50+ Motivational Fighter Quotes That Will Get You Through Dark Times

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By Anna Marikar

We all need motivation—to get going in the morning, to work harder, to keep the momentum, and sometimes even just to remind us of why we’re on this earth in the first place and get us through our most trying days. 

From the words of famous philosophers, world leaders, writers, artists and athletes to the thoughts of everyday people, these motivational quotes will inspire you to live your best life.

When I came across some of these quotes, I immediately thought that it would make a great post because I think everyone needs a little motivation and inspiration from time to time.

We are all going through our own battles and internal struggles, and sometimes we need to channel our inner warrior to help us to fight the good fight, and keep pushing through.

We may not be an MMA fighter or a martial artist, but the true warrior is not always found in the boxing ring. Every single person has their hard times and challenges of life. And the only way is through…

“Life is a fight from the minute you take your first breath to the moment you exhale your last.” (Ronda Rousey)

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In this article, we’ve rounded up over 50 of our favorite motivational inspirational quotes to remind you that you are a fighter and push you to keep going. 

It’s hard work, but if your battle is worth fighting then your only choice is the path of the warrior. The only thing we can do is keep on keeping on, and channel your fighting spirit. Deep down, we are all great warriors of the world.

We’ve split the following warrior quotes into categories of persistence, courage, overcoming the past and staying true to yourself.

These are qualities that will see you through big fights and little battles alike.


persist while others are quitting

Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.

William James

stay consistent at one thing and watch what happens

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

Robert Collier

I am unstoppable

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”


“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

Mahatma Gandhi

great things never come from comfort zones

You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.”

Julien Smith

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

Muhammad Ali

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Margaret Thatcher

“You just can’t beat the person who won’t give up.”

Babe Ruth

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”


“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

Oprah Winfrey

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”

Lance Armstrong

As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want.

Mike Tyson

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.

Vince Lombardi

Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Inspirational Quotes about Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” 

Ambrose Burnside

inhale courage exhale fear

“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow” 

Mary Anne Radmacher

You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.”

Julien Smith

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”

Napoléon Bonaparte

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela

I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.” (Victory Speech, Nov. 7, 2012)

Barack Obama

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” 

Vincent van Gogh

Inspirational Quotes About Overcoming Hard Times or Overcoming the Past

nobody said it was easy

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

Kahlil Gibran

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Christopher Reeve

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

if you are going through hell keep going

“I am what I am because of who I was.” 


“Success is what happens after you have survived all your mistakes.”

Anora Lee

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

Nora Ephron

“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”

Drew Barrymore

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” 

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“The kind of hope I’m talking about is the belief that something good will come. That everything you’re going through and everything you’ve gone through will be worth the struggles and frustrations. The kind of hope I’m talking about is a deep belief that the world can be changed, that the impossible is possible.” 

Ronda Rousey, My Fight / Your Fight

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.

  • A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.

Kobe Bryant

Inspirational Quotes About Staying True to Yourself

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”

E.E. Cummings

have the courage to be disliked

I’d like to take this chance to apologise… to absolutely nobody! The double champ does what the f*ck he wants!

Conor McGregor

“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writer

“Never stop. Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming. And don’t be afraid of wearing your heart on your sleeve – in declaring the films that you love, the films that you want to make, the life that you’ve had, and the lives you can help reflect in cinema. For myself, for a long time… maybe I felt inauthentic or something, I felt like my voice wasn’t worth hearing, and I think everyone’s voice is worth hearing. So if you’ve got something to say, say it from the rooftops.” 

― Tom Hiddleston

are you brave enough to be yourself

Men and people will fight you down when you see the light. Let me tell you if you are not wrong than everything is all right.

Bob Marley

I dictate the pace of my fights and no one else.

Luke Rockhold

Stay strong victorious warriors – you’ve got this!

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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

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