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The 15 Best Quotes to Inspire Perseverance

Emotional Intelligence & Resilience: 15 Quotes to Help You Bounce Back

“Fall seven times and stand up eight”—Japanese Proverb

Resilient people are like emotional rubber bands—stretched to the limit by life, without ultimately breaking, who eventually bounce back into something that resembles their previous shape. The ability to be resilient is a skill highly linked with emotional intelligence—to understand, name and respond effectively to your emotions. The good news, is that resilience can be a skill you learn and build. So the next time you fall down, use these quotes to help you get back up again.

  1. No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward. –Amar Gopal Bose
  2. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
  3. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll
  4. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford
  5. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.–Darwin
  6. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” ― Nelson Mandela
  7. Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.–Albert Einstein
  8. 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
  9. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
  10. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
  11. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. –Albert Einstein
  12. Inside of a ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong. –Muhammad Ali
  13. Emotional self-awareness is the building block of the next fundamental emotional intelligence: being able to shake off a bad mood. –Daniel Goleman
  14. Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey
  15. I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship – Louisa May Alcott

Remember that, “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls the butterfly." –Richard Bach


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Dr. Susan Albers is a psychologist and author of six books on mindful eating including her latest, EatQ (HarperOne, 2013), Eating Mindfully and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. She is frequently quoted in Shape, Fitness, Self, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other publications. She was a guest on the Dr. Oz TV Show.


Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 


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