45 Encouraging Quotes For Those Living With Chronic Illness



I’m a huge fan of quotes.

Maybe it’s the former English teacher in me – but I love finding a powerful, memorable line I can remember, share, and refer back to whenever I need it.

I even own a few quotationaries (did you even know that was a thing?) – they’re like dictionaries, but they only have quotes!

When it comes to living with chronic pain – we need all the encouragement we can get, am I right?


 So, here are some inspirational quotes I hope will encourage you today – and many days to come.

Encouraging Quotes for People With Chronic Pain:

  1. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” – Buddhist proverb
  2. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”- Kahlil Gibran
  3. “3 Routes to Healing: 1. You must let the pain visit. 2. You must allow it teach you. 3. You must not allow it overstay.” – Ijeoma Umebinyuo
  4. “Everything is going to be alright. Maybe not today, but eventually.”—Unknown 
  5.  “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” – Unknown
  6. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  7. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  8. “You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other and you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”- Elizabeth Taylor
  9. “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu
  10.  “I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.” – Unknown
  11. “The most interesting, beautiful people you’ll ever meet have often had lives you wouldn’t believe.” – Erica @Autoimmune Rebel
  12. “Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.” – Bessel A. van der Kolk
  13. “No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere.” – Brad Gast
  14. “You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” – Josh Shipp
  15. “Resting is not laziness, it’s medicine!” – Glenn Schweitzer
  16. “When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve
  17. “If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” – Carmen Ambrosia
  18.  “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson
  19. “Do not resist the pain. Allow it to be there. Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace. This is your crucifixion. Let it become your resurrection and ascension.”- Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
  20. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
  21. “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and that will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell
  22. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
  23. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”—Bob Marley
  24. “We are stronger in the places we have been broken.” – Ernest Hemingway
  25. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  26.  “Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. “I often say now I don’t have any choice whether I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.” – Michael J. Fox
  28. “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye
  29. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott
  30. “Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Orison Swett Marden
  31. “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something that is broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.” – Unknown
  32. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi
  33. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
  34.  “The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life. They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.” – Kristen Butler
  35. “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Iain S. Thomas
  36. “If you can sit with your pain, listen to your pain and respect your pain — in time you will move through your pain.” –Bryant McGill
  37. “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” – Hippocrates
  38. “The only way out is through.” – Robert Frost
  39.  “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” – A. A. Milne
  40. “The truth is we’re all a little bit broken. We must learn to love the broken pieces of ourselves – be gentle and empathetic with ourselves, and others.” – Karen Salmansohn
  41. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  42.  “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it.” – Hannah Brencher
  43. “We are stronger in the places we have been broken.” – Ernest Hemingway
  44. “Be the author of your own life story.” – Unknown
  45. “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” – Unknown


Do you have a favorite quote on living with chronic pain, an invisible illness, or just having to push through a hard time?

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