When unforeseen challenges occur, and times get tough, there are eight things to remember.
1. Stay strong.
2. Keep your head up.
3. Work towards your goals.
4. Focus on your strengths.
5. Find support, community, and solidarity with friends, family, and strangers.
6. Be yourself.
7. Advance yourself.
8. With challenge comes change.
Good things can come from your words, your actions, and your challenges – if you let them.
Read these 61 quotes about words, the world, and you.
Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. ~ Yehuda Berg
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. ~ André Gide
To know how to free oneself is nothing; the arduous thing is to know what to do with one’s freedom. ~ André Gide
Food for the stomach is easy. Nourishment for the heart is rare. ~ Patricia Rice
Words give immortality to thoughts. ~ Al-Hajjaj
Nothing is more beautiful than a word fitly spoken. ~ Asa Mahan
Many persons use words without knowing their meaning. ~ Elisha Loomis
Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night. ~ Marian Wright Edelman
Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer. ~ Muhammad Ali
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. ~ Proverbs 31:25-26
Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. ~ Daryn Kagan
There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. ~ Charles Dickens
...all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine that it can live apart. Peace has been said to be indivisible, so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. ~ C. S. Lewis
Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. ~ Albert Schweitzer
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. ~ Ralph Marston
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead
The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Hardship is a blessing when it spurs effort and development; ease is a curse when it increases complacency and self-indulgence. ~ Musō Kokushi
...find the good and praise it. ~ Alex Haley
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~ W. T. Purkiser
Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. ~ Roger Crawford
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life…and the world… ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Sometimes the darkest challenges, the most difficult lessons, hold the greatest gems of light. ~ Barbara Marciniak
To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little. ~ Criss Jami
...there is a landscape larger than the one we can see. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. ~ Margaret Cousins
Wisdom and compassion should become the dominating influences that guide our thoughts, our words, and our actions. ~ Matthieu Ricard
Once we accept that abundance and lack are parallel realities and that each day we choose – consciously or unconsciously – which world we will inhabit, a deep inner shift in our reality occurs. We discover the sacred in the ordinary and we realize that every day is literally a gift. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way. ~ Nikki Giovanni
Laughter rises out of tragedy, when you need it the most, and rewards you for your courage. ~ Erma Bombeck
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. ~ Patrick Henry
I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~ Rosa Parks
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. ~ Aristotle
It is not enough to know what we are against. We must also know what we are for. ~ G. Edward Griffin
Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. ~ Ellen DeGeneres
My soul is not contained within the limits of my body. My body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul. ~ Jim Carrey
You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to. ~ Robin Williams (as Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting)
Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it. ~ Cullen Hightower
I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them. ~ Madam C. J. Walker (née Sarah Breedlove)
It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. ~ Thomas Sowell
A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives. ~ Desmond Tutu
The secret of life is to have no fear; it’s the only way to function. ~ Stokely Carmichael
The best views come after the hardest climb. ~ Anonymous
If a man does not know to what port he is sailing, no wind is favorable. ~ Socrates
Perseverance and audacity generally win. ~ Dorothée DeLuzy
Gain wisdom, and use it. ~ Chilo
It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are. ~ James Mackintosh
Success doesn’t come by magic, but rather by muscle – both mental and physical. ~ Anonymous
For famous men have the whole earth as their memorial: it is not only the inscriptions on their graves in their own country that mark them out; no, in foreign lands also, not in any visible form but in people’s hearts, their memory abides and grows. It is for you to try to be like them. Make up your minds that happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous. ~ Thucydides
You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding. ~ Guy Finley
Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. ~ Billy Graham
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
Don’t let anyone speak for you, and don’t rely on others to fight for you. ~ Michelle Obama
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. ~ Ella Fitzgerald
I am no longer accepting things I cannot change. I am changing things I cannot accept. ~ Angela Davis
What is a Wanderess? Bound by no boundaries, contained by no countries, tamed by no time, she is the force of nature’s course. ~ Roman Payne
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. ~ Carl Jung
A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. ~ Vernon Howard
Success doesn’t come to you. You go to it. ~ Marva Collins
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world. ~ Anonymous