40 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Navigate Life's Struggles

By Krista


Last Updated: November 19, 2021

Let’s be real: Sometimes, life is really hard. 

In truth, no one really goes unscathed. We all deal with life’s struggles from time to time.

From financial pressures to relationship woes, life can, sometimes, feel like a serious uphill battle. It might even feel like you’re pushing a rock uphill — only to have it keep rolling over you again and again.

You might get knocked down. Yet, it’s your actions afterward that matter the most. Do you get back up? Do you overcome hardship?

If you haven’t gotten over your most recent struggle, don’t worry. We’ve got some inspiration coming your way. 

Check out the most motivating and inspiring quotes below for going through:

  • an identity crisis
  • dealing with relationship issues
  • struggling with life in general
  • for those tough life transitions

Hold onto the one that resonates with you and use it to overcome those tough times!


10 Inspiration Quotes for Getting Through an Identity Crisis

Many of us might question where we fit in in this chaotic world. This is especially apparent through times of great change and growth. You might realize you aren’t the person you used to be, and that’s okay. In fact, often, this can be a good thing!

So, if this sounds familiar and you’re going through a bit of an identity crisis, here are a few words of wisdom for you:

“Are you broken? Good. Now fall apart completely. You will realize that what has fallen apart is not you. It's just a thin external coating that hides your pure, eternal and ever-shining being.” - Shunya 

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” - Socrates

“Don’t spend all of your time trying to FIND yourself. Spend your time CREATING yourself into a person that you’ll be proud of.” - Sonya Parker

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” - Lao Tzu

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will only burn what you are not.” - Mooji

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” - Carl Jung

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” - Muhammad Ali

“One does not ‘find oneself’ by pursuing one’s self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine… who one is and wants to be.” - May Sarton

“I don’t know where I am going, but I am on my way.” - Voltaire

Related Article: Tips to Become the Best Version of Yourself: A Personal Development Journey


10 Motivational Quotes for Relationship Struggles

As humans, we derive so much meaning and importance when it comes to relationships.

And when those relationships either start to fall apart or don’t have the same meaning they used to, it can seriously shake up your world. So, let’s get through this one together.

Do any of the quotes below speak to you? Can these wise words help you right now?

“Problems in relationships occur because each person is concentrating on what is missing in the other person.”- Wayne Dyer

“If your love for another person doesn’t include loving yourself then your love is incomplete.”- Shannon L. Alder

“If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.” - Richard Bach

“Every relationship has its problems but what makes it perfect is when you still want to be there when everything goes wrong.” - Ritu Ghatourey

"You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them...but still move on without them.” - Mandy Hale

“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.” - Mark Twain

“We have to be whole people to find whole love” - Cheryl Strayed

“People inspire you, or they drain you. Pick them wisely.” - Hans F. Hasen

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” - Walter Winchell

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” - Oprah Winfrey


10 Inspiring Quotes About Life in General

Sometimes, there isn’t one event or one reason as to why you feel lost or disoriented.

When everything feels like it’s in chaos, turn to these quotes for navigation:

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” - Thomas A. Edison

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” - Albert Einstein

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” - Babe Ruth

“Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” - Will Smith

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” - Steve Jobs

“Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” - Seneca

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” - Soren Kierkegaard

“Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this.” - Celine Dion

“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” - Lillian Dickson

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” - Marilyn Monroe

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10 Quotes to Help You Get Through Transitions

Change isn’t meant to be easy. And as you grow or transition through different phases of life, it can help to have a few words or sentences to guide you. These might include:

“Change, like healing, takes time.” - Veronica Roth

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” - Barack Obama

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” - Eckhart Tolle

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” - Madonna

“Those times of transitions are great opportunities to look for recurring patterns in your life and make adjustments to build on the good and reduce the bad.” - Dan Miller

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” - Maria Robinson

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” - Victor Hugo

“A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you're in and take advantage of it.” - Nikki Giovanni

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” - Oprah Winfrey

"Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around.” - Roy T. Bennett


Find Your Path

Ultimately, it’s up to you to transition through those difficult times.

You are always in control of your life and where you are going. Find a quote above that resonates with you. Hold onto it. Turn to it during times of need. Sometimes, we all need a few words or a new perspective to get us through.

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11 comments on “40 Inspirational Quotes to Help You Navigate Life's Struggles”

  1. Wow, I just received my first issue of Daily Motivation … I love the articles, the related articles and the various quotes. I like to post a quote in my email signature. Now, I gave quite a few that will allow me to change it weekly. And, I already shared this newsletter with 10 friends in my network. This is an excellent daily vitamin (along with reading Encouraging Word) to start my day…thank you for this gift!❤️

    1. Welcome to the community, Susan! We love to hear this kind of feedback, and that DM is making a difference in your world. And what a great idea to have a quote in your emails! So happy to be on this journey with you. 🙂

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