15 Motivational Quotes for Patients

Struggling with a medical condition or illness can be overwhelming, confusing and scary. It’s times like these that require courage, inspiration and hope to help you keep moving forward. 

Here, CaringBridge compiled some of our favorite motivational quotes for patients from all walks of life. We hope they encourage you to see the silver lining as you or your loved one heals.

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”
—Og Mandino

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m Possible!’”
—Audrey Hepburn

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
—A.A. Milne

“When the unthinkable happens, the lighthouse is hope. Once we choose hope, everything is possible.”
—Christopher Reeve

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

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
—Joshua J. Marine

“Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it’s about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it.”
—Hannah Brencher

“You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.”
—Maya Angelou

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” 
—Theodore Roosevelt

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
—Nelson Mandela

“Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.”
—Oprah Winfrey

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.”
—Hebrews 11:1

“The hard days are what make you stronger.”
—Aly Raisman

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
—C.S. Lewis

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
—Walt Whitman

What Encouraging Quotes Have Inspired You?

We’ve all been through tough times that left us needing a little bit of encouragement and support. What quotes or messages resonate with you during those moments? Feel free to share them here—you just might be a light for someone else.

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  • Henry T

    Life does not consist of doing what one likes, but liking what one does.

  • Gayle Gohdes

    This too shall pass

  • Dan, New Rochelle, NY

    “There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent, or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
    ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.”
    — Dan Gable, two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and Olympic gold medalist

  • Anonymous

    I know this might not mean much but hang in there

  • Linda

    Don’t let fear defeat you.

  • Dirksen

    Dealing with cancer requires awesome courage and strength!

  • Karen Farley

    Hello Suzanne, I am glad to hear that you are visiting your family. You must be so happy to see
    all of them and have time to visit. 😊 Have a wonderful time with your family!!
    Love, Karen Farley

  • Humbach Irene

    “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. “. Poem by Mary Oliver from her book, “The uses of sorrow “

  • Laura K.

    “Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you. “. Joni Earickson Tada

  • Chris C

    Our Heavenly Father, the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, has given us not just a perfect scripture of divine revelation in the written word to reveal His love for us, but He also sent His son to live amongst us, explain things to us, show things to us, and ultimately to die for us at the hands of those He came to save. Nevertheless, He was risen from the dead after 3 days and continued to dwell amongst us for 40 days before ascending to Heaven. He told us that the Holy Spirit would come and remain with us and guide us to the end of the age. 10 days later that was fulfilled. Jesus even told us the He is the bread of life and we should eat our daily bread. His body was given to us and His blood was poured out for us – so we could have eternal life, no matter how brief our lives on Earth are.

    We as humans all fall short and so do our words, but He is perfect and His words are absolutely correct, inclusive, inspiring, motivational, loving, and apply to every single human being, bar none. He is good beyond measure – and His mercies endure forever. He loves you so much that He gave His only son for you!