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15 Powerful Women Quotes on Overcoming Adversity and Challenges

We all have a mixture of successes and failures in our life. The road to success is not easy; we also have to face many adversities. We have been adapting essential components like hard work and sweat, patience and determination, and flexibility to achieve success and overcome failure over time. Overcoming our adversity helps us build resilience, confidence and the will to continue. Adversity often prevents many people from continuing their journey. Fear prevents many successes. These challenges of life can make people more creative and find new ways for their ultimate goal. Overcoming these adversities and facing apprehensions leads a person to his ultimate goal.

Every challenge we successfully conquer not only strengthens our will, but also our confidence, and therefore also strengthens our ability to face future obstacles.

So, the next time you find yourself standing in front of a huge mountain that feels impossible to climb – the same difficulty you see in your job, partner or business – then refer to these wise words and inspiration to help you find the way.

Here are some quotes by powerful women who have overcome challenges and adversities by themselves.


“You’ll never find a better sparring partner than adversity.” ~Golda Meir, Former Prime Minister of Israel


 “Turning feelings into words can help us process and overcome adversity.” ~Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook


“I’m somebody who finds adversity is almost as good as encouragement. It’s almost like, you close the door, and I’ll find ten ways to kick it in and go around it or dig under it or something.” ~Diane Warren, songwriter


“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, American-Swiss psychologist


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ~Oprah Winfrey


“I really believe in the old expression that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It’s through adversity that you find the strength you never knew you had.” ~Christie Brinkley, model, actress, and entrepreneur


“Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” ~Mandy Hale, author


“You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” ~Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States


“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ~Maya Angelou, writer and civil rights activist


“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States


“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” ~Helen Keller, author and political activist


“Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.” ~Ana Claudia Antunes, author


“You don’t want people who have never had to deal with adversity – you want people who have been able to deal successfully with adversity. That’s what adds to society. Those are going to be the hardest-working, best people.” ~Linda Ronstadt, Singer


“Grit your teeth and smile. In the face of adversity, go. They don’t deserve you.” ~Christine Lagarde, Lawyer & Politician


“I was bullied and picked on because I was so different to everyone else, and I definitely didn’t believe or even know I was fabulous back then. But those hard times made me everything I am today. It’s all water under the bridge now, but being bullied and going through adversity definitely made me stronger.” ~Kimora Lee Leissner, Fashion Model & Designer


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