Warrior Mindset: Quotes on Physical and Mental Toughness to Survive Life's Challenges
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Achieving mental strength means adopting a mindset that allows you to take on any of life's challenges, whenever they may arise. These are our favorite quotes on the warrior mindset, to remind us that we are not victims – and we have the ability to choose our fate through perseverance and mental strength.
Warriors in Battle
“Of every one-hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are nothing but targets, nine are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one of them is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”
“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”
“In the Year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland – starving and outnumbered – charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets; they fought like Scotsmen, and won their freedom.”
“In a street fight, there are two kinds of guys. The one who strikes, sees blood, is repelled and recoils. Then there’s one who sees blood and goes all-in to finish off the other. Well lads ... I swear I smell blood in the air out there.”
Warriors in the Mind
“Nothing can resist a human will that will stake its very existence on its purpose.”
“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
“The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents.”
“You don't want to be in a place where there's no challenge. Why do you want a challenge? Because that's what you're built for. You're built to take on a maximal load, because that's what strengthens you, and you need to be strong because life is extraordinarily difficult.”
“Because the evil king is always whittling away at the structure of the state, you have to be awake and sharp to stop that from happening so that you don't become corrupt. And so that your family doesn't become corrupt. And so that your state doesn't have to become corrupt. You have to have your eyes open, and your wits sharp, and your words at the ready. And you have to be educated. And you have to know about your history. And you have to know how to think. And you have to know how to read. And you have to know how to speak. And you have to know how to aim. And you have to be willing to hoist the troubles of the world up on your shoulders.”
“Despite the fact that life is a tragedy tainted by malevolence, at every level of existence, there's something about the human spirit that can thrive under precisely those conditions if we allow that to occur, because as difficult as life is – and as horrible as we are – our capacity to deal with that catastrophe and to transcend that malevolent spirit is more powerful than that reality itself.”
“As catastrophic as life is – and as malevolent as people can be, and that's malevolent beyond belief – fundamentally, a person has, in spirit, the nobility to set that right and to defeat evil.”
“There isn't anything so bad that we can't make it worse, but I have it within me to decide that I'm going to stand up against that. I'm going to strive to make the world a better place. I'm going to strive to constrain the malevolence that's in my own heart, and to set my family straight, and to work despite my tragic lot for the betterment of everything that's in front of me. And the immediate consequence of that is when you make the decision to take on all of that voluntarily – which is to stand up straight, by the way, with your shoulders back – then all the catastrophe justifies itself in the nobility of your striving. That's what it means to be an individual.”
“Assume nobody’s gonna help you; but nobody’s gonna stop you either.”
“You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. AND at the same time…You must confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
“We are defined by our actions, not our words.”
“Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.”