Famous Quotes on Resilience and Well-Being

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Developing resilience is essential to enjoying well-being. A resilient person is able to successfully navigate life’s ups and downs to experience a good quality of life no matter what happens. Resilience is the capacity for successful adaptation in the face of stress, challenge, and adversity, as Mason’s Resilience Model shows. These famous quotes on resilience and well-being can motivate you to learn resiliency:

“A good school teaches you resilience – that ability to bounce back.” – Kate Reardon

“Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive.” – Jamais Cascio

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – John Powell

“Defeat is in your mind. Resilience is in your soul.” – Keri Murphy

“We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival.” – Joan Halifax

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Resilience is a muscle. Flex it enough and it will take less effort to get over emotional punches each time.” – Alecia Moore

“You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“We all need resilience to live a fulfilling life. With resilience, you’ll be more prepared to take on challenges, to develop your talents, skills, and abilities so that you can live with more purpose and more joy.” – Eric Grietens

“Success and failure come and go, but don’t let them define you. It’s who you are that matters.” – Kamal Ravikant

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.” – Elizabeth Edwards

“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.” – Yasmin Mogahed

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis

“We need to build resilience together, rooted in religion, rooted in schools, rooted in our health care institutions.” – Sheryl Sandberg

“I have an incredible confidence in the resilience of the human spirit and the creative ability of the Holy Spirit. So, if you can get people asking the right questions, it really will start moving in the right direction.” – Erwin McManus

“Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them are what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua Marine

“Developing a diet that is healthful, balanced, and appropriate for your particular caloric needs is easy enough and is absolutely critical to establishing a healthful lifestyle that incorporates proper nutrition, adequate fitness, and mental resilience.” – Daphne Oz

“Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.” – John Sinclair

“Failing well is a skill. Letting [people] do it gives them critical practice coping with a negative experience. It also gives them the opportunity to develop a kind of confidence and resilience that can only be forged in times of challenge.” – Rachel Simmons

“You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.” – Henri Amiel

“The soul is both the most fragile and most resilient thing about you; a healthy soul is what holds you together when your world falls apart. Since you will carry your soul into eternity, it’s worth checking up on it at least as often as your teeth.” – John Ortberg

“Ultimately, we’re incredibly resilient creatures. People really do get on with the business of living.” – Lynn Nottage

“Every great personal story you have to tell involves overcoming adversity. If you shy away from adversity, you take away your ability to tell new stories.” – Farrel Droke

“Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.” – H. Jackson Brown

Humor prevents one from becoming a tragic figure even though he or she is involved in tragic events.” – E.T. Eberhart

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” – Napoleon Hill

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin

“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one who has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” – Mary Holloway

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford