10 Life-changing Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective of Hardship

Life-Changing Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective Of Hardship

HAY, how art you? Everyone encounters hardships in life; overcoming obstacles is part and parcel of living. While this is true, why does some of us thrive in the face of adversity while others doom and gloom? In his book “The Obstacle Is the Way”, Ryan Holiday offers his take on why hardships and obstacles are not as scary as they seem to be, and how they can instead be turned into positive opportunities that propel us forward and on. In this article, I have curated 10 meaningful life-changing quotes that will change your perspective on hardship. Scroll down to read more!


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In the following video, I showed 3 book journaling ideas for non-fiction books while featuring “The Obstacle Is the Way” by Ryan Holiday. Enjoy!

Life-changing Quote #1 – On Obstacles

“You will come across obstacles in life – fair and unfair. And you will discover, time and time again, that what matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure. You will learn that this reaction determines how successful we will be in overcoming – or possibly thriving because of – them.”

life-changing quote #2 – On Perception

“Our perceptions are the things that we’re in complete control of. They can throw us in jail, label us, deprive us of our possessions, but they’ll never control our thoughts, our beliefs, our reactions. Which is to say, we are never completely powerless.”

life-changing quote #3 – On Judgement

“In our own lives, how many problems seem to come from applying judgement to things we don’t control, as though there were a way they were supposed to be? How often do we see what we think is there or should be there, instead of what actually is there?”

life-changing book quote #4 – On Energy

“Focusing exclusively on what is in our power magnifies and enhances our power. But every ounce of energy directed at things we can’t actually influence is wasted – self-indulgent and self-destructive. So much power – ours, and other people’s is frittered away in this manner.”

life-changing quote #5 – On Life

“In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given. And the only way you’ll do something spectacular is by using it all to your advantage.” 

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life-changing quote #6 – On Results

“We spend a lot of time thinking about how things are supposed to be, or what the rules say we should do. Trying to get it all perfect. We tell ourselves that we’ll get started once the conditions are right, or once we’re sure we can trust this or that. When, really, it’d be better to focus on making due with what we’ve got. On focusing on results instead of pretty methods.”

life-changing quote #7 – A Hard Truth

Sometimes, on the road to where we are going or where we want to be, we have to do things that we’d rather not do.”

life-changing quote #8 – On Spiritual Strength

We craft our spiritual strength through physical exercise, and our physical hardiness through mental practice.”

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life-changing quote #9 – The Inner Citadel

This is strikingly similar to what the Stoics called the Inner Citadel, that fortress inside of us that no external adversity can ever break down. An important caveat is that we are not born with such a structure; it must be built and actively reinforced. During the good times, we strengthen ourselves and our bodies so that during the difficult times, we can depend on it. We protect our inner fortress so it may protect us.”

life-changing quote #10 – Life Is a Flurry of Battles

Knowing that life is a marathon and not a sprint is important. Conserve your energy. Understand that each battle is only one of many and that you can use it to make the next one easier. More important, you must keep them all in real perspective.”


I hope these life-changing quotes brought you some insight on turning adversities into advantage.

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