21 Encouraging Quotes When You’re Sick and Tired of Struggling

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We all know what it is to struggle.

Struggling is part of the progression of life.

Even though there are times when it looks as though everyone else is having that incredibly blissful life we would like to have. 

Just check out your social media account and see how many happy people got married this week, and how everyone seems to be having the best birthday…ever.  Then there’s that kid who just struck it rich with an absolutely fabulous app.

And here we are.  Still.  Struggling.

When you feel sick and tired of the struggles, remember they’re not designed to paralyze you. Life is always giving us turning points…opportunities to change how we see things, change how we go about living, especially when the way we’ve been going about it isn’t getting us any closer to that blissed out life.

Whatever you’re struggling with, it helps to hear encouraging, inspiring words to remind you that life is less about how often we get knocked down, but how well we bounce!

Hopefully, these encouraging quotes will give you a little boost…..“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” Vince Lombardi

1. “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.” – Jesse Owens

2.“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. “ – Garrison Keillor

3.”When it comes to life the critical thing is, whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” – Gilbert Chesterton

4.”Belief has the word ‘lie’ in it…and that pretty much sums up what the world has us believing about ourselves.” – Doug Firebaugh

5.“If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

6.“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them. ” – Bernard Baruch

7.“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

8.“Why should you continue going after your dreams? Because seeing the look on the faces of the people who said you couldn’t… will be priceless.” – Kevin Ngo

9.”If you wait to do everything until you are sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden

10.”The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.”  – Ben Stein

11.”Believing you have to be a master of everything will always hold you back.” – Elle Sommer

12.”Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn

13.“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen


15.“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – William James

16.Obstacles can’t stop you.  Problems can’t stop you. Most of all other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” –Jeffrey Gitomer

17.”We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”  – Marie Curie

18.“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

19.“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

20.”Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

21.”It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.” –  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Your turn.  What quotes do you have that encourage you when you’re struggling with life? We’d love to see them in the comments below.

Meantime…encourage one another.

Love Elle


Elle Sommer is the author and founder of Live Purposefully Now, a website focused on sharing the insights and ancient wisdom that have collectively changed her life, in the desire to make a meaningful impact on yours. Trained at Coach U and having completed a year long training with Bob Proctor, her mission is to encourage and inspire others to build the business, relationships and life they want. You can also find her on Healthy Natural Oils her new website for helping you get started with essential oils for more natural health, well-being happiness and success in your life!

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    • Sandra thank you for sharing this quote. It’s new to me and I think it might become my all time favorite too because I believe every word of it. Bravo to Elizabeth Gilbert. 🙂

  • What a great collection! My favorite is:

    Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” –Jeffrey Gitomer

    because it’s so true!

  • Hi Elle, this i really like .“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” – Lets go for it. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful and encouraging quotes with us. Really great.

  • Thanks for this uplifting post, Elle. I’m a collector of encouraging quotes too. 🙂 Here’s one of my favorites that fits with your theme of “struggling”:

    “When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours in and dispels the mists – as it surely will. Then act with courage.” — Ponca Tribe Chief White Eagle

  • I go by no. 20 – Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – life may not be a rehearsal but you get the chance to mess up as many times as you like:)

    P.S. I’m over in the UK, so here’s sympathy to everyone struggling with Hurricane Matthew – we are so lucky on this side of the Atlantic – I’ll take the rain.

    • Hi Mark…we’re very blessed in this part of Florida…and I’m so sorry for those who are being bombarded by Matthew.

      That’s a great Emerson quote and I love your line! That’s an awesome perspective on life. 🙂

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