Inspirational Quotes

Many of us draw great comfort and strength from inspirational quotes and sayings. Please share here if you have a favourite saying that lifts your spirits or know some motivational words that offer encouragement and support.

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  1. dswilson1209@yahoo.com 3 weeks ago

    You cannot control others but you can control whether or not you drink. This was said at a recent AA meeting and I say it every day!

  2. Saoirse 3 weeks ago

    From “Taking the Leap” Pema Chodron.
    “There was a story widely circulated a few days after the attacks of Sep. 11 2001, that illustrates our dilemma. A Native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and how it comes about.He said it was a if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. The grandfather answered “the one that wins will be the one I choose to feed”

    I so love that because it is so true of every situation we can come across, ultimately we choose how we will be. What we foster and nurture grows whether it is good or bad.

  3. memejacobs 1 month ago

    “You don’t lose if you get knocked down. You lose when you stay down”.
    Muhammad Ali

    • joaninha 4 days ago

      This was just what I needed to read today after a setback after two weeks to day one again. I will not give up on giving up! thanks for the inspiration 😉

  4. Noora 1 month ago

    “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”

    • Tara Felker 2 weeks ago

      I love this! I’m sober going on 8 days now and I feel so great for the first time in 10 years without a bottle in my hand can I mean hard liquor. I feel wonderful already I know it could have been longer I relapsed. Thank you for sharing this and if you don’t mind I am sharing this.

  5. Noora 1 month ago

    Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light

  6. Rachieroo1984 1 month ago

    Shame is a soul eating emotion

  7. Firefly13 2 months ago

    I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
    Phillipians 4:13

  8. DaveH 2 months ago

    The grass appears greener on the other side because it is fertilized by bullshit.

  9. LauraLi 2 months ago

    From a book I finish a couple of days ago. It’s a good reminder for me.
    “Alcohol gives you wings, then takes away the sky.”
    ~Clare Pooley

    • Karin11 2 months ago

      Amazing and so true!

  10. JulieK 2 months ago

    “A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.
    When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy.
    The moment you start acting like life is a blessing ,I assure you it will start to feel like one”

    • TinaPai 2 months ago

      Yes!!! I love this. Every morning I say how grateful am for waking up, to have another day and every day I actually hear the birdsong and smell the trees.

  11. suzkep 3 months ago

    Quotes from a book I’m currently reading.

    ” So it must be imagined. For it is in our imagination that we can dream across boundaries, deepen the narrative, and design alternative outcomes.”

    “Anger is a poison you mix for your friend but drink yourself”

    Eve Ensler – The Apology

  12. fasteddie 3 months ago

    The purpose of life is to be restored back to Love, moment to moment. To fulfill this purpose, the individual
    must acknowledge that he is 100 percent responsible for creating his life the way it is. He must come to see that it
    is his thoughts that create his life the way it is moment to moment.The problems are not people, places, and situations
    but rather the thoughts (interpretation) of them. He must come to appreciate that there is no such thing as “out there.”
    (It is all within)
    —Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len

  13. fasteddie 3 months ago

    Recovery is a Journey about the discovery of “Who Am I”. In that sense everybody shares that journey, irrespective of whether they have ever had problems with alcohol or drugs. Having abused alcohol and drugs is almost an advantage, as it forces one on that journey.

  14. E S BARNETT 3 months ago

    Physical sobriety is relatively easy — Emotional sobriety takes a good deal longer, and is very much the road to happiness, even though it takes a lot of forgiveness.

  15. ditchick 4 months ago

    Someone once told me..
    “I heard you finally got rid of your addiction”

    I smiled and said
    “NO addiction doesn’t work like that”
    “once you have it .. you will always have it”
    “i just choose not to feed it!”

    • Lucy 2 months ago

      Very true

    • Chaves 4 months ago

      Oh my. That does seem to be so.

  16. reallytrying 4 months ago

    You never fail until you stop trying

    It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.

    Albert Einstein

  17. docherjo 4 months ago

    I have been drinking 2 bottles of wine a night. Is it possible to manage your drinking as a social thing, maybe just drinking at weekends and only having 2-3 drinks a night at the most.

    • E S BARNETT 3 months ago

      I think you need at least a month of sobriety first before deciding if you can manage drinking, or even want to manage it ever again!

    • brendab 4 months ago

      Hi Some people can but for me once I crossed the line to drinking up to two bottles of wine couldn’t just have one or two occasionally, I just had no off switch once I put alcohol in my system, I find it so much easier to just not have it…its not an option for me because once I have one I just don’t know who will happen, the only time I can predict the outcome and feel at peace is with zero alcohol in my system, good luck I hope you find what works for you

      • ditchick 4 months ago

        Hi docherjo, i drink every weekend for 15 years can not stop blackouts, ect even though it is only one day of the week, i still do enough damage for a week lol. i know it’s so hard i went to AA and told everyone “hello my name is Shona i dont think im a alcoholic” they all just stared at me lol. i didn’t want to believe it because i only drink weekends but like i said i still do the damage of a week’s worth of drinking, I even told my alcohol counselor i just want to be a part time alcoholic… lol doesnt work ALL or NOTHING! Hate it as i love drinking its like a kid going to the Zoo.. All the best hun thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙂

  18. Phantom309 5 months ago

    It takes more than one human brain to create a human mind – Lisa Feldman Barrett

  19. kate3865 5 months ago

    If you put everything in God’s hands, you will see God’s hand in everything

  20. marioa. 5 months ago

    I like it:

    “Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there.”

    ― Vine Deloria Jr.

    • Noodle71 4 months ago

      I love this x Religion isn’t for me either but appreciating nature, each other and spirituality is awesome x

  21. Shell 6 months ago

    The best way to predict the future is to create it

  22. Alliebean 6 months ago

    The anger and resentment you carry around never hurts the other person, it only poisons your heart and stalls the healing process. LET IT GO… ?❤️

  23. sheaney5 7 months ago

    Why go back to day 1 when you are looking forward to Day 100 – My son (15)

    • Tylee 5 months ago

      Amazing!

    • NoJudge 6 months ago

      What a beautiful boy! My son is also 15. I love this age. I love how we have our children to give us daily gifts of wisdom.

  24. Beasleyyy 7 months ago

    Day 1 of Sobriety I know its never easy an quiet often it is a Journey but I am looking forward to it,,,,Wish me luck,,,,I could use some support

    • Maxx 4 months ago

      Good luck good for you

    • Carolinaw 5 months ago

      It’s day 1 for me today. My birthday ( a big one) is in 113 days. On that day I am going to be on day 113. Wish me luck, I’ve tried and failed so many times. Not again. I have disappointed my family so much.

    • Shell 6 months ago

      Hi, I saw you posted this 4 weeks ago. How’s it going? I’m on day 4 today – I did get to one month once, I will do better this time 🙂

    • NoJudge 6 months ago

      BEST OF LUCK @beasleyyy Try to read about sober people’s lives and how awesome they sound. That’s what I’m trying. I need lots of support too. I binged on Day 12 AF, (that’s why I’m back to Day 3 today) but I learned a lot from it. Hangovers only get worse as we get older. Mine last for 3 days. So much is lost being hungover. For example today we are expecting rain rain rain. It only starts at 2:00pm. I woke up fresh and clear (no alarm) at 6:30am….. to a beautiful deep orange surprise of a sunrise! ❤️ And that was a gift I would not have seen if I was in a drunk slumber. Look for the gifts!! There are many! BEST

  25. Leese 7 months ago

    Hello, after so many years of being sober and then drinking again . i have started again now i am 10 days sober. today is the worst day yet. my body is not feeling good and my mind is playing games and my need for sugar is great , but even with all of this I dont want to drink because deep done i know it is the worst place for me. Sometimes i just get pissed off that i have to fight this all the time. Sorry for being so down but i think it will help. Thanks

    • NoJudge 6 months ago

      It sucks that our minds are so powerful, yet we are so powerless to the drink. The drink that makes us ugly, bloated, scared, unproductive, slow, stupid and useless. Congrats on day 10! Take all my negative words and flip them to positive words because that’s what you deserve for your efforts. You are human and life is constant learning experience. Don’t beat yourself up for learning. ❤️

      • Shell 6 months ago

        Oh Lord that made me laugh… It was pretty harsh (but true) the bloody Wine Witch has been in my ear too but im not listening to her anymore -such a lying Cow, promises everything, gives nothing but suffering .

  26. Danssurfin 7 months ago

    I quit drinking, started loving myself again, and now my girlfriend can’t stop yelling and showing me how much she loves me and is proud of my strength in giving it up. Just finished 7 night Carib cruise without one drop of alcohol. I feel blessed.

    • Danssurfin 7 months ago

      Can’t stop telling me and showing me I meant. Typo 🙂

      • bluesmum 3 months ago

        🤣yelling…

  27. Livinglife 7 months ago

    If God seems far away….Who moved ?

  28. chrisfriedberg 8 months ago

    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -King

    • Chaves 6 months ago

      Such great words.

  29. Bella1126 8 months ago

    The only person I ever lost and needed back was myself…

    • Scared 3 months ago

      So much yes

    • Freelady 7 months ago

      How true. In fact my Higher Power is my inner self. The person I knew must be inside me somewhere, but was drowning in alcohol while I was drinking.

      Having recently been tested by family problems I can honestly say that speaking to my Higher Power and determined mindfulness got me through.

      Just recalculated my days of sobriety…………3152, more than 8 years.

      It works if you work it!

      • Maxx 4 months ago

        Mindfulness is a super power

      • NoJudge 6 months ago

        love love love this!! Thank you!

    • Julielynn 7 months ago

      Me too!!

    • Lillyz 8 months ago

      I love this.

  30. Alysaght 8 months ago

    Hi every-one, I haven’t been on living sober for about 3 months, time flys when things are going well. My daughter has come out of re-hab on the 4th of January. She had lost her job just before re-hab because of her drinking. She is going into a brand new field and setting up the office administration. She will shine!! Doing really well
    I want to thank you guys for your help and advice through the really hard days, weeks and months. I am just a mother who wanted good advice to help my daughter. Cheers

  31. Worthy 9 months ago

    It’s easier to stay sober,than to get sober!

    • NoJudge 6 months ago

      ❤️??

    • truthangel 7 months ago

      So true. I certainly don’t want to go through stopping again.

    • 20012015 8 months ago

      Love this…so true

      • jenl 6 months ago

        Absolutely. More difficult each and every time. Day 1 please.

  32. carefulcarol 9 months ago

    I saw this sign on a post and am not sure who the author is. “Doubt kills more dreams then failure ever will.”

  33. sobersista 9 months ago

    Either get busy living or get busy dying – shawshank redemption

    • Bella1126 8 months ago

      Love that one!!!!

  34. Pandapower 9 months ago

    Never Underestimate The Power of Self Love and feeling BEAUTIFUL!!

    • annissa5 8 months ago

      Love this! Thank You.

  35. Dave53 9 months ago

    “Do today what you did yesterday.” I have this as a note on my fridge, to remind me that I did not drink yesterday.

    • whichisnice 6 months ago

      I’m entering it on my calendar each tomorrow. It reminds you that you Can do it because you just did!

    • AlaskaDebbie 9 months ago

      As a newbie here, I’m definitely borrowing this!

  36. Livinglife 9 months ago

    Take your addiction off the Throne and put your higher power back on the Throne

  37. MsMary 9 months ago

    I wanted to stop drinking for about two years but the day I quit for good I had woken up after a terrible night where I made a complete drunken fool of myself on so many levels. I was staying at an Air Bnb and on the bedstand was a book of quotes from the Dalai Lama. I picked it up and opened it up at a page that directly spoke to me that bleak morning:

    ‘When unfortunate things happen in our lives, there are two possible results. One possibility is mental unrest, anxiety, fear, doubt, frustration and eventually depression, and in the worst case, suicide. That’s one way. The other possibility is that because of that tragic experience, you become more realistic, you become closer to reality. With the power of investigation, the tragic experience may make you stronger and increase your self-confidence and self-reliance. The unfortunate event can be a source of inner strength.’

    I decided I would make that unfortunate event the event that was going to spur me on to quit booze for good. Not a quick mantra – but a mantra nonetheless that I take with me wherever I go now. I am now 81 days AF and amazed that I’m actually doing it! Thank you Dalai Lama! And to all the awesome people on this blog that help us AF folk to stay strong.

    • Machse6974 8 months ago

      This is awesome.

    • Dragonfly76 9 months ago

      That really speaks to me too, I’m going to stick it on the fridge!

  38. Jaxisdry 10 months ago

    ‘The wine witch never says go on just one carrot you deserve it’

  39. palphi 11 months ago

    I picked up a bible for the first time ,and just randomly picked a page ,looked down to read!,,WINE IS A MOCKER ,AND BEER IS A BRAWLER,WHOEVER Is LED ASTRAY BY THEM IS NOT WISE,I think this was a sign

    • wendyshaw 8 months ago

      That’s awesome

    • becc 10 months ago

      wow

    • Stopthatsnotme 10 months ago

      Totally feel you!

  40. Alliebean 11 months ago

    If I quit now I will be back to where I started & when I started I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.

    • Chaves 7 months ago

      Good one =)

  41. MsCarly 11 months ago

    I heard this at my first group session

    “Shoot for the moon cause if you miss you are still amongst stars”

  42. Soberkiwi 1 year ago

    “….let your sparkle replace your bubble…” whenever I would hear a great quote or saying I would often ‘doodle’ it and pin it up on the fridge.

  43. Anonymous 1 year ago

    Writing it now … gratitude
    No.1 my husband (for not leaving me)

    It’s been a steady increase in drink intake since I lost my mum. It’s become a habit and it’s shameful what I can put away and not even appear to have been drinking.
    Life has changed since kids etc – and I think I drink to numb the mundane and to remember who I was. I’m trying to get a grip on enjoying my kids and being present and not continually numbed.
    Thank you all for being inspirational – tomorrow is day 1 xx

    • Skibabe 10 months ago

      You sound just like me 🙂 Last time I got hammered, my husband said he didn’t care anymore. That hit me HARD and I knew I was on the verge of losing him. Today I stopped drinking and I have no intention of ever drinking alcohol again. I thank my lucky stars I still have him, the kids, my job, house etc. We can do this 🙂

      • Alysaght 9 months ago

        Skibabe, I hear you, my daughter has just finished an 8 week re-hab stint. She is counting her stars as well. Family so important children are so happy she is home now. good luck, keep on looking forward not back. all the best skibabe

  44. Daphnie Brown 1 year ago

    “Have a reason bigger than Alcohol”
    Have Motivation to quit!
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/230213121062330/

  45. Thorntonite 1 year ago

    “I was forever waiting for my life to get better so I could quit drinking. What I didn’t realize is that if I quit drinking, life would get better.” ~ SoberCourage.com

    • reallytrying 10 months ago

      I love this quote. So true

  46. Anonymous 1 year ago

    “When you quit drinking, you stop waiting.”

  47. sober@sixty 1 year ago

    Strive for progress, not perfection.

  48. DebECO 1 year ago

    You will never wake up in the morning wishing you’d got drunk the night before

    • floss 9 months ago

      This is so true

    • gilligan5323 11 months ago

      I love this one and it is so true

    • Chii 11 months ago

      Amen!

      • Pollyonthewagon 10 months ago

        Soooo true Looking forward to waking up grateful I don’t have a hangover

  49. DaveH 1 year ago

    I’m not who I used to be. I’m slowly becoming the person I should have been a long time ago.

    • Chaves 7 months ago

      Amazing. This ‘key’ is the reason I too am here.

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