Quotes and Inspiration to Make You Feel Resilient
There are many ways to encourage resilience in people. Something as simple as an inspiring
quote can be empowering. There are also surprising forms of expression, like tattoos, that can
tell stories of resilience and serve as motivational examples.
Inspirational Quotes of Resilience
Below are several quotes on different aspects of resilience, from finding inner strength to
surviving life’s challenges.
“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.”
— Elizabeth Edwards, author
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
— Nelson Mandela
“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to
pick yourself up.”
— Mary Holloway, resilience coach
“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo — far more flexible than you’d ever believe at
— Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
“Perhaps what matters when all is said and done is not who puts us down but who picks us up.”
— Kate DiCamillo, Louisiana’s Way Home
“Grief and resilience live together.”
— Michelle Obama, Becoming
“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise
your sail and begin.”
— Gregory S. Williams, author
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed
door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
— Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
“Since our problems have been our own creation. They also can be overcome. When we use the
power provided free to everyone. This is love.”
— George Harrison, “This Is Love”
“Adversity has the remarkable ability of introducing the real you to yourself.”
— M.B. Dallocchio, The Desert Warrior
“Even the tiniest of flowers can have the toughest roots.”
— Shannon M Mullen, See What Flowers
Tattoos to Inspire Resilience
Once considered taboo or a sign of defiance, tattoos have become practically mainstream.
Tattoos can mean different things and serve many purposes — from being a form of artistic
self-expression to commemorating an important event or recognizing someone special. They
can also symbolize a person’s resilience in the face of adversity.
From words and phrases to symbols and poetry, tattoos remind people of their strength and how
they have overcome challenges such as an illness or loss.
Getting a tattoo is a decision that should be carefully considered, but it can be a source of
inspiration to yourself and others.
Resilience in Books, Movies, and TV Shows
Literature and pop culture provide reminders that resilience is common to the human condition.
Here are some of the top reads, films, and shows about ways to build inner strength and stories
of people who drew on their own resilience.
5 of the Top Books on Resilience
Freedom From Anxious Thoughts and Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for
Moving Beyond Fear and Worry, by Scott Symington, PhD
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About
Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, by Michael Pollan
Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, by Rick
Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience, by Allison Pataki
5 of the Top Movies, Documentaries, and TV Shows on Resilience
The Florida Project
He Named Me Malala
When They See Us
Examples of Resilience
Stories of public figures, celebrities, and other personalities who have overcome challenges in
life can help others feel less alone and even be empowering.
Celebrities Who Are Resilient
Randy Travis The country music superstar regained his voice and his life after suffering a
massive stroke. Learn more about his struggles and hope for the future.
J.K. Rowling The author was divorced, on government aid, and struggling to feed her family
just three years before she sold the first Harry Potter book. The manuscript was rejected dozens
of times before publisher Bloomsbury bought it. Now Rowling and her books are a global
Emily Blunt As a child, the film actress (Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place) struggled with
a stutter that silenced her in the classroom and among her peers. But a teacher’s suggestion that
she try out for a school play helped Blunt finally overcome her stutter.
Sterling K. Brown The actor, whose uncle died from pancreatic cancer, set out to normalize the
experience of cancer survivorship. Learn more about how he is putting a spotlight on life after
Jennifer Hudson The singer’s mother, brother, and nephew were murdered by her sister’s
estranged ex-husband. In the wake of the tragedy, Hudson worked through her pain by creating
the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. Named after her late nephew, the charity provides support
and positive experiences to help children from all backgrounds grow into productive and happy
Lionel Messi The soccer superstar was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency at age 11.
The medical costs were too much for his parents, but the sporting director of FC Barcelona
heard about his plight and arranged a tryout. Messi made the team and earned the money to
cover his treatments.
Eminem In his youth, the hip-hop star witnessed domestic violence, was bullied, and endured a
rocky relationship with his mother. He also had to overcome addiction troubles. But he was
able to channel his resilience through his music.
Stories of Resilience
Every day, people from all walks of life face health and personal challenges. Their stories of
resilience offer hope and inspiration to others facing adversity.
Cherie Binns The MS-certified nurse is helping others live better with the disease.
Alisha Bridges Alisha wants others with psoriasis to know that they’re not alone.
Howard Chang The Everyday Health blogger (“The Itch to Beat Psoriasis”) and his family have
had to weather multiple health storms.
April Christina A delayed endometriosis diagnosis helped April find her voice.
Sararosa Davies Despite her chronic illness, Sararosa is able to see the world from the safety of
her bed through travel shows.
Lydia Emily Painting helps this artist deal with the challenges of MS.
Nicole Garcia Following her dad’s diagnosis with colon cancer, Nicole learned that she carries a
mutation of the BRCA1 gene.
Tori Geib For Tori, having metastatic cancer means living with the disease as well as she can.
Sydney Heersink Sydney shares four lessons she learned about coping with a cancer diagnosis.
Brenda Kong Brenda suddenly found herself being caregiver to her brother when he was
diagnosed with cancer, but she still manages her own psoriatic disease.
Melissa Leeolou Melissa found “the gift of resiliency” through dance.
Tina Aswani Omprakash Tina has battled Crohn’s disease for over 13 years, and she is helping
raise awareness about the condition.
Don Ray How one man beat the odds and has thrived for decades with type 1 diabetes.
Nicole Schalmo A young actress wouldn’t let a shocking diagnosis deter her from her dreams.
Dot Thompson A shift in mindset helped Dot lose 150 pounds on the Keto diet.
Karen Wehling Karen had to cope with the loss of her cancer support buddies.
Resilience in Fitness and Weight Loss
Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes balanced meals and regular exercise requires
resilience. It can be difficult to change habits, particularly when it comes to curbing negative
eating and sleeping habits.
Resilience and Weight
How to Overcome (and Avoid) Yo-Yo Dieting
Persistence, realistic optimism, and support systems can help people develop healthier
lifestyles. Exercising with a friend, for example, makes the process more fun and less isolating.
Getting the whole family involved in healthy meal planning makes it less stressful.
Changing habits involves a healthy dose of self-awareness. People have to be able to look
inward and find where they’re making mistakes before they can create new habits. Putting
supports in place to keep you on track will help you meet your goals and create better habits.
Websites About Resilience
For more information on the importance of resilience, what you can do to build up resilience,
and how to practice it in your life, visit the following resources:
The Human Rights Resilience Project This website brings together research, resources, and
tools to improve resilience and well-being within the human rights community.
American Psychological Association — The Road to Resilience Compiled by the American
Psychological Association, this resource helps people learn how to cope with difficult life
situations, including trauma.
Mental Health Services
It can be difficult to know how and when to get help with feelings of anxiety, depression, and
other mental health conditions. Reaching out for help is a good first step toward building
resilience and improving your overall well-being.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline If you are thinking about suicide or are worried about a loved one,
the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is open 24/7 in the United States to assist you by connecting
you with a trained crisis worker.
Crisis Text Line Available 24/7 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, the
Crisis Text Line connects every texter with a crisis counselor for confidential help on the spot.
Good Therapy It can be hard to know where to start when looking for a therapist. Good
Therapy helps you find support right in your ZIP code.
Young people need help learning to develop resilience in a stressful world. It isn’t as easy as
telling them to try again. They need specific resources.
Edutopia: Resources on Developing Grit, Resilience, and Growth Mindset This is a curated list
of resources to help parents and educators teach and support grit, resilience, and growth
LGBTQ Support and Resources Related to Bullying
Marginalized youth have a higher risk of bullying, violence, and suicide. There are resources
out there to help all youth know that they are not alone.
Born This Way Foundation Born This Way supports the wellness of young people using
evidence-based programs that are kind, compassionate, accepting, and inclusive.
The Trevor Project The Trevor Project provides support and resources for LGBTQ youth,
including a 24/7 crisis line with trained counselors on call.
StopBullying.gov All kids involved in bullying (victims, bullies, witnesses) are affected it by it.
StopBullying.gov compiled resources to help parents, schools, and communities decrease