. Instead, be content with excellence because you will have obtained far more than anyone who has not taken those first steps.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
Just like you have no control over the wind, you will often have no control over the things that life throws at you. Instead of riding things out and just seeing where you end up, take charge of your life, adjust your sails, and use the new situations to your advantage. You may find that it brings you to a place that you never would have reached otherwise.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle Onassis
There is always light, no matter how dark things may seem, because one cannot exist without the other. With that in mind, when it is dark it will require an inordinate amount of effort to see the light. Never lose hope though, the light is always there, sometimes it is just harder to see.
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha
In a world that is so focused on material possessions and the size of your bank account, it is easy to forget these things. Whether you live in an expensive home or a tiny studio apartment, it is important to be grateful for the things that money can’t buy. Be glad that you have a healthy body to wake up in, and focus on happiness rather than material wealth.
“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Regan
We see this all the time in the ‘pay it forward’ chains at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts that keep going viral. No one expects you to be able to pay for everyone, but you can make the day of the person in line behind you simply by paying for their coffee or morning donut. It’s a simple as that.
“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. “– Leroy Satchel Paige
Life is hard. No one is arguing that point. This quote from Mr. Paige teaches us to focus on the things we can control, rather than those things which are out of our reach. Even if life is beating you down, or you’ve got a broken heart don’t let it show and don’t linger on it. Instead, pull yourself up by your bootstraps, so to speak, and find another way.
“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” – Unknown
We’ve all hit a stumbling block or two in our lives, both in the literal and figurative sense. Most people tend to turn around or turn away from these events or obstacle that block their goals. Instead, collect those pieces that are causing you to stumble and you can turn them into a smooth and even path to your goal.
“Use what you’ve been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable!” – Yvonne Pierce
This is fairly self explanatory. Use your experiences, and the things you have learned from them, to propel you forward toward your goals. And always appear confident in yourself, even if you feel your self-esteem slipping a little bit. The appearance of confidence can carry you a long way.
“I’ve learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat; I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.” – Dr. Seuss.
There’s no reason for your troubles or stresses to hold you back, as this lyrical quote from rhyming genius Dr. Seuss states. Get your big bat, whatever form that bat may take, and charge ahead. Don’t let any of your troubles stop you from reaching your goals.
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”- Rabindranath Tagore
A new take on ‘every cloud has a silver lining,’ this uplifting quote is a great attitude to carry with you. What would a stunning sunset be, after all, without a few clouds to refract the light and add a stunning array of colors to the sky? Take a look at your troubles, and see which ones are detracting from your sunset and which ones are actually adding to it.
“If you always put a limit 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
Martial artist Bruce Lee always lived by his words, and this is one of his most powerful uplifting quotes. Don’t place artificial limits on yourself, because they will spread. A limit you place on yourself will only serve to limit other areas of your life, and will eventually end up holding you back from the things you enjoy.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside you. “ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Things that have already happened and things that are yet to happen will have an effect on you, there is no avoiding that. Instead of letting these things affect you, focus instead on what is already within you. You will be surprised at the amount of strength you find lying just under the skin.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams
The late Robin Williams was full of funny jokes and amusing quips, but he was also full of wisdom. Be careful with what you say, because a few words can change someone’s entire outlook on life, for good or for ill. The same goes for ideas. It may seem brilliant to you, but consider how an idea could change the world before you release it.
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu
We live in a busy world. People are constantly connected from the moment they wake in the morning until the moment they finally fall asleep at night. Strive to find some stillness in that maddening melee and you may find some insights into your current situations that you may have otherwise missed.
“Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back.” – Babe Ruth
Baseball legend Babe Ruth had a lot to say about the game of baseball, and a lot of it can easily be applied to life as well. In baseball, it may be the fear of striking out that prevents you from stepping up to the plate. In life, it may be the fear of rejection, or of losing, or of any other possible negative outcome that you can think of. Instead of dwelling on that fear, step up to the proverbial plate and swing!
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
Even if you can’t see the outcome of your actions today, keep in mind that there will be far-reaching results to everything you do and say. Make sure you think about that before you say or do something that will put more negativity into the world.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” –Milton Berle
The idea that good things come to those who wait doesn’t always work. Instead, seek out your own opportunities and chances, rather than waiting for them to come to you. Build your door for opportunity to knock on, then open it and step through. You’ll be amazed what you can find just on the other side of your own front door.
“I dwell in possibility.” –Emily Dickinson
Don’t dwell only in reality, in the present time and place. That leaves you limited. Instead, as poet Emily Dickinson recommends, dwell in possibility. Spend time looking forward and backward, to learn from the places you have been, and to discover the possible places you could visit next.
“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.”- Theodore Rothke
Don’t let anyone tell you that something is impossible. If they say it is impossible, find a way to make it possible. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “The word itself says I’m Possible!” Strive for that impossibility and you may find a new way of thinking that leads you to amazing places you never would have seen otherwise.
“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne
Don’t chase happiness, literally or figuratively. Don’t spend all of your time at a job you hate, making money to buy things you don’t really need. Instead, be content with what you have and you will find much to your surprise that happiness has been there all along. You’ve just been too busy or preoccupied to see it.
“If we did all the things that we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” –Thomas A. Edison
From a young age, we are repeatedly told ‘You can’t do that.’ You can’t go to that school, you can’t read that book, and you can’t do whatever you can imagine. Instead of focusing on those negativities, focus on the fact that you are capable of anything. You can do anything you put your mind to, no matter what it is.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 115, if you have something that you have always wanted to do with your life, get off your couch and get started! It is never too late to start something new, and accomplishing your dream is always wonderful.
“Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill
Dreams are a precious commodity, as so many people put theirs to the side to peruse things that may be profitable. Don’t put your dreams on the back burner, no matter how hard things may seem. They are a part of you, children of your soul, and deserve to be nourished and cared for as you would any child.
“I believe it is in my nature to dance by virtue of the beat of my heart, the pulse of my blood, and the music in my mind.” –Robert Fulghum
There’s no need to wait for the music to start playing. Dance whenever the mood strikes you, and dance as often as your heart tells you too. The beat of your heart is the only music you need.
“I am not afraid of tomorrow for I have seen yesterday and I love today!” –William Allen White
Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from stepping up, walking out your door, and doing whatever it is that makes you happy. No one is promised tomorrow, after all, so the best way to live is by making the most of all the today’s that you are given.
Hopefully these uplifting quotes for hard times can help you bring a new and more positive outlook to your life. Just remember, there is no obstacle that you can’t overcome, and if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything. Have we missed any of your favourite quotes? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to share the positivity with your friends and family.
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