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25 Phoenix Quotes to Inspire How You Rise After Your World Falls Apart

25 Phoenix Quotes to Inspire How You Rise After Your World Falls Apart

When your world comes crashing down, you have a chance to do something you couldn’t have done before: rise up.

You can only be reborn if you’ve known what it feels like to die inside.

Your story might be called “Resilience” or “Hope” or even “Freedom.” It’s the story of the phoenix.

If you need an extra spark of hope today, read these phoenix quotes. Or, get my handwritten poetry print: "Wear your scars to show how a phoenix is born from ashes and hope."

Suffering changes you. If you let it, what happens to you becomes fuel for something new. It’s a teacher you learn how to not run away from. If you can do that (and you can), you’ll learn how to live through what you thought would destroy you.

Falling apart gives you a reason to build something new.

One thing that helps? Sharing your story. Telling your truth. It’s a healing, not only for you but for those who want to know how they, too, can rise from the ashes of destruction.

How many times do you rise after you've come crashing down? Every single time.

If you’re ready to see how you can take your pain and give back differently, read these phoenix quotes. They’ll give you a glimpse of what’s possible when it seems like nothing’s left.

Believe in your ability to rise from your own fallen ashes to become brighter and more beautiful than ever before. You can do that. You were born for that.

When your world comes crashing down, you have a chance to do something you couldn’t have done before: rise up. You can only be reborn if you’ve known what it feels like to die inside. Your story might be called “Resilience” or “Hope” or even “Freedom.” It’s the story of the phoenix. If you need an extra spark of hope today, read these phoenix quotes. They’re about you.

25 Phoenix Quotes for the Broken Who Shall Be Renewed

1. “Sometimes the worst thing that happens to you, the thing you think you can’t survive… it’s the thing that makes you better than you used to be.” ― Jennifer Weiner, Fly Away Home

2. “For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth.” — Zoe Skylar (I think)

3. “From the ashes, a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring…” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

4. “Hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams.” – S.A. Sachs

5. “I’ve died a thousand deaths, each time reinventing myself brighter, stronger, and purer than before. From the midst of destruction, I became the creator of myself. From the midst of darkness, I became my own source of light.” — Cristen Rodgers

6. “Suffering can lead to transformation. And redemption. And marvelous mystery.” — Dr. Allen Hunt

7. “Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.” — Cassandre Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

8. “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” — Charles Bukowski

9. “Here in this suffering, all previous beliefs are called into question. They are consumed in the fire sparked and fueled by our own illusion. The pain becomes the ashes we are now entombed in. It is only when we find ourselves at this most imprisoned of junctures that we emerge again, the phoenix of our very life which is ever so much more beautiful than the last one.” — TEAL

10. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” — Maya Angelou

11. “Life tried to crush her, but only succeeded in creating a diamond.” — John Mark Green

12. “Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” — Rabindranath Tagore

13. “She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she’s won.” — Matt Baker

14. “And when all that was left was ashes, she would again clothe herself in flame. Rising from the dust of her past to rekindle the spark of her future. She was a Phoenix, her own salvation; rebirthed, renewed, resurrected.” — LaRhonda Toreson

15. “Often it’s the deepest pain which empowers you to grow into your highest self.” — Karen Salmansohn

16. “A heart filled with love is like a phoenix that no cage can imprison.” — Rumi

17. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Kahlil Gibra

18. “In order to rise / From its own ashes / A phoenix / First / Must / Burn.” — Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

19. “Ready must thou be to burn thyself in thine own flame; how couldst thou become new if thou have not first become ashes!” — Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

20. “We are more than the worst thing that’s ever happened to us. All of us need to stop apologizing for having been to hell and come back breathing.” — Clementine von Radics, Broken

21. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” — Janet Fitch, White Oleander

22. “I no longer feared the darkness once I knew the phoenix in me would rise from the ashes.” — William C. Hannan

23. “Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.” — Maya Angelou

24. “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” — Haruki Murakami

25. “And just as the Phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise. Returning from the flames, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever before.” — Shannen Heartzs

. . .

Tell me:

Which of these quotes is your favorite?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!

Never stop wondering how you can rise brighter than you were before.



P.S. Never forget how valuable you are, how far you’ve come. Go visit my shop to find the perfect poetry print that celebrates you in your fullness, in your mess and magic and everything in between.

When your world comes crashing down, you have a chance to do something you couldn’t have done before: rise up. You can only be reborn if you’ve known what it feels like to die inside. Your story might be called “Resilience” or “Hope” or even “Freedom.” It’s the story of the phoenix. If you need an extra spark of hope today, read these phoenix quotes. They’re about you.

Comments on this post (64)

  • Jun 07, 2023

    Thank you my son passed away not long ago I have always loved the pheonix these quotes have helped ❤️

    — RoxAnne

  • Jun 07, 2023

    “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” — Janet Fitch, White Oleander

    And I will. Thanks for all the love and hope you spread and share! I wish you all that too! :-)

    I am going to share your website with my Dutch Fellowship in AA/NA/CA. As I am pretty sure loads of people can find strength and courage through your words. To be and stay strong and healthy. To hold on. As live is good.

    Many thanks for being here and sharing your journey with us.

    नमस्ते – Namaste
    Warm regards from The Netherlands, Agnes

    — Agnes

  • Feb 25, 2022

    22. I no longer feared the Darkness once i knew the Phoenix in me would rise from the Ashes. I AM STRUGGLING to pay the University fees for my son but this quote gives me hope and strength that one day i will rise from the ashes like a Phoenix birds.

    — charity Qoboshiyane

  • Dec 13, 2021

    Thank you so much for your insights and inspiration on the Phoenix. I so needed to read this right now…suffering from depression/anxiety for 23 year’s been on so many meds and time to come off and be who the Lord created me to be!!
    Still got a way to go but can so relate to the burning 🔥 FIRE.
    Believe I’m meant to write a book but no idea where or how to begin.
    Bless you

    — Denise Richardson

  • Oct 24, 2021

    Very inspiring thanks for sharing, greetings from switzerland :)

    — Sirma

  • Sep 05, 2021

    Phoenix is not a bird it is a bird of inspiration

    — Kathiravan

  • Aug 22, 2021

    May what you put out there come back to you. I needed inspiration. As a dog rescue person we need to be reminded that with despair comes beauty.

    — Lisa Hitchcock

  • May 07, 2021
    caught my attn, I briefly read through them only finishing this one. I could relate to the story and meaning. As a child I grew up with a mother and 2 sisters, father ran off when my mother got pregnant. My mother was mentally ill and had a ruff life herself, I learned what death was first hand as a child and many many more times after. My best friend died in front of me at 7 years old, I tried to save him but failed. After that it seemed like my hole world started on a downward path, one of my sisters got hit by a car and was in a comma for several months and my mother stayed with her at the hospital leaving me to stay with her friends for a wile and then family. I was very hipper and asked a million questions. I wanted to know everything so people couldn’t deal with me for two long. But any how for some reason I can’t remember where my older sister was at the time, I was around 8, Lisa who was hit by the car was 13 because it happened on her birthday, I’ll never forget. Vickey had to be 15 or so but she was strong, she always looked out for me, after my Lisa waking from her comma she come home from the hospital. She was like a child again, we had to feed her for a wile then she started walking and eventually she was on again, I mean she had some issues but she was Ok. Well my mom seemed to take all her stress out on Vickey, she was at the age and wanted to go out and have boyfriends. Mom wasn’t having it. She would really go overboard when correcting her, Vickey eventually got tired of it and ran away, like I said she was about 15. That was a hard thing for me because she was like a mom to me and now she was gone, my mom got all wound up in the church going every day to mass or Bible study. Vickey did good being gone, she got her GED and went to nursing school, eventually graduating with honors. She finally came visit but this was like 2 years later and now she was pregnant and in school doing good. She had her own life now and there was no room for her little brother. My mom kept on with the churches and it consumed her, finally the church she was going to closed down, the plaster Marvin Gorman got caught messing with prostitutes with Jimmy Swaggart or something. My mom gave this church everything, including made a loan against our house for them. When it closed my mom finally cracked, she ended up in Mandeville, the crazy hospital. My sister Lisa was like 14 I think at this time, well she moved in with Vickey and I had to go stay with my Grandfather for a wile, my uncle Mack for a wile and pretty much back and forth for 2 years from what I remember. Well mom got out finally and I’m now a teenager, we moved in a house behind my Grandfathers. It was his older brothers old home, we fixed it up, it was a little shotgun house with 2 rooms, a little kitchen in the back and a tiny bathroom. It had a big old tub with legs, the old type. I loved it, ide fill it up with smoking hot water and just lay in it for hours. Seemed to take all my problems away, I loved that tub. Lol. Well my sister Vickey ended up moving right down the street, she now has 3 boys and her second husband. She did home health nursing so she made good money, her boys loved being with me. Then Lisa moved buy us two, she was walking distance like Vickey. Lisa now had 2 girls and a husband. It was the first time I could ever remember that we all was together without fighting, even my Grandfather. He got to meet all the grandkids, my mom babysat them so my sisters could work, The older ones came with me, I took them everywhere I went, mom kept the baby’s and my grandfather kept a eye on her and them. Life was good for a couple years, then it happened. It was like I always knew when something was wrong with my family, like when they would come to tell me, I would tell them. It was wired. But anyway, my Grandfather was starting to ha e issues forgetting things, it was driving him nuts. So he decided he needed to see a doctor, well they kept him for 3 or 4 days. Wile he was gone I kept feeling like he was gonna hurt his self, their is a story behind why but I wanted to hide his guns just in case. Well right before he came home I got scared and put them back, I was 14 years old. After 3 days of him being home I could tell he wasn’t right, like he had a look in his eyes that was different. Well he thought the world of me and always protected me, Sometimes going overboard. I fell on my new bike scratching my knee, he cut the bike in half. Well it was a Saturday morning and I had a go cart, I bought it wile he was in the hospital. He never ever let me get on anything with a motor so I new he was gonna fuss, he walked up and looked at me working on it, I thought he was gonna whip my ass but instead he said go ride it buddy, have fun, go ride with ya friends. I was shocked, knowing in the back of my mind something wasn’t right. I peeled out waving buy pawpaw, shot off to my friends thinking this can’t be real. We rode for about three hours and for some reason I felt something was wrong so I headed back home, on my way I see one of my grandfathers buddies and he stopped me, he asked what happen, did my Grandfather shoot his self. Me thinking he was talking about the 3 days he was in the hospital I said no, he’s home. He was in for his heart for a couple days but he’s good now. Not wanting to say he had mental issues. Ok he said and I headed home, when I arrive the neighbor says what all the cops an ambulance were there for and I looked at her stunned, and rain in the house. No one was there my mom and the kids nobody, I ran in the front house my grandfathers, my grandmother had been staying there with him because they were separated. Well it was empty all open, I new something bad happen, like I felt it in my soap, I jumped on my buggy and started flying towards the hospital. A friend of the family seen me on the highway with my boy, worried I would get hit by a car she stopped me, screaming Lenny what are you doing are you nuts. I was all broke up full of tears, she ran up and grabbed me. I told her what happen and I needed to go to the hospital. We left my go cart right there and she brought me. When we pulled up they had an ambulance right outside the ER and The paramedics were behind it talking as I walked around it one of them was holding up my grandfather White T shirt full of blood. I freaked out and ran in the hospital, he was still alive. He ended up in ICU he had shot his self three times in the chess with a 38 revolver, Thanking his heart was on the left side of his chest because of the pledge allegiance, he missed it every shot. Two of the bullets pierced his left long, so he was still in pretty bad shape. I wasn’t leaving him so I stayed in the hospital by myself living in the waiting room just waiting for that visiting our, all my family came and went, mom was off her rocker again over it. My grandmother was taking care of her at the house. I was in there for about a week I felt like the whole world forgot about us, no one cared if I ate or where I was sleeping, my mom did but she wasn’t able to help herself. So any way I just finished my visit with him and was watching TV in the waiting room, The phone on the wall rang so I picked it up. A lady asked was anyone there related to the Wattigney family, I said yes Me I’m Lenny. The elderly lady said I’m so sorry but your grandfather just passed away, I drop the phone and took off back into the ICU, I come around the turn and I seen my grandfather sitting up in a bit with the nurse feeding him I ran and hugged him and told him I loved him. He said what’s wrong buddy and I told him nothing we good. I went back in the waiting room and grab that phone that was hanging from the wall and said hello, the elderly lady said you there son. I called her every me name in the book and told her don’t ever play a game like that on me again. I could hear that lady crying and she said I’m so sorry son, it’s not ya Grandfather Nesbitt, it’s ya Grandfather Wattigney. It was my dads dad, he had passed away and the funeral was the very next day. The following morning I went visited my grandfather telling hem what happen and then I would be back and I loved him. I left and went to the funeral, after it ended I asked to be brought back to the hospital but now everyone seem to be worried about me and said I had to go home and get a good nights rest and take a shower. So I did, when I woke up I felt it in my gut, I knew my grandfather was going about that time the phone rang. My mom answered and I heard her voice change. I asked her who it was and she just cried. I new what it was, he was gone. Well to make this long story short, my world went straight down his, six months later my grandmother died, I walked in the house and found her hunched over in the chair. A year later I moved in with my older sister Vikki who lived right down the street, because I had a girlfriend now and I was working. Her and her husband were separated and she was going through some hard times and needed help so my girlfriend babysitting for her because my mom wasn’t in the right shape of mind to handle kids. Well now I’m 17 years old, my sister started drinking a lot and I got upset about it, she was trying to get her marriage back I’m going through some hard times but she came home one night about 11 and woke me up, She was all Drunk in her feelings saying she wanted to talk, I had a lot of issues with people drinking because of my grandfather so it bothered me to talk to her that way. I got mad and told her go to bed or go back out. As she was leaving she hollered for me outside. So I got out of bed and walked out to a car to see what was wrong and she stood up and hugged me tight, she said how grate of a man I was becoming and how proud of me she was. She said how her kids looked up to me and loved me so much. I told her I loved her and the kids and hugged her again. Then I went in to bed, about 4 in the morning the phone rang, it was the police. They said my sister had gotten in an accident and we needed to come help her get her things together. Then they asked, by the way were there any kids in the car. I knew right then and there it was bad, if they Couldn’t tell if they were kids in the car it had to be real bad. Well I flew to the scene she wrecked a mile up the road from the bar she had left, right in front of Delgado community college on General Myers in New Orleans Louisiana. Her name was Victoria Wattigney, she was my big sister/mom/ my world. She will always be missed. I moved on and had kids, we live in a trailer but we had a simple life and all the bad seemed to stop, then it happen. My wife, my love, my life, got on drugs Drugs. It was Prescription painkillers but it gradually tore our whole family down grabbing a hold of me. I got tired of fighting her and I finally joined her. It took me to rock-bottom she ran off with my children and they got put in foster care and I lost everything I remember sleeping under the bridge some nights. I ended up in jail and that’s when I found out my kid was in foster care. From that day forward I have never stopped trying to better my life I went from rock bottom to a three bedroom brick home with a brand new truck I had gotten my children back now they are all grown and I help them with vehicles and other needs they may have. But I rose, won’t forget, or quit. God bless
    excuse my Writing I was kind of rushing at the end talk texting.

    — William Wattigney.

  • Mar 30, 2021

    Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014

    You may write me down in history
    With your bitter, twisted lies,
    You may trod me in the very dirt
    But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

    Does my sassiness upset you?
    Why are you beset with gloom?
    ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
    Pumping in my living room.

    Just like moons and like suns,
    With the certainty of tides,
    Just like hopes springing high,
    Still I’ll rise.

    Did you want to see me broken?
    Bowed head and lowered eyes?
    Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
    Weakened by my soulful cries?

    Does my haughtiness offend you?
    Don’t you take it awful hard
    ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
    Diggin’ in my own backyard.

    You may shoot me with your words,
    You may cut me with your eyes,
    You may kill me with your hatefulness,
    But still, like air, I’ll rise.

    Does my sexiness upset you?
    Does it come as a surprise
    That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
    At the meeting of my thighs?

    Out of the huts of history’s shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
    I rise
    I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise.

    — Don Douville

  • Mar 08, 2021

    Thank you for the wonderful quotes. I have been very ill for about 7 years now. This past year it has greatly altered how I do many things including walk. It wasn’t until recently after many Neurologists that an Eye Doctor saw and knew what I had……MS.

    — Kristy

  • Jan 30, 2021

    I saw a lot of doctors. I told them how I felt, as best I could. I told my husband something just wasn’t right. Doctors told me it was probably stress. I had to fall (literally), feel paralyzed, feel like my limbs were burning. That’s when I found out I have MS. I probably had it for around 8 years before I knew. I shouldn’t be able to walk, but somehow I do, I even run. #8 is a spark for me. Thank you for sharing all of these.

    — Sara P.

  • Jan 19, 2021

    I took a selfie last night capturing the fir pit and in the fire sits a bird, a perfect Phoenix! I’m glad to know it’s a wonderful sign from above and I’m destined for the greater good!

    I would love to share the pic!

    — Carol

  • Jan 02, 2021

    With respect !!!

    — mamaligadoc

  • Dec 20, 2020

    Hello! I dreamt of a beautiful Phoenix and ever since that dream I hear the quotes about her all the time. I know this is all symbolic. Thank you for sharing.

    — Fruit and Karats

  • Nov 08, 2020

    Love everyone’s inspiration, this one made me pause.

    13. “She never seemed shattered; to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she’s won.” — Matt Baker

    — First time Phoenix

  • Oct 06, 2020

    Pearline, as long as you provide credit and a link back to the original post, you’re very welcome to share my writing. Thank you :)

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Oct 01, 2020

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  • Sep 28, 2020

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  • Sep 14, 2020

    Ruby, thank you for sharing some of your story and truth here. You are incredible, and have been through so much, and it’s an inspiration to hear your story of getting back up, again and again. Because this is life – and it’s worth living. x

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Sep 14, 2020

    Hi Jennifer,
    Thank you for all these Wonderful, Insightful and Motivational Quotes compilation.

    Most of these pieces resonates with me,
    #1. “Sometimes the worst thing that happens to you, the thing you think you can’t survive… it’s the thing that makes you better than you used to be.” ― Jennifer Weiner, Fly Away Home,
    #22. and #24.

    I’ve been hit and fallen countless times, firstly, from a broken home, grew up in a boarding house, where bullies and maltreatment is their order of the day, secondly, some of my siblings almost suffered mental disorder, thirdly, partially got out of the above ups and downs, got married to a beautiful lady, almost had our first twins but lost them due to some unforeseen circumstances…. Went through more unspeakable real nasty hardships which went on for more than 7 years… Three things that keeps me going till date is 1. Almighty God (I’m a believer), 2. my Twin sister 3. Investing in myself (getting Education and pieces of Invaluable Infos online, like these) has amount to my recovery and success! Just about 2 months ago or so, I stumbled upon this invaluable online program that has really helped and made me to rediscover who I really am and to effortlessly manifest my wealth, health (am kinda obese) shaky relationship and financial status… Above all the mishaps, I had learnt that fallen down and refusing to stay on the ground, one should keep developing one’s Mind, truly from the ashes, we’ll definitely rise again!
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    Have more Prosperous Years ahead!

    — Ruby Banks

  • Aug 24, 2020

    life is burning, future is the fuel, and past is the ashes

    — Horst Scheibner

  • Aug 02, 2020

    The flame rose from the darkness to bring light to what weve lost -saber lloyd 15 yrs

    — Saber

  • Jul 21, 2020

    This gave me so much strength ! 15th was my fave. Thank you Jen
    Love Love

    — Shaina Banerjee

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