Survival Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Survival quotes and Survival sayings, and Survival proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception. "

Carl Sagan

"Survival … is an infinite capacity for suspicion."

John le Carre

"What does not kill us makes us stronger."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Survival is the ability to swim in strange water."

Frank Herbert

"Survival often feels like an indignity."

Guillermo del Toro

"In the greater part of humankind there resides an instinct for survival. It is this which can clutch at straws and effect a rescue from them. It is this which can, now and then, outwit fate."

Tanith Lee

"Self-preservation, nature’s first great law, all the creatures, except man, doth awe."

Andrew Marvell

"We are survival machines — robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes."

Richard Dawkins

"It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts."

Robert H. Schuller

"Confront them with annihilation, and they will then survive; plunge them into a deadly situation, and they will then live. When people fall into danger, they are then able to strive for victory."

Sun Tzu

"Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion."

Robertson Davies

"Rule of survival: Pack your own parachute."

T.L. Hakala

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."

Winston Churchill

"We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival."

Winston Churchill

"Survival is triumph enough."

Harry Crews

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."

Dalai Lama

"Only the strong survive."

Namibian Proverb

"Resilience is the maintenance of high levels of positive affect and well-being in the face of adversity. It is not that resilient individuals never experience negative affect, but rather that the negative affect does not persist."

Richard J. Davidson

"Self-preservation is the first principle of our nature."

Alexander Hamilton

"In truth, we exist and survive, not because of the ego, but in spite of it."

David R. Hawkins

"Surviving means being born over and over again."

Erica Jong

"Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone."

Thomas More

"Every day I run scared. That’s the only way I can stay ahead."

John H. Johnson

"The condition of man… is a condition of war of everyone against everyone."

Thomas Hobbes

"And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department."

Andrew Carnegie

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change."

Clarence Darrow

"The man who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere and in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth."

Horace Kephart

"Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe."

Germaine Greer

"Nature’s stern discipline enjoins mutual help at least as often as warfare. The fittest may also be the gentlest."

Theodosius Dobzhansky

"The faster you can signal for rescue, the faster you get out of that situation."

Joseph Teti

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