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Inspirational Cancer Quotes for Patients

When you or someone you know is going through cancer, words of inspiration can uplift and even provide a mantra for living. We've compiled some of our favorite cancer quotes here. If you know of any words of inspiration or quotes for cancer patients that we missed, please review and share your favorite quotes below!


"You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It's a mindset."  

~Dave Pelzer

"Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death."  


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"One day at a time, one step at a time. Do what you can, do your best. Let God handle the rest."  


~Michelle Jones


"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."  

~Isaiah 43:2


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"Whatever you do, hold on to hope. The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord. Let hope anchor you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story, that change will bring you to peaceful shores."  



"No matter what the statistics say, there is always a way." 

~Bernie Siegel


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"It's about focusing on the fight and not the fright." 

~Robin Roberts


"Faith is daring to go beyond what the eyes can see." 



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"The experienced mount climber is not intimidated by a mountain - he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem - he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills." 

~William Arthur Ward



"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present."



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"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." 

~Nido Qubein



"Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment - you just have to be willing to take it."

~Emily Hollenberg


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"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."  

~Christopher Columbus

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."  

~Joshua J. Marine


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"It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years."  

~Abraham Lincoln


"Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it."  

~Charles Swindoll


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"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."  

~Teddy Rooseveltl


"There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."  

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude."  

~Denis Waitley


"Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. it means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections."  


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 "Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have.”  


"Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.” 




"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  

~Ralph Waldo Emerson



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  

~Anais Nin


"It is not length of life, but depth of life.” 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Love and laughter are two of the most important universal cancer treatments on the planet. Overdose on them.” 

~Tanya Masse

“The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot.” 

~Benny Lewis

"Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” 

~Samuel Smiles

"The potential within you is greater than the obstacles around you.” 

~Matshona Dhliwayo

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” 

~Helen Keller

“Your deepest valleys lead you to your highest mountaintops.” 

~Matshona Dhliwayo

“There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” 

~Hyrum Smith

"While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.” 

~Helen Keller

“Cancer is WAY too serious to be taken seriously all the time.” 

~Tanya Masse

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 "Cancer is a word, not a sentence."  

~John Diamond



"Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth."

~Susan Taylor


"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

~Louisa May Alcott



"My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life."

~Olivia Newton-John


"There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet." 

~William Frederick Halsey, Jr.



"Stand in your light and shine brightly because that is how you defeat darkness."

~Leslie Esperanza Espaillat



"Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you've ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were."




"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

~Franklin D. Roosevelt         



"Adversity is just change that we haven't adapted ourselves to yet." 

~Aimee Mullins


“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” 

~Muriel Strode



"Nothing is predestined: The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings." 

~Ralph Blum



"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." 

~Winston Churchill


"The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart."

~Nikolai Lenin



"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, "I'm possible!"

~Audrey Hepburn


"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."  

~Maya Angelou



"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."  

~Booker T. Washington


"It is never too late to be what you might have been."  

~George Eliot


"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow."  

~Helen Keller


"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail."  

~Charles Kettering


"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."  

~Albert Einstein


"Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.”  



"The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.” 



"I’m here. That’s the miracle I’ve been looking for."  

~Brian Vaszily


"Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see."  



"Every man dies. Not every man really lives."  

~William Wallace


 "While there’s life, there’s hope.”  



 “Today’s caterpillars are tomorrow’s butterflies.”

~Matshona Dhilwayo


 “I have cancer. Cancer doesn't have me.”

~Marco Calderon


 “When you see an obstacle approaching, grab your courage and speed up.”

~Angela Lynne Craig


 “Cancer can touch you, but not your soul; neither your thoughts, nor your heart.”



 “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

~Lance Armstrong


 "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow."

~Orison Swett Marden


 “Tears are the sweat of champions.”

~Matshona Dhliwayo


 "Hope will never be silent."

~Harvey Milk


 "Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light."

~Helen Keller


Additional Resources:

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12 Inspiring Breast Cancer Quotes


Do you know of any quotes we missed? What words of inspiration should we share with cancer patients? Please take a moment to leave us your feedback below.


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so great love these quotes (Posted on 08/11/2018)

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Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from Overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't. (Posted on 08/09/2018)

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“The path to the end is only fearful if your courage and faith dwindle. Life on earth is useless so, eat, drink, enjoy your work and obey God! Those close to me that have lead the way showed me happiness in this life, dignity in death and the acceptance of eternal life after. When it’s my time, I’ll will follow them with dignity and joy knowing I will be with God, Jesus and all forever. Selah!” Jax (Posted on 07/25/2018)

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These are great! I am going through cancer & chemo, & they really cheered me up!!! Thanks for the quotes ???????? (Posted on 04/08/2018)

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These are some great , heartfelt, quotes!!! I am going through Cancer & chemo & this really cheered me up! Thanks so much! (Posted on 04/08/2018)

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One of my favorites, "Time is a seamstress specializing in alterations." I am a passionate quilter who has lost the use of my right arm because of a breast cancer tumor pressing against all the nerves to my arm and hand--now learning to be a "lefty". Thanks for all the quotes. Helen Keller especially spoke to me! (Posted on 03/04/2017)

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I loved this atypical selection of cancer quotes. My mom is going through chemo treatments and I will be using many of these for a project we are making to inspire her. These are perfect because they aren't too long and are easy to remember. (Posted on 10/20/2016)

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Best collection of quotes I've found. I've been looking for some inspiration for a card I'm making for my sister who has stage II breast cancer. It's going to be hard to decide which ones I like the best! (Posted on 09/20/2016)

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Thank you for compiling these words of encouragement. I love so many of them. (Posted on 09/14/2016)

Excellent Collection of Quotes for Cancer Patients Review by Inspirational Cancer Quotes for Patients
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What a great collection of quotes. I am making a scrapbook for my mother in law who has breast cancer and will be incorporating many of these. (Posted on 01/05/2015)