Positive Quotes in Tough Times

What I love about quotes is that they can be so short and simple and yet lift you up and give you hope. They can be profound and thought-provoking, and they may have such an impact that you will find yourself repeating it to whomever you think should hear it. Or you write it on a post-it and put it on your fridge πŸ˜‰ Positive quotes in tough times do help; they give that same push upwards. I have several quotes on post-its or paper scraps all over my cupboards. In easy and hard times, they are excellent companions to have.

When things seem bleak or you think you can’t go on, there is no way that you can stop. It is when we fall the hardest, our only way out of it is up. The following people who created those quotes often had the odds stacked against them and they still persevered.

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Positive Quotes

β€œOnce you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson, musician

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller, author

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandela

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” A.A. Mine, author and poet


Sometimes, all it takes is just one quote to turn your day around. No, that is not a quote, just my thought πŸ˜‰


“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” Bonnie Blair, speed skater


“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill.

“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.” Albert Schweizer

And here come a few more from dear old Winston πŸ˜‰

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

“Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”

“Never never never give up.”

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And for a little laugh, here’s a funny quote by Winston Churchill:

“A lady came up to me one day and said ‘Sir! You are drunk,’ to which I replied ‘I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.” ? ?


Quotes are inspirational. They bring the wisdom of the day, or week. They can convey a strong message in just a few words.

Quotes get us going. They remind us of what we can achieve. Quotes by famous people who have overcome enormous obstacles or faced great adversaries are even more inspirational, for you know the story behind their words. They carry more weight and may bring more hope or a desire to succeed.


And here are two more.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

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Final thoughts

I have several quotes pinned on the walls or my cupboards. There are post-its everywhere … It doesn’t matter how often I see them, they inspire every time. If there is a quote (or more) that speaks to you, why not write it down and paste it on the wall, the mirror in the bathroom, or anywhere where you will see it?

“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou




16 thoughts on “Positive Quotes in Tough Times”

  1. For me and many Americans 2020 has seemed like going through hell. The Winston Churchill quote is what I’m doing. I’m going to keep going until we get through this year. 2021 will be better. I’m thinking positive about it like Willie.

  2. Hi Christine,

    I’m so pleased I came across your article. These are really tough times and reading/listening to motivating quotes or stories really does help me on a daily basis. I try to share similar messages too on my social media platforms and my own blog posts. I think it is so important to help others during these times, as while we are helping others we are also helping ourselves. We are making ourselves feeling good abut helping others which is good for our own mental health. So, keep it up.

    Thank you for sharing such a motivational article and keep up your amazing work.

    All the best,


  3. Some great quotes, Christine! I love quotes as well, especially the ones of Maya Angelou πŸ™‚
    Here are some anonymous ones you might like as well:
    * You can’t learn how to ride a bike by reading a book about physics.
    * The largest room in the world is the room for improvement.
    * Exercise as if your life depends on it, because it does.
    The last one is my ‘leitmotiv’.

  4. Love that final quote from Maya Angelou. All these quotes were great! I myself have a whiteboard I love to write a new quote on every day. And I usually start my days by posting inspirational quotes to social media (usually Facebook and Instagram). They make me have a good start to the today, and I hope they let others have a little inspiration to start their days.

  5. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” This is the quote I tend to live by. Our subconscious mind only gives you the outcome of what we fed into our system.
    Everything is possible if you really want it.
    Many thanks for motivating us.

    Best wishes

  6. Hi Christine,

    I am just like you have put some inspiring quotes on my walls, so If I feel down or blue that day, I would take a look on them to keep myself motivated. It’s indeed a good way to tell yourself that you are good enough and don’t quit today. Sometimes, I feel so much better after reading them, and it works so well for me.

    Thanks for sharing, I feel alive again after reading your quotes here. πŸ™‚


  7. We are forever fighting with our negative side and for many trying to replace that negative with a positive is extremely difficult.

    I have a few quotes that I have kept to one side just to remind me of path to take.

    I find that medication is great to remove the negatives and fears that we carry around with us.

    Thank you for sharing.


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