26 Life Quotes To Help You Through The Ups And Downs

Many people who cared about the wellness and mindfulness of themselves contemplated coping with ups and downs in life. Beyond being just an inspiration, parts of their contemplations circulate as quotes about life’s ups and downs and provide courage to all that may need some extra boost to understand themselves.

Everything in life changes and there are plenty of studies on how such affect our psychology at all levels.

We list 26 of these quotes about life and its turbulence, and we offer our comments on each of them. Read them for inspiration, and feel free to add yours as well. Contemplate or even lie down and meditate on them too. Even 10 minutes of daily meditation on life matters, help.

There are ups and downs, but whatever happens, you have to trust and believe in yourself.

Luka Modric

Nothing is static in life. Everything changes whether you say it or not. Build up trust in yourself by understanding your capabilities and your current limitations. Knowing brings strength.

Let it rain on some days, Let yourself shiver on some cold nights, So when it’s Spring you’ll know why it was all worth going through.

Sanhita Baruah

You don’t control things and nature. Having that in mind, allow yourself to experience the “down” part. Then you will appreciate better what seems like an opposite, but it was instead the path towards inner and outer Spring as seeds need the rain to bloom.

Life isn’t about the number of ups and downs that you experience, but how you deal with them.

Frank Sonnenberg

Things change in life every single second. Accepting that helps you better understand your reactions and how to workaround circumstances.

You’re going to have some ups and downs, so you have to prepare yourself to be ready.

Pablo Sandoval

Living through any process that shows you things constantly change builds up the capability to be prepared for things that will come.

Surround yourself with good people who encourage and love you. There are always ups and downs, no matter how successful you are.

Liana Liberato

A fellowship, partners, and friends who -either fully or partially- understand life’s up and downs are necessary for your journey to understanding. Ups and downs can mean different things for any one of us; let others with that understanding be around you.

You will have ups and downs – but believe anything is possible. With hard work, it can come off.

Geraint Thomas

Our mind is many times the main obstacle. Explore what builds up believing in what we can achieve and do and work towards that direction. You may not do everything, but you can do anything you put in your mind at.

Life’s up and down from the time you get here to the time you leave.

Luke Bryan

The exact path from birth to death proves that nothing is static and that things constantly change every time, inside and outside.

Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.

Travis Barker

Imagine nothing happened or the existence of only one color or taste. The diversity in all things in life makes it interesting to explore. If you think about it, you have no time to get bored.

Life is full of ups and downs, the only way to make the journey worthwhile is if you enjoy the good and learn from the bad.

Natasha Potter

We can learn from every single detail that happens every single moment. Sometimes things are revealed as we gain experience and become more aware of things. See all things labeled as “good” or “bad.” What are they?

Success is a purposeful journey with ups and downs. It is not only about an accumulation of money.

Debasish Mridha

Looking back to the trail of your achievements, you can be aware that things were not always paved with rosebuds. Sometimes, rosebuds also didn’t work for your good. You learn from all the things you liked and didn’t like along your journey. Money is never the goal for anyone, but what they represent at the end and during the process.

For all of life is like that Race. With ups and downs and all, and all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.

Dee Groberg

You put in the clever effort and proper training to run a race. Part of your training is learning to lose and learning how to win. One leads to another, and you don’t constantly win or lose. When you win, you set another goal, and you lose; you do the same either way.

One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.

Todd Smith

There is no actual “pause” without real consequences. Stopping doesn’t just keep you stagnant. It moves you backward even without noticing it. Move, even with little steps.

Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them.


Understand all the feelings and what they contribute. Understanding them gives you the most profound information that reveals reality itself.

The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King lived in turbulent times and understood that challenges reveal more about us and life than “tranquil” times.

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. (From the book)

John Mason

Understanding and revealing who you are and what you can be and do is the scope. There is no point in living other people’s lives.

We must overcome the notion that we must be regular, it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.

Uta Hagen

Adopting any “prepackaged” rules of behavior, you are not you. All of us should find out who they are and what they want.

If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can make something out of you.

Muhammad Ali

Everything is possible in life when we find our way and understand it. Get educated to understand the world better and have your own opinion instead of others.

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing the cards you hold well.

Josh Billings

We do not command the circumstances most of the time, even if we want to “play” safe and feel secure. Even then, things usually come; otherwise, life becomes too dull. Understand that such happens and learn to “play” in life with what you currently have available.

Hatred paralyzes life, love releases it. Hatred confuses life, love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life, love illuminates it.

Martin Luther King Jr.

That is a profound truth, and those who have experience of both can understand the destructive process of hating and how it absorbs your energy, while genuine love gives you “wings.”

If you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. And it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now.

Marcus Aurelius

External things will happen and cannot be ignored. However, our perception of the permanence of these things and the importance we give to them is what lets them be or makes them torture. Things don’t vanish, but they can be understood along with their impact on us and how they connect with all things in life. That understanding can ease many adverse effects we do not control have on us.

Everybody has their ups and downs, and that’s what makes you tougher.

Isaac Hanson

Tougher can mean resilience and understanding the constant shifts of life.

There’s no substitute for experiencing ups and downs – seeing how it’s okay that things are overwhelming or broken sometimes and how companies recover from mistakes.

Joe Lonsdale

Nothing in business runs smoothly forever. It would be strange if it were like that. When problems occur, we can learn from them, seeing them as information towards improvement.

I have seen too many men go down, and I never permit myself to forget that one day, through accident or under the charge of a younger, stronger knight, I too will go down.

John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

Understand that the same principles that stand for others also stand for you. No matter any hierarchy or manufactured status, every one of us goes through life living our ups and downs in our environment.

Life has its ups and downs, but you can only look forward.

Frank Lowy

Look what you have now on hand, and with that information, plan. The past has passed already and is presently deleted.

Life is not easy for anyone. You have to have ups and downs, You can make mistakes. You learn and try not to make them again.

Nadia Comaneci

We evolve and learn each time we are aware of the causes of things. You can’t progress without practicing for progress. Progress involves training towards a goal making mistakes, and achieving wins.

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.

Steve Maraboli 

We get more assertive in life when we understand how things connect. Understanding interdependence brings a revelation to many things, giving more peace, which is beyond plain hope.

Bonus Quote for life’s ups and downs:

Do or do not, there is no try.

Master Yoda, Jedi, Star Wars

That quote about life is far more than a motivational phrase. If you think about it, you have no option. There is no point in “half” going for it when you set a goal. Being lukewarm on something produces the same type of results. Doing something without believing in it already carries the seeds of disappointment and the possibility of failure in action.

When you think of a plan and set your mind on an action, then do it and reap either success or failure. In both cases, you will learn and improve. Not doing it as it is to be done will produce some results, but since you didn’t put your “heart” in the doing, the conclusion will be lukewarm too and can leave you with even more doubts.

So, don’t “try your best.” Go for it. Plan well and go for it, with full throttle.

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