Inspirational Quotes

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  1. Gojugirl75 2 years ago

    If I have just one I’ll be back where I started. Where I started is wishing I was where I am today.

  2. ozzie 2 years ago

    From another post (apologies, I didn’t note down the original poster):
    “No one regrets being sober”.

    • mysoberself 8 months ago

      This is so good and just what I needed today. Thank you.

    • travelgal 2 years ago

      So true! Nothing to regret!?

      • houghton2020 1 year ago

        LOVE this!

  3. kristen2321 2 years ago

    Hi all. Brand new and 2 days sober. Scared and trying to be strong. A work in progress!!

    • Sunshinydays 2 years ago

      How did you go?

  4. swp 2 years ago

    Sixty days sober is a great day to say if I can do 60 then lets go for 90 but remember one day at a time matters most.

  5. Delta007 2 years ago

    Good morning world… today is day 18 of my brand new clean life ! My morning anthem is from Frankie goes to Hollywood… Relax don’t do it, when you wanna go do it… the rest of the words I can’t even admit to knowing !

  6. Linda 2 years ago

    This is one of my favorite quotes that reminds me how precious life is.
    Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery,
    life is a gift that’s why it’s called the present!

  7. KateA 2 years ago

    My favourite saying at the moment is a Chinese proverb: ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’ It makes me feel really positive about changes that I am making at the moment in my life and not regret the past.

    • Picklepod 2 years ago

      I love your Inspirational Quote! So true… Thank you for posting 🙂

  8. Lynn 2 years ago

    From Jason Vale’s book “Kick the Drink… Easily”:
    “A craving is nothing more than an internal expression of they way you perceive a product; perceive it [alcohol] for what it really is and you won’t have the craving.”

    • Lynn 2 years ago

      *the* not *they*

  9. RB2019 2 years ago

    Just read this in the Sober Stories:

    Matt: Be kind to yourself. You might slip up. You might question yourself. But remember why you made the decision to quit and keep going towards your goal. Be patient. It takes time but gradually things get easier. You can do it!

  10. 2 years 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!

  11. Saoirse 2 years 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.

  12. memejacobs 2 years ago

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

    • noboozeanymore 2 years ago

      Love this!!!!!

    • joaninha 2 years 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 ?

  13. Noora 2 years ago

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

    • Tara Felker 2 years 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.

  14. Noora 2 years ago

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

    • sarahjd1973 2 years ago

      I like this – thank you

    • zodiacdebra 2 years ago

      How you act reveals who you are

      In my current distress that is helping me be honest with….myself.

  15. Rachieroo1984 2 years ago

    Shame is a soul eating emotion

  16. Firefly13 2 years ago

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

  17. DaveH 2 years ago

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

  18. LauraLi 2 years 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

    • wendyd 2 years ago

      That’s a great one thanks

    • Karin11 2 years ago

      Amazing and so true!

  19. JulieK 2 years 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”

    • JM_be 2 years ago

      Yes so true, spend your morning focusing on the good and the beautiful, be kind to yourself and get through another day.

    • TinaPai 2 years 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.

  20. suzkep 2 years 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

  21. fasteddie 2 years 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

  22. fasteddie 2 years 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.

  23. E S BARNETT 2 years 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.

  24. ditchick 2 years 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 years ago

      Very true

    • Chaves 2 years ago

      Oh my. That does seem to be so.

  25. reallytrying 2 years 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

  26. docherjo 2 years 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.

    • Sunshinydays 2 years ago

      Hi there
      Can you be honest with yourself and truely say you will only have a glass or 2. Even though you know that amount won’t give you the buzz you want. You will just frustrate yourself and feel weak. It’s like torturing yourself. Alcohol is addictive and your body and brain will crave more to reach the level you have created that it needs to reach before you get the feeling you crave. That level is not the bodies natural state and all your organs are suffering to maintain that false, unhealthy level you have created. You are poisoning yourself. That is a fact. If you could only have a glass or 2, don’t you think you would have already.

    • E S BARNETT 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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. 🙂

  27. Phantom309 2 years ago

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

  28. kate3865 2 years ago

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

  29. marioa. 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  30. Shell 2 years ago

    The best way to predict the future is to create it

    • dingram4 2 years ago

      One of my favs. I have it typed and on my office board.

  31. Alliebean 2 years 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… ?❤️

  32. sheaney5 3 years ago

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

    • Tylee 2 years ago


    • NoJudge 3 years 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.

  33. Beasleyyy 3 years 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

    • zodiacdebra 2 years ago

      Day 3 for me. I’ve made so many empty promises. But the fact my family and some close friends know and watch me with suspicious minds….and fair enough….just made me more sneaky and a bald faced liar..tho more accountable also. I have woken up in jail…lost a good job for drinking at lunchtime….and ruined my last relationship with a fantastic man. And worse and more. I’ve been doing this for years and it only gets more and more out of control. I’m seeing physical problems for the first time. I’m completely sick of it all. I liked this quote I saw recently…..I dont drink. Because I drank it all.
      Used to be wine now its whatever I could get my hands on. Its madness. I really want to stop and am telling myself it will be easy…because I think that may help me worry less. This site and other books etc are really helping me. If others can attest to a better life af I can and so can others. They prove it’s possible. I may be optimistic on the easy bit!!!

    • Maxx 2 years ago

      Good luck good for you

    • Carolinaw 2 years 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.

      • Lizard 1 year ago

        I’m on day 13 after drinking a bottle and a half most nights for a very long time. Been doing lots of reading and am inspired by all your stories. Sick to death of blacking out, hang overs and saying things to friends I’d never say if I was sober. Reminding myself alcohol is poison and support from my partner and friends is keeping me sober. Feeling very proud, clear headed and sleeping better. I’m doing dry July, taking a day at a time and plan/hope to continue, sadly I don’t think I can just have one or two, so best to just cut it completely. I’m looking forward to not feeling sad about not being able to drink, reading all the stories it does seem that for everyone who has given up, life is better without the booze.

    • Shell 2 years 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 3 years 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

  34. Leese 3 years 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 3 years 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 2 years 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 .

  35. Danssurfin 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

      • bluesmum 2 years ago


  36. Livinglife 3 years ago

    If God seems far away….Who moved ?

  37. chrisfriedberg 3 years 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 2 years ago

      Such great words.

  38. Bella1126 3 years ago

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

    • Scared 2 years ago

      So much yes

    • Freelady 3 years 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 2 years ago

        Mindfulness is a super power

      • NoJudge 3 years ago

        love love love this!! Thank you!

    • Julielynn 3 years ago

      Me too!!

    • Lillyz 3 years ago

      I love this.

  39. Alysaght 3 years 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

  40. Worthy 3 years ago

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

    • NoJudge 3 years ago


    • truthangel 3 years ago

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

    • 20012015 3 years ago

      Love this…so true

      • jenl 3 years ago

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

  41. carefulcarol 3 years ago

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

  42. sobersista 3 years ago

    Either get busy living or get busy dying – shawshank redemption

    • Bella1126 3 years ago

      Love that one!!!!

  43. Pandapower 3 years ago

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

    • annissa5 3 years ago

      Love this! Thank You.

  44. Dave53 3 years 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 2 years ago

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

    • AlaskaDebbie 3 years ago

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

  45. Livinglife 3 years ago

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

  46. MsMary 3 years 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 3 years ago

      This is awesome.

    • Dragonfly76 3 years ago

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

  47. Jaxisdry 3 years ago

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

  48. palphi 3 years 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 3 years ago

      That’s awesome

    • becc 3 years ago


    • Stopthatsnotme 3 years ago

      Totally feel you!

  49. Alliebean 3 years 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 3 years ago

      Good one =)

  50. MsCarly 3 years ago

    I heard this at my first group session

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

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