22 Fabulous Ryan Holiday Quotes

Ryan Holiday is an American author, marketer, and entrepreneur. As a media strategist and former Director of Marketing for American Apparel, he has authored several books. Here is a look at some of the best Ryan Holiday quotes focused on the invaluable knowledge he has to share.

“All we need to do are these three little duties—to try hard, to be honest, and to help ourselves and others.”

“Blessings and burdens are not mutually exclusive.”

“Choose not to be harmed—and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed—and you haven’t been.”

“Discipline in perception lets you clearly see the advantage and the proper course of action in every situation—without the pestilence of panic or fear.”

“Focus on the moment, not the monsters that may or may not be up ahead.”

“It doesn’t matter whether this is the worst time to be alive or the best, whether you’re in a good job market or a bad one, or that the obstacle you face is intimidating or burdensome. What matters right now is right now.”


“Stop looking for an epiphany, and start looking for weak points. Stop looking for angels, and start looking for angles.”

“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”

“The only guarantee, ever, is that things will go wrong. The only thing we can use to mitigate this is anticipation. Because the only variable we control completely is ourselves.”

“There is always a countermove, always an escape or way through. No one said it would be easy and of course the stakes are high, but the path is there for those ready to take it.”

“There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”

“Through our perception of events we are responsible for the creation—as well as the destruction—of everyone one of our obstacles.”

“To argue, to complain, or worse, to just give up, these are choices. Choices that more often than not, do nothing to get us across the finish line.”

“To see an obstacle as a challenge, to make the best of it anyway, that is also a choice—a choice that is up to us.”

“True will is quiet humility, resilience, and flexibility; the other kind of will is weakness disguised by bluster and ambition. See which lasts longer under the hardest of obstacles.”

“Uncertainty and fear are relieved by authority. Training is authority.”

“We decide what story to tell ourselves. Or whether we will tell one at all.”


“We decide what we will make of each and every situation. We decide whether we’ll break or whether we’ll resist.”

“We forget: In life, it doesn’t matter what happens to you or where you came from. It matters what you do with what happens and what you’ve been given.”

“What matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure.”

“Where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action. Right action follows the right perspective.”

“Wherever we are, whatever we’re doing and wherever we are going, we owe it to ourselves, to our art, to the world to do it well.”

In this video, Ryan Holiday is interviewed on his newest book, ‘The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.’ Highlighting how to overcome the many hurdles of life, Holiday discusses how embracing hard work is the true secret to success.