Sometimes positivity just cannot touch the hidden places of the heart. When life seems too hard, some realistic quotes can change your perspective.

I just read a comment on a post I wrote last week. It seems that many people understand the value of getting in touch with your feelings, even the dark ones.

Life is hard – most of us know that – that’s why some quotes seem to relate to what’s really going on around us.

They can also help us regulate our emotions and see things in a different way. There really are few things that you cannot do, and quotes about life being hard can help you realize this. If you want to fly a plane, you can. If you want to take dancing lessons, then give it a shot.

If you’re struggling with depression, and wish you had the ability to function better, then read through some of these “hard life” quotes to bolster your self-esteem. They will meet you where you are and never ask you to “stay positive” all the time.

“Tough times never last, but tough people do”

-Robert H. Schuller

This one sounds like my subtitle above doesn’t it? Well, it’s true. It’s so true that I need to expound on the popular saying. You are tough, so much tougher than you ever thought. Yes, life will be tough, so bad that you will feel like giving up. Remember, you are strong and this too shall pass.

“You need to spend time crawling alone through shadows to truly appreciate what it is to stand in the sun.”

-Shaun Hick

If you are always living in the sun, in that moment of greatness, then you cannot see how great it is. All things get mundane when you always have them. Do you understand?

How much greater are good things, then when you are fighting through bad ones. Coming out of the dark is like being showered with a great torrent of happiness. The next time that you find yourself coming from the darkness, pay attention to how great the light feels in your soul.

“I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.”

-Jewish proverb

Many people beg for pain and sorrow to go away or to become a lighter weight to carry. This solution they crave is not one that will benefit them at all.

In fact, taking on a lighter burden can often slow growth. A better solution is to crave a form and substance that can carry these burdens and help you reconcile your pains and sorrows with strength.

“Life is not always fair. Sometimes you get a splinter sliding down a rainbow.”

-Terri Guillemets

You will always be disappointed if you think life is fair. It’s not. Life is anything but, and it can be beyond uncomfortable. More than that, life can be good for such a long time and then suddenly you’re thrown into chaos.

No matter how perfect life may seem, there will always be potholes in the road, cracks in the wall, and dark corners in a room. Life will never be great without some bit of trouble.

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.”

-David Russell

One of the most important things that I am learning right now is when to let go and when to hang on. I am also learning when to take chances and risks.

You basically have to know how to differentiate between these things in order to build a successful life. These choices will always be tough, that’s why they are so important.

“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself.”


Desolation and struggle will come suddenly and you will find yourself at rock bottom. There is a good side to this situation. When you reach depths of despair, this could be the place where you get to know who you really are, and it makes reaching this level so important.

“When the going gets tough, the tough take a nap.”

-Tom Hodgkinson

I bet you thought this quote was going to be its famous counterpart, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”. Well, in all honesty, taking a nap can sometimes be much better.

One of the ways that I prevent my depression and disappointment in life is to take a long nap. Many times, shutting down in this manner helps you to regroup and have a fresh outlook on life.

“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn so that we see ourselves as we really are.”

-Arthur Golden

The truth about struggle and hard times is that it cleans the falsities that surround us and that are within us. It blows the mask from our faces and removes the shield of deception until we are left with nothing but our true selves. Yes, struggles hurt and pain scars, but they play a greater role and present a greater good.

Excel in tribulations

These quotes about life being hard not only help us feel better but they fortify our will to live. With these quotes, we can see things from a new perspective and help others to do the same.

I know that being positive is sometimes just as difficult as life itself, but finding the light within the darkness is indeed important. I hope that you have the strength to endure the hardships of life and find great wisdom in these trials.

Tomorrow always presents a chance to make things better.


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