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Breast Cancer Quotes from Breast Cancer Warriors – 100+ Inspirational Quotes
Jan 27, 2023

Those living with breast cancer already know all too well of the physical and emotional struggle it brings. That is why it is beyond important to provide support through testing, education, and most of all, sharing stories. Breast cancer survivors have often been vocal about their experiences to give hope to others that they can also fight it and have shared plenty of inspiring words along the way. Famed breast cancer survivor Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote these powerful words: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” By both sharing our own stories with breast cancer as well as learning from the testimonies of others who have gone through what we might be going through now, we can begin transforming our experience into a more positive one through feeling like part of a community. Quotes such as these remind us that none of us are ever truly alone and give us strength to heal in ways we never thought imaginable.

It’s important to remember that cancer is a disease, not a death sentence. Faith and positivism can be huge weapons to have in one’s arsenal.

At times, patients may have difficulty keeping their spirits up. That’s when loved ones really need to show how much they care and give strength to keep fighting. The following quotes can help do just that.



Inspirational Cancer Quotes

If children with terminal cancer can find love, joy, beauty and peace in their day – and they do – why don’t we?

Dan Zadra

Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

Susan Statham


He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Life is mostly froth and bubble, but two things stand like stone: friendship in another’s trials and courage in your own.

Princess Diana

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven’t.

Thomas Edison

My relationship with my body has changed. I used to consider it as a servant who should obey, function, give pleasure. In sickness, you realise that you are not the boss. It is the other way around.

Federico Fellini

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.

Norman Vincent Peale

Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.

Arianna Huffington

Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.

Michael Douglas

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around… Throughout history, ‘tender loving care’ has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.

Larry Dossey

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.

Ruth Ann Schabacker

When it rains, look for rainbows When it’s dark, look for stars.


Working out is my way of saying to cancer, ‘You’re trying to invade my body; you’re trying to take me away from my daughters, but I’m stronger than you. And I’m going to hit harder than you.

Stuart Scott

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford

When we embrace uncertainty, it can be very liberating. If you can accept the uncertainty, it allows you to live life every day.

Victor Gospodinoff

Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot destroy peace. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot suppress memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot steal eternal life. It cannot conquer the spirit.


If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.

Lance Armstrong

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.

Mary Anne Radmacher

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

Joseph Campbell

Cancer Survivor Quotes

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

John Diamon

While you’re living, live.

Valerie Harper


My advice is to remember that only you can fight your cancer. Other people can do the laundry, make meals, and even wipe away tears. You must – even if it’s the first time in your life – think of yourself first. No one can fight this battle well as you can.

Deborah, survivor

Cancer is messy and scary. You throw everything at it, but don’t forget to throw love at it. It turns out that might be the best weapon of all.

Regina Brett

My will, my faith and my body have been challenged. But make no mistake, my heart is strong and my resolve to fight will never be broken.


It would have helped me to know that there was a good, but different, life after all the treatment – that I would probably never feel so much heartbreak as I did, but that it would ease in time.

Pearl, survivor

I think cancer is a hard battle to fight alone or with another person at your side, but I will say having someone to pick you up when you fall, stand by your side through every appointment and delivery of bad news, is priceless.

Jenna Morasca

We decide the first day of our cancer diagnosis whether we are going to be victims or survivors. We decide to muster up all our strength to fight to win. We decide to stay positive and not let cancer define us. We decide how we are going to handle each day. Yes, there are good days and bad days, but our attitude determines each day. Hold on to your hopes, dreams, faith, and determinations and gather strength from your support systems, because in the fight against cancer, we cannot give up.

Ann, survivor

Quotes About Staying Strong Through Cancer

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

Franklin D. Roosevelt

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.

Katherine Paterson

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’d ever imagined.


Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.

Sylvester Stallone

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.

Emory Austin

cancer quote

No matter what kind of challenges or difficulties or painful situations you go through in your life, we all have something deep within us that we can reach down and find the inner strength to get through them.

Alana Stewart

A woman is like a tea bag, you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

Nancy Reagan

The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.

Allen Klein

You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.

Stuart Scott

The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had you will have lived.

Gilda Radner

You’re allowed to scream. You’re allowed to cry. But don’t give up.


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

Nido Qubein

Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need, whether it is an errand or a hand to hold – your friends and family really do want to help in any way they can.

Gary Breslow, MD, FACS

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

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

Bemie Siegel

Through strength, I will mend.


Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles.

Alex Karras

It’s about focusing on the fight and not the fright.

Robin Roberts

I had cancer; cancer never had me.

Emily Ransom

If you have any doubt, go back again… Because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right.

Kylie Minogue

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.


Funny Cancer Quotes

Cancer touched my boobs, so I kicked its butt.


Ultimately, they’re just breasts right? I mean, I love them, they’re mine, they’re beautiful, but in the grand scheme of things, I would rather be alive and I would rather grow old with my husband.

Shannen Doherty

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for.

James H. Boren

Broken crayons still color.


A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office.

Francis O’Walsh

Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.

Robert Brault

If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.

Erma Bombeck

When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.

Kay Yow

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.Some come from ahead and some come from behind.But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

Dr. Seuss

When I lost my hair and had to wear a wig, I found a new hairstyle that I like, and I will probably use that style when my hair grows back. For the moment, I never have a ‘bad hair day.’’

Nancy, survivor

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

Tanya Masse

Spiritual Cancer Quotes

Be strong and courageous… It is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.

Dalai Lama

You have been assigned this mountain to show it can be moved.



Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.


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

Ralph Blum

I trust the Lord and his plan for me is perfect, so whatever that will be, will be.

Debbie Simpson

At the end of the day, none of it matters but your own joy, your own spiritual journey that you go on, your loved ones, your friends, your animals. These are the things you’ve got to cherish and love and embrace.

Christina Applegate

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.


Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there.


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

Michelle Jones

People go through challenging moments of losing people and of having their life threatened from illness and real grief. But they get through it. And that’s the testament to the human spirit and it’s – we are fragile, but we also are divine.

Sheryl Crow

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

Isaiah 43:2

I am not afraid; I was born to do this.

Joan of Arc

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.


You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

Ain Eineziz

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

Hope and hopelessness are both a choice, so why not choose Hope?


Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.

Mary C. Crowley

The answer to every adversity lies in courageously moving forward with faith.

Edmond Mbiaka

About the Author

Marisa Druce

Marisa Druce

Marisa comes to The Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery and Injxcellence Medical Spa with extensive experience in business, healthcare, and public relations. Relocating from the Cosmetic Dermatology world, where she was Practice Manager at PFRANKMD™, she has joined our team as the Manager of Injxcellence Medical Spa in Wyckoff. Prior to that her career with PFRANKMD™, Marisa owned and operated a luxury auto repair center for 10 years; she is a NJ native and a graduate of Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Business. Marisa’s vast experience, managerial skills, and her ability to work with others, makes her an asset to the practice. In her spare time, Marisa is often found in the kitchen baking gluten free treats and cooking. She also enjoys entertaining her friends and family.

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