50 Inspiring Mental Strength Quotes To Help You Focus & Move Forward

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It is a gut reaction — when loss and strife occur, we focus on the things in our life that we are missing. This is one of the hardest mentalities to overcome. In reality, we won’t always have what we want or even need.

However, we are always equipped with one secret weapon: our minds. When there is no one else, there is always our own perspective. But we let these internal insights be skewed by the opinions of strangers and our friends.

What if we challenged that and started to change the way we view the world (and ourselves) in a healthier, focused, and motivating way? Mental toughness is what we gain when we start becoming resilient to anything that comes our way.

Your mental strength is your driving force for what you want to accomplish. This is not a skill — it's an innate ability you grow into. 

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While we can’t always control outcomes to situations, we have total control over the way we process problems and how we internalize them. By working on our strength, we can find that we not only heal, but we eventually have the power to focus and move forward into a better tomorrow.

This is how you get mental toughness. But this isn’t to say this comes easily it doesn’t. To increase your mental strength, develop internal mantras, use positive affirmations, or read inspiring mental toughness quotes that urge you to keep going. 

Powerful quotes about finding that inner strength can help as well. There are a few quotes to keep in mind during your journey.

For example, in the words of Lao Tzu, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” And Psalm 28:7 can also help inspire you to do better: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”

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And if those aren't inspiring enough, maybe these quotes about strength and mental toughness will let you come up with your own inspiration

50 Most Inspiring Mental Strength Quotes:

1. “Even a rock moves on.” — Anthony Liccione

2. “Strength is what we can gain from the madness we survive.” 

 

3. “Even if you get the opportunity to treat them the way they treated you, no matter how difficult it was, no matter how angry you feel, no matter how hard it is to do... I hope you find the strength to choose to do better and let the universe take care of the situation.” — Tanya Masse

 

4. “Increasing the state of our minds is the only way to reduce the difficulty of life.” — Mokokoma Mokhonoana 

 

5. “Forgiveness takes intelligence, discipline, imagination, and persistence, as well as special psychological strength, something athletes call mental toughness and warriors call courage.” — Edward M. Hallowell

 

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. 

 

7. “Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.” — Roy T. Bennett

 

8. “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

9. “Part of being an optimist is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.” — Nelson Mandela 

 

10. “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” — Walt Disney 

11. "Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love." — Brené Brown

12. "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within." — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

13. "Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people." — Andre Dubus

14. "If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." — Thomas Alva Edison

15. "Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours." — Richard Bach

16. "The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable." — Paul Tillich

17. "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." — E.E. Cummings

18. "It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures." — Oprah Winfrey

19. "But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration — because it's a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks." — James Cameron

20. "The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you." — William Jennings Bryan

21. "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. "Low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered — just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better." — Barrie Davenport

23. "One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." — Arthur Ashe

24. "Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement." — Golda Meir

25. "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." — Vincent van Gogh

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26. "When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't." — Jodi Picoult

27. "Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions ... do your thing, and don't care if they like it." — Tina Fey

28. "Always be yourself and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and try to duplicate it." — Bruce Lee

29. "You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with." — Wayne Dyer

30. "As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

31. "When someone tells me 'no,' it doesn't mean I can't do it, it simply means I can't do it with them. — Karen E. Quinones Miller

32. "Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it." — Bryce Courtenay

33. "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." — Vince Lombardi

34. “You’ve got to develop mental strength. And you develop mental strength with the will. The will is the mental faculty that gives you the ability to hold one idea under the screen of your mind to the exclusion of all outside distractions.” — Bob Proctor

35. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit, what your eyes can’t see.” — Muhammad Ali

36. “The ability to continue moving when you are feeling scared, fearful or lazy is the sign of true mental strength.” — Matthew Donnelly

37. "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." — Edmund Hillary

38. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." — Eleanor Roosevelt

39. "Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head." — Joe Henderson

40. “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson

41. “At the end of your struggles, challenges, and obstacles comes the mental strength to cross many boundaries in the future.” — Edmond Mbiaka 

42. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” — Rumi

43. “Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens 

44. “You are likely to fall when you stop paddling your bicycle. Such is life. As long as you don’t give up, you will never end up failing!” — Israelmore Ayivor 

45. “If I keep putting one foot in front of the other, it stands to reason that I’m going to get there.” — Rachel Joyce 

 

46. “With my legs wobbling, I soldiered on. Shivering and sweating all over, I kept going. Fear didn’t warn me to stop; it only alerted me of an unusual event ahead. So, motivated by fear, I ran along; after all, I was created to do the unusual.” — Abiodun Fijabi

 

47. “No matter how bad things get in life, no matter how many times things change, hang onto your ability to dream. Those dreams may well take you further than you could have ever believed.” — Davan Yahya Khalil

 

48. “You already have inside of you what you need to prevail, you only need to believe that is true.” — Germany Kent 

 

49. “Don’t quit because you are not good enough, keep going because you are not good enough yet. You don’t quit driving halfway to your destination because you are not there, you keep driving because you are not there yet. You keep driving until you get there. You keep trying until you are good enough.” — Richelle E. Goodrich

50. "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." — W. W. Ziege

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Tea Jones is a writer covering mental health, spirituality, horoscopes, and relationships.