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All of us will face challenges in our lives. If someone lives such a charmed life that they never have to face adversity, they should consider themselves an exceptional unicorn. Challenges show themselves in many ways.
The way you face a challenge says a great deal about you. And if you are someone who has a tendency to shy away from hardship, perhaps you can gain some motivation and perspective from these wise quotes about challenges.
Challenge quotes about life, love and work
“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.” – Abigail Adams
“ Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” – Bette Davis
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” – Randy Pausch
“I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run towards it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your foot.” – Nadia Comaneci
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese proverb
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” – Paulo Coelho
“There is a tendency at every important but difficult crossroad to pretend that it’s not really there.” – Bill McKibben
“Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“You see a mousetrap; I see free cheese and a fucking challenge!” – Scroobius Pip
“Hope and change are hard-fought things.” – Michelle Obama
“I’ve learned that success comes in a very prickly package. Whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you. It’s what you choose to do with it, the people you choose to surround yourself with. Always choose people that are better than you. Always choose people that challenge you and are smarter than you. Always be the student. Once you find yourself to be the teacher, you’ve lost it.” – Sandra Bullock
“Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
“I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it’s going to work or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.” – Johnny Depp
“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” – John F. Kennedy
Quotes about Challenges To Tell Yourself
“To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.” – Gail Sheehy
“To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.” – Dalai Lama
“If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more.” – Joyce Meyer
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s a day you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher
“If you compared your troubles, or challenges, with those of others, you would surely find that there are those whose troubles make yours look like minor inconveniences.” – Catherine Pulsifer
“Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.” – Author Unknown, Be Thankful
“Understand that it is ok to be scared or uncertain, however right beyond those barriers ultimately lies your dreams.” – Josh Hinds
“By cultivating gratitude you eventually expand your internal sense of what is possible, regardless of seeming obstacles and challenges you go through.” – Veronica Smith, Loving Yourself
“A life filled with vicissitudes, uncertainty, and hard lessons provides us with skills to better approach new challenges that come along.” – Vivian Eisenecher, Recovering Me, Discovering Joy
“We must allow ourselves to be adorned by lessons derived through hardships and challenges.” – Tony Narams, Top Secret: You Can Fly Like An Eagle
More challenge quotes about life and work
“Focused will is incredible. If you have a dream and you don’t give up no matter what obstacles come up, then life’s problems will fall away, and you will get what you want. It happens. It works.” – Yanni
“Part of the challenge that comes with striving for success is how the entire journey comes with its own fair share of failures and disappointments.” – Rupert Johnson, Build for Success
“I have also worked with leaders who have a positive outlook, and the morale is so different. Even when faced with challenges, the people looked for solutions.” – Byron and Catherine Pulsifer
“Expect obstacles and face them head-on. They are going to come up, so the way you handle them is what makes all the difference.” – Lance Dale, A Shot of Positivity: Overcoming Obstacles
“Challenges are an opportunity to test you and rise to the next level.” – Angelica Montrose, 7 Steps To Getting A Promotion
“Sometimes, instead of climbing over the barricades, you’ve got to walk around them.” – Bono
“A comfort zone is the most dangerous area anyone can stay in. It is a place of no growth and no challenges.” – Brian Cagney, Fear: The 7 Laws Of Fear
“Smiling is a wonderful way to get a boost of happiness. The next time life presents you with a challenging situation, take a deep breath and smile.” – Morris Pratt, The Secret of Positive Thinking
“You need to have self-esteem to be able to adequately tackle the challenges that life throws at you.” – Minka Ferguson, Depression and Anxiety
More Beautiful Quotes about Challenges
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière
“The opportunity to develop resilience comes through difficult circumstances that both highlight and challenge existing mindsets.” – Devra Davis, Through Grief and Beyond: What We Don’t Get Told
“What we choose to do on a daily basis prepares us for the greater things God has in store; those faith challenges that will take us into our promised land.” – Lisa Cook, 30 Days of Strength for a Woman’s Heart
“But that’s the challenge – to change the system more than it changes you.” – Michael Pollan
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Eliot
“Jesus didn’t waste time worrying. He had plenty to worry about if He chose to. It wasn’t a matter of ignoring His challenges. In fact, He spent a great deal of time praying these things through with His father.” – Beth Beutler, Time Management, Jesus’ Way
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
“Likewise, family caregivers can go a long way toward helping parents or other loved ones stay in their own homes, but only if they understand the challenges of caregiving and know how to get help and support.” – Denise Logeland, 10 Things Every Family Should Know
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon
“Challenging your thought patterns when you are feeling anxiety can help you to avoid those overwhelming panic sensations.” – Jeff Gunn, Panic and Anxiety Relief
“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” – Ray Davis
Did you enjoy these challenge quotes?
The most successful people in the world have faced some of the most significant challenges. But they have persevered and become achievers because of the way they handle adversity. They have learned from their failures. They know not to fear a challenge, but to embrace it as a chance to continually grow and improve.
As they say, it is not how many times you fall down; it is how many times you get back up.