Almost all of us face difficulty in one way or another. Some may have tougher barriers than many others, but we share a universal individual link in the very fact that we all must face challenges. Nevertheless, it is exactly how we handle those challenges that decides how successful we are in our journey through life.
Here are some quotes about strength from some of the most famous philosophers in history:
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
― Albert Camus
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent van Gogh
“Better to be strong than pretty and useless.”
― Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
― August Wilson
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
You can create your own inner strength, much like these philosophers are guiding you to do in these great quotes about strength. Inner will, or the strength we have to push on us to new boundaries, is much like a muscle that might be developed, all it takes is a few small daily exercises.
Create a sacred space.
A strong internal will allows you to deflect many situations that are stressful so you can make decisions that are reasonable. A part of accomplishing that is taking a while to find your center. Better decisions are made when we are more focused. One way we can do that quickly is by learning how to breathe.
We’re mechanically building up our resilience against the unfamiliar by putting ourselves deep inside of our comfort zone. It is important to intentionally put ourselves in situations that are outside this comfort zone. Gradually and slowly venturing outside of that zone will allow us to build the inner strength we need to accomplish our goals.
Recall a time you have been strong previously.
Did you stand up for yourself in an argument? Did you spearhead an essential project at the office? Odds are you’ve practiced internal strength in multiple elements of your own life, you simply need help recalling them in order to cultivate the ability to take action again.
Reflect on your own good qualities.
We all have insecurities, but it’s our good habits that make us stronger without even knowing it. Have you been an encouraging father? A fiercely loyal friend? Do you motivate others? Those are all qualities that are good. Create a summary of all the things you like about yourself and that you feel are well-developed qualities.
Have a rest from distractions.
The benefits to unplugging are apparently never-ending. A more mindful use of our smartphones and tablets can also help us build inner strength. We are taking a rest from an unhealthy dependence we have developed to our phones by unplugging. Every time we wander from our urge to check our devices just a little bit longer, we are sharpening our will.