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Quotes, Quotes & More Quotes


Quotes, Quotes & More Quotes


I do not cut my life up into days, each day, each hour, an entire life.
~Juan Ramon Jimenez


You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you. 
~Mary Tyler Moore

"Since healing is not linear, some days I still feel down. Some self-care is in order. One way I get myself going again is reading or listening to stories that inspire me. If my time is limited, I’ve found bite-sized quotes can be equally as effective. They’re like little nuggets of encouragement to keep me going.

Sometimes I’ll save them as a sticky note on my laptop, or physically write it out. There are plenty I’ve wanted to ink onto my skin as a tattoo." ~Alison Cerri


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him." 
David Brinkley


 "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." 
~George Addair


"An unexamined life is not worth living."


 "I would rather die of passion than of boredom."
~Vincent van Gogh


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

~Martin Luther King Jr.


“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes-- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all.
So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being.
You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves.
Now mind you, when a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white, or too poor or too fat, or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough.
But you can overcome that.
The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”  ~Maya Angelou


“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim? Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!”
~Alfred Adler


 "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
~Albert Einstein


 “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
~Vince Lombardi


"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."


“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
~Bruce Lee


“Accept that environment compromises values far more than values do their number on environment.”

“If the image one holds of one's self contains elements that don't square with reality, one is best advised to let go of them, however difficult that may be.”
~Sydney Poitier


Don't Wait. The time will never be just right.
~Napoleon Hill


 "Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart."
~ Seneca


“The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.”
~ Roy T. Bennett


“How to win in life:
1.  Work hard
2.  Complain less
3.  Listen more
4.  Try.  Learn.  Grow
5.  Don't let people tell you it can't be done
6.  Make no excuses”
~ Germany Kent


 "A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it."
~ Mary Karr


"Remember anything you start doing, it will take time, practice, and determination to become better organized. Just by making small incremental changes, day by day, can have a lasting impact on your future."

~Curt Hinson


“When someone judges you, it isn’t actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities, limitations, and needs.”



“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” 

~Wayne Dyer


 “We are not punished for our anger; we are punished by our anger.” 

~Eknath Easwaran


"Accept the things to which fate binds you,  and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart."

~ Marcus Aurelius--Meditations


 "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."
~Audrey Hepburn


“Reality is apparent when one ceases to compare. There is 'what is' only when there is no comparison at all, and to live with what is, is to be peaceful.”

“Self-knowledge involves relationship. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. The relationship is a process of self-evaluation and self-revelation. The relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself–to be is to be related.”
~Bruce Lee



 "I think if you live in a black-and-white world, you’re gonna suffer a lot. I used to be like that. But I don’t believe that anymore."
~ Bradley Cooper


“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.”
~ George Halas


“Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
~ Chris Bradford


“The greatest gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.”
~ Kendall Hailey


"The quieter you become. the more you can hear.".


 “When your center is firm, when your faith is strong and unwavering, then it will not matter what company you keep.” 

 “Knowledge all by itself, without deep wisdom, ends up becoming despair.” 

 “It’s very hard to grow because it’s difficult to let go of the models of ourselves in which we’ve invested so heavily.”

 “We’re all just walking each other home."

~Ram Dass


“Faultfinders usually are not content with their own situations in life and therefore try to make others miserable by judging them.”

~ Greg Gordon


 “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” 

~Dolly Parton


 “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” 



The blade of betrayal, the sharpest of weapons, is wielded not by your enemies, but by your friends.

~ J. V. Hilliard


Love comes to those who still hope after disappointment, who still believe after betrayal, and who still love after they’ve been hurt.

~Shania Twain


"All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand."

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox



"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."

~Oscar Wilde


“It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life. You have to die before they think you are worth anything."

~ Jimi Hendrix


“A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.”

~Icelandic Proverb


"You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy."

“Pain is a pesky part of being human, I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing.”

~C.  Joybell C.


“Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”

~Mandy Hale


“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.”

~Abraham Maslow


“"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~Helen Keller


What you thought before has led to every choice you have made, and this adds up to you at this moment. If you want to change who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually, you will have to change what you think.”

~Dr. Patrick Gentempo


“Once you’ve started down that road to self-discovery, no matter how treacherous the path before you, you can’t turn back. The universe doesn’t allow it.”

~Lisa Unger


“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

~Leo Buscaglia


“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches.

Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth.

Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously.

The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”


“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


“Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.”
~Douglas Adams


“Survivor Psalm: I have been victimized. I was in a fight that was not a fair fight. I did not ask for the fight. I lost. There is no shame in losing such fights. I have reached the stage of survivor and am no longer a slave of victim status. I look back with sadness rather than hate. I look forward with hope rather than despair. I may never forget, but I need not constantly remember. I was a victim. I am a survivor”



“To be rendered powerless doesn’t destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak. To yield and not break, that is incredible strength”

​~Hannah Gadsby


“It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.”
~Eleanor Roosevelt


“After a while I looked in the mirror and, after all those hurts, scars, and bruises, after all of those trials, I really made it through. I did it. I survived that which was supposed to kill me. So I straightened my crown...and walked away like a boss”



“You can run and run as fast and as far as you'd like, but the truth is, wherever you run, there you are.”

~Cecelia Ahern


“If you want to know where to find your contribution to the world, look at your wounds. When you learn how to heal them, teach others”

~Emily Maroutian​


"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
“The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story...”

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
“That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Can't do is like Don't Care.' Neither of them have a home.”
“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”  ~Maya Angelou


"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of someone else. "

~Judy Garland


“Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.”

~ Ziad K. Abdelnour


“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.”

~ Dr. Wayne Dyer 


“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life.  There are no limits. There are only plateaus.  And you must not stay there. You must go beyond them.”

~Bruce Lee


“Life is not about finding yourself.   It is about creating yourself.”

~George Bernard Shaw 


“Happiness is not a goal. It is a by-product."

~Eleanor Roosevelt


“Don't speak negatively about yourself, even as a joke!  Your body doesn't know the difference. Words are energy and cast spells.  That's why it is called spelling.  Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life.  What you're not changing, you're also  choosing."

~Bruce Lee


“Only a mediocre person is always at his best."
~W. Somerset Maugham


“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged.  I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach.  I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation.  Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that, and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized.  I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies.  To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery.  I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes.  It has added more to my bank of fortitude."

~Bruce Lee


“"When you are through changing, you are through."
~Bruce Barton


"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

~Maya Angelou


“"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

~Martin Luther King Jr.


"Sometimes people wound us because they're wounded and tell us we're broken because that's how they feel, but we don't have to believe them." 

~Lori Deschene


“People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.”

~ Kim Culbertson


“Sometimes you need to take a break from everyone and spend time alone to experience, appreciate, and love yourself.”

~ Robert Tew


“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."

~ Henry David Thoreau


“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

~Dr. Seuss


“Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes." 

~Carl Jung


“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."  

~Mahatma Ghandi


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."



“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." 

~Ingrid Bergman


“It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." 



“You are not who you think you are. You are not your fears, your thoughts, or your body. You are not your insecurities, your career, or your memories. You're not what you're criticized for and you're not what you're praised for. You are a boundless wealth of potential. You are everything that's ever been. Don't sell yourself short. Every sunset, every mountain, every river, every passionate crowd, every concert, every drop of rain - that's you. So go find yourself. Go find your strength, find your beauty, find your purpose. Stop crafting your mask. Stop hiding. Stop lying to yourself and letting people lie to you. You're not lacking in anything except awareness. Everything you've ever wanted is already there, awaiting your attention, awaiting your time."

~Vironika Tugaleva


“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."

~ Oscar Wilde


“It's never too late to be what you might have been."

~ George Eliot


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

~ Winston Churchill


“Everyone in a position of authority is hysterical, and everyone else is pretending to be asleep."

~ Samuel R. Delany


“Sometimes those who don’t socialize much aren’t actually anti-social, they just have no tolerance for drama and fake people."

~John Gotti


“Some people will pretend to care just so they can get a better seat to watch your struggle. Every helping hand isn’t always there to help."



“If you can not find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

~Dogen Zenji


“A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often--just to save it from drying out completely."

~Pam Brown


“Friends must sometimes tell friends what they don't want to hear so that they can make the best possible decision for themselves."



“A true friend accepts who you are, but also helps you become who you should be." 



“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory."

~Diane Arbus


“When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't."

~Jodi Picoult


“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape."

~Bell Hooks


“Fear an ignorant man more than a lion and giving advice to the ignorant is like the rain falling on muddy ground."

~Turkish Proverb


“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."

~Carl Bard


“You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be." 

~Elizabeth Gilbert


“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."

“The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way."

~Betty Friedan


“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." 

~Maya Angelou


““My wealth is not measured in how much time I have to do what I want, rather, how much meaning I’m able to derive from the time I have.”



“Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

~Dale Carnegie


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes."

~Anne Lamott


“When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do."

~Charles Schwab


“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."

~Rosa Parks


“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot."  

~Michael Altshuler


“Nothing is impossible. The very word itself says: I'm possible!"

~Audrey Hepburn


“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."

"A man can't soar too high, when he flies with his own wings."

~Williams Blake


“Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?”  

~Carolyn Myss


“ If a person doesn’t change, there’s something really wrong with him." 

"Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power."

"The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice."

~Clint Eastwood


“Inspiration is some mysterious blessing which happens when the wheels are turning smoothly."  

~Quentin Blake


“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."

"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." 

~Albert Einstein 


 "You never really learn much from hearing yourself speak." 
~George Clooney


“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend." 

~Albert Camus


“I'm always thinking about creating.  My future starts when I wake up every morning.  Every day I find something creative to do with my life."  

~Miles Davis


 "Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door."
~Coco Chanel 


“A Comfort Zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there."



“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."

~Dr. Seuss

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