227 Inspiring Chronic Illness Quotes for Anyone Living With Them

These chronic illness quotes prove that a diagnosis should never define you.

These incredible chronic illness quotes prove how strong and courageous a person who lives with this diagnosis is.

Inspire someone living with a chronic illness by sending them a quote that can lift their spirits and keep them motivated to keep fighting.

When we hear the term “chronic illness”, many of us are not exactly sure what the term means.

But most importantly, chronic illness should never be used to define a person and label them unfairly. 

Chronic illness is a daily reminder of your struggle, but it can be marked by the power within and positivity with chronic illness quotes like the ones we have here.

Remember, your are not your illness, and use these quotes about chronic illness to inspire your warrior within!

As someone who lives with a rare disease, people often have a very different perception of how I think, feel, and live each day of my life.

While I have an illness, I am NOT my illness.

It is merely a part of me.

An important part that has defined who I have chosen to be, the kind of life I have chosen to live, and the kind of mindset I choose to live by.

While many people let their illness define them and drop anchor, I chose to redefine my life.

I lived a life that gave me purpose and meaning.

I would not have accomplished 10 percent of the things I have done, had it not been for my diagnosis: had I not been forced to step away from a bustling Psychology practice and work from home; had I not had to ask myself what I wanted the rest of my life to look like.

The difference in life is how we let things define us – what we let control us, what we choose to control.

We can have a life with purpose, strength, and great meaning.

That is if we decide that is what we are going to do.

Don’t just take my word for it.

Listen to these chronic illness quotes and more words of wisdom from those who have persevered.

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Inspiring Quotes for People Living With a Chronic Illness

1. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” — Theodore Roosevelt

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2. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

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3. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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4. “She was always fighting a battle but her smile would never tell you so.”― Nikki Rowe

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5. “Resting is not laziness, it’s medicine!” – Glenn Schweitzer

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6. “Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can.” – John Wooden

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7. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi

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8. “What would the hero of your life’s movie do right now? Do that!” – Joe Rogan

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9. “We are stronger in the places we have been broken.” – Ernest Hemingway

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10. “What makes night within us may leave stars.” – Victor Hugo

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11. “She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu

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12. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie

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13. “Sometimes you will be in control of your illness and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.” – Kelly Hemingway (I always say I can do this twice a year)

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14. “I often say now I don’t have any choice whether I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.” – Michael J. Fox

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15. “You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” – Josh Shipp

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16. “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

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17. “As twisted as it sounds, I was so happy that I had received a diagnosis.” – Bethany Stahl

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18. “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye

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19. “We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by living fully in the present.” – Marianne Williamson

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20. “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.” – Stephen Chbosky

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21. “You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery.” – Unknown

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22. “Do not believe the things you tell yourself when you’re sad and alone.” – Unknown

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23. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

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24. “Please be patient with me. Sometimes when I’m quiet, it’s because I need to figure myself out. It’s not because I don’t want to talk. Sometimes there are no words for my thoughts.” – Kamla Bolaños

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25. “It never gets easier you just get better.” —Vince Lombardi

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26. “Healing takes courage and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

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27. “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

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28. “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

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

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30. “Nothing is more beautiful than a real smile that has struggled through tears.” – Unknown

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31. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher

32. “If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.” – Carmen Ambrosio

33. “Normality is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

34. “The strongest people I’ve met have not been given an easier life. They’ve learned to create strength and happiness from dark places.” – Kristen Butler

35. “Hope doesn’t require a massive chain where heavy links of logic hold it together. A thin wire will do…just strong enough to get us through the night until the winds die down.” – Charles R. Swindoll

36. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

37. “I fight for my health every day in ways that most people don’t understand. I’m not lazy. I’m a warrior!” – Unknown

38. “I can’t tell you when, but I can promise you it will get better, it will get easier, and it will all be worthwhile. Just promise me you won’t ever give up.” – Unknown

39. “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

40. “Live to inspire, and one day people will say, because of you, I didn’t give up” – Unknown

41. “Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.” – Naeem Callaway

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42. “After living with MS for almost twenty years, my most inspiration comes from nature, friends, and family. To be positive as best we can and to accept us with our new lives.” – Caroline Craven

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43. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

44. “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” – Viktor E. Frankl

45. “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” – Joyce Meyer

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46. “The point is not what we expect from life, but rather what life expects from us.” – Viktor Frankl

47. “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.” – Joubert Botha

48. “Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” – Clive Barker

49. “Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” – Jacques Prevert

50. “Chronic pain shows you two things very clearly: the amazing compassion of some people you hardly know at all and the disgusting selfishness of some people you thought you knew very well.” — Patrick Plum

51. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.” – Adrienne Rich

52. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.” – John Green

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

54. “He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.” – William Samuel Johnson

55. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” – Robert Frost

56. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

57. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

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58. “I think that that’s the wisest thing – to prevent illness before we try to cure something.” – Maya Angelou

59. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life to be happy it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn

60. “That is what chronic illness is a disconnect between what our souls can do and what our bodies can do.” – Barbara Lieberman

61. “Chronic disease is a foodborne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out.” – Mark Hyman, M.D.

62. “When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” – Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

63. “The vast knowledge we have to prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses is staggering.” – Tom Rath

64. “The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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65. “At any given moment, you have the power to say this is not how my story is going to end.” – Unknown

66. “Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

67. “When you have an invisible disease, your sickness isn’t your biggest problem. What you end up battling more than anything else, every single day, is other people.” ― Heidi Cullinan, Carry the Ocean

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68. “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”—Carlos Castaneda

69. “Everything is going to be alright. Maybe not today, but eventually.”—Unknown

70. “It’s not the situation that’s causing your stress, it’s your thoughts, and you can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and now. Peace is a choice, and it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.”—Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD

71. “It is not an easy reality to face, but just as your chronic pain did not develop overnight, neither will the solution to finding relief develop in a day or two.”—Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

72. “The less we move, the more pain we have when we do move, causing us to move less. It becomes a vicious and painful cycle. The only solution for this ‘un-movement syndrome’ is moving.”—Adapted from A Day Without Pain

73. “There is purpose in your season of waiting.” – Megan Smalley

74. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”—Kahlil Gibran

75. “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb

76. “You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other and you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”—Elizabeth Taylor

77. “Even if you shake, a step is still a step. Continue to be brave enough to walk your path.” – The Better Man Project

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78. “There’s something so vibrant and gutsy about courage; just do it.” – Anna Roddick

79. “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

80. “Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again.” – Alex Tan

81. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.” – Maya Angelou

82. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

83. “Do not spend your precious energy worrying about how others view your medical condition.” – Toni Bernhard

84. “Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realise the strength, move on.” – Henry Rollins

85. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you can start.” – Nido Qubein

86. “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do. But I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams

87. “Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.” – Ovid

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88. “One cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be of little importance in the evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.” – Carl Jung

89. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” ― Maya Angelou

90. “The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle — the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.” – Douglas MacArthur

91. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” – George S. Patton

92. “Look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” – Jacob A. Riis

93. “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.” – Muhammad Ali

94. “The world is more magical, less predictable, more autonomous, less controllable, more varied, less simple, more infinite, less knowable, more wonderfully troubling than we could have imagined being able to tolerate when we were young.” – James Hollis

95. “Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” – George Edward Woodberry

96. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ― Confucius

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97. “You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.” – Flip Wilson

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98. “The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.” – Joseph Conrad

99. “Surrender is an incredibly difficult topic in light of chronic illness, because loss is often continued and sustained.” – Cindee Snider Re

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100. “This business of dying wasn’t as simple as surrender to the great light. It was real and dirty and untidy.” – Patti Callahan

101. “The biochemistry and needs of each patient is unique. Chronically ill patients require nutritional support for healing.” – Bruce M. Carruthers

102. “Somewhere inside that hurting body, there is something better, something stronger, something real.” – R. M. Drake

103. “Chronic illness is hard. Pain is hard. Isolation is hard. The financial cost is hard. Grieving is hard and necessary and sometimes takes far longer than we ever imagined.” – Cindee Snider Re

104. “The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” — C.C. Scott

105. “By taking the time to focus on our mental and emotional well-being, we can minimize our triggers and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.” – Sarah Hackley

106. “Self-stigma can be just a big a problem as the negative attitudes of others.” – Megan A. Arroll

107. “Doctors don’t believe anything unless you can prove it to them.”― Audrey Niffenegger

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108. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

109. “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King

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

111. “If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” – Unknown

112. “Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

113. “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.” – Helen Keller

114. “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” ― Francis Bacon

115. “Illness has always brought me nearer to a state of grace.” – Abbe Pierre

116. “It is when I struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am.”—Steve Maraboli

117. “Illness sets the mind free sometimes to roam and surmise.” – Alice B. Toklas

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118. “My path may be different, but I am not lost.” — Unknown

119. “The truth is we’re all a little bit broken. We must learn to love the broken pieces of ourselves—be gentle and empathetic with ourselves, and others.” — Karen Salmansohn

120. “One day at a time, one step at a time. Do what you can, do your best. Let God handle the rest.” — Michelle Jones

121. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” — Vivian Greene

122. “I long to accomplish a noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” — Helen Keller

123. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority.” — Mandy Hale

124. “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh

125. “No matter what the statistics say, there is always a way.” — Bernie Siegel

126. “You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.” — Steve Case

127. “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” — Sonia Ricotti

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128. “My strength does not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself when I was knocked down.” — Bob Moore

129. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker

130. “When something’s difficult to come by, you’ll do that much more to make sure it’s even harder if not impossible to lose.” — Sarah Dessen

131. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” — John Lennon

132. “She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear.” — Atticus

133. “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” — Theodore Roosevelt

134. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” — Anne Frank

135. “Just keep swimming.” — Dory

136. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” — Kenji Miyazawa

137. “Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.” ― Nelson Mandela

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138. “Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease.”― Elaine Stritch

139. Diabetes taught me discipline.”― Sonia Sotomayor

140. “Trying to manage diabetes is hard because if you don’t, there are consequences you’ll have to deal with later in life.”― Bryan Adams

141. “Diabetes is a great example whereby, giving the patient the tools, you can manage yourself very well.”― Clayton M. Christensen

142. “The situation with regard to insulin is particularly clear. In many parts of the world diabetic children still die from lack of this hormone.”― Charles Best

143. “Diabetes is passed that way — over and down, like a knight in chess.”― Maile Meloy

144. “Growing up, coming to terms with, and living through the complications of Diabetes.”― Paul Cathcart

145. “Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food.”– Hippocrates

146. “We have diabetes, it gets to come along with us, it doesn’t get to stop us.”― Chris Olsen

147. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”– Albert Einstein

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148. “I started feeling afraid of my own body, like it was a torture chamber I’d been trapped inside.” ― Talia Hillbert

149. “If only I could explain how much I miss that precious moment when I was free from the shackles of chronic pain.” ― J.J. Toivonen

150. “It’s so hard to watch the person you love be in pain. It’s a natural impulse to want to fix it, and not being able to is uncomfortable.” ― Karen Havelin

151. “The erosion of an effective patient-physician relationship has no place when dealing with chronic pain. Worst of all, dismissing the patient’s pain is as devastating as crushing a patient’s hope.” ― Melissa Cady

152. “You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.” ― Earnest Hemmingway

153. “Often the pain that makes us feel most stuck is not our suffering; it is experiencing distress in the presence of people who expect us to get better faster than we can.” ― K.J. Ramsey

154. “People assume you aren’t sick unless they see the sickness on your skin like scars forming a map of all the ways you’re hurting.” ― Emm Roy

155. “Self-stigma can be just as big a problem as the negative attitudes of others.” ― Megan Arroll

156. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” ― Winston Churchill

157. “The stigma of chronic pain is one of the most difficult aspects of living with chronic pain.” ― Murray McAlister

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158. “Behind every chronic illness is just a person trying to find their way in the world. We want to find love and be loved and be happy just like you.” ― Glenn Schweitzer

159. “I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.” ― Leonard Nimoy

160. “As with many life-altering events, an autoimmune illness is almost guaranteed to cause you to re-evaluate your priorities.” ― Joan Friedlander

161. “It’s been an incredible odyssey to make the journey from a vibrantly healthy person to someone with a chronic illness.” ― Karen Duffy

162. “God deliberately chooses weak, suffering and unlikely candidates to get His work done, so that in the end, the glory goes to God and not to the person.” ― Joni Eareckson Tada

163. “Those who become mentally ill often have a history of chronic pain.” ― Gene Tierney

164. “There are two kinds of “disabled” persons: Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left.” ― Thomas S. Szasz

165. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ― Martin Luther King Jr

166. “Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” ― Christopher Reeve

167. “Every EDS patient knows that one of the hardest parts of our day is the moment we open our eyes and waken into the reality of our bodies.” ― Michael Bihovsky

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168. “If I only could explain how much I miss that precious moment when I was free from the shackles of chronic pain.” ― Jenni Johanna Toivonen

169. “My handbag turned into a diaper bag for the chronically ill.” ― Tracey Berkowitz

170. “Just as the widow gave out of a poverty of financial ruin, in the same way, those who live with debilitating chronic pain give out of a poverty of health.” ― Esther Smith

171. “Our circumstances might be abject, we might not think we can survive for one more day enslaved to illness, but God says, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” ― Cindee Snider Re

172. “One thing I hate about being ill is that no one believes it unless I share it all with them, and even then they don’t act on it.” ― Gillian Polack

173. “I hope in the next world I shall be at ease, but in this I find I must not expect it long together.” ― Anne Somerset

174. “I create beautiful art, so I can look back on the life my body fell short of in such a way that it brings me peace.” ― Nikki Rowe

175. “Miraculously recover or die. That’s the extent of our cultural bandwidth for chronic illness.” ― S. Kelley Harrell

176. “In the midst of pain, we begin to understand the price Jesus paid for our salvation.” ― Cindee Snider Re

177. “The strong, ferocious wind just made the chill worse, and as it blew around me, electric bursts of pain shot through my body.” ― Jennifer Starzec

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178. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” — Bernice Johnson Reagon

179. “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” — Confucius

180. “In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus

181. A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.” — John Maxwell

182. “Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.” — Arthur Golden

183. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

184. “Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” — Bruce Lee

185. “There is no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bear witness that a man has the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.” — Viktor Frankl

186. “I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

187. “We don’t develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” — Barbara De Angelis

Chronic Illness Quotes To Help You Endure Pain

188. “If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.” — George Santayana

189. “The body cannot take chronic terror; it must defend itself by refusing to harbor the spirit that wants to soar through it and experience life to the fullest.” — Carmen Aguirre

190. “Consciousness is the chronic pain of life, and all higher organisms suffer it every waking moment.” — David Marusek

191. “You feel your strength in the experience of pain.” — Jim Morrison

192. “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” — Julius Caesar

193. “To heal our wounds, we need courage to face them.” — Paulo Coelho

194. “Generally speaking, chronic pain and other physical and mental disorders have been categorized as ‘silent disorders’ in the workplace simply because most employees are afraid of the consequences if employers find out.” — Wayne Hochwarter

195. “Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. what you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.” — Saint Bartholomew

196. “Chronic pain can be very lonely. It can have a shame-based quality.” — Jennifer Grey

197. “It has been said, time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” — Rose Kennedy

Chronic Illness Quotes that Inspire Resilience

198. “I had an opportunity with Lyme disease to stay quiet, or I could partner with the people who could make a difference.” — Yolanda Hadid

199. “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” — Carl Jung

200. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” — Christopher Reeve

201. “The pain of yesterday is the strength of today.” — Paulo Coelho

202. “Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” — Sarah Louise Delany

203. “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.” — Haruki Murakami

204. “The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost

205. “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” — Chuck Palahniuk

206. “Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased.” — Joel Osteen

207. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” — Charles Darwin

Chronic Illness Quotes of Hope and Understanding

208. “Never, never, never give up.” — Winston Churchill

209. “Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.” — Dan Reeves

210. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” — Victor Hugo

211. “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” — Suzanne Collins

212. “Life is not over because you have diabetes. Make the most of what you have, be grateful.” — Dale Evans

213. “One step at a time is enough for me. Impatience is simply a way of beating yourself up.” — Terri Guillemets

214. “Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” — Drew Barrymore

215. “You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” — Marcus Aurelius

216. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” — Charles Bukowski

217. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden

218. “Living with a chronic illness is like having an extra full-time job that you never applied for and can’t quit.” ― Paula Heller Garland

219. “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day, even with chronic illness.” ― Alice Morse Earle

220. “In the face of chronic illness, we must find ways to create joy and meaning in our lives, even when circumstances are challenging.” ― Naomi Judd

221. “In the face of chronic illness, courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

222. “Chronic illness is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself, celebrate small victories, and keep moving forward.” ― Maya Angelou

223. “Our bodies may be fragile, but the spirit within us is unbreakable. Chronic illness can’t extinguish the flame of our resilience.” ― Helen Keller

224. “Living with a chronic illness is like being a superhero with an invisible cape – our strength is unseen but undeniably powerful.” ― Paulo Coelho

225. “Chronic illness teaches us the art of patience, the strength of endurance, and the beauty of a resilient heart.” ― Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

226. In the journey of chronic illness, self-compassion is the compass that guides us through the toughest terrains of pain and uncertainty.” ― Brené Brown

227. “The greatest battles of life are fought within, and for those facing chronic illness, every day is a victory in the war of resilience.” ― Victor Hugo

What do you think about these chronic illness quotes?

So, be strong, warriors. You are stronger than you know. You’re braver than the bravest. Live a life of grace, beauty, and purpose.

It is when we choose to take control, to continue to find meaning and drive that keeps us moving forward, that we are truly free.

Grant yourself this gift of freedom and meaning – and you will live a life even better than your wildest dreams.

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  1. Michael Sheilds

    November 6, 2022 at 6:51 PM

    God work in a mystery way. Unfortunately people are too caught up being distracted by the same media tactics. doctors and pharmaceutical companies don’t make money curing anything (Disease). They make money keeping you dependent on them to provide “cures”. You do what’s best for you but my health improved 100% when I stopped taking all the drugs and make lifestyle changes and better eating habits and stay away from prepackaged foods full of chemicals. Now I have NONE of issues they diagnosed me with years ago….all done without the help of western medicine.

  2. Laura

    October 25, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    Thank you. These words of positivity and kindness helped me lift a friend at the worst time and in a fight for her life. God bless.

  3. Anonymous

    February 4, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    I found your website at a time when I really needed it. You think everything’s fine–and it is, really–and then a reminder comes into your life of how you are perceived by others…a single word for a disorder that supposedly describes who you are. Thank you for these quotes that remind me that we all struggle, and we all succeed, in ways nobody else can truly understand.

    • Dr. Nikki Martinez

      February 4, 2019 at 3:25 PM

      It really touches me more than you know to hear that this was here, when you needed it, and that it resonated with you in a way that you needed at a particular moment. It also tells me that you are probably quite strong at “grounding yourself,” when you need to, perhaps because you had to learn to, but never underestimate the strength your own simple acts and choices show. Be well, and take good care of yourself. – Dr. Nikki Martinez

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