5 Quotes to Help You During Hard Times

September 1, 2016

We’ve all gone through hard times that made a mark on our lives and kept us from moving forward. But these bad experiences can also be turning points that push us to grow, advance, and learn.

We tend to reject negative experiences because we’ve learned that they’re not good for us. They make us feel bad, they make us sad….But the truth is that they can teach us a lot, and they’re much more positive than we think.

“Save your good memories for the bad times and listen… Sign up for life, say how you feel, feel how much you’re worth, dream what you want, and know that what you have is plenty.”

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Quotes to help you through hard times

Bad times allow you to reflect on the course of your life and think about what you really want and which path to choose. But sometimes it’s hard to do so, and you need a push to inspire you.

Some people prefer music, others a good book or a movie….Every sentence, every word, every musical note can help you to overcome a difficult time, to see it from a different perspective, and to rise up when you think you can’t.

Today we’ll share with you 5 quotes that can help you through difficult situations. These quotes will encourage you, motivate you, and allow you to reflect.

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1. “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

This quote, which contains a profound lesson, comes to us from the British philosopher James Allen. You might regret a situation that you made happen. The decisions that you make will sometimes have results that aren’t positive.

If you’re going through a bad time that resulted from your decisions, it’s time to change things. You can’t change the past, but you can change the present and the future. Think more about your decisions, and don’t make them lightly. They can take you wherever you want to go.

Even if you follow these steps, the result still might not be what you want it to be. But don’t worry, life is a constant game of trial and error. Continue thinking hard about your decisions and learning from all the consequences that they bring.

2. “Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.”

This quote full of wisdom comes from US comedian Josh Billings. You know those people who complain about everything? Complaining won’t get you anywhere. Accepting what you have and acting intelligently are much better options.

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If you hold all the best cards in a game, but you don’t know how to play them, what good are they? Even if you have the best ones, if you don’t know how to proceed, you won’t achieve the desired result. This is something that happens a lot.

This is why you should evaluate what you have and think hard about how to play each card before you take action. Sometimes we act too soon and then later regret the consequences. Take it slow; nobody is forcing you to act so hastily.

3. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

This quote from Theodore Roosevelt reminds us that sometimes, we become our own worst enemies. We think that we always have to do everything perfectly, that we can’t make mistakes, and that only the best resources will give us the results we hope for.

But we forget that the effort we put into the journey will determine our success. Focusing too much on the result will cause a lot of problems and frustrations that will push us to throw in the towel if we haven’t already done so.

If we learn to enjoy the journey towards our goals, we’ll feel much better. We’ll realize that we don’t need to have the very best to get what we want; all we need is all of our determination and effort.

4. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

The North American poet Robert Frost reminds us of past situations in which we thought all was lost. Sometimes going through a hard time can make us adopt a defeatist attitude that makes us think we’ll never rise up again.

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Even people who have gone through the most terrible tragedies have made it through, coped with it, and moved forward. Being positive is really important in these situations, because even if it sounds cold, life goes on, and in the future, those bad moments will be only a memory.

Don’t think it’s the end of the world. Don’t think it’s all over for you. You’ll experience negative emotions, not to defeat you, but rather to make you stronger. Not everything will be good, but there’s always tomorrow.

5. “‘If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

This quote by Mary Engelbreit reminds us that wallowing during hard times is very unproductive. What does it do to let that person or situation make you feel bad? Do you enjoy feeling crushed? Surely the answer is “no.”

There are many circumstances where it’s not in your hands to change things. In these cases, what can you do? The answer is simple: change your way of thinking. Acceptance is an important step toward freeing yourself from whatever is upsetting you so much. Don’t let bad times make you feel like you have a bad life.

Are you going through a hard time? With which of these quotes do you identify most? If you have more that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them. Some quotes are worthy of being shared, because they contain valuable lessons that can help us through difficult situations.

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