40 Quotes to Pull You From the Brink of Despair

Updated on February 23, 2019
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40 Quotes to Lift You up When You Are Down

“Whenever I feel down, I reach into my memory bank and pull out some happy dust. I remember the things that make feel alive, the things that make my spirit sing, the things that bring me joy. I recreate those moments, I go to the beach, I listen to my favourite song, I do this everyday until that vale of despair vanishes completely.” -Abena Damoah


Inspirational Quotes To Pull You Through

Life will never be perfect, adversity will strike you when you least expect it, fear, sadness and anxiety are day to emotions however, when you feel down, instead of forcing yourself to feel better instantaneously, work through your feelings of pain, let them slowly wash over you, read, walk, listen to music, write down your innermost feelings, think of these quotes whenever you enter those dark days, time will pass and eventually you will see the light, if you believe.

Here are 40 quotes to help pull you from the brink of despair, start your healing today. You deserve it.

Overcoming Adversity

“The journey is never ending. There's always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what's right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.” Antonio Brown-

“We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” -Barbara De Angelis-

“No difficulty can discourage, no obstacle dismay, no trouble dishearten the man who has acquired the art of being alive. Difficulties are but dares of fate, obstacles but hurdles to try his skill, troubles but bitter tonics to give him strength; and he rises higher and looms greater after each encounter with adversity.” - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“(I)f you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the road will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light. -Unknown

But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.”- Lauren Oliver

“Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.”

Rikki Rogers



Keep Going

“Depression often feels like you are swimming against the tide, you push and push and push and swim and swim and swim, you remain in the same old place. You see the light when you discover the magic in basking in the moment and living for today. You can always find a glint of hope in the darkest moments, just keep one eye open.” -Abena Damoah

“A new challenge keeps the brain kicking and the heart ticking.”

― E.A. Bucchianeri

“Beware trying to iron out all your quirks, perceived flaws and doubts. It's often these things that help you find strength, compassion, empathy for others

and heart.”

― Rasheed Ogunlaru

“Be like stars; instead of cursing the darkness, shine.”

― Matshona Dhliwayo

“The fog may seem thick but the sun will surely pierce through and brighten up the sky. Allow yourself to continue to rest on the wings of God's love and watch yourself learn to soar high.”

Kemi Sogunle

“I often think of life as a great darkened room with a mammoth-sized tapestry fastened to a stone wall. I believe true peace can be achieved not in viewing the whole tapestry, but in accepting without bitterness those portions we have been afforded the luxury to see.”

Chip St. Clair

“Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”

E.B. White

“Life is hope.

Hope is faith.

Faith is believe.

Believe is possibilities.

Possibility is miraculous.

Miraculous is divine.

Divine is supernatural.

Supernatural is spiritual.”

Lailah Gifty Akita

Through The Darkness

Through The Darkness
Through The Darkness

Seek Happiness

“Use what you've been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable!”

Yvonne Pierre

“The most vibrant of flowers often come from the filthiest of soils.”

Zack W. Van

“To eliminate the inner turmoil we must focus our attention inward and act with loving kindness to ourselves—and each other.”

Michelle Cruz-Rosado

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” -Oprah Winfrey

“There is no education like adversity”. -Disraeli

“Every adversity, every failure every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Napoleon Hill

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To have become a deeper man is the privilege of those who have suffered.”- Oscar Wilde

“There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.” -Lou Reed

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.“ – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Sometimes we must undergo hardships, breakups, and narcissistic wounds, which shatter the flattering image that we had of ourselves, in order to discover two truths: that we are not who we thought we were; and that the loss of a cherished pleasure is not necessarily the loss of true happiness and well–being.“― Jean-Yves Leloup

Struggle Makes You Stronger

Be Inspired

“Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.“ – Charles Caleb Colton

“We are inspired by those who, despite unbelievable pain and hardship, have chosen to become victors.“ – Judge Glenda Hatchett

Do you think a champion is made out of thin air? It’s through the hardships you endure that you’ll gain real strength.“ ― Gail Tsukiyama

“Enclose your heart in times of need with the steel of your determination and your strength. In doing this, all things will be bearable.“ – Lora Leigh

„Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows in perception if not in reality.“ – Dean Koontz,

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” – African Proverb

When written in Chinese the word “crisis“ is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.“ – John F. Kennedy

“Adversity introduces a man to himself.“ – Unknown

“Suffering is above, not below. And everyone thinks that suffering is below. And everyone wants to rise.“ – Antonio Porchia

“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even,“ – Quintus Horatius Flaccus

“Everybody ought to do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.“ – William James

“The course of true anything never does run smooth.“ – Samuel Butler

“When life takes the wind out of your sails, it is to test you at the oars.“ – Robert Brault


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