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72+ Best Lung Cancer Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

by | Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Lung cancer is a devastating disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women, and it can have a profound impact on those who are diagnosed with it, as well as their loved ones.

In the face of such a challenging illness, many people have found inspiration and strength in the words of others who have faced similar struggles.

In this article, we will share some of the best quotes about lung cancer that offer hope, encouragement, and inspiration for those who are living with the disease or supporting someone who is.

Best Quotes About Lung Cancer:

1. Cancer is a word, not a sentence. – John Diamond

2. Lung cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, and it cannot conquer the spirit. – Unknown

3. You can be a victim of cancer or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset. – Dave Pelzer

4. Stand in your light and shine brightly because that is how you defeat darkness. — Leslie Esperanza Espaillat

5. Love and laughter are two of the most important universal cancer treatments on the planet. Overdose on them. – Tanya Masse

6. We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell. – Lance Armstrong

7. Lung cancer is not just a physical disease; it’s an emotional and mental battle as well. – Marsha Glidewell

8. Lung cancer may take away my ability to breathe easily, but it will never take away my determination to live. – Tara Morgan

9. Lung caner is a disease that affects not just the person who has it but also the people around them. – Benjamin Stroud

10. Lung cancer is a serious condition, but it does not define the person whom it affects. – Shawn Williams

11. You are more than your lung disease. – John Landry

12. You can and will be able to make a significant difference in the quality of your life if you make the commitment to take an active role in managing your disease. – Teri Allen

13. Cancer opens many doors. One of the most important is your heart. – Greg Anderson

14. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’ – Audrey Hepburn

15. Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live. – Marcia Smith 

16. It’s time for you to win the daily fight for air. – Elizabeth Moffett

17. It’s important to educate yourself now versus later. Knowledge is power, and having all the knowledge at the start will make the rest of the journey that much easier to deal with. – Unknown

18. Lung cancer affects much more than just your lungs. It affects your soul. But you can conquer it. – Unknown

19. Lung cancer is like an iceberg because what you see is only the tip of what’s really going on. – Unknown

20. The way to keep moving forward is to talk to others living with the same condition. – Unknown

21. The only way to truly understand lung cancer is to live with it. – Unknown

22. Lung cancer is not a death sentence; it’s a life sentence. It’s a constant battle but one that is worth fighting. – Unknown

23. Emphysema is a disease that gradually takes away your ability to breathe. It’s a constant reminder that every breath is precious. – Unknown

24. Lung cancer is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. It requires patience, determination, and a strong will. – Unknown

25. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

26. The older I get, the more I lose my ability to breathe. – David Levithan

27. Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. – Swedish Proverb

28. The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe. – Terri Guillemets

29. Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life. – Giovanni Papini

30. Lung cancer is a reminder that health is not something to take for granted. – Unknown

31. Lung cancer is a reminder that the things we take for granted, like breathing, are actually a gift. – Unknown

32. Breathe easy. – Unknown

33. Just because you can’t see the air doesn’t mean you stop breathing, and just because you can’t see God doesn’t mean you stop believing. – Unknown

34. Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart. – Willow Smith

35. Let the air become you, and then leave you. Forgive each breath because although it abandons you, every single time, it also brings you life. A man who cannot forgive the air has no chance of living. – Edmond Manning

36. It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit. – J.R.R. Tolkien

37. Inhale the future, exhale the past. – Unknown

38. Just breathing can be such a luxury at times. – Unknown

39. Lung cancer may slow me down, but it will never stop me from living my life to the fullest. – Unknown

40. The question is not how to get cured, but how to live. – Joseph Conrad

41. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, accounting for about one in five of all cancer deaths.

42. Although smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer, up to 20% of lung cancer cases occur in individuals who have never smoked.

43. The risk of developing lung cancer increases with age, and the majority of cases are diagnosed in individuals over the age of 60.

44. Early detection of lung cancer can improve the chances of survival, and regular screening is recommended for individuals who are at high risk.

45. There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and treatment options vary depending on the type of lung cancer.

46. Some common symptoms of lung cancer include a persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, and wheezing.

47. In some cases, lung cancer may not cause any symptoms in its early stages, and it may not be diagnosed until it has spread to other parts of the body.

48. Lung cancer can be treated with a variety of methods, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.

49. A healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise, may help reduce the risk of developing lung cancer.

50. Research into the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer is ongoing, and new advancements are being made all the time.

51. The more you breathe, the more you feel. – Isabel Losada

52. Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite. – D. Antoinette Foy

53. Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. – Oprah Winfrey

54. When the breath is unsteady, all is unsteady; when the breath is still; all is still. Control the breath carefully. Inhalation gives strength and a controlled body; retention gives steadiness of mind and longevity; exhalation purifies body and spirit. – Goraksasathakam

55. Without full awareness of breathing, there can be no development of meditative stability and understanding. – Thich Nhat Hanh

56. When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds, and diamonds are made under pressure. – Peter Marshall

57. The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. – C.C. Scott

58. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today, let us begin. – Mother Teresa

59. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Vivian Greene

60. Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet. – Michael Douglas

61. What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places? – Mary Oliver

62. Breathing well means breathing more slowly and deeply. Relax, feel your breathing, and breathe comfortably. Once aware, it naturally becomes deeper and slower. – Ilchi Lee

63. Pause, breathe. Repair the universe, then proceed. – Unknown

64. There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then there’s another way; a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity. – Rumi

65. I’m breathing, and trust me, that’s a huge accomplishment. – Unknown

66. Find encouragement and inspiration from others who are going through similar experiences with this condition. – Joseph Crawford

67. Hope is the physician of each misery. – Irish proverb

68. When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars. – Oscar Wilde

69. Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. – Erich Fromm

70. Cancer can touch you, but not your soul; neither your thoughts nor your heart. – Vikrmn, Guru with Guitar

71. Cancer is messy and scary. You throw everything at it, but don’t forget to throw love at it. It turns out that might be the best weapon of all. – Regina Brett

72. Cancer is only going to be a chapter in your life, not the whole story. – Joe Wasser

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Final Thoughts

The fight against lung cancer is not an easy one, but it is a battle that can be won with hope, determination, and the support of loved ones.

These quotes about lung cancer serve as a reminder that even in the darkest moments, there is still light to be found and that you are not alone in your journey.

Whether you are a patient, a survivor, or a caregiver, I hope these quotes provide you with inspiration, comfort, and strength.

May they serve as a reminder that although lung cancer may have started the fight, we have the power to finish it. So hold on to hope, reach out for support, and never give up.

John Landry, BS, RRT

Written by:

John Landry, BS, RRT

John Landry is a registered respiratory therapist from Memphis, TN, and has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He enjoys using evidence-based research to help others breathe easier and live a healthier life.


  • The gifted authors of these amazing quotes about lung cancer were credited throughout the article at the end of each quote.

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