When you are down in the dumps, and dreams are shattered, it is easy to lose hope. Whatever hardships you face, remember that all the ordeals you endure will eventually become memories. But where should you seek the strength to walk on?
Here are a few words of wisdom and advice from those who once overcame life's challenges. These famous inspirational quotes may help you carry on when the going gets tough. After all, at moments like these, the tough get going, as Joseph Kennedy once said. Do not be disheartened.
- Never give up
Consider these words spoken by Dale Carnegie: "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." When a crisis hits and all your plans start crumbling down, losing hope is a surefire way to losing everything.
As pastor Robert H. Schuller said, "Tough times never last, but tough people do." Sometimes you just need to grit your teeth and keep on going.
In the words of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Do not surrender too easily. Famous inventor Thomas Edison suffered numerous failures before finally achieving his goal. As he said, "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
A matter of perspective
Everything is relative. At times, we should remember that it is our mind that may create a hell out of heaven and heaven out of hell. But if no comparisons with situations encountered by others cheer you up, consider the value of troubles.
As the famous French writer Alexandre Dumas once said, “There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is merely the comparison of one state to the other. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss."
Centuries later, American author Gail Sheehy phrased a similar message as “To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist."
It is all temporary
However bad you may feel, all life experiences finally pass and turn into memories. What they leave us with is wisdom. Haruki Murakami found a wonderful way to express it when he wrote, "And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about."
No matter what problems you face and how many defeats you encounter, do not be discouraged. Sooner or later, the dark times will end. Find the motivation to emerge from your battles as a stronger and wiser individual.