Strength is a powerful quality that everyone needs in order to accomplish their goals and dreams.

From inspiring athletes to business moguls, from historical heroes to everyday heroes, strength can help us overcome obstacles and reach any milestone we set for ourselves.

Throughout the ages, many have imparted wisdom about the importance of being strong: great authors and wise philosophers have shared their knowledge about this essential trait, granting insight into its power.

Here are 100+ quotes about strength, collected from some of the most admirable figures throughout history. May their words offer you comfort, peace, and guidance as you seek out your own power.

100+ Powerful Quotes, Sayings & Captions About Strength

  1. A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve
  2. No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That’s the only way to keep the roads clear. – Greg Kincaid
  3. Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. – Mary Oliver
  4. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu
  5. The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in broken places. – Ernest Hemingway
  6. There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, and the other is pulling up. – Booker T. Washington
  7. You attract what you are, not what you want. So if you want it then reflect on it. – Tony Gaskins
  8. Freedom comes from strength and self-reliance. – Lisa Murkowski
  9. You gain strength, courage, and confidence through every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. We will fail when we fail to try. – Rosa Parks
  11. Fools give up fast. Strong men persevere. The wise keep going forever. – Maxime Lagacé
  12. Be strong, be fearless, and be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you. – Misty Copeland
  13. And one has to understand that braveness is not the absence of fear but rather the strength to keep on going forward despite the fear. – Paulo Coelho
  14. We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. – J.K. Rowling
  15. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi
  16. Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. – Oprah Winfrey
  17. A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep. – Vernon Howard
  18. Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength. –Brigitte Nicole
  19. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman
  20. Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. – Bernice Johnson Reagon
  21. Attitude is the ‘little’ thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill
  22. Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. – Anais Nin
  23. For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  24. That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche
  25. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus
  26. 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
  27. I like criticism. It makes you strong. – LeBron James
  28. Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there. – Cheryl Strayed
  29. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection. – Thomas Paine
  30. The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. – Swami Vivekananda
  31. You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you, what sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion; for yourself and those around you. – Lupita Nyong’o
  32. The more you care, the stronger you can be. – Jim Rohn
  33. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. – Abraham Lincoln
  34. We will either find a way or make one. – Anibal Barca
  35. It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, that we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous – even death is terrible only if we fear it. – Epictetus
  36. Courage is the most important of all virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. – Maya Angelou
  37. There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher. – Usain Bolt
  38. Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. – Suzanne Collins
  39. Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity. – Louis Pasteur
  40. Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. – Bruce Lee
  41. It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. – Madeleine Albright
  42. Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid
  43. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa
  44. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. – Khalil Gibran
  45. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
  46. Don’t despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don’t – surrender to events with hope. – Alain de Botton
  47. Nobody can hurt me without my permission. – Mahatma Gandhi
  48. Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. – Mattie Stepanek
  49. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions. – Louisa May Alcott
  50. I don’t want you to save me. I want you to stand by my side as I save myself. – Sushil Singh
  51. Strength of mind is exercise, not rest. – Alexander Pope
  52. Whoever you are, whatever your dream, you have to be strong in your head and strong in your heart. Be strong. There’s no quitting in the person who wants it bad enough. – Carly Patterson
  53. I scorched the earth with my talent and I let my light shine. – André Leon Talley
  54. Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. – Hermann Hesse
  55. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  56. We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free. – Kavita Ramdas
  57. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon
  58. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done. – Vincent Van Gogh
  59. Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it. – Joel Osteen
  60. 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
  61. Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. – Mandy Hale
  62. People do not lack strength, they lack will. – Victor Hugo
  63. 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
  64. I have learned not to allow rejection to move me. – Cicely Tyson
  65. Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  66. Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. – Napoleon Hill
  67. A brave man acknowledges the strength of others. – Veronica Roth
  68. I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou
  69. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius
  70. Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert H. Schuller
  71. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. –Mahatma Gandhi
  72. Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.  – N. R. Walker
  73. One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. – Albert Schweitzer
  74. The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates
  75. There is always light. If only we were brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it. – Amanda Gorman
  76. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6
  77. It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. – Edmund Hillary
  78. You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.– Bob Marley
  79. 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.
  80. This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. – Winston Churchill
  81. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom
  82. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
  83. Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. – William Ellery Channing
  84. The soul that is within me no man can degrade. – Frederick Douglass
  85. I am not what happened to me. I am what I chose to become.  – Carl Gustav Jung
  86. Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is? – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  87. 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
  88. Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela
  89. Normalize being a little crazy for what you believe in. – Maxime Lagacé
  90. A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, that’s very important for good health. – Dalai Lama
  91.  Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. – Nelson Mandela.
  92. It’s your reaction to adversity, not adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop. – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  93. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. – Psalm 28:7
  94. Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it. – C. JoyBell C.
  95. Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that has struggled through the tears. – Demi Lovato
  96. Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. – Napoleon Hill
  97. You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it. – Ain Eineziz
  98. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer. – Niccolò Machiavelli
  99. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. – Bob Marley
  100. It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change. –Queen Elizabeth II
  101. Strength is a matter of a made-up mind. – John Beecher
  102. Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. – Steve Maraboli

Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. It is present in the kindest of gestures, the areas of our lives we push ourselves to grow, and in times of adversity when we can summon our courage to face a challenge.

No matter how strong or weak we feel at any given moment, strength should be a reminder to each of us that anything can be accomplished if our spirit is willing. Our strength is built from decades of trial and error, success and failure, pain and joy.

We may never totally understand what gives us resilience and determination, but having the courage to keep growing despite these elements makes us stronger.

There is no right or wrong type of strength – it’s whatever gets us through difficult days or inspires us during great ones – so never give up trying!