Quotes That Have Helped in Difficult Times

The following quotes were put forward to me by mental health advocates, as quotes that have helped through difficult times or periods in their mental health.

August Pfizenmayer, Survival is a Talent:

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott 

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Breaking the Stigma:

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

“You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle” – Julian Seifter

Jemima Powell, Olive Branch Consultancy:

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything, giving thanks in all circumstances.” – Philippians 4:6

Kelly Shelley:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Patrick A. Roland, Author of ‘Unpacked Sparkle’:

“Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” – Whitney Houston


“Confidence is not ‘They will like me’; it’s ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.’” – Christina Grimmie

What quotes, affirmations or mantras have helped you in difficult times?

2 thoughts on “Quotes That Have Helped in Difficult Times

  1. Thank you for these comforting and inspiring quotes. One of my favourites (and one that has helped me to become more resilient) is:

    “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as if you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” – Harriet Beecher Stowe.


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