65 Harsh Quotes On Success In Life

These harsh quotes will inspire you. Harsh, unpleasant, and difficult to accept or experience or unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging harsh quotes, harsh sayings, and harsh proverbs.

Best Harsh Quotes

  1. “I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice… I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.” ~ William Lloyd Garrison
  2. “Don’t be too harsh to these poems until they’re typed. I always think typescript lends some sort of certainty: at least, if the things are bad then, they appear to be bad with conviction.” ~ Dylan Thomas
  3. “The mountains have rules. they are harsh rules, but they are there, and if you keep to them you are safe. A mountain is not like men. A mountain is sincere. The weapons to conquer it exist inside you, inside your soul.” ~ Walter Bonatti
  4. “I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.” ~ William Lloyd Garrison

  5. “When to give grace? I’d rather stand before God knowing I loved others too much rather than regretting that I judged too harshly.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst
  6. “I never hesitated to promote someone I didn’t like. The comfortable assistant – the nice guy you like to go on fishing trips with – is a great pitfall. Instead I looked for those sharp, scratchy, harsh, almost unpleasant guys who see and tell you about things as they really are. If you can get enough of them around you, and have patience enough to hear them out, there is no limit to where you can go.” ~ Tom Watson
  7. “Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.” ~ Doris Brown Heritage , Harsh quotes reality
  8. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” ~ Solomon

  9. “Purify your heart. Cleanse it. Make it a wake-up routine. Your environment may be harsh, difficult and tumultuous but if you work on your heart, you can be calm amidst all those challenges.” ~ Rita Zahara
  10. “Some may belittle politics, but we know – who are engaged in it – that it is where people stand tall. And, although I know it has its many harsh contentions, it is still the arena that sets the heart beating a little faster. And if it is, on occasions, the place of low skulduggery, it is more often the place for the pursuit of noble causes.” ~ Tony Blair
  11. “As you pass from the tender years of youth into harsh and embittered manhood, make sure you take with you on your journey all the human emotions! Don’t leave them on the road, for you will not pick them up afterwards!” ~ Nikolai Gogol
  12. “Whoever is new to power is always harsh.” ~ Aeschylus

  13. “I like college football a lot, because it’s the dream that you’re chasing. The dream of one day possibly making it, with the harsh reality that only one percent make it.” ~ Ray Lewis.
  14. “I am apt to be harsh in my secret judgments of others, seeing them as defective because they are not enough like me.” ~ Phillip Lopate
  15. “Yet birth, and lust, and illness, and death are changeless things, and when one of these harsh facts springs out upon a man at some sudden turn of the path of life, it dashes off for the moment his mask of civilization and gives a glimpse of the stranger and stronger face below.” ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
  16. “The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo.” ~ William Shakespeare

  17. “People are really excited about robotic exploration. I understand the feeling there because, in fact, robots can do things humans can’t. They can survive harsh conditions, they can explore places we would never go, plus you never actually have to bring them back.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
  18. “There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  19. “By patience and determination, rather than by a harsh upsetting of tradition, we move toward our national aspirations…. This is the way we get things done in America. One man tells another, does what he can, till the sum of these efforts grows into a national aspiration-a precious goal. Then occurs our miracle of democracy: because the groundwork has been surely laid, the goal is already within our grasp.” ~ Newton B. Drury
  20. “It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality.” ~ Shirley Chisholm

  21. “With everything we do in life we identify ourselves. Here is a man who says harsh words to me. I feel anger coming on me. In a few seconds anger and I are one, and then comes misery. Attach yourselves to the Lord and to nothing else, because everything else is unreal. Attachment to the unreal will bring misery. There is only one Existence that is real, only one Life in which there is neither object nor [subject].” ~ Swami Vivekananda
  22. “A single woman should only marry a man she can follow: Ladies if you are single, be very, very careful who you date and marry. Don’t just date a man who you can put up with, marry a man you can trust, you’ll follow his leadership, you’ll respect him, he’s saved, he’s godly. The last thing you want is some guy you don’t trust, he’s not wise, he doesn’t do his homework, he’s harsh, he’s inconsiderate, he’s immature, he’s a boy, you’re more his mother than you are his mate, Real danger…real danger…” ~ Mark Driscoll
  23. “I am amazed at the seeker of purity
    When time for polishing comes
    Complaints of harsh treatment
    Love is a lawsuit
    Without evidence, you will not win
    My son, when one beats the rug The beating is not intended against the rug
    But against the dust inside the rug
    My son, that harsh treatment
    Is not intended against you
    But against the ill qualities inside you” ~ Rumi , Harsh quotes love
  24. “Don’t let negativity affect your vision. People say harsh things, but don’t let them affect you.” ~ Nicole Polizzi

  25. “Both of my marriages have taught me the same lesson twice over really harsh: listen to your instincts. Don’t be a people pleaser.” ~ Drew Barrymore
  26. “Hurricane Katrina exposed the harsh reality that we have been skating on thin ice when it comes to this country’s energy concentrations on the Gulf Coast.” ~ Pete Domenici
  27. “Hollywood has more than its share of harsh and crewel stories. In fact, it’s probably more the norm than the exception.” ~ Brent Spiner
  28. “Love is the very essence of family life. Why is it that the children we love become so frequently the targets of our harsh words? Why is it that these children who love their fathers and mothers sometimes speak as if with daggers that cut to the quick? “There is beauty all around,” only when there’s love at home.” ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
  29. “Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh.” ~ William Shakespeare

  30. “If people say harsh words to me though, I don’t care. It’s a risk to my life. The Taliban don’t want us to be working, so they’ll shoot us. And women who break their rules, they put acid on them. I said, if they shoot me, OK, but if they put acid on me, I will be alive as a dead body. I was always so afraid of that.” ~ Malina Suliman
  31. “I’ve been told that certain species of fish will grow according to the size of their environment. Put them in a tiny aquarium, and they remain small even at adulthood. Release them into a huge natural body of water, and they grow into their intended size. People are similar. If they live in a harsh and limiting environment, they stay small. But put them someplace that encourages growth, and they will expand to reach their potential.” ~ John C. Maxwell
  32. “The pathway to enlightenment is joyful. It may sound harsh. I suggest just the opposite. It is rather easy compared to the possibilities of staying in pain and illusion.” ~ Frederick Lenz
  33. “A lot of independent films offer a harsh reality check.” ~ Aubrey Plaza

  34. “I think Oprah’s [winfrey] learned from me that it’s OK to be harsh on people because in one’s harshness you can see transformation happen right before your very eyes.” ~ Suze Orman
  35. “Old-fashioned determinism was what we may call hard determinism. It did not shrink from such words as fatality, bondage of the will, necessitation, and the like. Nowadays, we have a soft determinism which abhors harsh words, and, repudiating fatality, necessity, and even predetermination, says that its real name is freedom; for freedom is only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.” ~ William James
  36. “Along the Paris streets, the death-carts rumble, hollow and harsh. Six tumbrils carry the day’s wine to La Guillotine.” ~ Charles Dickens
  37. “Necessity is harsh. Fate has no reprieve.” ~ Euripides

  38. “The adolescent frequently supposes that she is breaking out of the confines of her mundane, schoolgirl existence simply in order to break rules and defy authority. . . . She rids herself of the “oughts” and “musts” that convert every minor infraction into a sin of omission or commission. It certainly does not occur to her or to her family that by questioning the moral standards she erected as a child she is taking the first steps in her journey toward a firmer, more reasonable, less harsh, more ethical form of conscience.” ~ Louise J. Kaplan
  39. “A recurring theme in the literature of secular humanism is the harsh assault upon traditional religion, especially Christianity.” ~ Guenter Lewy
  40. “Our culture’s tolerance wears thin when religion intrudes on the public discourse… Our schools, courtrooms, and libraries set the tone for the entire society. The message they currently communicate is harsh and unambiguous: religion is offensive and should be kept out of public view.” ~ Ralph E. Reed, Jr.
  41. “I love Trinidad and I love living there, but it’s quite harsh.” ~ Peter Doig

  42. “I always used to suffer a great deal if I let myself get too close to reality since the definitive world of the everyday with itshard edges and harsh light did not have enough resonance to echo the demands I made upon experience. It was as if I never experienced experience as experience. Living never lived up to the expectations I had of it–the Bovary syndrome.” ~ Angela Carter
  43. “The conviction that the best way to prepare children for a harsh, rapidly changing world is to introduce formal instruction at anearly age is wrong. There is simply no evidence to support it, and considerable evidence against it. Starting children early academically has not worked in the past and is not working now.” ~ David Elkind
  44. “Happiness comes from within you. If your heart is happy, you can do anything you put your mind to do. Purify your heart. Cleanse it. Make it a wake-up routine. Your environment may be harsh, difficult and tumultuous but if you work on your heart, you can be calm amidst all those challenges. So, to be happy, you not only have to work with all your heart. You have to work on your heart. You will glow from the inside out” ~ Rita Zahara
  45. “Life being full of harsh realities, we seek relief from them in a variety of pleasing delusions.” ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

  46. “When life is so harsh that a man loses all hope in himself, then he raises his eyes to a shining rock, worshipping it, just to find hope again, rather than looking to his own acts for hope and salvation. Yes, atheism IS a redemptive belief. It is theism that denies man’s own redemptive nature.” ~ Isaac Asimov , Harsh quotes about life
  47. “Folk-lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels. Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming. The problem of the fairy tale is: what will a healthy man do with a fantastic world? The problems of the modern novel is: what will a madman do with a dull world? In the fairy tales the cosmos goes mad; but the hero does not go mad. In the modern novels the hero is mad before the book begins, and suffers from the harsh steadiness and cruel sanity of the cosmos.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
  48. “As a boy,I was extremely shy, certainly as a result of my upbringing. I was an expert blusher,and some of my harsh actions may echo this shyness by way of compensation.” ~ Gunter Brus
  49. “Abuse is abuse; Be nice.. Harsh words don’t break bones but they often break hearts.” ~ Joseph Simmons

  50. “When you are in deep distress and cannot restrain some expression of it, sit down and write out a harsh letter venting your anger. But don’t send it.” ~ Donald T. Phillips
  51. “Body and spirit I surrendered whole To harsh instructors and received a soul… If mortal man could change me through and through From all I was What may the God not do?” ~ Rudyard Kipling
  52. “The sick mind can not bear anything harsh.
    [Lat., Mensque pati durum sustinet aegra nihil.]” ~ Ovid
  53. “Youth is the period of harsh judgments, and a man seldom learns until he reaches thirty that human nature is made up not of simples, but of compounds.” ~ Ellen Glasgow
  54. “There’s a harsh reality – nothing lasts forever. You have to be ready to grow, and grow fast.” ~ Pras Michel

  55. “The work-life balance is a harsh reality for so many women, who are forced every day to make impossible choices. Do they take their kids to the doctor…and risk getting fired? Do they work weekends so they can afford to send their kids to better childcare…even though it means even less time with their families? Do they take another shift at work, so they can pay for piano lessons for their kids…even though it means they have to stop volunteering for the PTA? It just shouldn’t be this difficult to raise healthy families.” ~ Michelle Obama
  56. “Talking to animals’ isn’t a matter of words used, it is a matter of your thoughts, your expression, and above all the tone of your voice. A harsh voice from me can make my cows jump in terror. I shouted at old Queenie once and she got such a shock that she fell down just as if she’d been shot.” ~ Barbara Woodhouse
  57. “I wasn’t any good at romnace. I was a total nerd. My thing is, I was just too romantic. I was the romantic goofball. I wasn’t cynical enough or harsh enough. I cared too much, so I always made a fool out of myself.” ~ Nicolas Cage
  58. “How you look has become ridiculously disproportionate to what you do. Critics are more harsh on female presenters.” ~ Carol Vorderman

  59. “On one level, I am a total softie, sort of depressed and afraid of losing the people I love or failing them. To disguise that, there’s all this harsh, poop-centric, external swagger, full of nastiness. I’m a cloaking device.” ~ George Saunders
  60. “Thoughts! what are they? They are my constant friends, who, when harsh fate its dull brow bends, uncloud me with a smiling ray, and in the depth of midnight force a day.” ~ Thomas Flatman
  61. “The first thing I plan to do is what I did while serving in Arizona’s legislature — and that was to seek out members that I often disagreed with on important issues. It was through our authentic relationships and mutual respect that we found common ground on legislation that helped people. The challenge for Congress is to move past the harsh partisanship that we saw in the last term. This is a critical step in advancing policies that will strengthen and protect LGBT families.” ~ Kyrsten Sinema
  62. “Speak softly. It is far better to rule by love than fear.Speak softly. Let no harsh words mar the good we may do here.” ~ Isaac Watts

  63. “Set in the remote and harsh high desert landscape of Idaho, Outpost is an artist live/work studio and sculpture garden for making and displaying art. An important aspect of the complex is the protected paradise garden, which is separated from the wild landscape by thick masonry walls. The materials used in the structure, including concrete block, car-decking, and plywood, require little to no maintenance, and are capable of withstanding the extreme weather that characterize the desert’s four seasons.” ~ Tom Kundig
  64. “For me, the value of a climb is the sum of three inseparable elements, all equally important: aesthetics, history, and ethics. Together they form the whole basis of my concept of alpinism. Some people see no more in climbing mountains than an escape from the harsh realities of modern times. This is not only uninformed but unfair. I don’t deny that there can be an element of escapism in mountaineering, but this should never overshadow its real essence, which is not escape but victory over your own human frailty.” ~ Walter Bonatti
  65. “I understand the harsh feelings and sentiments from my opponents and their supporters because I myself have been defeated twice in my political life in the past and I understand very well it is hard to accept your own failure.” ~ Chen Shui-bian

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