150 Warrior Quotes to Exemplify Strength & Valor

These top 150 warrior quotes will empower you and awaken the fighter within.

Warriors are known to be strong and courageous people who protect others. To be one is to have a strong determination and grit to win all the battles you have in life. However, not everyone who is tough can be considered a warrior.

Great warriors are fighters who are powered by love. They are molded by the people who stand behind and support them. Unleash the fighter inside you and enlighten yourself with the help of our collection below.

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Best Warrior Quotes

1. “A true warrior fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” – Gilbert Keith Chesterton

2. “Victorious warriors draw their strength from the highest source—their love.” – Tapan Ghosh 

3. “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” – Confucius

4. “The warrior fights before he’s taught how. He just fights, and if you hit him, he steps forwards towards you.” – Karl Wiggins

5. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tzu

6. “The warrior stands, ready to defend, ready to fight for those he serves. He is a warrior of virtue. A knight of conscience. He is who we all wish to be.” – Anthony T. Hincks 

7. “A warrior’s greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

8. “A warrior does not give up what he loves. He finds the love in what he does.” – Dan Millman

9. “For a warrior, it is not enough to win a war. It is more important to organize the peace.” – Aristotle 

10. “A warrior never worries about his fear.” – Carlos Castaneda

11. “A warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.” – Carlos Castaneda

12. “A warrior accepts the challenges of life in true humility. No matter what his destiny may be, it can never be a cause for discontent but a living challenge which it is his privilege to surmount.” – Theun Mares

13. “I know what I’m capable of. I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt.” – Pittacus Lore

14. “Every warrior wants a worthy opponent. There is no redress in fighting the pathetic.” – Donna Lynn Hope

15. “To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment of your life.” – Chogyam Trungpa

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Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Warrior

16. “Weapons may be carried by creatures who are evil, dishonest, violent, or lazy. The true warrior is good, gentle, and honest. His bravery comes from within himself. He learns to conquer his own fears and misdeeds.” – Brian Jacques

17. “Victory is reserved for those warriors who are willing to pay its price.” – Sun Tzu

18. “The path of the warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path.” – Richard Strozzi-Heckler

19. “Warriors should suffer their pain silently.” – Erin Hunter

20. “Life can sometimes get the best of you, but your state of mind determines your outcome.” – Sanjo Jendayi

21. “Without a problem, there is no solution. Without a mistake, there is no correction. It is failure that gives possibility to progress and your adversary that allows mental and physical sharpening to arise.” – Tagaturo Klement

22. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

23. “Life has tried to break me. The wounds have not yet healed, but I am not a victim—never been and never will. My heart was born a warrior. Each day I’m fighting still. I am everything the darkness could not kill.” – John Mark Green

24. “The essence of warriorship or the essence of human bravery is refusing to give up on anyone or anything.” – Chogyam Trungpa

25. “A warrior has to believe for his belief is an essential part of his being.” – Theun Mares

26. “Every great warrior must learn to endure and overcome the adversities of life.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

27. “Be a fearless warrior. Allow love to be your shield.” – Lady Alexis Essuman

28. “Warriors do not win victories by beating their heads against the walls, but by overtaking the walls. Warriors jump over walls. They don’t demolish them.” – Carlos Castaneda

29. “The true warrior understands and seizes that moment by giving an effort so intense and so intuitive that it could only be called one from the heart.” – Pat Riley

30. “A warrior must only take care that his spirit is never broken.” – Shissai

Warrior Quotes on Courage and Handling Fear

31. “Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.” – Carl von Clausewitz

32. “The true warrior isn’t immune to fear. She fights in spite of it.” – Francesca Lia Block

33. “Courage is not having the strength to go on. It is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Theodore Roosevelt

34. “Competition doesn’t scare a true warrior. It makes him better.” – Andrew Whitworth

35. “The only thing a warrior cannot fight is her own fierce nature.” – Bianca Marais

36. “Cowards hide, but warriors lie and wait. The only difference is whether you’re motivated by fear or purpose.” – Neal Shusterman

37. “A warrior who is prepared to fight must also be prepared to die.” – Sun Tzu

38. “Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.” – Steven Pressfield

39. “A warrior must believe in his strength of will, of purpose, of heart, and soul.” – David Gemmell

40. “Warriors suffer for their dreams. Cowards pay for their fears.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

41. “The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

42. “Cowards shrink from challenges, weaklings flee from them, but warriors wink at them.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

43. “You’re trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never. They have to be faced and fought.” – Enid Blyton

44. “Fear is an aid to the warrior. It is a small fire burning. It heats the muscles making us stronger. Panic comes when the fire is out of control, consuming all courage and pride.” – David Gemmell

45. “The warrior’s intention should be simply to grasp his sword and to die.” – Kiyomasa Kato

Powerful Warrior Quotes

46. “All men are warriors, and life for everything in our universe is nothing but war.” – David Zindell

47. “A warrior with a cause is the most dangerous soldier of all.” – Michael Scott

48. “If a warrior is to succeed at anything, the success must come gently, with a great deal of effort but with no stress or obsession.” – Carlos Castaneda

49. “We choose whether to be warriors or to be ordinary.” – Carlos Castaneda

50. “Defeat exists, but not suffering. A true warrior knows that when he loses a battle, he is improving the skill with which he wields a sword. He will be able to fight more skillfully next time.” – Paulo Coelho

51. “The fight isn’t over until you win.” – Robin Hobb

52. “The strength of a warrior is not defined by the wars he wins, but the times he seeks for peace.” – Aniket Sharma

53. “It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for. I can never fight for myself, but for others, I can kill.” – Emilie Autumn

54. “The art of being a warrior is to balance the wonder and the terror of being alive.” – Carlos Castaneda

55. “The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle.” – Navy SEALs

56. “The thing about a hero is even when it doesn’t look like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he’s going to keep digging, he’s going to keep trying to do right and make up for what’s gone before, just because that’s who he is.” – Joss Whedon

57. “Protecting yourself is self-defense. Protecting others is warriorship.” – Bohdi Sanders

58. “When life is victorious, there is birth. When it is thwarted, there is death. A warrior is always engaged in a life and death struggle for peace.” – Morihei Ueshiba

59. “Warriors train, everyone else works out.” – Lahong Guro Earles

60. “I do what I do because it is the right thing to do. I am a warrior, and it is the way of the warrior to fight superior odds.” – Paul Watson

Quotes That Will Push You to Be Strong Like a True Warrior

61. “Nothing can resist a human will that will stake its very existence on its purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

62. “The warrior guided by the spirit serves humanity, the warrior without, serves the ego.” – Soke Behzad Ahmadi

63. “Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge. A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.” – Carlos Castaneda

64. “Warriors of light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.” – Paulo Coelho

65. “The only reason a warrior is alive is to fight, and the only reason a warrior fights is to win.” – Miyamoto Musashi

66. “Difficulties strengthen the mind as labor does the body.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

67. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

68. “Warriors don’t rise to the level of expectations. They fall to the level of their training.” – Archilochus

69. “Take a chance and risk it all or play it safe and suffer defeat.” – Pittacus Lore

70. “Before you can see the light, you have to deal with the darkness.” – Dan Millman

71. “It’s easy and unextraordinary to be frightened of life. It’s far more difficult to arm yourself with the good stuff despite all the bad, and step foot into tomorrow as an everyday warrior.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

72. “Being a warrior is an attitude.” – Santosh Kumar

73. “A warrior takes responsibility for his acts, for the most trivial of acts. An average man acts out his thoughts, and never takes responsibility for what he does.” – Carlos Castaneda

74. “The supreme accomplishment of the warrior—to perform the commonplace under far from commonplace conditions.” – Steven Pressfield

75. “The most effective way to live is as a warrior. A warrior may worry and think before making any decision, but once he makes it, he goes his way, free from worries or thoughts. There will be a million other decisions still awaiting him. That’s the warrior’s way.” – Carlos Castaneda

Quotes to Help You Overcome Difficulties Like a Warrior

76. “A warrior cannot lower his head. Otherwise, he loses sight of the horizon of his dreams.” – Paulo Coelho

77. “A warrior knows that the ends do not justify the means because there are no ends, there are only means.” – Paulo Coelho

78. “Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You can not withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.'” – Jake Remington

79. “A warrior’s greatest enemy can also be his greatest teacher.” – Taran Matharu

80. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

81. “Warriors use their intent and will to shape their lives. All of their actions are conscious, intentional, and complete.” – Kerr Cuhulain

82. “A warrior may change his metal, but not his heart.” – Edgar Rice Burroughs

83. “Let your plans be dark and as impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” – Sun Tzu

84. “I realized a long time ago that a warrior in search of his dream must take his inspiration from what he actually does and not from what he imagines himself doing.” – Paulo Coelho

85. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews Edwards

86. “Great victory requires great risk.” – Rick Riordan

87. “The true test of a warrior is how your ‘stance’ holds up after any ‘circumstance.’ Meaning, even after the stormiest weather, a true warrior will still reflect the brilliant rays of the magnificent sun through both his or her eyes. You may get hit by sudden lightning or take severe beatings from the cruel wind, but you will always get back up and stand strong on your feet again, soak in the sunlight, and be prepared to get hit by even the most merciless hail, time and time again.” – Suzy Kassem

88. “Whatever you are physically, male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy—all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.” – Cassandra Clare

89. “Warriors know when to pick their fights.” – Sarah J. Maas

90. “A warrior seeks to act rather than talk.” – Carlos Castaneda

Quotes About What Makes a Great Warrior

91. “Great warriors, like great earthquakes, are principally remembered for the mischief they have done.” – Christian Nestell Bovee

92. “A warrior of light who trusts too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent.” – Paulo Coelho

93. “Any great warrior is also a scholar, and a poet, and an artist.” – Steven Seagal

94. “The warrior that has the most confidence in his abilities to fight is usually the most humble person you will ever meet.” – Terry Bryan

95. “The warrior knows the worth of the wilderness.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

96. “Strategy is the craft of the warrior.” – Miyamoto Musashi

97. “Some may be warriors, that others may live in peace.” – Mercedes Lackey

98. “Warriors do not argue, but they make decisions.” – Chukwuemeka E. Onyejinduaka

99. “Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.” – Nathan David Wilson

100. “If you are a warrior, decency means that you are not cheating anybody at all. You are not even about to cheat anybody. There is a sense of straightforwardness and simplicity.” – Chogyam Trungpa

101. “Dripping water hollows out stone not through force but through persistence.” – Ovid

102. “If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever. The saying that ‘All abilities come from one mind’ sounds as though it has to do with sentient matters, but it is, in fact, a matter of being unattached to life and death. With such non-attachment, one can accomplish any feat.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

103. “The defining moment is not losing a war, but hope.” – Bangambiki Habyarimana

104. “Remind yourself of what you’ve been able to overcome. All the times you felt like you weren’t going to make it through, you proved yourself wrong. You’re more powerful than you think.” – Ash Alves

105. “Resilience is, of course, necessary for a warrior, but a lack of empathy isn’t.” – Phil Klay

Short but Meaningful Warrior Quotes

106. “Surprise is the warrior’s greatest weapon.” – Erin Hunter

107. “I was on the path of the warrior when I realized I was the warrior.” – Neetal Parekh

108. “A warrior speaks truth that cuts sharper than winter cold.” – Kevin Anytime

109. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

110. “The greatest warriors know when to retreat.” – Maureen Joyce Connolly

Warrior Quotes That Show Their Fearlessness and Determination

111. “It’s not over when you lose. It’s over when you quit.” – Anonymous

112. “A wild animal will fear for your crackers but not a warrior.” – P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

113. “Kind heart, fierce mind, brave spirit.” – Anonymous

114. “To win any battle, you must fight as if you are already dead.” – Anonymous

115. “A man should never trust too much in the gods for they do not smile upon weak men who cannot accomplish things through the strength of will.” – Beowulf

116. “Out of every 100 men, 10 shouldn’t even be there, 80 are just targets, 9 are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” – Heraclitus

117. “Throw me to the wolves, and I will return leading the pack.” – Anonymous

118. “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” – George Orwell

119. “The people who consider you weak have not yet noticed the wolf hiding behind your eyes nor the flames inside your soul. Let them think you are weak and do what wolves and fire do the best—surprise them when they least expect it.” – Nikita Gill

120. “And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.” – Amie Kaufman

121. “When you become fully responsible for your life, you can become fully human. Once you become human, you may discover what it means to be a warrior.” – Dan Millman

122. “Hardships will push you harder to slump in deep dejection, but you, the warrior, will erase its intent by your tenacity.” – Spriha Kant

123. “The warrior learns of the spiritual realm by dwelling on the cutting edge of the sword, standing at the edge of the fire pit, venturing right up to the edge of starvation if necessary. Vibrant and intense living is the warrior’s form of worship.” – Stephen K. Hayes

124. “A warrior has to believe. Otherwise, he cannot activate his intent positively.” – Theun Mares

125. “When a warrior fights not for himself, but for his brothers. When his most passionately sought goal is neither glory nor his own life’s preservation, but to spend his substance for them, his comrades, not to abandon them, not to prove unworthy of them, then his heart truly has achieved contempt for death, and with that, he transcends himself and his actions touch the sublime. That is why the true warrior cannot speak of battle save to his brothers who have been there with him. The truth is too holy, too sacred for words.” – Steven Pressfield

Warrior Quotes on Controlling Anger When Faced With Difficult Situations

126. “The best fighter is never angry.” – Lao Tzu

127. “Never strike out of anger if at all possible. This will give your enemy the advantage and strengthen his resolve and psyche.” – Soke Behzad Ahmadi

128. “The warrior must never get angry in war.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

129. “Anger has its place, but it will not serve you here. The way of the warrior is the way of knowing. If that knowledge requires you to use anger, then you use anger, but you cannot wrest forth knowledge by losing your temper.” – Christopher Paolini

130. “A warrior lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think he has finished acting.” – Carlos Castaneda

Quotes That Highlight the Lessons You Can Learn From a Warrior’s Lifestyle and Values

131. “Some warriors look fierce but are mild. Some seem timid but are vicious. Look beyond appearances. Position yourself for the advantage.” – Deng Ming-Dao

132. “Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

133. “Though the warrior’s sun has set, its light shall linger ’round us yet, bright, radiant, blest.” – Jorge Manrique

134. “Nothing fires the warrior’s heart more with courage than to find himself and his comrades at the point of annihilation, at the brink of being routed and overrun, and then, to dredge not merely from one’s own bowels or guts but from one’s discipline and training the presence of mind not to panic, not to yield to the possession of despair, but instead to complete those homely acts of order.” – Steven Pressfield

135. “You’re the hunter, the warrior. You’re stronger than anyone else here. That’s your tragedy.” – Anne Rice

136. “A warrior thinks of death when things become unclear. The idea of death is the only thing that tempers our spirit.” – Carlos Castaneda

137. “Go to the battlefield firmly confident of victory, and you will come home with no wounds whatsoever.” – Uesugi Kenshin

138. “The big difference between a warrior and a victim is that the victim represses and the warrior refrains.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

139. “No one’s born to be a warrior, no one born an average man. We made one or the other, and we try to understand, try to understand.” – Zac Brown Band

140. “It’s natural to feel fear. All great warriors are afraid, only the stupid and the delusional are not.” – Rick Riordan

141. “Never forget about your inner warrior. Sometimes, she’s all you have.” – Mozelle Barr Martin

142. “Nobody is born a warrior. You choose to be one when you refuse to stay seated. You choose to be one when you refuse to back down. You choose to be one when you stand up after getting knocked down. You choose to be one because if not you, who?” – Being Caballero

143. “There’s more to being a warrior than killing. A true warrior, the best warrior, isn’t cruel or mean. He doesn’t claw an enemy who can’t fight back. Where’s the honor in that?” – Erin Hunter

144. “As a peaceful warrior, I would choose when, where, and how I would behave. With that commitment, I began to live the life of a warrior.” – Dan Millman

145. “A woman is a warrior too, but she is meant to be a warrior in a uniquely feminine way. Sometime before, the sorrows of life did their best to kill it in us. Most young women wanted to be a part of something grand, something important.” – Stasi Eldredge

More Quotes That Will Keep You Motivated to Conquer Life Just as a Warrior Does

146. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.” – Winston Churchill

147. “This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors.” – Lauren Oliver

148. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

149. “Tomorrow’s victory is today’s practice.” – Chris Bradford

150. “Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it is simply a brutality.” – James A. Garfield

Did the Quotes in This List Help You Discover the Warrior Within?

Warriors are not only seen in battles of violence and revolution. They are also in everyday life of work, school, and inside our homes. Sometimes, if you look closely, you can also see a warrior in front of the mirror. 

Life is war itself. It challenges everyone to continue living for what they are fighting for. It also tests people by breaking them down and letting them build themselves back again.

You are a warrior for already being here, so pat yourself on the back for doing a great job in life. Just remember to continue fighting and never give up because life is beautiful and worth it.

Which warrior quote was most relevant to you? What is your biggest takeaway from the collection? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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