Survival Quotes

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

But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.

We could do it, you know."
"Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it.

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games
Life    Love    Survival    Ya    Young adult

We’ll never survive!
Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

The Princess Bride
Doubt    Humor    Optimism    Survival

Well never survive!
Nonsense. Youre only saying that because no one ever has.

Doubt    Humor    Optimism    Survival

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

No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.
Or you don't.

The Stand

Stephen King

The Stand

Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.

What to do if you find yourself stuck in a crack in the ground underneath a giant boulder you can't move, with no hope of rescue. Consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.

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

Food    Humor    Survival    Wit

If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.

I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.

Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen

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.

The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave

We each survive in our own way.

All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.

Art    Expression    James baldwin    Nausea    Survival    Vomit

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)

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.

The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave

All living things contain a measure of madness that moves them in strange, sometimes inexplicable ways. This madness can be saving; it is part and parcel of the ability to adapt. Without it, no species would survive.

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Life of Pi

I've always loved strong women, which is lucky for me because once you're over about twenty-five there is no other kind. Women blow my mind. The stuff that routinely gets done to them would make most men curl up and die, but women turn to steel and keep on coming. Any man who claims he's not into strong women is fooling himself mindless; he's into strong women who know how to pout prettily and put on baby voices, and who will end up keeping his balls in her makeup bags.

Beauty    Cruelty    Independence    Love    Men    Strength    Survival    Women

It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.

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

Afraid    Fear    Poem    Silence    Speaking of    Survival    Survivors

Does anything in nature despair except man? An animal with a foot caught in a trap does not seem to despair. It is too busy trying to survive. It is all closed in, to a kind of still, intense waiting. Is this a key? Keep busy with survival. Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.

Despair    Nature    Pain    Strength    Survival

The worst part is wondering how you’ll find the strength tomorrow to go on doing what you did today and have been doing for much too long, where you’ll find the strength for all that stupid running around, those projects that come to nothing, those attempts to escape from crushing necessity, which always founder and serve only to convince you one more time that destiny is implacable, that every night will find you down and out, crushed by the dread of more and more sordid and insecure tomorrows. And maybe it’s treacherous old age coming on, threatening the worst. Not much music left inside us for life to dance to. Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth. And where, I ask you, can a man escape to, when he hasn’t enough madness left inside him? The truth is an endless death agony. The truth is death. You have to choose: death or lies. I’ve never been able to kill myself.

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.

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...

How to Be Good

Nick Hornby

How to Be Good

Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.

Loving someone always requires you to not love others.

Battle Royale

Koushun Takami

Battle Royale

To have endured horrors, to have seen the worst of humanity and have your life made unrecognizable by it, to come out of all that honorable and brave— that was magical.

If you don't hunt it down and kill it, it will hunt you down and kill you.

Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.

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.

Darwin    Ethics    Evolution    P195    Peace    Strength    Survival    Survival of the fittest    War

The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!

You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.

I survived, but it's not a happy ending.

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

Dreams    Life    Survival

Somehow, even in the worst of times, the tiniest fragments of good survive. It was the grip in which one held those fragments that counted.

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

Life    Survival    War

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.

Duty    Pain    Survival    Trimuph    Truth

The master says it’s a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it’s a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there’s anyone in the world who would like us to live.

Angela's Ashes

Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes

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.

Advance    Coming    Expectations    Expected    Fortell    Fortelling    Fortune    Future    Journey    Knowing ahead    Knowledge    Life    Motivation    Motive    Motives    Mystery    News    Next    Precognition    Revelation    Surprise    Surprise endings    Surprises    Survival    Survive    Tomorrow    Unexpected    Unknown

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

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.

Dead Beat

Jim Butcher

Dead Beat

Yet, as only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you'll live through the night.

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

The 5th Wave

Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave

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.


Michael Grant


Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite.

The strong survive, but the courageous triumph.

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.

Death    Grief    Loss    Love    Strength    Survival

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

Survivors aren't always the strongest; sometimes they're the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest.


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