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65 You Are Stronger Than You Think Quotes

When life knocks you down, it can feel like the end of the road. And when you’re feeling down and out, clichés are the last thing you want to hear or read ― I know because I’ve been there more times than I can remember!

Yet, reading and pondering positive quotes can help you believe in yourself again and love yourself enough to try again, no matter how bleak the situation seems.

If you’re going through a rough patch, recognize it for what it is ― a passing period in your life. You will come out better because you are stronger than you think.

While the situation lasts, motivate yourself to keep pushing with this collection of You Are Stronger Than You Think quotes.

You Are Stronger That You Think Quotes for Facing Challenges

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  1. “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” – Helen Keller
  2. “A man doesn’t realize how much he can stand until he is put to the test. You can stand far more than you think you can. You are much stronger than you think you are.” – Martin Niemoller
  3. “You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed.” – David Robinson
  4. “Fight and push harder for what you believe in; you’d be surprised, you are much stronger than you think.” – Lady Gaga
  5. “One small crack does not mean that you are broken. It means that you were put to the test, and you didn’t fall apart.” – Linda Poindexter
  6. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” – Paulo Coelho
  7.  “Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is.” – Zig Ziglar
  8. “The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  9. “I’m glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again.” – Mark Twain
  10. “I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage, or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” – Brene Brown
  11. “Your past does not equal your future.” – Tony Robbins
  12. “We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Barbara De Angelis
  13. “It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
  14. “One day, you will be celebrated all over the world. You will be a well of inspiration from which others pull their strength. Don’t give up now. Just get back to work.” – Chinonye J. Chidolue
  15. “Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” – Roy T. Bennett
  16. “Daring greatly is being brave and afraid every minute of the day at the exact same time.” – Brene Brown
  17. Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.” – Cheryl Strayed
  18. “You have incredible lives ahead of you. You have incredible things that you can accomplish. If you feel that, you will have an amazing life. Do not let anything build a wall too high for you to get over. And I know that might seem very cliché, but I’ve had a lot of friends who had hurt themselves. And when you’re younger, a lot of that stuff is so temporary. You can get through it. You’re stronger than you think. You’ll always be stronger than you think. Feel with your heart and do what you want.” – Corey Taylor
  19. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  – Friedrich Nietzche
  20. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” – A. A. Milne
  21. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
  22. “You aren’t going to go crazy. You’re stronger than you think. The next time you feel that way, find something to focus on, to remind you of who you are.” – Richelle Mead
  23.  “I set my phone with motivational quotes to go off on random days and times. Like, ‘You’re stronger than you think you are.’ I’ll forget about it, then one will pop up, and it’ll give me a little boost.” – Shawn Johnson

You Are Stronger That You Think Quotes for Tapping Into Your Inner Strength

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  1. “What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” – Henry David Thoreau
  2. “Turn on the full powers of your will and take complete control of your own mind. It is your own mind! It was given to you as a servant to carry out your desires. And no one may enter it or influence it in the slightest degree without your consent and cooperation. What a profound fact this is!” – Napoleon Hill
  3. “You have power over your mind ― not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  4. “You have virtually unlimited potential to be, have, or do anything you really want in life if you simply want it badly enough and are willing to work long enough and hard enough to achieve it.” – Brian Tracy
  5. “We all have our own battles to fight, and sometimes we have to go it alone. I’m stronger than you think; you’d be surprised.” – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  6. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley
  7. “We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” – Isabel Allende
  8. Surprise yourself every day with your own courage.” – Denholm Elliott
  9. “Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A. A. Milne
  10. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways ― either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.” – Dalai Lama
  11. “Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Darren Hardy
  12. “No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them.” – Alana Stewart
  13. “Embracing failure is the most important trait I’ve developed in my career. I have tried to learn from my failures, and I believe it has made me stronger, more confident and more resilient.” – Reshma Saujani
  14. “Fear is a confession of weakness. What you fear is stronger than you, or you think it is, else you wouldn’t be afraid of it.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
  15. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future; concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
  16. “Ask for help. Not because you are weak, but because you want to remain strong.” – Les Brown
  17. “I don’t believe in anything, and that makes me stronger than you think.” – Anne Rice
  18. “Claim your supremacy over the challenges by battle proofing your inner warrior.” – Hiral Nagda
  19. “When you go through the dark valleys, you awe inspire everyone.” – Hiral Nagda
  20. “A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.” – James Allen
  21. “Don’t waste time with people who lack the ability to pick up the pace.” – Germany Kent
  22.  “The hardest step she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was.” – Atticus
  23. “When you succeed, you party. When you fail, you ponder. Greatness comes from pondering.” – Tony Robbins
  24. “There is an unlimited power within you to do all that you want.” – Hiral Nagda
  25. “Here’s the key: I’m not going to tell you how to change. People don’t change. I want you to trust who you already are, and get to that zone where you can shut out all the noise, all the negativity and fear and distractions and lies, and achieve whatever you want, in whatever you do.” – Tim Grover
  26. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself: I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  27. “A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.” – Wayne Dyer
  28. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
  29. “The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” – Tenzin Palmo
  30. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

You Are Stronger Than You Think Quotes to Get You Thinking Deeply

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  1. “There are two great days in a person’s life; the day we are born, and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
  2. “The next message you need is always right where you are.” – Ram Dass
  3. “Someone once told me the definition of hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Anonymous
  4. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar
  5. “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” – Les Brown
  6. “For every reason, it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.” – Jack Canfield
  7. “It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note ― it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong.” – Miles Davis
  8. “When you realize that every stressful moment you experience is a gift that points you to your own freedom, life becomes very kind.” – Byron Katie
  9. “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  10. “Further, my characterization of a loser is someone who, after making a mistake, doesn’t introspect, doesn’t exploit it, feels embarrassed and defensive rather than enriched with a new piece of information, and tries to explain why he made the mistake rather than moving on. These types often consider themselves the ‘victims’ of some large plot, a bad boss, or bad weather.” – Nassim Taleb

Whenever it feels like the weight of the world rests squarely on your frail shoulders, know that you are braver than the situation suggests, and you can definitely come out stronger!

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