Inspirational Strength Quotes To Build A Steel Like Mindset

Build up your resilience to better withstand the difficulties of life with these inspirational strength quotes.

Developing Inner Strength

A strong mind is important because it allows you to push through any obstacle that is put in your way. A strong mindset will help you to stay focused and motivated when times are tough. It will also allow you to see opportunities where others might see only challenges.

Some people are born with a strong mindset, but it is something that can be developed over time with effort and perseverance. Here are some inspirational quotes about strength to help you build a steel-like mindset:

Best Quotes about Strength

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 you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.

– Susan Gale


Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.

– Gregory Peck


I want my girls to be strong and self-sufficient.

– Angie Harmon


Be very strong… be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion.

– Alberto Juantorena


If you have no struggles, you’ll have no strength.

– Tim Fargo


Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

– Joshua 1:9, ESV


Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of those pieces.

– Judith Viorst


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

– Nelson Mandela


If you haven’t the strength to impose your own terms upon life, then you must accept the terms it offers you.

– T.S. Eliot


You have been chosen, and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.

– J.R.R. Tolkien


Religion brings to man an inner strength, spiritual light, and ineffable peace.

– Alexis Carrel


Leverage the strength that you have: that no one else can be you.

– Todd Wheatland


Fortitude is the marshal of thought, the armor of the will, and the fort of reason.

– Francis Bacon


Humble souls are fearful of their own strength.

– William Gurnall

Humble souls are fearful of their own strength. - William Gurnall


Strength Inspirational Quotes

The more you care, the stronger you can be.

– Jim Rohn

The more you care, the stronger you can be. - Jim Rohn


Yielding will overcome anything superior to itself; its strength is boundless.

Bruce Lee


Strength is a matter of a made up mind.

– John Beecher

Strength is a matter of a made up mind. - John Beecher


Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

– Phil Jackson

Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength. - Phil Jackson


The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.

– Paul Cezanne

The awareness of our own strength makes us modest. - Paul Cezanne


The spirit of hope, inner strength, enthusiasm, and persistent determination are the pillars for any success.

– Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

– Mahatma Gandhi


Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.

– Calvin Coolidge


Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

– Mattie Stepanek


Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Permanence, perseverance, and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.

– Thomas Carlyle


A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.

– Marge Piercy


People do not lack strength, they lack will.

– Victor Hugo


My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.

– Alfred Lord Tennyson


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu


What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength.

– Meryl Streep

What makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. - Meryl Streep


Motivational Quotes About Strength

Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.

– Billy Graham


If an ant carries an object a hundred times its weight, you can carry burdens many times your size.

– Matshona Dhliwayo


Tolerance is a virtue that depends upon peace and strength.

– Charles Lindbergh


Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

– Mother Teresa


The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.

– Psalm 28:7, ESV


We are stronger, gentler, more resilient, and more beautiful than any of us imagine.

– Mark Nepo


Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

– Dwight Eisenhower


Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.

– Alexander Pope


You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things.

– Ken Kesey

You can’t really be strong until you can see a funny side to things. - Ken Kesey


Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.

– Drew Barrymore


Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

– Harriet Tubman


It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

– Edmund Hillary

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. - Edmund Hillary


We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.

Eleanor Roosevelt


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

– Marcus Aurelius


The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.

– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward.

– Isabel Allende


Being Strong Quotes

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

Ernest Hemingway


Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


Whatever is in me is stronger than what is out there to defeat me.

– Caroline Myss


Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.

– Henry Rollins


He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.

– Louisa May Alcott


Courage isn’t having the strength to go on, it is going on when you don’t have the strength.

– Napoleon Bonaparte


Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.

– James Naismith


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

– Peter Marshall


Insincerity is always weakness; sincerity even in error is strength.

– George Henry Lewes


Building mental strength is the key to reaching our full potential in life.

– Amy Morin


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford


Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

– St. Francis de Sales


And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear.

– Paulo Coelho


Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears.

– Demi Lovato


Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller


Strength from Within Quotes

Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.

– Misty Copeland


Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.

– Katherine Dunham


The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

– Swami Vivekananda


A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.

– Tecumseh

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong. - Tecumseh


Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.

– Chris Bradford


You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

– Cayla Mills


Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.

– Karina Kapoor Khan


In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength. Our survival may depend on our seeking and finding it.

– Dawna Markova


I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.

– Atticus


Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

– Norman Vincent Peale


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

– Mahatma Gandhi


Concentration is the secret of strength.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concentration is the secret of strength. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.

– William Ellery Channing


Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.

– Rainer Maria Rilke


Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.

– Niccolò Machiavelli


Strength Quotes and Sayings

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

– Stephen Covey


Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.

– Eric Hoffer


Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you.

– Ovid


The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.

Leonardo da Vinci


Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

– Oprah Winfrey

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. - Oprah Winfrey


The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


Silence is a source of great strength.

– Lao Tzu

Silence is a source of great strength. - Lao Tzu


Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body.

– Pythagoras


It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty.

– Dalai Lama


Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.

– Sarah Dessen


We acquire the strength we have overcome.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


Strong convictions precede great actions.

– Louisa May Alcott


Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.

– Eckhart Tolle


Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life – including you.

– Kelly Rudolph


Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

– Bruce Lee


Hidden Strength Quotes

The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.

– Criss Jami


We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

– Napoleon Hill


The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.

– William Ellery Channing


There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

– Dalai Lama


Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

– Samuel Johnson


Mental strength is something you either have, or you haven’t.

– Katie Taylor

Mental strength is something you either have, or you haven’t. - Katie Taylor


Perhaps I am stronger than I think.

– Thomas Merton


This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.

Winston Churchill


Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance.

– Lisa Murkowski


The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.

– Japanese Proverb


It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.

– Vincent Van Gogh


Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

– Louis Pasteur


You have to be strong and calm to overcome difficult moments.

– Dani Alves

You have to be strong and calm to overcome difficult moments. - Dani Alves


One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

– Albert Schweitzer


Tough times never last, but tough people do.

– Robert Schuller

Tough times never last, but tough people do. - Robert Schuller


Be Strong Quotes

Virtue is inner strength. It expands your nature.

– John Bradshaw


Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

– Khalil Gibran


Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.

– Baruch Spinoza


When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

– Joe Kennedy


A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.

– Vernon Howard


That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

– Friedrich Nietzsche


I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

Audrey Hepburn


Only the gentle are ever really strong.

– James Dean

Only the gentle are ever really strong. - James Dean


Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.

Michael Jordan


Fortitude is the guard and support of the other virtues.

– John Locke


A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.

– Christopher Reeve


Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

– Corrie Ten Boom


We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.

– J.K. Rowling


A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence.

– Dalai Lama


The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.

– Rita Mero


Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards.

Marilyn Monroe

Strong women don’t have ‘attitudes’, we have standards. - Marilyn Monroe

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Quotes about Being Strong

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

– Jodi Picoult


Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.

– Joel Osteen


Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

– Lao Tzu


Solitude is the strength of being alone. It’s where we become our best company.

– Jay Shetty


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

– Dieter F. Uchtdorf


In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.

– Laurence Sterne


This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.

– Ludwig van Beethoven


Nothing has more strength than dire necessity.

– Euripides


The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

– Thomas Paine


I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.

– Thomas Paine


Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.

– Ann Landers


Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

– Hermann Hesse


All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

– Walt Disney


With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

– Eleanor Roosevelt


There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

– Booker T. Washington


You can be strong and true to yourself without being rude or loud.

– Paula Radcliffe

You can be strong and true to yourself without being rude or loud. - Paula Radcliffe


The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.

– Richard L. Evans

The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. - Richard L. Evans


He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity.

– Ben Jonson


The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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