Survival Quotes

Michael Bassey Johnson

If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them
If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.

Paulo Coelho

In a world where everyone struggles to survive whatever the cost, how could one judge those
In a world where everyone struggles to survive whatever the cost, how could one judge those who decide to die?


Searching for a mind long lost I found it shaping colors and history near the cliffs of your heart.

Osvaldo Yambi

Being alive is an answer and never an option to the survival questions.

Joss Whedon

Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don't forget food. You can go a week without laughing.

Nick Hornby

You don't ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It's all about survival; it's all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in...

Adrienne Rich

To write as if your life depended on it; to write across the chalkboard, putting up there in public the words you have dredged; sieved up in dreams, from behind screen memories, out of silence- words you have dreaded and needed in order to know you exist.

Jack McClelland

I have always believed in the principle that immediate survival is more important than long-term survival.

Roman Payne

To wander is to be alive.. Roman Payne
To wander is to be alive.

Agnostic Zetetic

We’re all just people making decisions and accepting consequences as we march toward an impending and inevitable death.

Brandon Andress

If people feel lost and alone and helpless and broken and hopeless today, what will it be like if the world really begins to come apart at the hinges?

Isabella Poretsis

You should never do everything for free because you won't be able to survive alone or in comfort. But you should never charge for everything or too much because neither will the people who are giving you the money.

Rick Yancey

Is this how humanity waves good-bye? Hell no.. Rick Yancey
Is this how humanity waves good-bye?
Hell no.

R. N. Prasher

Young children have no past. The old have no future. The rest are too busy with present. This time-tripod holds up the world. You ignore the importance of this interdependence of the three, the world as you know it is in danger of collapsing

Rick Yancey

You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don't have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn't mean they apply to you.

Rick Yancey

We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make
We'd stared into the face of Death, and Death blinked first. You'd think that would make us feel brave and invincible. It didn't.

Rick Yancey

I brought Sammy inside and put him to bed. Said his prayer with him. “‘Now I lay me down to sleep…’” To me, just random noise. Gibberish. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but I felt that, when it came to God, there was a broken promise in there somewhere.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Civilization is the commercialization of survival.

Michael Bassey Johnson

When you start listening to side talks, you begin to behave like a child, and you must kill the child to sustain the man, the man is always overlooking and philosophical.

Lyna Jones

Our ability to transcend betrayal is directly tied to our willingness to identify ourselves as love activists rather than victims of the Universe.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

All civilized wo/men are prostitutes: Some sell what's between their legs; the rest sell what's between their ears.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Work is a vehicle with which man chases some fleeting destination called a full tummy.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The employed are punished by having to do what they do not love. The self-employed are punished by the opposite.

Laura Hillenbrand

Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.

Joseph Heller

I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.

Vera Nazarian

Would you like to know your future?

If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator.

So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence - a surprise.

Kevin Brockmeier

...When you die, the energy that kept you alive filters into the people you loved. Did you know that? It's like a fire you've tended all your life, and the sparks are all scattered into the wind.... That's why we survive as long as we do, because the people who loved us keep us going.

Gregory Peck

Tough times don't last, tough people do, remember?

Audre Lorde

I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk throught the rain.

Aaron B. Powell

We need to be fit and ready for anything that might come our way.

Toba Beta

Law is made by the winner to preserve victory over the loser.

James Clavell

That's the first rule of survival in enemy waters: volunteer nothing.

Suzy Kassem

The man armed with knowledge has a better chance of survival than the man who is simply the fittest. Knowledge is the true strength. Muscle is where the myth is.

Tom Stoppard

Be happy - if you're not even happy, what's so good about surviving?

Primo Levi

Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who stop to consider the antithesis; that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable.

Sarah Noffke

Taking a risk to survive isn’t that impressive. Taking a risk to be happy, that takes guts.

Sharon K. Garner

What could I offer the local bad boy except my livelihood? Oh, I know. My body or my planes! Why didn't I think of that? Would you have preferred that I offer him my body, Nic, because I sure as hell wasn't going to sign over either of my planes!

Sharon K. Garner

Listen up, Nic," she said firmly, looking straight into his gray-blue eyes. "If you die on me out here, so help me I'll hold seances and pester you. I won't give you a moment's peace in the hereafter," she threatened in a fierce whisper. Gabrielle O'Hara, River of Dreams

Bazil Patel

nobody would know your story unless you survive❤ ❤

Steve Voake

Relax. They're not going to kill us. They're going to TRY and kill us. And that is a very different thing.

Robert Fanney

I would rather live than die. I would rather die than survive as a monster.

Laurence Gonzales

Survival is the celebration of choosing life over death. We know we're going to die. We all die. But survival is saying: perhaps not today. In that sense, survivors don't defeat death, they come to terms with it.

Deborah Curtis

I'm sure we all have dreams of leaving at some time in our lives, but when we reach the bottom, most of us go running home.

Tim Kreider

I wish I could recommend the experience of not being killed to everyone.

Vicki Harrison

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.

Rebecca McKinsey

That kind of imagination is why we're not dead.

Iain Banks

Don't you have a religion?" Dorolow asked Horza.

"Yes," he replied, not taking his eyes away from the screen on the wall above the end of the main mess-room table. "My survival."

"So... your religion dies with you. How sad," Dorolow said, looking back from Horza to the screen. The Changer let the remark pass.

Louis Zamperini

Yet a part of you still believes you can fight and survive no matter what your mind knows. It's not so strange. Where there's still life, there's still hope. What happens is up to God.


Just above our terror, the stars painted this story
in perfect silver calligraphy. And our souls, too often
abused by ignorance, covered our eyes with mercy.


Love, Mercy, and Grace, sisters all, attend your wounds of silence and hope.

Anne Stevenson

Mind led body
to the edge of the precipice.
They stared in desire
at the naked abyss.
If you love me, said mind,
take that step into silence.
If you love me, said body,
turn and exist.

Dave Pelzer

Mother can beat me all she wants, but I haven’t let her take away my will to somehow survive.

Jocelyn Murray

Sometimes you just have to trust your instincts; it may be all you have to trust.

Rick Yancey

We have survived the death of our childhood. We are soldiers now, maybe the last soldiers who will ever fight, the Earth’s final and only hope, united as one in the spirit of vengeance.

Toba Beta

When walking alone in a jungle of true darkness,
there are three things that can show you the way:
instinct to survive, the knowledge of navigation,
creative imagination. Without them, you are lost.

Kemi Sogunle

Seeds strive to become plants by forcing their way through the soil. We can learn from this and push through the struggles we face in life. If they can survive, we can do much more. Keep pushing and pressing forward. Your best is yet to come!

Lailah Gifty Akita

May you always have extraordinary grace and faith to cope with the uncertainties of life.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Without hope we fail to exist.

Amit Kalantri

With limited money you can survive, with more money you can live.

Doug Dillon

Compassion is the key to the ultimate survival of our species.

Shaun Hick

Cancer gave me an understanding of the point of all this. To survive. Most of our lives it is easy but for the moments when it becomes difficult, when accident or sickness or sadness strikes, it's just about remembering one thing. You must simply survive.

Abbey Wilson

You never know what will save you.

Molly Peacock

Is being burnt a requisite for the making of art? Personally, I don't think it is. But art is poultice for a burn. It is a privilege to have, somewhere within you, a capacity for making something speak from your own seared experience.

Agnostic Zetetic

May we each find in ourselves the courage we forgot we have, to see the beauty we forgot is inside us, while battling the demons we forgot we can slay, on a battlefield we forgot we can win.

Carl Sagan

Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.

David Attenborough

‎Using his burgeoning intelligence, this most successful of all mammals has exploited the environment to produce food for an ever increasing population. Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps it's time we controlled the population to allow the survival of the environment.

Lailah Gifty Akita

What do you whisper to yourself?
Speak and declare positive words to yourself.
You are created for specific mission.
You are special person.

Gail Carriger

I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day."

(Interview with The Booklovers blog, September 2010)

Terry Brooks

What we have in life that we can count on is who we are and where we come from, she thought absently. For better or worse, that is what we have to sustain us in our endevors, to buttress us in our darker moments, and to remind us of our identity. Without those things, we are adrift.

José Ortega Y Gasset

We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.

T Jay Taylor

Once you discover that failure is survivable, your fear of it subsides. Failure is not opposite to success, just part of its process.

Arthur C. Clarke

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

Stephen Hawking

Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor.

David Nihill

If you're getting chased by a lion, you don't need to run faster than the lion, just the people running with you. - Tim Ferris

Roberto Bolaño

As time goes by, as time goes by, the whip-crack of the years, the precipice of illusions, the ravine that swallows up all human endeavour except the struggle to survive.

Michael Bassey Johnson

Material wealth do not last forever, but that which probably lasts forever is the wealth of intelligence and creativity.

Patricia Mulcahy

I told Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson, then age 105, that she was the only person over 80 who I'd ever met who never referred to her physical infirmities or health problems. To which she replied, "I have my difficulties; I do not rejoice in them.

Audre Lorde

and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive

Jim Butcher

Fear is a part of life. It's a warning mechanism. That's all. It tells you when there's danger around. Its job is to help you survive. Not cripple you into being unable to do it.

Toba Beta

Fear is the venom impact of predator sting,
causing prey not to be focus on the survival.

Suzette Hinton

Your fear ain’t nothin but gum on the bottom of your shoe. The residue from some past experience is all it is. You can scrape the gum off or it can serve as a reminder of your testimony of survival.

Agnostic Zetetic

If I die on my way to the dance, it will be better than to survive having never lifted my feet.

Hiroshi Sakurazaka

The fear that permeated every fiber of my being was relentless, it was cruel, and it was my best hope for getting through this.

Kazuo Koike

A tiger of a rather and a wolf of a brother. Sandwiched between the two, I wonder what my tomorrow holds.

Sarah J. Maas

No. I can survive well enough on my own - if given the proper reading material.

Sherman Alexie

If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one reads.

Nahoko Uehashi

To eat or be eaten, to escape or be taken...a matter of utmost importance to the one concerned, yet it happens all the time and we don't even notice.

Zack Love

Compartmentalization is an unconscious psychological defense mechanism employed to avoid cognitive dissonance.

Sheikha Hissa Hamdan Al Maktoum

To horses, everyday is a new day to survive. It's a natural instinct. They don't think of the past or the future, only the present. So in terms of trying to teach your horse or build a special bond, patience is the key to every stall's door.

Lennard Bickel

The winds have a force so terrific as to eclipse anything previously known in the world. We have found the kingdom of blizzards. We have come to an accursed land.

John Cage

Only chance to make the world a success for humanity lies in technology, grand possibility technology provides to do more with less, and indiscriminately for everyone. Return to nature as nature pre-technologically was, attractive and possible as it still in some places is, can only work for some of us.

Mark X.

To return to nature is to embrace extinction.

A.T. Baron

Ah, but when one predator leaves, another inevitably will take its place. A void never remains a void for long.

Michael Grant

One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone. There. Gone. No 'poof.' No flash of light. No explosion.

Rachel Van Dyken

I hurt all the damn time because my stupid heart has decided for one reason or another that it can't survive without being next to yours. -Chase

Meghan Ciana Doidge

Life made you get your hands dirty; life was vengeful if you tried an easy route.

Laurence Gonzales

To deal with reality you must first recognize it as such.

Tomasz Chrusciel

It wasn’t him speaking. It was panic, anger, fear, and confusion. But how could he show it on the outside? Men are supposed to be fearless.

Joseph Heller

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.

Ursula K. Le Guin

The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical...There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness.

Catherynne M. Valente

War is not for winning, Masha," sighed Koschei, reading the tracks of supply lines, of pincer strategies, over her shoulder. "It is for surviving.

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