60 Chronic Pain Quotes to Help You Fight this Painful Battle

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To live with chronic pain is to deal with not only pain but also with confusion, discomfort, uncertainty and many other difficult feelings that manifest coping with this situation. On days when the pain is flaring up, when confusion and uncertainty are adding to the struggle, it can help to have some quotes to find solace in.

People might have a different perception about how a person with a rare disease lives, feels and thinks every single day. The important thing is to choose the kind of life you want to live, and the way of thinking you choose to live by.

60 Uplifting Chronic Pain Quotes

Below is a list of chronic pain quotes you can turn to during your battle. These uplifting chronic pain quotes promote the inner peace and perspective to help you keep fighting.

1.“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. We want to be successful and do something that matters. We’re just dealing with unwanted limitations in our hero’s journey.” – Glenn Schweitzer

2. “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

3. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

4. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” – Buddhist Proverb

5. “Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” – Mary Tyler Moore  

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

7. “Language is always inadequate in the face of pain.” – John Green

8. “I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz

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

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

11. “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

12. “We must let go of the life we had planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

13. “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

14. “Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.” – R Schuller

15. “God’s purpose in increasing our trials is to sensitize us to people we never would have been able to relate to otherwise.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

16. “Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t sell out.” – Christopher Reeve

17. “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

18. “The biology of pain is never really straightforward, even when it appears to be.” – Lorimer Moseley

19. “There are those who suffer and grow strong; there are those who suffer and grow weak. This mystery of pain is still for me the saddest of earth’s disabilities.” – Silas Weir Mitchell

20. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert

21. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

22. “Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” – Tony Robbins

23. “Pain makes me grow. Growing is what I want. Therefore, for me pain is pleasure.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

24. “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

25. “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C.S. Lewis

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

27. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” – Buddha

28. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

29. “Life is pain, so live it up while you can.” – Ernest Hemingway

30. “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius

31. “It hurts because it matters.” – John Green

32. “It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all.” – Unknown

33. “Don’t let pain define you, let it refine you.” – Tim Fargo

34. “Stay focused on your purpose, not your pain.” – Ranal Currie

35. “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” – Walter Anderson

36. “No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back. “ – Unknown

37. “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut

38. “Chronic pain or other challenges are invitations; gifts that challenge us to learn how to manage the mind.” – Cheryl Richardson

39. “The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives – the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.” – Norman Cousins

40. “Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.” – Jim Morrison

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

42. “God gave us pain to remind us we are alive, so we will learn to value the joys and beauty of the world.” – Tom Corr

43. “Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.” – Unknown

44. “It’s not who’s the best – it’s who can take the most pain.” – Steve Prefontaine

45. “Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit.” – Unknown

46. “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” – Friedrich Nietzsche 

47. “Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes.” – George Orwell 

48. “I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.”– Unknown

49. “You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.” – Ernest Hemingway

50. “It is not what happens to us in life that defines us. It is what we do with it that defines us.” – Tom Seaman

51. “Time is not a cure for chronic pain, but it can be crucial for improvement. It takes time to change, to recover, and to make progress.” – Unknown

52. “Pain is always emotional. Fear and depression keep constant company with chronic hurting.”– Siri Hustvedt

53. “Don’t fight your pain; you can’t win. The paradox of recovery is that you have to surrender to win. Accepting what you cannot change makes the difference.” – Unknown

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

55. “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.” – Unknown

56. That is all I want in life; this pain to seem purposeful.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

57.The most powerful words you can say to someone with an invisible illness is…  ‘I Believe You’” – Unknown

58.Life is tough my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett Henry

59.Being able to walk pain-free is a blessing. Being able to walk without showing the pain is a skill” – Kylie McPherson

60.I use to fight the pain, but recently this became clear to me: pain is not my enemy; it is my call to greatness.” – Henry Rollins


You are a warrior, so be strong! You are always stronger than you know and you are braver than the bravest. Live a life of purpose, beauty, and grace. Choose to take control and find meaning that will keep you moving forward. Always remember that there is still sunshine after the rain. I hope these quotes will inspire you to fight this painful battle.