40 Quotes About Strength – How to Find True Inner Strength

True inner strength is found through struggle, experience and perseverance. And while finding strength within yourself, through yourself, is important, it’s not the whole part of the journey. These quotes about strength give insight into what strength truly is, how to find strength in hard times, and why community and family are just as an important part to your journey both for support and confidence building.

What Is Strength?

I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong. - Leo Rosten

“I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.” – Leo Rosten

“True strength is delicate.” – Louise Berliawsky Nevelson

“My strength is that I’m an empath.” – Catriona Gray




“A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.” – Wayne Dyer

“The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience.” – Lech Walesa

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.” – Leo Buscaglia

“My greatest strength is common sense. I’m really a standard brand – like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate.” – Katharine Hepburn

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.” – Judith Viorst




“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” – Saint Francis de Sales

“Silence is a source of great strength.” – Lao Tzu

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Quotes on Strength and Why Hard Times Make Us Stronger

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. -Oprah Winfrey

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” – Oprah Winfrey

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney




“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” – Winston Churchill

“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.” – Drew Barrymore

“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.” – LL Cool J

Quotes on How to Find Strength

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. -Helen Keller

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“When people ask what my biggest strength is, it’s that I’m shameless. I will ask people for help even when I don’t know them.” – Reshma Saujani

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“As a boss, as a CEO, as a creative director, as a chef, I’ve learned that failure will always come. I’ve learned to give it a big squeeze, smile at it, humble myself to it and then use it as a springboard to send me on my way to strength, success, and fulfillment.” – Christina Tosi

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill

“Strengths are not activities you’re good at, they’re activities that strengthen you. A strength is an activity that before you’re doing it you look forward to doing it; while you’re doing it, time goes by quickly and you can concentrate; after you’ve done it, it seems to fulfill a need of yours.” – Marcus Buckingham

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

Quotes About Inner Strength

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time. -Anna Freud

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” – Anna Freud

“You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, ‘I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself.'” – Mariah Carey

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

“My inner strength comes from my friends. I have a very close group of friends and family, and we all help each other through our dark times.” – Kathy Bates

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Family Strength Quotes

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong. -Tecumseh

“A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.” – Tecumseh

“If you have a good community behind you and a good family supporting you, then, when the buck stops with you, there is the strength of that community and that family to draw upon.” – Janet Reno

“I was raised in a sort of village. I have a huge family, and I think there is strength in that. It helped me to deal with some of the complications of living in the South because I always felt like I belonged, no matter what.” – Chadwick Boseman

“One of the primary purposes of civilization – and certainly its primary strength – is the guarantee that family life can flourish in unity, peace, and order.” – Robert Kennedy

“My mom cleaned toilets for a long time, and she’d seen a lot of terrible things, but she was still the strength of our family. And there are women like that all across the country – all around the world – who show that type of fortitude.” – Dwayne Johnson

“Words don’t define me. Actions, my faith, and the strength of my relationships and family do.” – Rachel Campos-Duffy

“Draw great strength from your family and give in turn to those who come after you.” – Janet Reno

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