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It is often quoted that the mind is the real master since it is much stronger than the body.

That is why most famous people and athletes have always focused intently on a positive mental attitude and mental strength. Even the great poet Milton wrote that the mind could transform heaven into hell and hell into heaven.

This article presents a collection of famous toughness quotes divided into four categories. These quotes were uttered by the likes of Aristotle, John Milton, Thomas Jefferson, Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bobby Knight, and Michael Jordan.

Interesting Toughness Quotes

In the rollercoaster of life, it can be challenging to put on a brave front and face the world. Read some interesting quotes from great personalities, such as Bob Marley, W. H. Auden, Mahatma Gandhi, and Marcus Aurelius, that will motivate you and, at the same time, improve your thinking ability.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

- Aristotle.

"The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you."

- William Jennings Bryan.

“Long is the way and hard, that out of hell leads up to the light.”

– John Milton.

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.”

– Bob Marley.

“The future bears down upon each one of us with all the hazards of the unknown. The only way out is through.”

- Plutarch.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you will do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”

- Lou Holtz.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

– Mahatma Gandhi.

“Dear little not-so-innocents, beware of
Old Grandmother Spider: rump her endearments –
She’s not quite as nice as She looks, nor you quite
as tough as you think.”

- W.H. Auden.

"Persons of high self-esteem are not driven to make themselves superior to others; they do not seek to prove their value by measuring themselves against a comparative standard. Their joy is being who they are, not in being better than someone else."

– Nathaniel Branden.

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

– Marcus Aurelius.

“We have not journeyed all this way because we are made of sugar candy.”

- Winston S. Churchill.

“Developing mental toughness isn’t just about being resilient — it’s about accessing your reserve tank when you think you just can’t go any further.”

– Richard Branson.

“Success is a combination of effort, talent, and hard work. There’s got to be hard work and mental toughness. It’s not just one thing that gets you there it’s an accumulation of things.”

Brock Lesnar.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

- Michael Jordan.

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

– Muhammad Ali.

“There is a value to adversity. We learn more from tough times than from easy ones.”

- 'The Unused Path: Skills For Living An Authentic Life', Vincent H. O'Neil.

“The trial you encounter will introduce you to your strengths, remain steadfast… and one day you will build something that endures, something worthy of your potential.”

– Epictetus.

"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

“The ability to continue moving when you are feeling scared, fearful, or lazy is the sign of true mental strength.”

– Matthew Donnelly.

“But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration — because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks.”

- James Cameron.

“Physical strength (hard work), mental strength (perseverance) and spiritual strength (love & acceptance) are the keys to continuous growth.”

- Rickson Gracie.

“Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don’t so much outrun your opponents at outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head.”

– Joe Henderson.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"

- Marianne Williamson.

“Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it.”

– Washington Irving.

"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it."

- James Matthew Barrie.

“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.”

David Goggins.

“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.”

- Greta Garbo.

“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.

Inspirational Toughness Quotes

(Here, in this article, you will get the best toughness quotes that can change your life forever.)

The words of Richard Bach, Zig Ziglar, Confucius, and Lance Armstrong have been collated in this section. The following are believed to be some of the most inspirational toughness quotes of all time.

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within."

- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

“Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours.”

- Richard Bach.

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation."

- Arthur Ashe.

“It’s when the discomfort strikes that they realize a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all.”

– Chrissie Wellington.

“It takes energy, mental toughness, and spiritual reinforcement to successfully deal with life’s opportunities, and to reach your objectives.”

- Zig Ziglar.

“Exercising and eating properly will build your physical and mental strength to endure the stressful situation.”

- David H. Murdock.

“In life, toughness and roughness go together.”

- Auliq Ice.

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

- Arthur Ashe

“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.”

– Lance Armstrong.

"You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can't have it."

-Dr. Robert Anthony.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

– Thomas Jefferson.

“Because when you’re really scared to do something … do it right away.”

- 'Live Echoes', Henry V. O'Neil.

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you don’t stop.”

– Confucius.

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

– Jim Ryun.

“You can never be free until you develop the mental strength to stop fretting over things you cannot control.”

- Robert Ringer.

"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.

“People take classes on self-help, mental toughness, breathing control — the only way to get tougher is to put yourself in hellacious situations.”

David Goggins.

Quotes On Mental Toughness In Sports

Mental toughness plays an instrumental role in sports. According to some, it is more important than physical toughness. Let's hear the words of some of the most successful sportsmen in history.

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

- Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Visualizing and mental preparation is every bit as effective as physical preparation.”

– Phil Mickelson.

“You have to learn the opponent psychologically inside out and mental strength is one of the important makers. You’re either gonna break it or make it.”

- Wladimir Klitschko.

“Training is necessary for toughness.”

- Lailah Gifty Akita.

"The most interesting thing to me in chess are not the gambits. Or the moves. It's the mental toughness."

- Edward Zwick.

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.”

- Derek Jeter.

"I think my mental toughness, athleticism, and my physical prowess, I'd be successful if I decided to fight, no matter what."

- Jordan Burroughs.

“I'm not a wilting flower unless that gets me extraspecial treats.”

- 'Fall Of Night', Rachel Caine.

"For me, mental toughness is the ability to stay focussed in the present irrespective of what is happening at the match."

- Dinesh Karthik.

“Winners build on mistakes. Losers dwell on them.”

- Arnold Mori.

“The will to prepare has to be greater than the will to win.”

– Bobby Knight.

“[The game] is 90% mental, the other half is physical.”

- Yogi Berra.

"To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it's digging deep, it's doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms."

- Tom Brady.

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

- John Wooden.

"Legs and athleticism are worth nothing without mental toughness. You also need to be stubborn."

- Gonzalo Higuain.

“The most important attribute a player must have is mental toughness.”

– Mia Hamm.

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

– Michael Jordan.

“At the end of your struggles, challenges, and obstacles comes the mental strength to cross many boundaries in the future.”

– Edmond Mbiaka.

“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind — you could call it character in action.”

– Vince Lombardi.

"Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one."

- Bobby Knight.

“It ain’t about how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.”

- Rocky Balboa, 'Rocky Balboa'.

“Mental toughness is doing the right thing for the team when it’s not the best thing for you.”

Bill Belichick.

"I feel like mental toughness has been a huge part."

- Sofia Kenin.

"Mental Toughness: The ability to consistently perform toward the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of the competitive circumstances.”

– James E. Loehr

"If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win."

– Vince Lombardi

“It’s mental toughness that determines what you’ll do on the third, fourth, and fifth tries.”

– The Strive.

"Self-belief, I think, is my biggest strength. The mental toughness comes into play whenever the chips are down."

- Jasprit Bumrah.

“Mental toughness is finding fuel on an empty tank.”

– Kent Morris.

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can't.”

- Jack Dempsey.

"Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory."

- Bill Russell.

“I really think a champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall.”

- Serena Williams.

"The Special Ops community has always been about mental toughness."

- Brandon Webb.

“Physical stamina is the root of mental toughness.”

– Major Dick Winters

Short Toughness Quotes

This section mostly consists of short and sweet one-liners on toughness, from the likes of Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Rumi, Muhammad Ali, Albert Einstein, and Oscar Wilde. Even though these quotes contain only a few words, their intensity and depth are immeasurable.

“It's when it's at its toughest that you have to think like a winner.”

- T Jay Taylor.

"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take."

– Wayne Gretzky.

“When you are going through hell, keep going”

- Winston Churchill.

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

- Charles Dickens.

"Yes, it will be tough and that's the best part.”

- Hiral Nagda.

"If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up."

– Shia Labeouf.

"Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth."

- Rumi.

"The will must be stronger than the skill."

- Muhammad Ali.

"I figure practice puts your brains in your muscles"

- Sam Snead.

"She has worn herself away by constant sharpening. She is all edge"

- 'David Copperfield', Charles Dickens.

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

– Eleanor Roosevelt.

"To anyone that ever told you you're no good ... They're no better."

- Hayley Williams.

"Tough times never last, but tough people do."

- Dr. Robert Schuller.

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

– Babe Ruth.

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."

- Oscar Wilde.

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

– Albert Einstein.

"It is what it is. But it will be what you make it."

– Pat Summitt.

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”

– Laird Hamilton.

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."

- Dr. Benjamin Spock.

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

– Edmund Hillary.

"True disputants are like true sportsmen: their whole delight is in the pursuit."

- Alexander Pope.

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions ... do your thing, and don't care if they like it."

- Tina Fey.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche.

"Men’s best successes come after their disappointments."

– Henry Ward Beecher.

Mental dominance is what ultimately makes you unstoppable.”

– Tim S. Grover.

"The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable."

- Paul Tillich.

"I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done."

– David Goggins.

“Mental strength induces mind and body.”

– Toba Beta.

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

- Buddha.

“Mental toughness is essential to success.”

– Vince Lombardi.

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“I am past scorching; not easily can’st thou scorch a scar.”

- 'Moby-Dick or, the Whale', Herman Melville.

“Mental strength is what separates champions from near champions.”

– Rafael.

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<p>With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.</p>

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