Paula Davis J.D., M.A.P.P.

Pressure Proof


20 Quotes to Encourage You & Inspire Resilience

Quotes to help you build your strong

Posted May 08, 2013

Whether you're stressed out, pursuing a hard goal, or just trying to get through the day, these quotes will give you a boost of encouragement and resilience.


“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” Helen Keller


“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” Anna Quindlen


“Our job is unconditional love. The job of everyone else in our life is to push our buttons.” Byron Katie


“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Dr. Seuss


“Running from who we are is a chase that never ends and a race we can never win. Our legs will get tired, we will run out of fuel, and who we are will over-take us and we will regret all the miles we ran in the opposite direction.” Sam Davidson


“I spent my young adult years postponing many of the small things that I knew would make me happy…I was fortunate enough to realize that I would never have the time unless I made the time. And then the rest of my life began.” Dr. Chris Peterson


“Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” Jim Horning


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Gandhi


“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso


“Few people are mind readers. Let them know they matter.” Dr. Chris Peterson


“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” Gloria Steinem


“Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” Unknown


Marriage is very difficult. It’s like a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, all sky.” Cathy Ladman


“However long the night, the dawn will break.” African Proverb


“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho


“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell


“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” William Butler Yeats


“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” Robin Williams


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Plato


“90% of life is about remaining calm.” Dr. Chris Feudtner


Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP is an internationally published author and stress and resilience expert.  She has trained over a thousand professionals is skills that build stress management and resilience.  Her online magazine, Build Your Strong, helps busy professionals manage stress and build strong, happy, healthy lives.  Paula’s website is, and you can reach her at   She is available for speaking engagements, workshops, and media opportunities.