Being in pain quotes

Part of what makes chronic pain such a challenge is that it not only hurts physically, but also mentally and emotionally. It eats away at your motivation, resolve, and strength until all that’s left is a nagging depression, a relentless feeling of hopelessness, and a wave of grief for the vibrant and productive person you used to be.

If you’ve landed on this page after searching for “inspirational chronic pain quotes,” then odds are you’re yearning for reassurance, empathy, and motivation to survive another day in the grips of agonizing aches, strains, and spasms. We hope our list of 29 quotes about chronic pain will help.

When your negative thoughts feel overwhelming

1. “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”—Carlos Castaneda

2. “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”—Buddhist proverb

3. “It’s not the situation that’s causing your stress, it’s your thoughts, and you can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and now. Peace is a choice, and it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.”—Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD

4. “Sometimes I think I shouldn’t feel the way I do. When I start thinking this way I tell myself that feelings are neither good nor bad—they simply are. In the midst of intense negative feelings, whether fear, anger, depression, etc., it can feel as though they will last forever, like they will never end. It promotes emotional balance to maintain an awareness that all feelings are temporary, and that they always change.”—Adapted from Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

When you’re trying to find the strength to get out of bed

5. “The less we move, the more pain we have when we do move, causing us to move less. It becomes a vicious and painful cycle. The only solution for this ‘un-movement syndrome’ is moving.”—Adapted from A Day Without Pain

6. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”—Kahlil Gibran

7. “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

When you need encouragement that everything will be okay

8. “Everything is going to be alright. Maybe not today, but eventually.”—Unknown 

Have patience chronic pain quote

9. “Time is not a cure for chronic pain, but it can be crucial for improvement. It takes time to change, to recover, and to make progress.”—A Day Without Pain

be patient with chronic pain quote

10. “It is not an easy reality to face, but just as your chronic pain did not develop overnight, neither will the solution to finding relief develop in a day or two.”—Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

When you find yourself in need of some spiritual guidance

11. “Do not resist the pain. Allow it to be there. Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace. This is your crucifixion. Let it become your resurrection and ascension.”—Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

12. “With spiritual balance…you are able to deal with whatever life brings you and know you are okay. You are able to find meaning and purpose even in situations that are painful and not to your liking.”—Adapted from Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

13. “Chronic pain is a manifestation of imbalance, typically physical, but also mental, emotional, and spiritual.”—Adapted from Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

14. “…I learned that pain isn’t the whole problem and the absence of pain isn’t the whole solution. I know that even if a miracle occurred and suddenly my pain was gone, everything would not be fine. There is more to the picture. I would still need to deal with the damage caused to myself and others because of my chronic pain.”—Meditations for Pain Recovery by Tony Greco

15. “Anyone with chronic pain can live more fully as he or she learns to cultivate mindfulness, stress reduction, acceptance, and positive regard. These skills are developed like muscles and will eventually replace the old, worn-out beliefs of ‘poor me,’ ‘it’s never going to get better,’ and ‘I can’t do it’ that many with chronic pain live with. Practice these diligently and your life will change.”—Adapted from Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

16. “You may have become so identified with your chronic pain that it becomes part of your core identity; you may begin to think of yourself as a ‘victim,’ and pain becomes who you are rather than an experience that you sometimes have.”—Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

17. “Since chronic pain has no single cause or enabling feature, treatment methods are extremely varied…if something works once, it will work again if you keep at it. Practice will enhance the benefits.”—A Day Without Pain

18. “Healing severe or chronic pain, I believe, includes transforming our relationship to the pain, and, ultimately, it is about transforming our relationship to who we are and to life.”—Sarah Anne Shockley, The Pain Companion: Practical Tools for Living With & Moving Beyond Chronic Pain

19. “I had learned quickly that life doesn’t always go the way I want it to, and that’s okay. I still plod on.”—Sarah Todd Hammer, Determination

20. “With mental balance, I challenge the assumptions I have about my pain. My pain is neither the worst that ever happened nor is it insignificant. It is not a punishment; it is simply an occurrence in the course of life that has various challenging ripple effects.”—Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

When you just want to give up

21. “It is when I struggle that I strengthen. It is when challenged to my core that I learn the depth of who I am.”—Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

22. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”—Bob Marley

23. “Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

quote about chronic pain being real even if no one believes you

24. “Since chronic pain frequently cannot be seen or measured, unlike acute pain, doctors, colleagues, friends, or family may question or doubt your pain. In effect, it doesn’t matter if anyone believes you, but it is extremely important for you to acknowledge that all pain is real.”—Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

25. “I can easily forget that I’m in control of my life and return to feeling like a victim of my chronic pain. I may start asking myself again why this has happened to me, what I did to deserve this, etc. However, one of the gifts of pain recovery has been freedom from victim-thinking. This comes about over time, but it does come.”—Adapted from Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

When you’re yearning to embrace acceptance

Don't fight your pain quote

26. “Don’t fight your pain; you can’t win. The paradox of recovery is that you have to surrender to win. Accepting what you cannot change makes the difference.”—Adapted from Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain

27. “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

accept chronic pain quote

28. “Whatever positive changes you want to make in your life, acceptance of how and where you are at the present moment is one of the keys to moving forward.”—Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain


Las Vegas Recovery Center is an outpatient and inpatient drug rehab and chronic pain recovery center located in northwest Las Vegas, Nevada. We offer a wide range of services including alcohol and drug detox and a holistic chronic pain treatment center, which is overseen by world-renowned pain expert Dr. Mel Pohl.

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