I bring you the gift of these four words: I believe in you. – Blaise Pascal
#ThrowbackThursday Update (Oct. 2, 2014): This post was published on Feb 3, 2013. It was encouraging to read through hundreds of quotes trying to find 20 that spoke the loudest! These quotes still have the power to bring light to the dark days. I hope you find encouragement in their words, too. ~ Alex
There have been more times than I care to admit when I have felt like giving up.
I have felt like giving up on my job, this blog, and there was once a time when I felt like giving up on my marriage. Those days have been some of the bleakest days of my life. The darkness, along with my anxiety, seemed to never end.
But I held on. I clung to my faith like it was the last buoy in the sea.
I relied on my past experience to remind me that the light does return – maybe it doesn’t return on my schedule, but it does return.
The way I found my way back to the light is by opening my heart to the inspiration around me. Reading, writing and sharing my struggles gave me hope and it encouraged me to never give up.
When your days feel dark, allow these 20 quotes to wash over your heart and inspire you to never give up, too.
1. Take a Leap of Faith
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King
2. Greet Change as a Friend
Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it. – Zig Ziglar
3. Roadblocks? Go Around Them
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
4. Do Something Everyday
What I hear I forget. What I see I remember. What I do, I know. – Chinese Proverb
5. Discover New Paths
Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made nothing happens. – Wilfred A. Peterson
6. Imagine the Possibilities
I see possibilities in everything. For everything that’s taken away, something of greater value has been given. – Michael J. Fox
7. Go the Extra Mile
When you feel like quitting: think about why you started. – Author Unkown
8. Stay Positive
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill
9. Choose Hope
Hope is being able to see there is light despite all the darkness. – Desmond Tutu
10. Keep Dreaming
You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis
11. Don’t Let Go
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
12. Give It All You Got!
I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got. – Walter Cronkite
13. Stay Strong
Don’t give up; the beginning is always the hardest. – Kemmy Nola
14. Perfection Is Not Required
Remind yourself that it’s okay not to be perfect. – Author Unknown
15. Remember: Suffering is Optional
Pain is evitable. Suffering is optional. – M. Kathleen Casey
16. Today is Only the Beginning
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. – Ivy Baker Priest
17. Appreciate What You Have
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have. – Garrison Keillor
18. Never Give Up
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
19. Welcome Your Good Fortune
Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. – Author Unknown
20. It’s Up to You
Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. – Frank Tyger