45 Inspirational Resilience Quotes

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficult situations and maintain a positive outlook on life.

Our carefully curated collection of resilience quotes from various authors, leaders, and thinkers will inspire you to stay resilient and face obstacles with courage and determination.

Whether you’re facing a personal setback or a professional challenge, these quotes will serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration to help you persevere and succeed.

1.  Maya Angelou

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

2.  Ryder Carroll

No matter how bleak or menacing a situation may appear, it does not entirely own us. It can't take away our freedom to respond, our power to take action.

3.  Jaeda Dewalt

When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.

4.  Nelson Mandela

Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

5.   Michael Rutter 

Resilience is our ability to bounce back from life’s challenges and unforeseen difficulties, providing mental protection from emotional and mental disorders.

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6.  Ivan Robertson

Resilience represents a constellation of characteristics that protect individuals from the potential negative effect of stressors.

7.  Steve Maraboli

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.

8.   Gever Tulley

Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.

9.  Gregory S. Williams

On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.

10.  Stephen Covey

We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.

11.  Oprah Winfrey

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

12.  Les Brown

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

13.  Eric Greitens

No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength - if we have the virtue of resilience.

14.  Mary Holloway

Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.

15.  Al Siebert

During difficult times, an important resiliency step is being able to express your feelings in healthy ways. You can’t make feelings go away, but you can move through them.

16.   Confucius

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

17.  Joshua Waitzkin

The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.

18.   Jamais Cascio

Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.

19.  Albert Bandura

In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.

20.  Karren Brady

The most important characteristics you need to succeed in business are resilience, determination, and persistence.

21.  Yasmin Mogahed

Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.

22.  Abdul Kalam

When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.

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23.  Elizabeth Edwards

Part of resilience is deciding to make yourself miserable over something that matters or deciding to make yourself miserable over something that doesn't matter.

24.  Elizabeth Edwards

She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.

25.  Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

26.  Greg Kincaid

No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.

27.  Margaret Thatcher

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

28.  Dieter F. Uchtdorf

It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.

29.  Alain de Botton

A good half of the art of living is resilience.

30.  Robert F. Kennedy

Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.

31.  Japanese Proverb

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

32.  Helen Keller

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.

33.  Jonathan Mills

Successful people demonstrate their resilience through their dedication to making progress every day, even if that progress is marginal.

34.  Joanie Connell

No matter how you define success, you will need to be resilient, empowered, authentic, and limber to get there.

35.  Raymond E. Feist

There are two kinds of strength. Power and the ability to wield it is obvious, but a resilience, the ability to resist power, is the other.

36.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

37.  Jodi Picoult

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.

38.  Joshua J. Marine

Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

39.   Sheryl Sandberg

Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience.

40.  Nan Henderson

Resilience is the ability of each of us to bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful.

41.  Marcus Aurelius

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.

42.  Sam Owen

Spending time alone in your own company reinforces your self-worth and is often the number on way to replenish your resilience reserves.

43.  Ken Groen

Urgent things shout, important things whisper. Listen to the whispers.

44.  Oprah Winfrey

You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.

45.  Anne Lamott

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you.

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