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43 Inspirational Quotes for People Living with Chronic Pain

Published October 3, 2017
| Written By SpineNation Editorial Staff  

Sometimes the worst thing that happens to you, the thing you think you can’t survive… It’s the thing that makes you better than you ever used to be. —Author Jennifer Weiner, Fly Away Home

Inspirational words delicately lay emotional pulse points in the hearts and minds of anyone in need of positivity — anyone struggling. Sometimes, you just don't have the words...

The perfect quote allows you to know that you are not alone and never were. It's almost like that perfect quote was made directly for you.

We all go through different situations and have diverse issues, but the feelings we encounter remain the same. We may be different, but we are all bred from the same cloth, and a struggle is a struggle.

Sometimes we need positivity. Sometimes we need to hear someone else express their thoughts. And, sometimes, we just want to read something that sparks inspiration.

Read through the below quotations — try to reflect that inspiration — that motivation and absorb the written strength of what it takes living with a chronic illness that may not be seen physically, but internally felt.

BackerNation, this is for you.


Maybe the truth was, it shouldn't be so easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It's the... It's the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something's difficult to come by, you'll do that much more to make sure it's even harder if not impossible to lose — Author Sarah Dessen

You can't go through life allowing pain to dictate how you behave. It's easy to sit here in your bedroom and wallow in your hurt feelings. It's hard to rise above it. —Adam Braverman, Parenthood.

The further you go, the more you have to be proud of. At the same time, in order to come a long way, you have to be behind, to begin with. In the end, though, maybe it's not how you reach a place that matters. Just that you get there at all. —Author Sarah Dessen

Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come. The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. —Audrey Hepburn

It's supposed to be hard! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. —A League of Their Own

Fairytales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist; but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. —G.K. Chesterton

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them that they didn’t understand life. —John Lennon

Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together —Marilyn Monroe

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. —Napoleon Hill

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. —Wayne Gretzky

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. —Alice Walker

Some people think that to be strong is to never feel pain. In reality, the strongest people are the ones who feel it, understand it, and accept it. —Unkown 

Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. —John Wayne 

The key to finding happiness in this life is realizing that the only way to overcome is to transcend; to find happiness in the simple pleasures, to master the art of just being. —Brianna Wiest

The victim inside us all ceases when we stand up in opposition of that which oppresses or intimidates us. Something powerfully intrinsic happens when the courage to no longer be silent awakens within us and we are compelled to confront our problems rather than cower to them. The things that torment us thrive on our hushed fears and insecurities and they are made powerless by a resilient voice; An inner voice that says, 'No More!' —Jason Versey

When pain brings you down, don't be silly, don't close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sunshine. —Alanis Morissette

The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about. —Unknown

My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself when I was knocked down. —Bob Moore

And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about. —Haruki Murakami.

I hope you live a life that you're proud of, and if you find that you're not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again. —F. Scott Fitzgerald 

It never gets easier you just get better. —Vince Lombardi

It’s not about getting over things, it’s about making room for them. It’s about painting the picture with contrast. —Brianna Wiest

I felt like I'd been living underground, and for a moment, I'd been given this glimpse of the sky. Once you've seen that, how can you go back where you came from? —Author Jodi Pocult

You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it. —We Bought A Zoo

Wisdom means to choose now what will make sense later. I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be, to inspire me and not terrify me. — Tracee Eliis Ross

You are not defeated when you lose. You are defeated when you quit. —Paulo Coelho

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. —Wayne Dyer

"Five seagulls are sitting on a dock. One of them decides to fly away. How many seagulls are left?"
"Well... four."
"No," he responded.
"There are still five. Deciding to fly away and actually flying away are two very different things. Listen to me carefully. Despite popular belief to the contrary, there is absolutely no power in intention.
The seagull may intend to fly away, may decide to do so, may talk with other seagulls about how wonderful it is to fly, but until the seagull flaps his wings and takes air, he is still on the dock. There's no difference between that gull and all the others.
Likewise, there is no difference in the person who intends to do things differently and the one who never thinks about it in the first place." —Andy Andrews, The Noticer

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength. —Ralph W. Sockman 

Things will happen in your life that you can't stop. But that's no reason to shut out the world. —Now and Then (the movie)

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. —Ernest Hemingway

I may not have an umbrella to block the rain... but it doesn’t mean I'm not ready to weather the storm. —Arminda Meer

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full.
And he said, 'Is it half full or half empty?'
So I drank the water.
No more problem. —Alexander Jodorowsky

Sometimes it’s only when we lose everything that we can do anything. —Fight Club

Things didn’t work out because, well, greater things were in the works. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that the universe has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful– or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to. —Brianna Wiest

There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can’t. What you’ve got to do is turn around and say 'watch me.' —Unknown

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

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

Tough times never last, but tough people do. —Robert H. Schuller

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. —Bob Marley

Funny how something as simple as letters strung together can have the ability to impact the mind in the way they do. Quotes have the power to transform daily struggles into poetic language — letting you know that there is something larger than the pain we hold inside. And that is hope.

Hope that someone understands what we are going through. Hope in that the words you read comfort you, allow you to understand that although you maybe lonely, you are not alone.

Backers, we know the struggle is real.

We all share something that binds us together and that's pain. So, let's turn the page to a pain-free tomorrow and when you don't have the words, allow the Backer community to provide them for you.

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. —A. A. Milne

Updated: April 17, 2019

Information provided within this article is for educational purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice. Those seeking specific medical advice should consult his or her doctor or surgeon. If you need to consult with a specialist, you may be able find a health care provider in our Specialist Finder. SpineNation does not endorse treatments, procedures, products or physicians.

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