155 Tough Love Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of tough love quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about tough.

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The Most Famous Tough Love Quotes (Best in 2024)

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A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That's where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It's having backbone. — Robert Kiyosaki

I am a hard person to love but when I love, I love really hard. — Tupac Shakur

I don't mind being called tough, since I find in this racket it's the tough guys who lead the survivors. — Curtis LeMay

The toughest thing is facing yourself. Being honest with yourself, that's much tougher than beating someone up. That's what I call tough. — Joe Strummer

Tough times go away, tough people do not. — Walter Payton

Tough times don't last, tough people do, remember? — Gregory Peck

Toughness is not being a bully, it’s having a backbone. — Robert Kiyosaki

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Tough times never last, but tough people do. — Robert H. Schuller

As far as I'm concerned, love means fighting, big fat lies, and a couple of slaps across the face. — Edith Piaf

Anyone can love you when things are alright. It takes courage to love when things are not good and it does not feel right. — Yolanda Adams

Short Tough Love Quotes

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  • Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course — Bobby Jones
  • The best thing you can do is follow your dreams — The Rev
  • I love those who can smile in trouble. — Leonardo da Vinci
  • Never stop being YOU. I am out to be the best ME I can be. Do what you LOVE and you will be badass. — Terry Crews
  • I love being put into situations which are competitive and tough and challenging. — Ellyse Perry
  • Marriage is really tough because you have to deal with feelings... and lawyers. — Richard Pryor
  • Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation. — Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing. — Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • When we first sort of break in or bust into the house, if you will, there's some tough love. — Thom Filicia
  • What's the difference between tough love and acting like a jerk? — Ricki Lake

Tough Love Image Quotes

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Tough love quote by The Rev

The best thing you can do is follow your dreams — The Rev

Tough love quote by Leonardo da Vinci

I love those who can smile in trouble. — Leonardo da Vinci

Tough love quote Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it hope. Feed it trut
Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it hope. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.

Tough Quotes

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Mental Toughness is doing the right thing for the team when it's not the best thing for you. — Bill Belichick

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Success is a combination of effort, talent and hard work. There's got to be hard work and mental toughness. It's not just one thing that gets you there it's an accumulation of things — Brock Lesnar

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Holding on to hope when everything is dark, is the greatest test of faith — Yasmin Mogahed

Every relationship has tough days. Don't let the grudge last. Be the first to try to make things right and stop waiting for an apology. — Nouman Ali Khan

There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there. — Paulo Coelho

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The worst thing you can do is nothing. — Terry Pratchett

Joy is love exalted; peace is love in response; long-suffering is love enduring; gentleness is love in society; goodness is love in action; faith is love on the battlefield; meekness is love in tough situations; and temperance is love in training. — Dwight L. Moody

Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough. — Richard M. DeVos

The average person is either a weakling, or just a happy person who wants to get along, or thinks being tough is having big muscles and strutting around town and having a good-looking girlfriend. — Alex Jones

Tough Life Quotes

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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

Nothing is easy, and life can be extremely tough, but there's always a yin to the yang, so to speak. It's up to you to seek it out, embrace it, and live happily ever after. No matter how bad the hand you've been dealt may seem, there's always a way to play it. — Alex Gaskarth

The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated. — Katharine Hepburn

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When Life Puts You in Tough Situations, Don't Say 'Why Me', Say 'Try Me' — Miley Cyrus

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If you can't change it.. change the way you think about it — Mary Engelbreit

You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes. — Eckhart Tolle

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Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you. — Ovid

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Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. — John Wayne

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet. — William Halsey

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When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent. — RuPaul

Tough World Quotes

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What's important is that you stay true to yourself. Because when you enter the real world, the most valuable thing you can bring is all your you-ness. The world doesn't need any more hot chicks or tough guys or smooth talkers - the world needs more you. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise. — Bo Burnham

You have to accept that there will always be too much to do; that you can’t avoid tough choices or make the world run at your preferred speed; that no experience, least of all close relationships with other human beings, can ever be guaranteed in advance to turn out painlessly and well. — Oliver Burkeman

I think it's a tough road if you're a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, if you have a partner, if you don't. It's the best job in the world, and the toughest job in the world all at the same time. — Angela Kinsey

Tough love quote The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and
The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.

I will use all my strength to bring about a just society to a nation living in a tough world. — Pierre Trudeau

A man should keep on being constructive, and do constructive things. He should take part in the things that go on in this wonderful world. He should be someone to be reckoned with. He should live life and make every day count, to the very end. Sometimes it’s tough. But that’s what I’m going to do. — J. Willard Marriott

No matter how tough, no matter what kind of outside pressure, no matter how many bad breaks along the way, I must keep my sights on the final goal, to win, win, win-and with more love and passion than the world has ever witnessed in any performance. — Billie Jean King

Tough love quote Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpac
Everyone comes with baggage. Find someone who loves you enough to help you unpack.

They have some pretty tough gun laws in Japan, as they do in any other civilized country in the world, and they're not killing each other off with firearms. You have very violent films in Europe, yet it's not causing the mayhem we see in our streets routinely here. — Michael D. Barnes

Creativity and the world of the imagination - the beauty of what we see as a child and the kind of play that we experience as a child - can be a way for us to survive tough times. — Diane Paulus

One of the toughest guys in the world is Randy Couture - he is the true epitome of what a tough guy is. — Jason Statham

It's a tough world out there. You're going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hating employees - and usually when you're the absolute best, you get hated on the most. — Kanye West

Tough Things Quotes

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What we learn through failure becomes a precious part of us, strengthening us in everything we do. So let the tough things make you tougher. — Soichiro Honda

They saw it was working. And then they said, 'Okay, now we are going to do the same thing.' I think, really, they underestimate the difficulty. They underestimate the time required to make it successful. And my guess is that they will have a very tough time. — Bernard Arnault

Journalists are accused of being lapdogs when they don't ask the hard questions, but then accused of being rude when they do. Good thing we have tough hides. — Gwen Ifill

Tough love quote How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

Why bad things happen to good people — Harold S. Kushner

If you have a 2 or 3 year old who is not talking, you must start an early intervention program. The worst thing you can do with an autistic 3 year old is to do nothing. — Temple Grandin

You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round. — James J. Corbett

Tough love quote If I cut you off chances are you handed me the scissors.
If I cut you off chances are you handed me the scissors.

These things I wish for you-tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life. — Paul Harvey

Don’t give up when things get tough, just hang in there, stay focused and be patient. — Folorunsho Alakija

I'm a little hoarse tonight. I've been living in Chicago for the past two months, and you know how it is, yelling for help on the way home every night. Things are so tough in Chicago that at Easter time, for bunnies the little kids use porcupines. — Fred Allen

People think SEALs are cold-blooded, heartless, wound-up, brainwashed killers. They imagine you can just point a SEAL in a direction and say, 'Go kill.' The truth is you're talking about a bunch of kind-hearted, jovial guys. The only thing that separates them is mental toughness. — Howard E. Wasdin

Life Is Tough Quotes

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You've got to believe that God is in control of your life. It may be a tough time but you've got to believe that God has a reason for it and he's going to make everything good. — Joel Osteen

Character isn't who you are when life goes your way. Character is who you really are when the bottom falls out. — LeCrae

Life is a cruel, horrible joke and I am the punch line. — Carrie Fisher

Tough love quote Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.
Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this - you haven't. — Thomas A. Edison

A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood. — Charlotte Davis Kasl

The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people! — Randy Pausch

Tough love quote A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decis
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood. — Charlotte Sophia Kasl

A lot of people say, 'Well, I like a challenge. 'I don`t like challenges. Life is tough enough without any challenges. — Jackie Gleason

Whenever someone calls me ugly I get super sad and hug them, because I know how tough life is for the visually impaired. — Will Ferrell

God, make me a man with thick skin and a soft heart. Make me a man who is tough and tender. Make me tough so I can handle life. Make me tender so I can love people. God, make me a man. — Darrin Patrick

Being Tough Quotes

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I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that itself creates new potential. — Vandana Shiva

For the choke, there are no "tough guys". With an arm lock he can be tough and resist the pain. With the choke he just passes out, goes to sleep. — Helio Gracie

If you find yourself under lethal attack don't be kind. Be harsh. Be tough. Be ruthless. — Jeff Cooper

Tough love quote I hope to arrive to my death, late, in love and a little drunk.
I hope to arrive to my death, late, in love and a little drunk.

Sampling out corruption is a very tough job, but I say so in all seriousness that we would be failing in our duty if we do not tackle this problem seriously and with determination. — Lal Bahadur Shastri

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. — Douglas MacArthur

Leaders must be tough enough to fight, tender enough to cry, human enough to make mistakes, humble enough to admit them, strong enough to absorb the pain, and resilient enough to bounce back and keep on moving. — Jesse Jackson

Tough love quote To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when the
To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.

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

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are. — Muhammad Ali

Tough girls come from New York. Sweet girls, theyre from Georgia. But us Kentucky girls, we have fire and ice in our blood. We can ride horses, be a debutante, throw left hooks, and drink with the boys, all the while making sweet tea, darlin. And if we have an opinion, you know youre gonna hear it. — Ashley Judd

Your response must always be expressed in the form of strong, yet empathic, limit-setting boundaries—that is, tough love—not as hatred or violence. — Chris Voss

Tough Guy Quotes

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There are no tough guys in wrestling. — Randy Savage

A common misperception of me is... that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I'm pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It's the parts that you play I guess. I don't mind it. I'm not a tough guy. I'd like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point. — Sean Bean

Out here, due process is a bullet. — John Wayne

Tough love quote Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going.
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.

The big, strong, tough guy goes to class, and he keeps getting tapped by the skinny, technical guy. It begins to change him. It makes him humble. That's what Jiu Jitsu does to you. It makes you humble. — Relson Gracie

You couldn't pay me enough to be a law enforcement officer. Their job is a tough job. You have to solve people's problems, you have to baby-sit people, you have to always be doing this cat-and-mouse game with the bad guys. My respect for them is immense. — Christopher Meloni

One night I went over to get some dope from some Hollywood tough guy. After I left, my son Scott, who was only fifteen, went over with a baseball bat to kill him. I was laughing out of one eye and crying out of the other. I thought, Who am I kidding? — James Caan

Tough love quote The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too m
The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.

I'm not a tough guy. I'm just delivering the truth and only the truth and if you can't deal with it, too bad. — Kevin O'Leary

Without discipline, no matter how good you are, you are nothing! One day, and I might not be around; you're going to meet a tough guy who takes your best shot. He'll keep coming because he's tough. Don't get discouraged. That's when the discipline comes in. — Mike Tyson

You know, I'm the tough guy with taste, good friends, you know, describe me that I'm the tough guy, period, the way others do. But, you know, I'll tell you, I'm a complete wuss when it comes to my own kids. — Harvey Weinstein

In Russia, we had tough times. Only one puck, I always wanted the puck, so I learn how to keep it and make space and get puck when other guy has it. — Pavel Datsyuk

Tough Man Quotes

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Approximately 80 % of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources. — Ronald Reagan

The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is. — Robert H. Schuller

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. — Anais Nin

Howie Mandel is my favorite. He's so friendly, and he's a family man. For a lot of celebrities, to keep a genuineness about them, I think, can be tough, but he really seems to work hard to do that. — Theo Von

A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example. — Robert Menzies

I should be grateful for the tough times because Allah chose me, thought I was good enough to go through it. — Nouman Ali Khan

It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken. — Frank Perdue

The common man, no matter how sharp and tough, actually enjoys having the wool pulled over his eyes, and makes it easier for the puller. — P. T. Barnum

It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others. — Dalai Lama

It is not the critic who counts...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. — Theodore Roosevelt

Tough Girl Quotes

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I'm an incredibly lucky girl. For someone who has made some very foolish mistakes and had some tough lessons to learn very quickly, I am still incredibly lucky. — Monica Lewinsky

It's tough to describe my dream girl — Sidharth Malhotra

I'm a tough old broad from Brooklyn. Don't try to make me into something I'm not. If you want someone to tiptoe down the Barkley staircase in crinoline and politely ask where the cattle went, get another girl. — Barbara Stanwyck

Growing up, I wish I hadn't tried so hard to fit in. I'd tell myself to just embrace what you were born with because it's beautiful and you were made like that for a reason. It's tough being a girl. I think we need all of the support we can get. — Shay Mitchell

I've reached a point where I'm comfortable in my own skin, and I do what I need to do, to feel good, but I'm built the way I am. The dancer's feet, the bruises on my legs, they're not going to go away. I think real girls have bruises. Tough chicks get bruised. They get dirty. And they have fun. — Nina Dobrev

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice. — Bethany Hamilton

I'm a tough girl, I know what my job entails - it entails a lot more than standing in front of the camera. So I get it. I won't deny the physicality of it is exhausting, and sometimes my body just can't keep up. But it is ultimately about mind over matter. — Priyanka Chopra

I have zero hand-eye coordination - zero - so I've never been good at softball, basketball, golf, things like that, but I'm really strong and I have really good endurance so I can go forever - I'm a tough girl. — Brooklyn Decker

I don't want to be known as the Aerosmith chick, but it's fun to put on the boots and makeup and act like a tough girl. — Alicia Silverstone

Real ugly girls have it tough. I feel so sorry for them sometimes. — J. D. Salinger

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The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There's nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional. — George W. Bush

It takes a number of critical factors to win an NBA championship, including the right mix of talent, creativity, intelligence, toughness, and of course, luck. But if a team doesn’t have the most essential ingredient - love - none of those other factors matter. — Phil Jackson

I love to create this green juice shake made from kale, spinach, cucumber and wheatgrass. The nutrients in the juice help me recover after a tough workout. The Kale Banana Smoothie at LYFE Kitchen is very similar to my recipe and is fantastic. — Troy Polamalu

When you love something as much as I love bodybuilding you don't have to do much extra to push yourself, it just happens. There were some tough times and when those came up I just used my mental strength to push through knowing that my mind controlled everything. — Ronnie Coleman

We can live tough lives, but the human spirit is stronger, seemingly, than anything. There is redemption, hope, and love. All different forms of heartbreak, but beyond all that there is hope, there is love. There is beauty and bliss. — Hugh Jackman

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all want things to stay the same. Settle for living in misery because we are afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation. — Elizabeth Gilbert

If you're in it because you love it and you have to do it, that's the right reason. If you're in it because you want to get rich or famous, don't do it. People often say that my first years in Nashville, when I wasn't getting anything cut, were tough. Hell, those were great years. — Kris Kristofferson

Do something that you love. Whatever you're going to do is going to be tough enough. Find something that gets you so excited that the sun can't come up early enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing. — Chris Gardner

Life was tough for me. When I was a kid, nobody played with me because they thought I looked ugly with my extra thumb. It pained me. So once I thought of getting it surgically removed. But I didn't. Slowly, I realized that the exterior is not the criterion for love and success. — Hrithik Roshan

I love football. Love it. Love it. I think it's the last bastion of hope for toughness in America in men, in males. — Jim Harbaugh

Everyone talks about how hard it is to have a kid, and that scares you into waiting. It obviously is tough [to be a parent], but when you feel that love, and it's instant, and it's so cool, so fun. When your baby smiles at you or when you just hold your baby, it's a pretty awesome feeling. — Clayton Kershaw

Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth. — James A. Baldwin

I steal from every single movie ever made. I love it - if my work has anything it's that I'm taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together. If people don't like that, then tough titty, don't go and see it, all right? I steal from everything. Great artists steal; they don't do homages. — Quentin Tarantino

The church seeks to help form people who can risk being peaceful in a violent world, risk being kind in a competitive world, risk being faithful in an age of cynicism, risk being gentle among those who admire the tough, risk love when it may not be returned, because we have the confidence that in Christ we have been reborn into a new reality. — John Howard Yoder

I think about everyone in my life that was harsh with me or who gave me tough love and told me things that I didn't want to hear in that moment; fortunately it ended up being really good for me and I have nothing but respect for them today and those are the people I return to when I need that real honest advice. — Charlamagne Tha God

I feel really good right now. It will really be a tough decision. It's so hard to give up what you love doing. Hanging up the boots will not be an easy thing to do. — Hulk Hogan

Words ride on the energy of tone, its warmth or coldness; think of tone as the music of how words are expressed. You want this music to be soulful, whether you're giving sweet talk or tough love. — Judith Orloff

And above all, children need our unconditional love - whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough. — Barack Obama

Mental toughness is many things. It is humility because it behooves all of us to remember that simplicity is the sign of greatness and meekness is the sign of true strength. Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love. — Vince Lombardi

If you're not in love with what you do, business will be really tough. You can do good one day, and bad the next. You can have a great year, and a bad year that wipes away all of your success. — Luis D. Ortiz

Sure. I’d like to live regular. Go home to a good looking wife, a hot dinner, and a husky kid. But I guess I got film in my blood. I love this racket. It’s exciting. It’s dangerous. It’s funny. It’s tough. It’s heartbreaking. — Weegee

I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. — Madonna Ciccone

Tough times for Martha Stewart. Yesterday, Martha Stewart reported to her parole officer and had to take a mandatory urine test for cocaine and marijuana. Martha was found to be drug-free and her urine was found to be a lovely yellow saffron. — Conan O'Brien

Yoga is the rule book for playing the game of Life, but in this game no one needs to lose. It is tough, and you need to train hard. It requires the willingness to think for yourself, to observe and correct, and to surmount occasional setbacks. It demands honesty, sustained application, and above all love in your heart. — B.K.S. Iyengar

So often we think that Allah only tests us with hardships, but this isn't true. Allah also tests with ease. He tests us with na`im (blessings) and with the things we love, and it is often in these tests that so many of us fail. We fail because when Allah gives us these blessings, we unwittingly turn them into false idols in the heart. — Yasmin Mogahed

Your job as a parent is to listen. And to dole out as much love as you can. That includes tough love. — Christie Brinkley

I was 17 and the whole thing was very confusing at the time. It was a great job and I loved it, and to lose the role was definitely tough for me. I was devastated when I lost the role. — Sayings

If you listen long enough you can hear my skin grow tough love is painful to the touch must be made of stronger stuff. — Tom Petty

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