20+ Short Quotes About Recovering From a Stroke


Having a stroke can change a person’s life. Even though some may fully recover after having a stroke, others may not be able to function the same way again.

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If you know someone who recently had a stroke, you may be struggling to understand how to support the person. After all, it is difficult knowing what to say to someone who is sick. Here are some quotes that may help you. Write one of these quotes in a card or on the whiteboard in the hospital room. Double-check before posting one of these quotes on the stroke victim’s Facebook page, since your friend’s health concerns may not be publicly known.

Here are motivational and uplifting quotes for stroke victims. We also included a section of quotes about strokes that will promote awareness and will encourage your loved one during therapy. 

Motivational Quotes for Stroke Victims

Your friend or family member who recently suffered a stroke may be overwhelmed at the amount of work that needs to be done to begin walking, talking, reading, or writing again. Here are some quotes to motivate your friend not to give up on therapy. 

1. “When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.” - Malcolm Forbes

This quote will remind your friend that they are still alive and loved. Even though they may feel at their worst physically, things may get better after time and hard work. 

2. “When life’s problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate.” - Ann Landers

Remind your friend who suffered a stroke about all the good things in their life. Perhaps they have a supportive family, a talented doctor to oversee their recovery, and excellent insurance to help pay for the hospital bills. 

3. “The human capacity to fight back will always astonish doctors and philosophers. It seems, indeed, that there are no circumstances so bad and no obstacles so big that man cannot conquer them.” - Jean Tetreau

Remind your friend that other people have made miraculous recoveries and that they too can work hard in therapy to become stronger than ever.

4. “He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity.” - Ben Jonson

Perhaps your friend doesn’t know how powerful they might be. Remind your friend that they have never encountered a challenge similar to recovering from a stroke, and they may be surprised about what they can do.

5. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” - Helen Keller

Perhaps your friend will appreciate that this quote came from Helen Keller, someone who knew something about overcoming adversity.

6. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms 30:5

If your friend is a Christian, consider sharing an uplifting quote from the Bible. There are many from which to choose. 

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Really Short Quotes for a Stroke Victim’s Condolence Card

Are you looking for encouraging quotes to write in a card for a stroke victim? Here are some to consider that will build up the confidence of the stroke victim. 

7. “God gave burdens, also shoulders.” - Yiddish saying

Your friend may feel angry at having to go through therapy to rebuild strength. Remind your friend that they have what’s needed to work hard and recover.

8. “We all have to go through the tumbler a few times before we can emerge as a crystal.” - Elizabeth Kubler Ross

Going through a crisis sometimes causes people to change, in some cases for the better. 

9. “What does not destroy me, makes me strong.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

Encourage your friend to work hard during recovery to be an excellent example to others.

10. “Knock the t off the can’t.” - George Reeves

Help your friend have a positive mindset. Teach your friend, who is a stroke victim, the power of the word “yet,” such as: “I can’t walk up stairs YET.”

11. “The important thing is somehow to begin.” - Henry Moore

Your friend may be facing a lot of new beginnings as they recover from the stroke. Encourage your friend to meet these beginnings with a positive mindset.

12. “The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.” Hubert Humphrey

Tell your friend that you will be there for them during the recovery process. Offer to give rides to therapy and help with yard work. You may also consider giving your friend an encouraging gift, such as workout clothes and walking shoes. 

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Cheerful or Uplifting Quotes for a Stroke Victim

Your friend may be feeling the lowest that they have ever felt. Here are some uplifting quotes to share to help them get through a very hard time.

13. “Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” - Denis Waitley

Does your friend need a reminder that happiness is a spiritual experience? This may be helpful for your friend to remember, especially if they do not have the same physical strength as before the stroke.

14. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” - Roy Goodman

We would all be depressed if we went through life saying, “I’ll be happy when…”

15. “The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here.” - Robert G. Ingersoll

There’s no time like the present to choose to be happy and content.

16. “Discouraged not be difficulties without, or the anguish of ages within, the heart listens to a secret voice that whispers: ‘Be not dismayed; in the future lies the Promised Land.’” - Helen Keller

When you read this quote, it is essential to consider who wrote it. This eloquent statement came from a woman who had to be taught that words existed. It’s mind-boggling to consider how much she overcame, and this may be an encouragement to someone who has a lot to overcome. 

17. “The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” - William Penn

Help your friend realize that even though they may feel weak, they have many things to be thankful for in life.

18. “The grand essentials of happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” - Joseph Addison

Your loved one will check off these items from the list and discover that happiness is possible.

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Quotes to Promote Stroke Awareness

Some of these quotes raise awareness about strokes, while others are to encourage your loved one in the recovery process. 

19. “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”

Your friend’s recovery will feel like this at first. And then one morning, they may not have to start with the most basic exercise. Tell your friend that recovery is a process and won’t happen overnight. 

20. “If you get tired, learn to rest and not to quit.”

It’s normal not to want to do hard things. Most of us spend our lives avoiding unpleasant and challenging activities. Your friend will need to fight against this natural tendency to give up when the going gets tough. 

21. “How to spot a stroke: FAST”

FAST is an acronym for how to spot a stroke. 

F = Face drooping

A = Arm weakness

S = Speech difficulty

T = Time to call 911

Speed is of the essence when treating a stroke.

22. “Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you’ve got.”

Some stroke victims have to learn to speak and write again. Others have to learn to walk and feed themselves. None of those tasks are easy. 

23. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’”

The most important thing to remember about recovering from any life-altering illness or injury is that it takes time. Remind your loved one this again and again. 

24. “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” - Betty Smith

We should all remember to live life in this manner, whether we have recently had a stroke or not. 

What Words Inspire You?

Even if you have never suffered from a stroke, you may have had an accident or injury that required treatment and therapy. What words were helpful to you? Were there any particular quotes from scripture or a prayer that got you through some difficult times? Or perhaps you enjoyed listening to an uplifting song.  

When choosing a quote to share with a stroke victim, think about what to say to someone who is stressed. This may be one of the most stressful events of your friend’s life. Encourage your friend, but at the same time, understand that your friend may need a shoulder to cry on and a cheerleader.

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