A good start is finding a sentence that resonates with you. It empowers you, motivates you, and becomes a mantra you internally chant to yourself every day. Words can make or break you and can change your mindset.
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Here is a list of 16 resilience quotes you can start your weekend with:
“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.”
― Mizuta Masahide (17th century Japanese poet and samurai)
“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
“It is really wonderful how much resilience there is in human nature. Let any obstructing cause, no matter what, be removed in any way, even by death, and we fly back to first principles of hope and enjoyment.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.”
― Shane Koyczan
“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”
― Robert Jordan, The Fires of Heaven
“Strong people alone know how to organize their suffering so as to bear only the most necessary pain.”
― Emil Dorian
“I spent my young adult years postponing many of the small things that I knew would make me happy…I was fortunate enough to realize that I would never have the time unless I made the time. And then the rest of my life began.”
― Chris Peterson
“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”
― Gever Tulley
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”
― Margaret Thatcher
“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
― Nelson Mandela
“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
― Ernest Hemingway
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
― Maya Angelou
“Note to self: every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did.”
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
― Ambrose Redmoon
“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.”
― J.K. Rowling
“Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”
― Mary Oliver
“My life was my life; I would have to stare it down, somehow, and make it work for me.”
― Paula McLain
“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”
― Elizabeth Edwards
Your turn. What’s your favorite resilience quote?
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