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75 Deep Survival Quotes | Endurance Quotes | Adversity Quotes


Survival quotes and sayings about surviving teach a lot of wisdom. These are words of people who actually lived in hostile conditions and got out of them alive. Enduring adversity and surviving is the basic instinct of human beings. We do our utmost to rise above any difficulty and thrive no matter what. These quotes will inspire our readers in all circumstances.

“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
Albert Camus

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”
Sarah J. Maas

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”

“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.”
Joss Whedon

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“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”
Cassandra Clare

“If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”
Mahatma Gandhi – Survival quotes

deep survival quotes
“You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don’t have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn’t mean they apply to you.”
Rick Yancey

“All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.”
Yann Martel

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
Leon C. Megginson

“We’d stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You’d think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn’t.”
Rick Yancey – Survival quotes

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“The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
Joseph Heller

“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”
James Baldwin

“We each survive in our own way.”
Sarah J. Maas

“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.”
Steve Maraboli

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“Loving someone always requires you to not love others.”
Koushun Takami

“The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!’ ‘Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical…There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

“I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.”
Joseph Heller

“If you don’t hunt it down and kill it, it will hunt you down and kill you.”
Flannery O’Connor – Survival quotes

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“To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.”
Ransom Riggs

“Somehow, even in the worst of times, the tiniest fragments of good survive. It was the grip in which one held those fragments that counted.”
Melina Marchetta

“You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”
Edwin Louis Cole

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.”
Sherman Alexie

quotes for surviving hard times
“Fear is a part of life. It’s a warning mechanism. That’s all. It tells you when there’s danger around. Its job is to help you survive. Not cripple you into being unable to do it.”
Jim Butcher

“One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone. There. Gone. No ‘poof.’ No flash of light. No explosion.”
Michael Grant – Survival quotes

quotes for surviving hard times
“The master says it’s a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it’s a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there’s anyone in the world who would like us to live.”
Frank McCourt

“Survivors aren’t always the strongest; sometimes they’re the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest.”
Carrie Ryan

“Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.”
Dorothy Parker

“Mankind is resilient: the atrocities that horrified us a week ago become acceptable tomorrow.”
Joseph Heller – Survival quotes

quotes for surviving hard times
“It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”
Arthur C. Clarke

“Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.”
Robertson Davies

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do, remember?”
Gregory Peck

“Be happy — if you’re not even happy, what’s so good about surviving?”
Tom Stoppard

“Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable. It is important that the body survives, but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.”
Dave Pelzer

quotes for surviving hard times
“One thing you have to realize from now on is that it doesn’t matter if this is a dream or not. Survival depends on what you do, not what you think.”
Rebecca McKinsey

“In the year 2025, the best men don’t run for president, they run for their lives.”
Stephen King

“People will do amazing things to ensure their survival.”
Patricia Briggs

quotes for surviving hard times
“It was only high school after all, definitely one of the most bizarre periods in a person’s life. How anyone can come through that time well adjusted on any level is an absolute miracle.”
E.A. Bucchianeri

“Adventures are only interesting once you’ve lived to see the end of them. Before that, they are nothing but fear, and being too cold or too hot or too wet or too hungry, and getting hurt.”
Holly Lisle – Survival quotes

“Knowledge is power, community is strength and positive attitude is everything.”
Lance Armstrong

“A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.”
Chris Cleave

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“To write as if your life depended on it; to write across the chalkboard, putting up there in public the words you have dredged; sieved up in dreams, from behind screen memories, out of silence– words you have dreaded and needed in order to know you exist.”
Adrienne Rich

“But part of surviving is being able to move on.”
Alexandra Bracken

“Relax. They’re not going to kill us. They’re going to TRY and kill us. And that is a very different thing.”
Steve Voake

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“Yet a part of you still believes you can fight and survive no matter what your mind knows. It’s not so strange. Where there’s still life, there’s still hope. What happens is up to God.”
Louis Zamperini

“Suppose you were the last one left? Suppose you did that to yourself?”
Cormac McCarthy

“The man armed with knowledge has a better chance of survival than the man who is simply the fittest. Knowledge is the true strength. Muscle is where the myth is.”
Suzy Kassem

quotes about surviving“And yes, we do have some food. Maybe you’d like to join us? Unless you want to stick with your sheep sushi.”
Michael Grant

“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”
Nelson Algren

“Taking a risk to survive isn’t that impressive. Taking a risk to be happy, that takes guts.”
Sarah Noffke

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“Knowing that this is what it means to live. That this love, this need is what drives us to push and fight and build and grow. That as long as there’s hope and love in this world, there will always be the living.”
Carrie Ryan

“Survival starts by paying attention to what is close at hand and immediate. To look out with idle hope is tantamount to dreaming one’s life away.”
Yann Martel – Survival quotes

“The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!”
Anne Frank

quotes about surviving“If we truly trust no one, we cannot survive.”
Megan Whalen Turner

“Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival.”
Martha Gellhorn

“Scars are not signs of weakness, they are signs of survival and endurance.”
Rodney A. Winters

quotes about surviving“Anyone worth knowing breaks once. Once. No shame, no foul if you survive it. You did.”
Karen Marie Moning

“Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who stop to consider the antithesis; that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable.”
Primo Levi

“My own survival required me to counterbalance interesting with invisible.”
Rachel Hartman

quotes about survival“Survival is the celebration of choosing life over death. We know we’re going to die. We all die. But survival is saying: perhaps not today. In that sense, survivors don’t defeat death, they come to terms with it.”
Laurence Gonzales

“I would rather live than die. I would rather die than survive as a monster.”
Robert Fanney – Survival quotes

“The biggest threat against the survival of humanity is not brutality and unkindness, it is stupidity and selfishness.”
M.F. Moonzajer

quotes about survival
“We need to be fit and ready for anything that might come our way.”
Aaron B. Powell

“One might accept death reasoningly, with every aspect of the conscious mind, but the body was a brute beast that knew nothing of reason.”
Isaac Asimov

“I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique.”
Jennifer Estep

quotes about survival
“Compassion is the key to the ultimate survival of our species.”
Doug Dillon

“These are the intensities that one cannot live with, that he has to outgrow if he wants to survive. But who can help grieving for them? If the blood vessels could hold them, how much better to keep those early loves with us?”
Tennessee Williams

quotes on surviving
“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.”
Susanna Kaysen

“Don’t play his game. Play yours.”
Rachel Caine
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“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”
Carl Sagan

“The thing about hearts is that they always want to keep beating.”
Elizabeth Scott

quotes on surviving“I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain.”
Audre Lorde – Survival quotes

“The strong survive, but the courageous triumph.”
Michael Scott

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