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109 Quotes to Urge You to Persevere When You Are Tired and Weary

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By Karabo Baloyi
May 29, 2022
01:35 A.M.

Feeling unbearably tired is an all too common aspect of modern life. We need to find ways to rejuvenate ourselves when we feel exhausted so that we don't quit on our life's pursuits. If you've been feeling way too exhausted lately, here are 109 quotes to help you not give up.

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We all come to points in our lives where we feel exhausted. It can feel like no amount of sleep could shake us out of the perpetual tiredness that plagues our days. During these times, our minds could be foggy, we could feel irritable and even uninterested in the things that usually bring us joy.

There are several possible reasons for this perpetual tiredness. Underlying medical conditions, nutrient deficiencies, and chronic stress could all be factors of perpetual tiredness.

But the fact is, living in a perpetual state of exhaustion is unsustainable. It often has negative effects on our relationships. This is why it is essential that we try to get out of this funk. To help us do this, here are 109 quotes to urge us never to give up when we’re weary.

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James Joyce's quote: “Others are as tired of themselves as you are. Let each one learn to bore himself.” | Image: AmoDays

QUOTES THAT MOTIVATE TO PERSEVERE

“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I only stop when I’m done.” — Marilyn Monroe

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“Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, then plan later.” — Walter Reisch

“Even when you have every right to be tired of everything, never be tired of living.” — Terry Mark

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” — Dean Karnazes

“Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” — Jules Renard

Marilyn Monroe's quote: “I don’t stop when I’m tired, I only stop when I’m done.” | Image: AmoDays

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

“A man grows most tired while standing still.” — Chinese proverb

“Never be tired of a dream, if not fulfilled. Fear of failure should not deter you from your path of self-belief. Your belief and determination will get you to your destination and make the dream come true.” — Anil Sinha

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” — Newt Gingrich

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” — Jim Ryun

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Walter Reisch's quote: “Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, then plan later.” | Image: AmoDays

“Tiredness is just something that is appearing; it’s not who you are.” — Nirmala

“No matter how tired you feel, no matter how much you want to quit, no matter what obstacles are in your way, keep moving toward the vision you have for your future.” — Jon Gordon

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“You’ve done enough. It’s okay to be tired. You can take a break.” — Shauna Niequist

“There’s always an element of fear that you need to work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or finally figure out that you’re a fraud after all!” — Ben Stiller

“The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dean Karnazes's quote: “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.” — Mike Ditka

“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne

“You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.” — Joe Namath

“When you are tired, sleep; when you are hungry, eat.” — Michael Gluckman

“Then I uprose, showing myself provided. Better with breath than I did feel myself, and said: ‘go on, for I am strong and bold.’” — Dante Alighieri

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Jules Renard's quote: “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.” | Image: AmoDays

“Others are as tired of themselves as you are. Let each one learn to bore himself.” — James Joyce

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SELF-REFLECTIVE QUOTES WHEN YOU'RE TIRED

“Knocked down but not beaten. Tired but not giving up. I saw the sun peek through the clouds. Sometimes all we need is a glimmer of hope.” — Jon Gordon

“When I’m tired, I rest. I say, ‘I can’t be a superwoman today.’” — Jada Pinkett Smith

“I am tired of being tired and talking about how tired I am.” — Amy Poehler

“You never get tired unless you stop and take time for it.” — Bob Hope

Theodore Roosevelt's quote: “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Life is one long process of getting tired.” — Samuel Butler

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“I am sick of the disparity between things as they are and as they should be. I’m tired. I’m tired of the truth and I’m tired of lying about the truth.” — Edward Franklin Albee

“I’m not tired of challenges. I’m tired of people challenging me for nothing.” — Ces Peta

“Whenever I get fed up with life, I love to go wandering in nature.” — Andrea Arnold

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Chinese proverb's quote: “A man grows most tired while standing still.” —| Image: AmoDays

“Fatigue has many faces and many causes. Fatigue and tiredness mean different things to different people.” — Michael A. Schmidt

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“Tired, tired with nothing, tired with everything, tired with the world’s weight he had never chosen to bear.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Sleep did not honor me with its presence.” — Alysha Speer, Sharden

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.” — Fannie Lou Hamer

“I’m so tired but I can’t sleep. Standing on the edge of something much too deep.” — Sarah MacLachlan

Anil Sinha's quote: “Never be tired of a dream, if not fulfilled. Fear of failure should not deter you from your path of self-belief. Your belief and determination will get you to your destination and make the dream come true.” | Image: AmoDays

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“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” — Rosa Parks

“I’m tired of defending my character. I am what I am. What you see is what you get.” — Dana Plato

“The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.” — Paula Poundstone

“The most critical time in any battle is not when I’m fatigued, it’s when I no longer care.” — Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.” — Mae West

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Newt Gingrich's quote: “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” | Image: AmoDays

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.” — Yogi Berra

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“At the end of the day, I’m a person. I have feelings. I get tired. I get sad.” — Summer Walker

“Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” — Chief Joseph

“I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, and wear Reebok.” — Shaquille O’Neal

Jim Ryun's quote: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Being a sex symbol is a heavy load to carry, especially when one is tired, hurt and bewildered.” — Marilyn Monroe

“My bed isn’t made, I’m tired, I haven’t slept well for two weeks. I haven’t been laid in a month. I don’t have a girlfriend. I have a warrant for my arrest.” — Layne Staley

“I am someone who can’t hold on to negativity or hold on to grudges. I might feel something at a certain point, but I get tired after that. I don’t carry it with me. I forgive and forget very easily, and that’s the only way to be happy and peaceful.” — Deepika Padukone

“I can tell you with authority that when I’m exhausted when I’m running on empty, I’m the worst version of myself.” — Arianna Huffington

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“If I’m exhausted and I just don’t feel like it, then I don’t do it. I am a human being, after all. But I also know I’m the kind of person who, if I take one day off, well, it’s very easy for me to take the next day off and then quit exercising.” — Kelly Ripa

Nirmala's quote: “Tiredness is just something that is appearing; it’s not who you are.” —| Image: AmoDays

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“When all is said and done, I want to die exhausted and empty because I gave everything that was in me. I believe that’s why we’re all here: to give of ourselves to one another to help create a better world because you can’t take it with you.” — Lamman Rucker

“I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look at it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed! Why I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change or something.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

“Many, my children, are the tears I’ve wept, and threaded many a maze of weary thought.” — Sophocles

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“I look in the mirror and see this medium average person. A little tired, a little sad, but not falling apart.” — Cecelia Ahern

Nothing ever fatigues me, but doing what I do not like.” — Jane Austen

Jon Gordon's quote: “No matter how tired you feel, no matter how much you want to quit, no matter what obstacles are in your way, keep moving toward the vision you have for your future.” | Image: AmoDays

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ADVICE YOU NEED TO KEEP GOING AND NOT GIVE UP

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” — Banksy

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.” — Jesse Owens

“Never give up. When your heart becomes tired, just walk with your legs — but move on.” — Paulo Coelho

“Never stop trying. Never stop believing. Never give up. Your day will come.” — Mandy Hale

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to the unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” — Mario Andretti

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Shauna Niequist's quote: “You’ve done enough. It’s okay to be tired. You can take a break.” | Image: Shauna

“It’s a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired – you quit when the gorilla is tired.” — Robert Strauss

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“The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.” — Morgan Freeman

“Never give up on something you believe in.” — Steve Scalise

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Your victory is right around the corner. Never give up.” — Nicki Minaj

Ben Stiller's quote: “There’s always an element of fear that you need to work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or finally figure out that you’re a fraud after all!” | Image: AmoDays

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“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” — Gena Showalter

“Keep believing. You may be tired, discouraged, but don’t give up on your future.” — Joel Osteen

“It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.” — Joyce Meyer

“It’s important to surround yourself with good people, interesting people, young people, young ideas. Go places, learn new stuff. Look at the world with wonder — don’t be tired about it.” — Angela Bassett

“If I can just keep putting one foot in front of the other, I will eventually get to the end.” — Kim Cowart

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Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote: “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.” | Image: AmoDays

“The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.” — Anson Dorrance

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“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.” — Andre Agassi

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28, The Holy Bible

“If you think you’re done, you always have at least 40 percent more.” — Lauren Crandall

“If you think you can’t, you won’t, and if you think you can, you will. When I’m tired at practice, I tell myself that I’m not tired, and I can push through. If you tell yourself you’re tired, or if you tell yourself you’re sick, your body is going to follow the mind.” — Kellie Wells

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Samuel Butler's quote: “Life is one long process of getting tired.” | Image: AmoDays

“Seek and see all the marvels around you. You will get tired of looking at yourself alone, and that fatigue will make you deaf and blind to everything else.” — Carlos Castaneda

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SHORT QUOTES ABOUT BEING TIRED

“You’ve had your share of secrets and I’m tired of being last to know.” — Taylor Swift

“I’m so tired. I don’t know if I can ever outrun how I used to be.” — Marie Lu

“I want to care, but I don’t. I look at you and all I feel is tired.” — Elizabeth Scott

Related: 145 Zen Quotes for a Peaceful State of Mind

Andrea Arnold's quote: “Whenever I get fed up with life I love to go wandering in nature.” I Image: AmoDays

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“I’m sick and tired of your attitude. I’m feeling like I don’t know you.” — Taylor Swift

“I am tired and sick of war.” — William Tecumseh Sherman

“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” — Tina Fey

“I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.” — Rosa Parks

“Even nice things don’t make you happy when you’re tired.” — Jo Brand

Michael A. Schmidt's quote: “Fatigue has many faces and many causes. Fatigue and tiredness mean different things to different people.” | Image: AmoDays

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“I’m really tired of virtue.” — P.J. O’Rourke

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.” — John Lennon

“A conclusion is the place where you got tired thinking.” — Martin H. Fischer

“We are tired out in making complaints and getting no redress.” — Joseph Brant

“I’m exhausted trying to stay healthy.” — Steve Yzerman

Ces Peta's quote: “I’m not tired of challenges. I’m tired of people challenging me for nothing.” | Image: AmoDays

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“I’ve dreamed a lot. I’m tired now from dreaming but not tired of dreaming.” — Fernando Pessoa

“I’m just tired of everything…even of the echoes.” — L.M. Montgomery

“She was so tired of being strong.” — Kristin Hannah

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

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson

Edward Franklin Albee's quote: “I am sick of the disparity between things as they are and as they should be. I’m tired. I’m tired of the truth and I’m tired of lying about the truth.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Don’t resist the growing pains, push through them. ” — Germany Kent

“On an exhausted field, only weeds grow.” — Henryk Sienkiewicz

RELATABLE QUOTES ABOUT PERSEVERING WHEN TIRED

“You feel fine, and then, when your body can’t keep fighting, you don’t.” — Nicholas Sparks

“You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself that strong.” — Holly Black

“Foolishness sleeps soundly, while knowledge turns with each thinking hour, longing for the dawn of answers.” — Anthony Liccione

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Friedrich Nietzsche's quote: “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” | Image: AmoDays

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

“The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time.” — Thomas Edison

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“I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being skin deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?” — Jean Kerr

“Age is not measured by years. Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at seventy.” — Dorothy Thompson

Bob Hope's quote: “You never get tired unless you stop and take time for it.” }| Image: AmoDays

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“Really, the measure of a man is when they’re tired and exhausted.” — George Eads

“I’m exhausted by the idea that everyone is presenting this perfect life.” — Luke Goss

“To say I am not mentally tired in ways and exhausted in ways would be a lie.” — Megan Rapinoe

Related: 99 QuotesThat Give You Insight into Balanced Life

James Joyce's quote: “Others are as tired of themselves as you are. Let each one learn to bore himself.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Disrespect is tired. Shade is old. Sipping ‘tea’ isn’t cute. But loving, supporting, giving, being grateful and perpetuating light, is.” — Grace Gealey

“When you’re at your absolute, most exhausted… That’s when you have to be at the top of your game.” — Bill Hader

“An exhausted man is much more than a weary man. Does he exhaust the possible because he is himself exhausted, or is he exhausted because he has exhausted the possible? He exhausts himself by exhausting the possible, and inversely.” — Gilles Deleuze

Lena Horne's quote: “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” | Image: AmoDays

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Feeling tired is not an indictment of your character. It is simply a state of being that needs to be addressed before you can go full throttle on your dreams.

There are several ways we can get out of feeling weary. We can eat healthy food and get adequate sleep. We can also reach out to the people who fill our hearts with happiness. Most importantly, we need to be gentle with ourselves and get the rest our bodies need.

We cannot strong-arm ourselves out of getting much-needed physical and emotional rest. And just like many of these quotes explain, resting does not mean we are giving up.

If you enjoyed these quotes, you'll love this compilation of quotes that urge you to celebrate life.

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