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42 Inspiring Chronic Illness Quotes for Anyone Living with Them



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As someone who lives with a rare disease, people often have a very different perception of how I think, feel, and live each day of my life. While I have an illness, I am NOT my illness. It is merely a part of me. An important part that has defined who I have chosen to be, the kind of life I have chosen to live, and the kind of mindset I choose to live by.

While many people let their illness define them and drop anchor, I chose to redefine my life. I lived a life that gave me purpose and meaning.

I would not have accomplished 10 percent of the things I have done, had it not been for my diagnosis: had I not been forced to step away from a bustling Psychology practice and work from home; had I not had to ask myself what I wanted the rest of my life to look like.

The difference in life is how we let things define us – what we let control us, what we choose to control. We can have a life with purpose, strength, and great meaning. That is if we decide that is what we are going to do.

Don’t just take my word for it. Listen to these chronic illness quotes and more words of wisdom from those who have persevered.


Inspiring Quotes for People Living With a Chronic Illness

1.) “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” – Unknown

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2.) “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu


3.) “You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” – Josh Shipp


4.) “I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.” – Unknown

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5.) “Resting is not laziness, it’s medicine!” – Glenn Schweitzer


6.) “Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can.” – Coach John Wooden


7.) “When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.” – Christopher Reeve


8.) “If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” – Carmen Ambrosio

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9.) “Sometimes you will be in control of your illness and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.” – Kelly Hemingway (I always say I can do this twice a year)


10.) “You are strong when you know your weaknesses. You are beautiful when you appreciate your flaws. You are wise when you learn from your mistakes.” – Unknown


11.) “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller


12.) “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

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13.) “We are stronger in the places we have been broken.” – Ernest Hemingway


14.) “I often say now I don’t have any choice whether I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.” – Michael J. Fox


Chronic Illness Quotes That Will Help Comfort You

15.) “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


16.) “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

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17.) “The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.” – Unknown


18.) “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye


19.) “Those you love will go through hard times. Don’t give up on them. Patience + Caring + Empathy = Love.” – Unknown

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20.) “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky


21.) “You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.” – Unknown


22.) “Do not believe the things you tell yourself when you’re sad and alone.” – Unknown

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23.) “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott


24.) “Please be patient with me. Sometimes when I’m quiet, it’s because I need to figure myself out. It’s not because I don’t want to talk. Sometimes there are no words for my thoughts.” – Kamla Bolaños


25.) “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.

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26.) “Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something that is broken. Maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better.” – Unknown


27.) “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison


28.) “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it.” – Hannah Brencher


More Inspirational Chronic Illness Quotes for Those Suffering From Pain

29.) “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

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30.) “Nothing is more beautiful than a real smile that has struggled through tears.” – Unknown


31.) “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher


32.) “What would the hero of your life’s movie do right now? Do that!” – Joe Rogan

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33.) “Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh


34.) “The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life. They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.” – Kristen Butler


35.) “Hope doesn’t require a massive chain where heavy links of logic hold it together. A thin wire will do…just strong enough to get us through the night until the winds die down.” – Charles R. Swindoll

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36.) “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill


37.) “I fight for my health every day in ways that most people don’t understand. I’m not lazy. I’m a warrior!” – Unknown


38.) “I can’t tell you when, but I can promise you it will get better, it will get easier, and it will all be worthwhile. Just promise me you won’t ever give up.” – Unknown


39.) “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

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40.) “Live to inspire, and one day people will say, because of you, I didn’t give up” – Unknown


41.) “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take a step.” – Naeem Callaway


42.) “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Iain S. Thomas


What do you think about these chronic illness quotes?

So, be strong, warriors. You are stronger than you know. You’re braver than the bravest. Live a life of grace, beauty, and purpose. It is when we choose to take control, to continue to find meaning and drive that keeps us moving forward, that we are truly free.

Grant yourself this gift of freedom and meaning – and you will live a life even better than your wildest dreams.

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