These chronic illness quotes are the perfect instruments to keep you inspired to become your best self.

I understand that sometimes it might be hard to stay positive living with sickle cell (or other chronic illness) but it is important not to let your chronic illness get to you and stop you from becoming your best.

There is so much to complain about; the pain, the stigma, the poor welfare. If you let yourself wallow in the complaint pool, you would lose a lot more than gain.

You have the power to choose how you want to live with chronic illness.

Check out these quotes whenever you feel like giving up. I have compiled these chronic illness quotes and more into a freebie for you at the end of this post.

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Let’s get inspired,

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50+ chronic illness quotes to get you inspired

1. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at” – Stephen Hawking

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

3. “Sickle cell (your chronic illness) is a word, not a sentence” – Unknown

4. “Your illness doesn’t define you, your strength and courage does” – Unknown

5. “Nothing can bring me down, I have mastered the art of bouncing back” – Unknown

6. “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist… Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” – Stephen Hawking

7. “At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength. Hope that it will get better and strength to hold on until it does.” – Unknown

8. “You are stronger than any pain” – Unknown

9. “Pain makes you stronger, fear makes you braver, and heartbreak makes you wiser. So thank the past for your future.” – Buddhist

10. “Disability need not be an obstacle to success” – Stephen Hawking

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

12. “We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same” – Carlos Castaneda

13. “Don’t lose hope for when it is dark, the stars come out” – Unknown

14. “And here you are, living despite it all” – Rupi Kaur

15. “Courage is not having the strength to go on. It is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Theodore Roosevelt

16. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it” Helen Keller

17. “There is a silver lining to being sick. That is, the opportunity to a better state than ever before.” – Unknown

18. “Don’t let your pain and struggle make you a victim, let your battle make you someone’s hero.” – Unknown 

19. “Strength is nothing more than how well you hide your pain” – Unknown

20. “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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21. “Maybe life isn’t about avoiding the bruises, maybe it is about collecting the scars to prove that we showed up for it.” – Hannah Brencher.

22. “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop” – Confucius 

23. Be patient and tough, someday the pain will be useful to you” – Ovid

24. “Pain is real, but so is hope” – Unknown

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

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

27. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly” – Buddha

28. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it” – Sydney Harris

29. “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved” – Kurt Vonnegut

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

31. “Healing yourself is connected with healing others” – Yoko Ono

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

33. “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day” – Unknown

34. “Resting is not laziness, it is medicine” – Glenn Schweitzer

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

36. “Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” – Rita Schiano

37. “You’re strong when you know your weakness. You are beautiful when you appreciate your flaws. You are wise when you learn from your mistakes” – Unknown

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

39. “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

40. “Give yourself another day, another chance. You will find your courage eventually. Don’t give up on yourself just yet” – Unknown

Chronic illness quotes that will inspire people living with chronic illness immediately

41. “Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacle: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death.” Goldie Hawn

42. “Those who have a why to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’” – Unknown

43. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time”. – Thomas Edison

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

45. “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

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

47. “If you can’t fly then run if you can’t run then walk if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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

49. “You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script” – Oprah Winfrey

50. “When ‘i’ is replaced with ‘we’ even illness become wellness” – Unknown

51. “Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever” – Roy T. Bennett

52. “I inhale hope with every breath I take” – Sharon Kay Penman

53. “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

Chronic illness quotes to get you inspired

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Living with sickle cell disorder has taught me that pain is necessary for growth. Although sometimes the pain makes you ask yourself if it’s really worth it.

Whenever you start feeling doubt about moving on and becoming your best version, I hope these chronic illness quotes help you see that you are more than your illness.

I’ve compiled some chronic illness quotes into an eBook for you.

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