February 2, 2024

48 Chronic Pain Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Living with chronic pain can be tough. We hope this collection of our 48 favorite quotes, affirmations, and memes brings a little extra light and support into your day.

Chronic pain is more than just some aches and pains every now and again. Depending on the condition, chronic pain can be all-consuming in its severity, consistency, and unpredictability.

Of course, some days are better than others. But if today’s one of the harder ones, we want you to know we’re here for you. We see you. And we care.

While it might not erase your pain, we’ve collected some of our favorite quotes for living with chronic pain. We find them uplifting and inspiring, maybe even a little humorous,  and we hope they provide you with solace and help you through whatever you may be facing right now.

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  1. Quotes and Affirmations

  2. Quotes for a New Outlook

  3. Inspiring Quotes

  4. Memes to Make You Laugh

  1. If this medication helps, that will be great. If it doesn’t, no blame. It wasn’t what my body needed. If this doctor turns out to be responsive, that will be nice. If he or she doesn’t, that’s okay. Any given doctor is going to be how he or she is going to be. It’s not in my control.”

~ Toni Bernhardt, author of How to be Sick, explaining that by framing her expectations this way, it helps her not feel so disappointed, exhausted, and hopeless on her chronic pain care journey.

  1. On her experience living with scoliosis and back pain,

“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

  1. “Take pride in your pain. You are stronger than those who have none.” 

~ Lois Lowry, Gathering Blue

  1. “Just because your version of normal isn’t the same as someone else’s version doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you.” 

~John Boyne, The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket 

  1. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” 

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. “Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can.”

~ Anonymous

  1. “At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

~ Frida Khalo

  1. “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it’s going on when you don’t have the strength.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

  1. “Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.”

~ Michael J. Fox

  1. “Normality is a paved road; it is easy to walk on, but no flowers grow on it.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh

  1. “Turn your wounds into wisdom”

~ Anonymous

  1. She believed she could, but she was tired. So she rested. (And you know what? The world went on and it was ok. She knew she could try again tomorrow.)

~ Anonymous

  1. “And here you are living, despite it all…” 

~ Rupi Kaur 

  1. “Learning’s a gift, even when pain’s your teacher.”

~ Michael Jordan

  1. “The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.”

~ Sharon Salzburg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

  1. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.



  1. “Do not treat discouraging and disheartening thoughts or emotions as permanent fixtures of your mind.”

~ Toni Bernhard

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

~ Anonymous

  1. “Never be ashamed about being broken, because strength is nothing but pain that’s been repaired.”

~ Trent Shelton

  1. “It is when you’re going through the most difficult chapter of your life that your hero is revealed, and how beautiful it is when you finally realize — you have the strength to save yourself.”

~ Dodinsky

  1. “People can be at their most vulnerable, but still tenacious at the same time.”

~ Toni Bernhard

  1. “To go into the dark with a light is to know the light. To go into the dark, go dark. Go without sight and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.”

~ Wendell Berry A.

  1. “You are stronger than you seem, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think you are.”

~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

  1. “We may encounter defeats, but we must not be defeated.”

~ Maya Angelou

  1. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” 

~ Bob Marley

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

~ Theodore Roosevelt

  1. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose hope.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. “Depleted, overwhelmed, swollen and flaring, sad. On days like this I can give into a good cry or force myself to get out of my PJs and get on with my day, a little at a time. One of the hardest parts of illness is finding the right balance between doing both. There is no right or wrong choice, but to decide how many days you cry before you get dressed.”

~ Lisa Copen, Why Can’t I Make People Understand

  1. “Never trust your fears; they don’t know your strengths.”

~ Athena Singh

  1. “One day you will tell the story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.”

~ Brené Brown

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