120 Comeback Quotes to Bounce Back from a Setback

We all suffer setbacks and difficulties in life, but the important thing is to get back up.

Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement and motivation to help us recover from a setback and move ahead.


That’s why we’ve compiled a list of inspirational comeback quotes to help you restore your confidence and remain inspired through difficult times.

These quotes are from successful people from all walks of life who have overcome their own problems and come out stronger and more determined than before. 

Best Comeback Quotes


Your setback is just a setup for your comeback. ~ Steve Harvey.

I am making the comeback of the century. ~ Bob Backlund.

It’s always great to see a comeback. ~ Marty Smith.

Injuries are a part of the game. Every athlete knows that. ~ Damian Lillard.

The mark of a great champion is the one who can get up off the mat and win. ~ Bill Belichick.

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. ~ Marv Levy.


Failures are expected by winners but are ignored by winners. ~ Joe Gibbs.

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. ~ Serena Williams.

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. ~ Shane Falco.


It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. ~ Babe Ruth.

Pain doesn’t tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue, you will change. ~ Kobe Bryant.

I love being the underdog. ~ Howard Schultz.

Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss. ~ Doug Williams.

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Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit. ~ Larry Bird.


I’m coming back and I’m coming back swinging! ~ Benjamin Ford Crouch.

You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work for it. ~ Lionel Messi.

Nothing is cooler and more attractive than a big comeback, and that’ll be me. ~ Steven Adler.

Injuries are our best teachers. ~ Scott Jurek.


The tougher the setback, the better the comeback. ~ Bernard Osei Annang.

Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity. ~ Greg Lake.

There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance. ~ Rachel Griffiths.


I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. ~ Tom Landry.

The secret to mounting a successful comeback is to never stop believing. ~ Nathan Lee Morales.

Powerful Comeback Quotes

I had to develop the mentality and stay positive about making my comeback. ~ Alonzo Mourning.

I’m not looking for any excuses. ~ Martina Hingis.

When you’re crying, your tears may be watering the seeds of your come-back. ~ Steve Maraboli.


Turn every setback into a comeback. ~ Kobe Bryant.

You can never have the comeback if you don’t have the retirement. ~ Chael Sonnen.

Love is playing every game as if it’s your last. ~ Michael Jordan.

You either have a victory or an excuse. You can’t have both. ~ Tiger Woods.


Injuries can never be used as excuses. ~ Victor Valdes.

The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose. ~ Ernie Banks.

Inspiring Comeback Quotes

It’s never too late to make a comeback. ~ Christina Katz.

The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure. ~ Stephen Richards.


I always think of the good comebacks on the car ride home. ~ Ron Howard.

When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge. ~ Terry Bradshaw.

No matter how hopeless and distressed you may feel right now, remember that there is always a chance for a comeback and turnaround.

However, it's not easy to get back up after you have been knocked down, but it's definitely rewarding when you do.

My family and I had to overcome a lot to get where we are today. ~ Gabby Douglas.

The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning. ~ Pele.

I am facing a challenge, I am not facing defeat. Remember this. ~ Nikki Rowe.


Sometimes, a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit. ~ Rudy.

By making a comeback, I’m changing the attitude of people toward me. If I’d known that people would react so enthusiastically, I’d have done it years ago. ~ Mark Spitz.

To persevere is important to everybody. Don’t give up. Don’t Give in. There is always an answer to everything. ~ Louis Zamperini.

You may be in a tough time but that setback is simply a setup for a greater comeback. ~ Joel Osteen.


I’ve always been an underdog. I feel like I beat the odds. ~ J. Cole.

Never, ever give up. ~ Jimmy Valvano.

Inspirational Comeback Quotes

Sometimes loneliness makes the loudest noise. ~ Aaron Ben-Ze’ev.

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~ Og Mandino.


It’s not too late for a new beginning. ~ Eleanor Brownn.

There’s no talent here. This is hard work; this is an obsession. ~ Connor McGregor.

If I can comeback from where I come from, then you can do it too. ~ Tyson Fury.

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. ~ Matt Biondi.


Success is not an accident; it is a choice. ~ Steph Curry.

A champion is defined by the adversity he overcomes. ~ Anderson Silva.

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. ~ Satchel Paige.

You only think of the best comeback when you leave. ~ Jimmy Fallon.

Durability is part of what makes a great athlete. ~ Bill Russell.


A minor setback paves the way for a major comeback. ~ Unknown.

Most guys would have retired. Not me. ~ Derrick Rose.

If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? ~ Joe Namath.

Ultimate Comeback Quotes

The mental game is more about subtraction than addition. ~ Rob Bell.

I’m always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been. ~ Billie Holiday.

Always try to come back to your senses when in love, because that’s the moment you become almost carried away by sensuality and sentiments. ~ Michael Bassey Johnson.

It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. You never stop trying. I’m still trying. ~ John Wooden.


Life is not an accident. ~ Jay Williams.

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. ~
Muhammad Ali.

No feeling beats a comeback, especially when one’s very close to losing. ~ Unknown.

Motivational Comeback Quotes

Be patient. Everything is coming together. ~ Unknown.


Pain is weakness leaving the body. ~ Tom Sobal.

Injury taught me I need to learn how to face challenges. ~ Shawn Johnson.

Books can teach you many nice comebacks. ~ Tamuna Tsertsvadze.

A setback is a setup for a comeback. ~ Eric Thomas.

I’ve grown most not from victories but from setbacks. If winning is God’s reward, then losing is how he teaches us. ~ Serena Williams.


You’re never a loser until you quit trying. ~ Mike Ditka.

The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win. ~ Kobe Bryant.

I don’t know if God is a sports fan or not, but I do know this: He loves a good comeback. ~ Lane Kiffin.

Famous Comeback Quotes

I’ve always felt like the underdog, and I’m comfortable with that label. ~ Pink.


Today’s struggle is tomorrow’s strength, today’s setback is tomorrow’s comeback. ~ Amit Kalantri.

Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and responsibility to pick yourself up. ~ Mary Holloway.

To admit you want to have a comeback means you have to admit you weren’t what you were supposed to be. You dropped below your own standard. ~ Marilyn Manson.

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. And, there will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits. ~ Michael Phelps.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Nelson Mandela.


It was never easy. It’s not supposed to be easy. ~ Tiger Woods.

America loves a good comeback story! ~ Laura van den Berg.

My body could stand the crutches, but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline. ~ Michael Jordan.

A comeback in gymnastics is almost impossible in itself. ~ Shawn Johnson.

It’s not an airport. You don’t have to announce your departure. ~ Sariah Wilson, The Paid Bridesmaid.


A great champion deals with setback with a comeback. ~ Donna de Varona.

I’m coming back. Write it down in big letters. I’m not going out like this. ~ Mariano Rivera.

Meaningful Comeback Quotes

Keep working when nobody is watching. ~ Alex Morgan.

I never expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury. ~ Alexander Smith.

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory; that’s the essence of it. ~ Vince Lombardi.

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. ~ Unknown.

To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them. ~ Picabo Street.


No matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it. ~ Les Brown.

Injuries made people lose confidence in me, but I never lost confidence in myself. ~
Penny Hardway.

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding. ~ Jim Valvano.

A successful person never loses… They either win or learn! ~ Unknown.


Comeback is a good word, man. ~ Mickey Rourke.

My comeback was not about winning or losing; it was about the feeling of being able to compete at top level again. ~ Thomas Muster.

Top Comeback Quotes

Sports do not build character; they reveal it. ~ John Wooden.

I think that’s one of the things I’ve learned through my injuries is that I need to play smarter. ~ Taysom Hill.


It’s not about the setback; it’s about the comeback. ~ Robyn Benincasa.

A comeback is a setback that did its homework, learned the lesson, and then moved forward. ~ Eleanor Brownn.

There is nothing as sweet as a comeback, when you are down and out, about to lose, and out of time. ~ Anne Lamott.

Don’t expect to always be great. Disappointments, failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle. ~ Colin Powell.

There’s a place in me that can really relate to being the underdog. ~ Halle Berry.


It’s always a comeback season for me. ~ Johnny Manziel.

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. ~ Michael Jordan.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. ~ Fred DeVito.

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. ~ Lou Holtz.


I have overcome many difficult moments in my career. ~ Kaka.

If everything was going smoothly, you’d never build character. ~ Maria Sharapova.

It is not the size of the man that matters but the size of his heart that matters. ~ Evander Holyfield.

I’m never going to be content with a comeback when we lose. ~ Charlie Weis.

So these were the 120 top quotes about Comeback.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Being Ignored quotes and I’m Not Perfect quotes.

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