15 Wise words from novels that will inspire you to keep going when the going gets tough

Sometimes when we go through our worst, it can be hard to find the inspiration and motivation to keep going. Here are a list of 15 inspiring quotes from literature that will give you hope to carry on.


1. “I cannot get through this day. But I did. Somehow. And then that day was over and I was facing the night and I said to myself, I cannot face this night. But I did. Somehow.”
Cecelia Ahern, One Hundred Names

2. “I’m not going to do it. I’m not going to wish for a perfect life. the things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller than you didbefore you were knocked down. I’m choosing to stand up taller. I’ll probably get knocked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I’ll never stay on the ground.”
Colleen Hoover, Hopeless

3. “What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay


4. “And then one good thing happened that day, the first good thing, the only good thing, but sometimes you only ever need one good thing.”
– Cecelia Ahern, One Hundred Names

5. “Maybe he thought I would run then. Maybe he thought I would be done. But I had been hurt before. I think he underestimated my ability to pick myself up and keep going. Done? Far from it.”
Glenn Beck, The Snow Angel

6. “Know this: whenever you think of leaving, a part of you has already left. But it’s never too late to get it back.”
Kamand Kojouri, The Eternal Dance

7. “I believe that having something to hope for — even if its just a better tomorrow — is the most powerful drug on this planet.”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller


8. “Each second is rather torturous, as though it will never move on, and as though it will never get any easier, and yet when I look back on it, look where we are. Two weeks on. And I’m doing it. And I still believe I simply cannot.”
– Cecelia Ahern, One Hundred Names

9. “I can’t imagine how anyone can say: ‘I’m weak’, and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character?”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

10. “Well, this all kind of reminds me of that blackout a few years ago. Remember? I was outside when it happened and it was so dark out I could barely see my own hand, let alone what was up the street. But I kept going forward, step by step, until I reached a familiar corner. Sometimes you just have to push ahead to find what you’re looking for.”
Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not

11. “When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Don’t give up.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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12. “One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that life can change unexpectedly and instantaneously. Regardless, you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, so that when life unexpectedly changes for the better -you already know how to walk and can seize it.”
Brittany Burgunder, Safety in Numbers

13. “How often do you think we write our own ending before the story is even finished? How often do we give up on ourselves when our lives are just starting? Things get hard and we immediately back away and assume that means we’re going in the wrong direction, doing the wrong thing. If anything, when the waters get thick, that’s our sign to keep going.”
Rachel Van Dyken, Toxic

14. “There are a thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them is sufficient.”
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

15. “If I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, it stands to reason that I’m going to get there.”
Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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