50 Motivational Quotes About Struggle & Overcoming Obstacles

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This year has brought unique struggles for us all, some more than others. In a time when it can be hard to stay encouraged, we’ve compiled 50 motivational quotes about struggle and overcoming obstacles to help you stay optimistic.

Whether you’ve lost a job, are struggling to keep a business afloat, or are going through a personal hurdle, it’s easier said than done to see the silver lining at times.


However, the best way to overcome struggles is to persevere. The only way to get over a hurdle is to go through it and come out better on the other side.

To aid you in this process, try only engaging with people who have a positive outlook towards you and towards life. If you’re surrounded by optimistic people, you will become more optimistic yourself. This is also important because you don’t need anyone bringing you down when going through a tough time.

Positive affirmations can also contribute to your efforts to leap life’s hurdles. Believing that you will get through and succeed is the first step to success.


If you need a little extra boost, keep reading for 50 motivational quotes about struggle and overcoming obstacles.

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1. “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” — Napoleon Hill

2. “You’re imperfect and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” — Brene Brown

3. “Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.” — Mao Zedong

4. “Yesterday I dared to struggle, today I dare to win.” — Bernadette Devlin

5. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” — Wilma Rudolph

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6. “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.” — Muhammad Ali

7. “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.” — Robert Tev

8. “The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.” — Chadwick Boseman

9. “Sometimes when hardships knock, it’s just life. Do not take it personally.” — Naide Obiang

10. “I am thankful for all of those who said no to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself.” — Albert Einstein

11. “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah Winfrey

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12. “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. Self-realization demands very great struggle.” — Swami Sivananda

13. “The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” — Wilma Rudolph

14. “You have to understand that people have to pay a price for peace. If you dare to struggle, you dare to win.” — Fred Hampton

15. “Struggle teaches you a lot of things, and I am happy that I witnessed a roller coaster ride. The journey has improved me as a person and made me more mature.” — Manoj Bajpayee

16. “Change is hard and requires constant struggle and determination.” — Sadiq Khan

17. “The best wisdom comes from the hardest struggle.” — Xavier Rudd

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18. “Once you make it to your point of making it, you’ll appreciate the struggle.” — Nas

19. “When nothing goes right, you have to forward and take it on headfirst.” — Kyo Shirodaira

20. “Life’s struggles are necessary for growth.” — Auliq Ice

21. “A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements.” — Orison Swett Marden

22. “Things always get better with time, just wait and see.” — Clavel Nelson

23. “In the darkest time, I have always believed, the light will shine.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

24. “No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it.” — Brad Gast

25. “Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.” — Iyanla Vanzant

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26. “To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals, this alone is worth the struggle.” — William Osler

27. “Life has a way of broadsiding us with lessons that we need to learn but would rather avoid.” — Craig Groeschel

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28. “I believe my life has no limits. I want you to feel the same way about your life, no matter what your challenges may be.” — Nick Vujicic

29. “Not many great things have ever been done without struggling, stand up for your dream, a definite plan and burning desire can get you there.” — Okorote Emmanuel

30. “Sometimes, life’s challenges are tough to deal with. You will succeed if you focus your thoughts on how to overcome the challenge.” — Catherine Pulsifer

31. “As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.” — Joseph B. Wirthin

32. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” — Moliere

33. “Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations.” — Zig Ziglar

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34. “Don’t cry to give up, cry to keep going.” — Eric Thomas

35. “One who conquers the sea today is ready to conquer the ocean tomorrow.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

36. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass

37. “We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.” — R.C. Allen

38. “In the heart of every struggle lies an opportunity to grow.” — Melanie M. Koulouris

39. “Don’t give up in times of difficulty. Persevere on as there will be an end to these.” — Edward Dunedin

40. “Whatever the struggle, continue to climb. It may be only one step to the summit.” — Diane Westlake

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41. “You can overcome anything if you don’t bellyache.” — Bernard M. Baruch

42. “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.” — Elizabeth Kubler Ross

43. “Some people see a wall and assume that’s the end of their journey. Others see it and decide it’s just the beginning.” — Angeline Trevena

44. “I’m thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” — Alex Elle

45. “Remember that in difficult times, we don’t give up. We don’t discard our highest ideals. No! We rise up to meet them.” — Michelle Obama

46. “Struggle is the food from which change is made, and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it’s right in front of your face.” — Danny Dreyer

47. “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” — Theodore Newton Vail

48. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

49. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” — Robert H. Schuller

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50. “Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears.” — Demi Lovato

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