Inspirational Quotes

Many of us draw great comfort and strength from inspirational quotes and sayings. This Sober Toolbox is a space for sharing any favourite motivational words that lift your spirits and offer encouragement and support. If you're looking for more discussion, interactions and feedback, head inside our Members Feed. That's where the real-time conversations take place.

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  1. ambajayne 6 days ago

    “Drinking steals happiness from tomorrow”

  2. DaveH 4 weeks ago

    “ No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.”

  3. ironjan 1 month ago

    never offer the Devil a ride,
    he will always want to drive.

  4. DaveH 3 months ago

    “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell

  5. MsMars 3 months ago

    “It’s easy to break a stained glass window. A simple stone can do it. No matter how hard we try to fit the broken pieces, the cracks will always show.” This is a direct quote from a book called “The Broken Pieces” that I read when I was 15! I’m angry at the monster who broke my spirit into pieces that I know can never be put back together again in its original beauty. I’m grateful for my tranquil life. I’ve got it all despite the loss of feeling safe. Believe me when I say if I can decide I’m well worthy of being happy, then anyone can!! Alcohol is not your friend or mine. It’s not appropriate and it’s just not good home economics!

  6. DaveH 3 months ago

    The fears we don’t face become our limits.

  7. SummerGirl 4 months ago

    Courage is not about having the strength to go on, it’s going on even when you don’t have the strength

    • Newstart1962 2 months ago

      Love this

  8. mike344 5 months ago

    “If nothing changes nothing changes”

  9. DaveH 6 months ago

    It’s OK that you don’t know how to move on. Start with something easier… like not going back.

  10. mrsjend 6 months ago

    This too shall pass.

  11. Lionheart701 6 months ago

    How do you clear muddy water? Leave it alone.

  12. shezma23 7 months ago

    Rome wasn’t built in a day…..but bricks were laid every hour.

    Remember to be proud of every step you take in the right direction no matter how small.

  13. ironjan 7 months ago

    tough times don’t last,
    tough people do.

  14. Stephen1968 7 months ago

    You always grow into what you become! Stop drinking now and become you.

  15. DaveH 8 months ago

    We often say we are fine because that is less painful than explaining why we are not.

  16. Beez 8 months ago

    I’ve been thinking about this quote for awhile now and it always resonates with me.
    – Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

  17. DaveH 9 months ago

    “ We change for two reasons. Either we learn enough that we want to or we hurt enough that we have to.”

    • Strongerthanever 8 months ago

      That is so true….

  18. Pumpkin 9 months ago

    I’m new to this community. I had decided to fully quit drinking on Dec. 20. Last night, I had a weak moment, and drank myself to blackout/passed out. Today’s been a day of feeling both physically and mentally pathetic. Ready to right the ship, and figured I’d join here, for further support and comradely.

  19. Roxygirl 9 months ago

    It’s my Dad’s birthday. He was a big drinker for years but died 30 years sober.
    In my 30’s I never thought I had a problem with alcohol. Then I me beer! Hazy in fact.
    I was a modern functioning mother drinking beer…earlier and earlier every day.
    I was turning in to my old Dad!
    I’m 7 days sober. Early days! But for the first time in a long time I wake in the morning feeling good about myself…rather than being disappointed in myself.
    I want to keep on NOT drinking. Give me strength.

    • Wizard 2 months ago

      Go you xx

  20. chrissysobernow 9 months ago

    One of my biggest hurdles in quitting is that everywhere I go I’m surrounded by drinking people, songs that talk about drinking. The majority of people drink! I have even heard someone say “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink” So when I decided I was going to make the change in my life to remove alcohol this quote resonated with me.

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
    – Mark Twain

    • mhanmph 5 months ago

      Oh my I like that!! Not even just about drinking life in general!!

  21. JDubb 11 months ago

    I started counting and today is day 8 AF first time in 4 years! I realise I am not perfect and giving up drinking has given be back precious time with my family and greatly improved my mood so far 💕

    “Addiction begins with the hope that something out there can instantly fill up the emptiness inside”
    Jean Kilbourne

    “Rockbottom became the solid foundation which has turned my perspective and life around”

  22. duja 11 months ago

    Look at the past through a crack in the door and then close the door and look at the future your making.

  23. Chace 11 months ago

    ‘Guilt & worry are useless emotions I choose not to employ. Every moment spent on each is living in the past or future, wasting the present moments.’

  24. mariposa74 1 year ago

    Life is way too short to spend another day at war with yourself.

    • SoberSailing 5 months ago

      Wow, this one hit me. I am going to write it down, frame it and hang it!

  25. Finallyfreetobeme 1 year ago

    I have a plaque over my bedroom door so I see it when I go to bed and as soon as I wake up.
    SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD, SO SHE DID

  26. ironjan 1 year ago

    no matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.

    • peanutbutter 8 months ago

      I love this 🙂

  27. Maz57 1 year ago

    Book extract from Chocolate to Morphine: Everything you need to know about mind altering drugs:

    We think that addiction is a basic human problem whose roots go very deep. Most of us at some point have been wounded, no matter what kind of family we grew up in or what kind of society we live in. We long for a sense of completeness and wholeness and we attempt to find this ‘feeling’ from alcohol, drugs, food, sex, money and other ‘sources’ of pleasure. In doing that, we project our power onto ‘external’ substances and activities, allowing them to make us feel better temporarily. This is a very strange sort of magic. We give away our power in exchange for a transient sense of wholeness, then suffer because the object of our craving seems to control us and cause us great harm. Recovery from addiction can only begin when we consciously experience this process, reclaim our power and recognize that our wounds must be healed from within.

  28. crazycat 1 year ago

    “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are”
    -Unknown

    • mchardy 8 months ago

      This is where I am. So over being in this place

  29. Kiwi 1 year ago

    My favorite quote was from a Canterbury Tactix netball player, cant remember her name.. It never gets easier, you just get better.

  30. Atawhai 1 year ago

    I Would Rather Go Through Life Sober, Believing I Am An Alcoholic,

    Than Go Through Life Drunk, Trying To Convince Myself That I Am Not

  31. Atawhai 1 year ago

    There is no wrong way to stop drinking.

  32. Atawhai 1 year ago

    Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

    Dalai Lama

    Including to yourself.

    Atawhai

  33. AndIan 1 year ago

    SKY
    Stop Killing Yourself.
    From @flora

  34. Atawhai 1 year ago

    Whatever you’re feeling, it will eventually pass. You won’t feel sad forever. At some point, you will feel happy again. You won’t feel anxious forever. In time, you will feel calm again. You don’t have to fight your feelings or feel guilty for having them. You just have to accept them and be good to yourself while you ride this out. Resisting your emotions and shaming yourself will only cause you more pain, and you don’t deserve that. You deserve your own love, acceptance, and compassion.

    Lori Deschene

  35. Chris53 1 year ago

    One cannot arrive at spring without first having survived winter.

    • Dave.the.rave.no.more 1 year ago

      ⚘🌷🌻🌺💐🌸🏵

  36. simonejonelle 1 year ago

    I like the sober me so much more..
    day 7 AF 🙋‍♀️

  37. linky 1 year ago

    she was unstoppable not because she did not have failures or doubts but because she continued on despite them

  38. ironjan 1 year ago

    WHATEVER DOESN’T KILL ME HAD BETTER START RUNNING.

    • Sarabelle 6 months ago

      Brilliant! Made me laugh out loud too – so true and feisty! Love it – can be applied to the demon drink and many other of life’s challenges. We can do this ♥️🎈

    • justjo 9 months ago

      this made me laugh out loud. 🙂

  39. simonejonelle 1 year ago

    Hi, I am day 2 AF… (this time)..

    I did 100 days last year, and have to admit Im the all or nothing girl, like others here.

    When I first decided to try AF it was because I realised “I like the sober me more” .. that hasn’t changed.

    So Im back – day 2 AF and cant wait to feel the strength that grows as I count the days..

  40. ironjan 2 years ago

    I don’t want a never ending life, I just want to be alive while I’m here,
    and I don’t want to see another night lost inside a lonely life while I’m here.
    lyrics by Strumbellas

  41. mavis77 2 years ago

    She remembered who she was and the game changed.
    Nothing changes when you change nothing
    This is Day 4 for me.

    • Fantail74 2 years ago

      Like that – she remembered who she was and the game changed. That’s one for the journal!

    • ironjan 2 years ago

      So true mavis77. if we want things to change then we have to make it happen.
      congratulations on your decision & good luck on your journey.

  42. BernieJ 2 years ago

    It is great to have found you all …
    This saying keeps me working on this new life
    “ If you don’t drink you will change .
    If you don’t change you will drink . “

  43. Time2BReal 2 years ago

    “That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”
    ― Charles Bukowski, Women

  44. Mara 2 years ago

    “The most courageous person you’ll ever meet is the addict living each day saying no to their addiction.”

  45. Debagain 2 years ago

    I keep telling myself that things wont change if things dont change.

  46. Lizzy66 2 years ago

    For me cutting down or only drinking at the weekends means you’re doing the hardest part – ie going sober days 1 to 5 every week on repeat and never actally getting to reap the full benefits of being alcohol free. For me stopping for good is the only way to achieve this. Have found a couple of alcohol free “gins” which I have at night with grapefruit tonic. Tastes like the real deal and I can still enjoy being with people while they drink wine.
    Day 5 and feeling strong 💪

    • macsma 1 year ago

      This is me sadly! But doesnt the AF gin which tastes like gin just make your body still want alcohol?

  47. Manny 2 years ago

    He said “One life on this earth is all we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can”.
    Frederick Buechner.

    • JettsMum 1 year ago

      Love that. So very true

  48. LadyQuig 2 years ago

    “If you say yes to one thing, you’re saying no to something else. So if you say yes to a drink, what are you saying no to?”

    • Atawhai 1 year ago

      Excellent. Thank you

  49. DaveH 2 years ago

    You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.

    • macsma 1 year ago

      Like this one !!

  50. DaveH 2 years ago

    “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”

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