55 Emotional Quotes For When Life Keeps Bringing You Down

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We've all been in the kind of situation where someone asks you how you’ve been and all you can say is, “It’s been a rough couple of months.” Life is hard for everyone at times, and no matter how much you try to explain, no one else can truly relate to your situation if they've never experienced it themselves.

And when a rough patch has turned into what feels like a rough life, it can be hard to see anything as falling on the bright side.

These are the times when it feels like in life you just can't catch a break and you constantly wonder why life has to be so hard. It feels like everyone and everything is against you, like it wouldn’t matter if you disappeared because no one seems to have any sympathy for you.

All these thoughts can make you emotional. And no matter how many times someone tells you to cheer up or get over it, it still feels like life is pulling the rug out from underneath you.

But with emotional quotes and emotional lines, you can put your feelings into perspective.

An emotional line is a way to measure your emotions. According to Jesús Ibáñez and Carlos Delgado-Mata, "Emotions are represented in terms of valence and arousal dimensions and they are visually expressed through the shape and speed of a series of concatenated digital shifting curves that together compose a curved line that resembles a non-periodic wave."

We can also evoke that emotion with deep quotes that really make you stop a second and think. For example, this quote by Maggie Stiefvater: "If I were a tree, I would have no reason to love a human.” Or, this quote from Holly Black: “Once someone's hurt you, it's harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love."

Try to remember that even though not everyone understands your struggle, they do want to help you feel better, and their suggestions come from the heart. You don’t have to necessarily take their advice, but it’s good to remind yourself that the world really isn’t against you, and that while life may be hard right now, it isn’t purposefully bringing you down.

That’s not to say that getting emotional or reading sad quotes doesn’t help, but don’t let yourself wallow for too long. Don't get caught up in the saddest quotes, like Lauren Oliver's quote: “I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like: like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”

To drag you out of your slump, here are some very relatable emotional quotes for when it feels like life is way too hard.

1. “They broke the wrong parts of me. They broke my wings and forgot I had claws.”

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2. “The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.” — Tiny Buddha

3.  "To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others." — Sophie Swetchine

4. “You are a hurricane of a girl; remember to breathe every once in a while, do not drown within your own storm.”

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5. "Most people aren't even aware of the number of masks they're wearing." —Pen For a Thought

6. "Fall in love with someone who doesn't make you think love is hard."

7. “Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.” — Nora Ephron

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8. "If you think life is hard, keep going. Don't seek an easy life, seek strength." — Friedrich Nietzsche

9. "If you’re going through hell, keep going." — Winston Churchill

10. "What’s done is done. What’s gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is always moving on. It’s okay to look back to see how far you’ve come but keep moving forward." — Roy T. Bennett

11. "Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength." — Theodore Roosevelt

12. "Never give up hope. All things are working for your good. One day, you’ll look back on everything you’ve been through and thank God for it." — Germany Kent

13. “If I can still breathe, I’m fine.”

14. "Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward." — Roy T. Bennett

15. "Believe in yourself and all that you are, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." — Christian D. Larson

16. “Sometimes, it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.”

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17. "Life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance, you must keep moving." — Albert Einstein

18. "You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living." — Elizabeth Taylor

19. “You never really know the true quality of someone’s character until the road gets rocky.”

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20. "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.

21. “The world is gonna judge you no matter what you do, so live your life the way you f***ing want to.”

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22. "Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow." — Mary Anne Radmacher

23. “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.”

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24. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." — Thomas A. Edison

25. “You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life that lights you up. Don’t ever forget that.” — Coco Calla

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26. "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

27. "My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again." — Richard Branson

28. “Stay positive even when it feels like your whole world is falling apart.”

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29. "Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you." — George Whitefield

30. “You must tell yourself, ‘No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it.'” — Les Brown

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31. "Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out." — Gordon B. Hinkley

32. “The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.”

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33. "Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go." — Nicole Kidman

34. “When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.”

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35. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." — C. S. Lewis 

36. "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." — Arthur Ashe

37. “You have the power within you to rise about whatever is currently seeking to bring you down.”

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38. "Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." — Harriet Beecher Stow

39. “If I look back, I am lost.” ― George R.R. Martin, "A Dance with Dragons"

40. “Things aren’t always easy, but you just have to keep going and don’t let the small stuff bog you down.” — Stella Maeve

41. “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.”

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42. "Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final." — Rainer Maria Rilke

43. “If you were able to believe in Santa Claus for like 8 years, you can believe in yourself for like 5 minutes.”

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44. "Don't trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar." — Narges Obaid

45. "Fake people have an image to maintain. Real people just don't care." — Hikigaya Hachiman

46. “Relax and trust the timing of your life. You will figure out your career. You will find the right relationship. You will become the person you always wanted to be. Just don’t forget to appreciate who you are now.” — Ruben Chavez

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47. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” — Joseph Kennedy

48. “Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?” — Rumi

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49. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

50. “Whatever brings you down will eventually make you stronger.” — Alex Morgan

51. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — William Shakespeare

52. “One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

53. “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” — Lao Tzu

54. “It was the possibility of darkness that made the day seem so bright.” — Stephen King

55. “The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it.” ― Nicholas Sparks, "At First Sight"

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Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She's passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes.