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The 240 Best Resilience Quotes Show Strength And Resilience

240 Resilience Quotes

“Your mind and attitudes create either barriers or bridges to good outcomes.” – Al Siebert

“You’re going to face adversity. It’s not if it’s when.” – Andre Ward

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

“Definitions have evolved over time but fundamentally resilience is understood as referring to positive adaptation, or the ability to maintain or regain mental health, despite experiencing adversity.” – Helen Herrman et al.

“Resilience is fundamentally underpinned by the concept that it is not so much the hard times we face that determine our success or failure as the way in which we respond to those hard times.” – Rachel Jackson and Chris Watkin

“You must bear losses like a soldier, the voice told me, bravely and without complaint, and just when the day seems lost, grab your shield for another stand, another thrust forward. That is the juncture that separates heroes from the merely strong.” – Margaret George

“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“Resilience results from having the encounter at a time, and in a way, that the body can cope successfully with the noxious challenge to its system.” – Michael Rutter

“Resilience can refer to positive adjustment in the face of adversity. Resilience has also been defined as the capacity of individuals to cope successfully with significant change, adversity or risk.” – Hyun Lee and James Cranford

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller Helen Keller

“The last of human freedoms is one’s ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances.” – Viktor Frankl

“Resilience embodies the personal qualities that enable one to thrive in the face of adversity.” – Kathryn Connor and Jonathan Davidson

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans

“I am down. And that is okay. I may be down for a while, but I will rise again. And when I rise, I will rise higher than I’ve gone before, I will be stronger than I’ve been before. I will thrive.” – Brian Vaszily

“The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still going to be a rat.” – Lily Tomlin

“Adversity reveals genius.” – Horace

“In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.” – Robert Collier

“The laws of nature remind us that no matter how long, seeds do grow. Push through long enough to see your seeds grow.” – Andrena Sawyer

“Beautiful gems can emerge from dirt. Struggle can teach you self-discipline and resilience.” – Dipa Sanatani

“Resilience is a multidimensional and not a unitary concept. There is no one characteristic or trait identified as resilience. Rather, there are many behaviors and actions associated with resilience.” – Russ Newman

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“When we learn to deal directly with our complaints and difficulties, romanticized ideas about the spiritual path are no longer meaningful. We see that what is important is to take responsibility for ourselves, and to always be aware of our thoughts, feelings, and actions.” – Tarthang Tulku

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

“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.” – Dr. Chris Peterson

“Empathy for other people’s feelings requires a counter-balancing quality of toughness to not be controlled by their pain.” – Al Siebert

“Resilience or hardiness is the ability to adapt to new circumstances when life presents the unpredictable.” – Salvatore R. Maddi

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it it’s less good than the one you had before.” – Elizabeth Edwards

“Stable, healthy, and resilient physicians are also better equipped for the emotionally and physically demanding tasks of providing care, comfort and hope to patients.” – Laura Dunn et al.

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli

“Resilience is believed to be a process rather than a single event and a continuum rather than a binary outcome.” – Meetu Khosla

“It’s not what happens. It’s how you handle it.” – Jill Telford

“Resilience research has substantial potential to guide the development of effective interventions for diverse at-risk populations … to forces that are protective in nature as well as to those that exacerbate vulnerability, and to the mechanisms that underlie their effects.” – Suniya Luthar and Dante Cicchetti

“Cry if you want to, I won’t tell you not to. I won’t try to cheer you. I’ll just be here if you want me to be.” – Cole Porter

“We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.” – Stephen Covey

“Most people avoid and evade the powerful life experiences that helps transform, and mold, them to be able to use more of their fullest potential.” – Tony Dovale

“Wings are not only for birds; they are also for minds. Human potential stops at some point somewhere beyond infinity.” – Toller Cranston

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Psychological resilience refers to the ability to use personal qualities to withstand pressure.” – David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar

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

“Life throws challenges but with patience and resilience you can convert every challenge into a new opportunity to grow.” – Amit Ray

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

“If I am not for me, who will be? If I am only for me, what is the point.” – Hillel

“Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.” – Jean Chatzky

“Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up.” – Michael P. Watson

“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.” – Eric Greitens

“The impossible we are told cannot be achieve. To overcome the impossible, we need to use our wits and be fearless. We need to break the rules and to circumvent some would one say to cheat.” – Philippe Petit

“We all have battles to fight. And it’s often in those battles that we are most alive: it’s on the frontlines of our lives that we earn wisdom, create joy, forge friendships, discover happiness, find love, and do purposeful work.” – Eric Greitens

“Resilience is an inference based on evidence that some individuals have a better outcome than others who have experienced a comparable level of adversity.” – Michael Rutter

“Resilience is a dynamic concept in which successful coping may involve a complicated mixture of psychological habituation, changes in mental set, alterations in perceived and actual self-efficacy, hormonal changes … and neural alterations.” – Michael Rutter

“Grief and resilience live together.” – Michelle Obama

“Firstly, it is unrealistic to expect pupils to be resilient if their teachers, who constitute a primary source of their role models, do not demonstrate resilient qualities.” – Qing Gu and Christopher Day

“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.” – Elizabeth Edwards

“The concept of mental resilience is crucial to our understanding of how risks may be modified and disorders prevented.” – Dmitry Davydov et al.

“We all suffer, and we all triumph, and we all get to choose how we hold both.” – Demi Moore

“Resilience represents a constellation of characteristics that protect individuals from the potential negative effect of stressors.” – Ivan Robertson et al.

“I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Resilience is viewed as a vital attribute for nurses because it augments adaptation in demanding and volatile clinical environments such as operating rooms.” – Brigid Gillespie et al.

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

“Blaming others for how bad things are for you, keeps you in a non-resilient victim state in which you do not take resiliency actions.” – Al Siebert

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.” – Shane Koyczan

“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.” – Ryder Carroll

“I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians

“Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.” – Richard Carlson

“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.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

“Resilience needs to be judged, not in terms of superior overall functioning as judged in relation to the population as a whole, but rather in terms of functioning that is relatively better than that shown by others experiencing the same level of adversity.” – Michael Rutter

“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” – Gregory S. Williams

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” – e. e. cummings

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” – Napoleon Hill

“No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear.” – Greg Kincaid

“I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.” – Gail Borden

“Anyone who tries to act as though he or she never feels upset or distressed is more fragile than people who admit they need counseling.” – Al Siebert

“The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell.” – African Tribal Saying

“The mind is its own place and can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven.” – John Milton

“Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do right now, and do it. Today is your lucky day.” – Will Durant

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. . . Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” – Hans Selye

“Cracked up by life with a laugh that’s known bitter but, past it, got better.” – Jayne Relaford Brown

“Negative self-talk will weaken your self-concept and can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy. People who think ‘I’m a loser’ or ‘I’m a failure as a manager’ tend to act in a way that confirms those beliefs. People who think ‘I’m adaptable’ or ‘I’m a good friend’ will tend to act in ways to confirm those beliefs.” – Al Siebert

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“The truth is that falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up.” – Brene Brown

“Resilience has been described as the capacity for positive outcomes despite challenging or threatening circumstances.” – Byron Egeland et al.

“All mentally tough individuals are resilient, but not all resilient individuals are mentally tough.” – Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk

“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” – Lou Holtz

“Resilience is experienced as a global process relating to psychological, social and behavioral qualities involving genetic, developmental and neurochemical mechanisms.” – Meetu Khosla

“The most resilient people are like playful, curious children.” – Al Siebert

“Stress will break people altogether if they are in the beginning too weak to stand distress, or else, if they are already strong enough to take the stress in the first place, that same stress, if they come through it, will strengthen them, temper them, and make them stronger.” – Abraham Maslow

“Individuals who are exposed to moderately stressful experiences and who have the initial resources necessary to overcome those stressors may develop a resilience to the deleterious effects of later stress.” – Lisa Neff and Elizabeth Broady

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable, they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” – Ernest Hemingway

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” – B. Priestley

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” – J.K. Rowling

“The trauma you’ve experienced and survived is the most powerful part of your life experience. Honor and celebrate your resiliency.” – Leonie H. Mattison

“Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.” – Robert Gallagher

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” – Psalm

“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.” – Albert Bandura

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” – Colin Powell

“Mental toughness can, therefore, be conceived as an individual’s propensity to manage the demands of environmental stressors, ranging from an absolute resilience to extreme vulnerability.” – David Fletcher and Jim Fletcher

“You recover better when you tell your family, a friend, or a support group what you are feeling. If you’d like them just to listen and not problem solve while you talk, let them know. If you want some suggestions and coaching on what to do, let them know that.” – Al Siebert

“A comeback is a setback that did its homework, learned the lesson, and then moved forward.” – Eleanor Brownn

“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.” – Al Siebert

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“Resiliency is something you do, more than something you have. . . You become highly resilient by continuously learning your best way of being yourself in your circumstance.” – Al Siebert

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.”

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

“Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.” – Kate DiCamillo

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“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.” – Joshua Waitzkin

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

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” – Corinthians

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.” – Sophie Kinsella

“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” – Jamais Cascio

“Like tiny seeds with potent power to push through tough ground and become mighty trees, we hold innate reserves of unimaginable strength. We are resilient.” – Catherine DeVrye

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.” – Elizabeth Edwards

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards

“It’s okay to feel down or think pessimistically sometimes, but choosing to respond with optimism, resilience, and gratitude will benefit you far more in the long run.” – Abhishek Ratna

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde

“My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon.” – Mizuta Masahide

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“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.” – Raymond E. Feist

“The conclusion that resilience is made of ordinary rather than extraordinary processes offers a more positive outlook on human development and adaptation, as well as direction for policy and practice aimed at enhancing the development of children at risk for problems and psychopathology.” – Ann Masten

“What most people call stress is really an internal, physical feeling of anxiety or strain that they don’t like. This is not just semantics. Stress is the external pressure, strain is the internal effect.” – Al Siebert

“When we learn how to become resilient, we learn how to embrace the beautifully broad spectrum of the human experience.” – Jaeda Dewalt

“Positive psychology poses important questions for resilience investigators about the differentiation of challenging experiences that undermine development versus those that promote development.” – Ann Masten

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” – Anais Nin

“Resilient survivors handle their feelings well when hit with unexpected difficulties no matter how unfair. When hurt and distressed, they expect to eventually recover and find a way to have things turn our well.” – Al Siebert

“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.” – Robert Jordan

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” – Corinthians

“Resilience is the ability to attack while running away.” – Wes Fessler

“Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them.” – John C. Maxwell

“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance.” – Lee Ann Womack

“My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke. I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.” – Maya Angelou

“Our resilience increases as we recognize the magnitude of what we have already accomplished.” – Patricia O’Gorman

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” – Tina Fey

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” – Richard Bach

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

“Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith

“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

“Resilience can be defined as reduced vulnerability to environmental risk experiences, the overcoming of a stress or adversity, or a relatively good outcome despite risk experiences.” – Michael Rutter

“It also appears that coping and parenting skills and parent-child relations may be an important focus of resilience-based interventions following mass violence and disaster.” – Cale Palmer

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” – Chronicles

“When resilience is conceived as a trait, it has been suggested that it represents a constellation of characteristics that enable individuals to adapt to the circumstances they encounter.” – David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

“Fear of failure is the fuel of achievement. If you weren’t afraid to fail, you probably wouldn’t be highly motivated to work at the level that most of us have to work to do well.” – Ruth Simmons

“Someone said adversity builds character, but someone else said adversity reveals character. I’m pleasantly surprised with my resilience. I persevere, and not just blindly. I take the best, get rid of the rest, and move on, realizing that you can make a choice to take the good.” – Brooke Shields

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,“I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

“‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Experience life in all possible ways goodbad, bittersweet, darklight, summerwinter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” – Osho

“Adversity introduces us to ourselves.” – W. Mitchell

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“Remember an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards; so when you feel like life is dragging you down with difficulties, it simply means that it’s going to launch you to something great. So just focus and keep aiming.” – Anonymous

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans

“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” – Les Brown

“It’s during our very worst fall that we can either die or learn to fly.” – Sira Masetti

“Resilience is overcoming adversity, whilst also potentially changing, or even dramatically transforming, (aspects of) that adversity.” – Angie Har

“It’s crazy, how similar we are. Here are both of us, working through our stuff, trying to make something positive out of something really bad.” – Jenny Han

“Internal locus of control influences responses to stressful events by improving coping strategies and reducing anxiety. Thus, perceived control is a key marker of stress resilience.” – Tonya Jacobs et al.

“A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a person perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb

“Taking time to laugh, appreciate pleasant moments, and smell the roses daily affects your brain and nervous system in ways that enhance your problem-solving skills, and this, in turn, increased your resiliency.” – Al Siebert

“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.” – Steve Goodier

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“Spending time alone in your own company reinforces your selfworth and is often the number one way to replenish your resilience reserves.” – Sam Owen

“It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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

“The behavioral component of resilience enables people to remain effective at home and work, able to focus on relevant tasks and goals and carry them out.” – Ivan Robertson and Cary Cooper

“I think there are things that we can ll do to build resilience in ourselves, but also to build resilience in each other.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one who has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” – Mary Holloway

“Resilient children tend to have parents who are concerned with their children’s education, who participate in that education, who direct their children’s everyday task, and who are aware of their children’s interests and goals.” – Linda F. Winfield

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

“My childhood gave me resilience and there’s little that can surprise me in life.” – Natalia Vadianova

“It makes one a better person to have had hardships and to have overcome hardships and not to blame anybody else for your mistakes.” – Maureen Forrester

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

“Increasingly, researchers focused on identifying the characteristics of individuals, particularly young people, who thrived while living in difficult circumstances, such as poverty and parental mental illness.” – David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar

“It may sound strange, but many champions are made champions by setbacks.” – Bob Richards

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

“Real obstacles don;t take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.” – Barbara Sher

“What does not kill me makes me stronger.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Sometimes carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” – Albert Camus

“It is possible to define the property of resilience as a complex repertoire of behavioral tendencies that may be evoked or activated by environmental demands.” – Christine Agaibi and John Wilson

“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve to conquer.”

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

“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

“Resilience to the unsettling effects of interpersonal loss is not rare but relatively common, does not appear to indicate pathology but rather healthy adjustment, and does not lead to delayed grief reactions.” – George Bonanno

“Resiliency is the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity.” – Nan Henderson

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” – Tony Robbins

“I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t fail … a lot. The good, the bad, it’s all part of the success equation.” – Mark Cuban

“The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.” – Woodrow Wilson

“She had fouled off of the curves that life had thrown at her.” – W.P. Kinsella

“When you are hit with life-disrupting events, you will never be the same again. You either cope or you crumble; you become better or bitter; you emerge stronger or weaker.” – Al Siebert

“Thinking is easy, acting difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action, the most difficult thing in the world.” – Goethe

“As much as talent counts, effort counts twice.” – Angela Duckworth

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Family environments characterized by stability, cohesion, organization, and preservation of routines and rituals may be most conducive to resilience among adolescents.” – Hyun Lee and James Cranford

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Heroes inevitably experience at least one very big failure that tests whether they have the resilience to come back and fight smarter and with more determination.” – Ray Dalio

“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” – José N. Harris

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

“Resilience is based on compassion for ourselves as well as compassion for others.” – Sharon Salzberg

“Find a survivor who can be a role model for you. For me it is Lassie: whenever I run into difficulties I ask myself,“What would Lassie do now?” – Bernie Siegel

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” – Booker T. Washington

“My life was my life; I would have to stare it down, somehow, and make it work for me.” – Paula McLain

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

“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” – Gever Tulley

“I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget.” – Erin Van Vuren

“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“No matter how you define success, you will need to be resilient, empowered, authentic, and limber to get there.” – Joanie Connell

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.” – Alain de Botton

“A Child Called It was a story about resilience, it was never about boo-hoo-hoo. It was about a kid that didn’t quit.” – Dave Pelzer

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Strong people alone know how to organize their suffering so as to bear only the most necessary pain.” – Emil Dorian

“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” – Colin Powell

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

“Nourishing relationships is the single most universally agreed-upon feature of the good life.” – Daniel Goleman

“Successful people demonstrate their resilience through their dedication to making progress every day, even if that progress is marginal.” – Jonathan Mills

“Resilience arises out of a belief in one’s own self-efficacy, the ability to deal with change, and use of a repertoire of problem-solving skills.” – Brigid Gillespie et al.

“The better you become at being able to recognize, verbalize, and manage your feelings, the less you will be vulnerable to losing emotional control or developing cardiovascular illnesses.” – Al Siebert

“Any psychological resilience training program should, as much as practically possible, consider the broader environment within which individuals operate.” – David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar

“The study of resilience represents a special subclass of research on positive functioning as it applies to risk populations under adversity… one limitation of resilience research is the neglect of a large range of positive functioning beyond the absence of problems.” – Joseph Mahoney and Lars Bergman

“Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey

“In terms of fostering resiliency prior to the development of symptoms, current research suggests that certain aspects of military life, such as field training exercises, unit cohesiveness, physical fitness, and leadership may be beneficial as part of preparedness interventions.” – Cale Palmer

“A few people are born resilient. The rest of us need to work consciously at developing our abilities.” – Al Siebert

“Survivors are not afraid to have feelings. You must be in touch with your body and its messages.” – Bernie Siegel

“I didn’t give up. I am not a victim, and that is my proudest accomplishment.” – Suzanne Somers

“Being able to move on despite negative stressors does not demonstrate luck on the part of those successful individuals but demonstrates a concept known as resilience.” – Michele Tugade and Barbara Fredrickson

“The key to making your life better is to stop blaming others for triggering reactions in you that you don’t like. The problem is not what others do; it is your reaction to what they do.” – Al Siebert

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

“Resilience can be viewed as a defence mechanism, which enables people to thrive in the face of adversity and improving resilience may be an important target for treatment and prophylaxis.” – Dmitry Davydov et al.

“Resilience is seen as more than simple recovery from insult, rather it can be defined as positive growth or adaptation following periods of homeostatic disruption.” – Laura Campbell-Sills

“Indeed, this life is a test. It is a test of many things of our convictions and priorities, our faith and our faithfulness, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our ultimate desires.” – Sheri L. Dew

“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” – Carlton Fisk

“Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes too.” – Jimmy Buffett

“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… The truly wise person is colorblind.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Resilience is a process and a staircase. You might be on step four of the staircase, and I might be on step one, but we can both keep moving up the staircase so that our resilience levels will hopefully exceed the rising tide of stress.” – Glenn Schiraldi

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

“If we want to help vulnerable youngsters become more resilient, we need to decrease their exposure to potent risk factors and increase their competencies and self-esteem, as well as the sources of support they can draw upon.” – Emmy Werner

“Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” – Angela Duckworth

Originally published October 8, 2021, updated October 8, 2021

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