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63 Inspirational Worry Quotes to Help You Brave Life’s Storms

In the relentless hustle of life, worry often finds its way into our thoughts, uninvited and persistent. This collection of “worry quotes” offers a comforting embrace to those seeking refuge from their inner turmoil. From the reflective wisdom of philosophers to the uplifting spirits of modern motivators, these phrases form a tapestry of reassurance.

Allow these carefully chosen words to be your companions, whispering courage when the shadows of doubt loom and lighting your path towards a more serene state of mind.

Philosophical Quotes on Worry

Philosophical Quotes

Delve into the depths of human thought with these historical musings on worry. Philosophers and thinkers have long pondered the intricacies of anxiety, offering insights that remain relevant across the ages.

  1. “You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
  2. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu
  3. “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” – Michel de Montaigne
  4. “There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.” – Seneca
  5. “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” – Blaise Pascal
  6. “Worry is a misuse of imagination.” – Dan Zadra
  7. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

Inspirational Quotes to Combat Worry

Let the power of inspiration uplift you from the quicksands of worry. These quotes are beacons that promise strength and hope, guiding you through turbulent times with a steady hand.

  1. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its joy.” – Corrie ten Boom
  2. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  3. “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other
  4. thoughts are drained.” – Arthur Somers Roche
  5. “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo F. Buscaglia
  7. “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” – Erma Bombeck
  8. “You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time.” – Pat Schroeder

Practical and Action-Oriented Worry Quotes

For those seeking a blueprint to break free from the chains of worry, these pragmatic quotes encourage taking the reins of life firmly in hand, turning restless concern into decisive action.

  1. “Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “Action is the antidote to despair.” – Joan Baez
  3. “Worry is a down payment on a problem you may never have.” – Joyce Meyer
  4. “Take a deep breath, listen to your favorite song, and realize everything is gonna be okay. Nothing is permanent.” – Carrie Fisher
  5. “To be a warrior is not a simple matter of wishing to be one. It is rather an endless struggle that will go on to the very last moment of our lives.” – Carlos Castaneda
  6. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  7. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” – Amit Ray

Reflective and Mindfulness Quotes on Worry


Discover tranquility with quotes that root you in the present moment. Mindfulness shines through these words, teaching us the art of living peacefully amidst life’s inevitable storms.

  1. “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  2. “Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  3. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  4. “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
  6. “No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.” – Alan Watts
  7. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

Humorous and Funny Worry Quotes

Ease your burdens with a smile through these light-hearted takes on worry. Humor has the gentle strength to transform our troubles into bubbles that pop and disappear.

  1. “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain
  2. “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” – Mark Twain
  3. “People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” – George Bernard Shaw
  4. “The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” – Robert Frost
  5. “Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.” – Mitzi Chandler
  6. “Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.” – Mark Twain
  7. “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain

Perspective and Contextual Quotes on Worry

Gain altitude and see worry from a higher vantage point with quotes that provide context and perspective. When viewed from afar, our worries often shrink in size and significance.

  1. “The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.” – Carl Sagan
  2. “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” – John Lubbock
  3. “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb
  4. “Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” – Dale Carnegie
  5. “Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.” – Nelson DeMille
  6. “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz
  7. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

Acceptance and Letting Go Quotes


Find solace in surrender with quotes that champion acceptance and the grace of letting go. In releasing our grip on worry, we open our hands to hold joy instead.

  1. “You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.” – Steve Maraboli
  2. “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it gets you nowhere.” – Glenn Turner
  3. “Some things are out of your control. You can make it a party or a tragedy.” – Nora Roberts
  4. “The only way to peace is to let it all go.” – J. A. Redmerski
  5. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey
  6. “Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there.’” – Eckhart Tolle
  7. “The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” – Katrina Mayer

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Quotes

Embrace the lighthearted philosophy of happiness with sayings that remind us to tune out the noise of worry and tune into the music of joy.

  1. “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
  3. “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
  4. “Don’t worry. Be happy. Follow this rule, and add ten years to your life.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  5. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain
  6. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie
  7. “Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.” – Gretta Brooker Palmer

“Don’t Worry About What Others Think” Quotes

Stand firm in your own worth with empowering quotes that liberate us from the weight of others’ opinions. Remember, the journey to self-assurance starts with stepping away from the mirror of judgment.

  1. “You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.” – Olin Miller
  2. “What other people think of you is none of your business.” – Regina Brett
  3. “Remember, you can’t please everyone, but you can please yourself.” – Ricky Nelson
  4. “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” – Lao Tzu
  5. “The opinion which other people have of you is their problem, not yours.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  6. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs
  7. “Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.” – T. Harv Eker


Through these 63 worry quotes, we traverse a journey from understanding to action, and from humor to acceptance. They serve as a testament to the human spirit’s unending quest for peace amidst the turmoil of life.

AboutCorinne Switzer

Corinne is an avid reader and takes a keen interest in conspiracy theories. When not busy with her day job, she likes to indulge the writer in her and pens columns on a wide range of topics that cover everything from entertainment, healthy living to healthcare and more.