Inspirational Quotes

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  1. Danssurfin 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

      • bluesmum 1 year ago


  2. Livinglife 1 year ago

    If God seems far away….Who moved ?

  3. chrisfriedberg 1 year 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 1 year ago

      Such great words.

  4. Bella1126 1 year ago

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

    • Scared 1 year ago

      So much yes

    • Freelady 1 year 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 1 year ago

        Mindfulness is a super power

      • NoJudge 1 year ago

        love love love this!! Thank you!

    • Julielynn 1 year ago

      Me too!!

    • Lillyz 1 year ago

      I love this.

  5. Alysaght 1 year 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

  6. Worthy 2 years ago

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

    • NoJudge 1 year ago


    • truthangel 1 year ago

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

    • 20012015 1 year ago

      Love this…so true

      • jenl 1 year ago

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

  7. carefulcarol 2 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.”

  8. sobersista 2 years ago

    Either get busy living or get busy dying – shawshank redemption

    • Bella1126 1 year ago

      Love that one!!!!

  9. Pandapower 2 years ago

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

    • annissa5 1 year ago

      Love this! Thank You.

  10. Dave53 2 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 1 year ago

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

    • AlaskaDebbie 2 years ago

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

  11. Livinglife 2 years ago

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

  12. MsMary 2 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 1 year ago

      This is awesome.

    • Dragonfly76 2 years ago

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

  13. Jaxisdry 2 years ago

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

  14. palphi 2 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 1 year ago

      That’s awesome

    • becc 2 years ago


    • Stopthatsnotme 2 years ago

      Totally feel you!

  15. Alliebean 2 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 1 year ago

      Good one =)

  16. MsCarly 2 years ago

    I heard this at my first group session

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

  17. Soberkiwi 2 years 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.

  18. Anonymous 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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

  19. Daphnie Brown 2 years ago

    “Have a reason bigger than Alcohol”
    Have Motivation to quit!

  20. Thorntonite 2 years 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.” ~

    • reallytrying 2 years ago

      I love this quote. So true

  21. Anonymous 2 years ago

    “When you quit drinking, you stop waiting.”

  22. sober@sixty 2 years ago

    Strive for progress, not perfection.

  23. DebECO 2 years ago

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

    • floss 2 years ago

      This is so true

    • gilligan5323 2 years ago

      I love this one and it is so true

    • Chii 2 years ago


      • Pollyonthewagon 2 years ago

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

  24. DaveH 2 years ago

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

    • Chaves 1 year ago

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

  25. Blackbird72 2 years ago

    Sobriety gives you what alcohol promised.

    • bikramrunner45 2 years ago

      My favorite of all the quotes. So, so true!

  26. Vodcath 2 years ago

    If we could put how we felt in a bottle,after a drinking binge,and took it out,every time we were faced with the temptation to have ‘just one!’we would definitely remember,why we never want to drink again.

  27. Potown 2 years ago

    There is nothing that can happen to you that a drink won’t make worse.

  28. Todd 2 years ago

    For me “one drink is too many and not enough all at the same time”…

  29. morgan 2 years ago – Desiderata sung

    • wendyshaw 1 year ago

      Thank you for that Morgan, it really spoke to my soul

  30. sobere 2 years ago

    “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If i am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?

    – Hillel the Elder

  31. morgan 2 years ago
    • AnnFromCanada 1 year ago

      Thank you @morgan I know you posted this a long time ago but it is incredible.

    • Groove19 1 year ago

      Wow, thanks for sharing this @Morgan. I felt like he read my soul & put it to paper.

    • Pixie2017 2 years ago

      That was awesome. Thanks for sharing the link.

    • Freesia 2 years ago

      Thanks @morgan – I loved that writing on the link you shared. .. I liked the “Just because you always have doesn’t mean you always have to” so simple, but so freeing.

  32. Anonymous 2 years ago

    i face day 1 …again tomorrow
    look forward to feeling the same way

  33. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Been a rough ride. Need to stop.

  34. Saoirse 2 years ago

    “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    • AndIan 1 year ago

      That is so so true. My internal battles are immense, no one knows the pain and guilt of the interminable losses.

  35. Anonymous 2 years ago

    “Pursue not the outer entanglements; Dwell not in the inner void; Be serene in the oneness of things; And dualism vanishes by itself.”

    Seng Tsan

  36. Tommy 2 years ago

    I would like to give you an assignment. Get a notebook and write a gratitude list. From the smallest things to the grandest, every thing you a grateful for today. Watch how it will change your day. The universe wants to use you today for great things… are you going to let it?

  37. Tommy 2 years ago

    When you drink alcohol, you are just borrowing happiness from tomorrow.

  38. MollyB 2 years ago

    “She stood in the storm & when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.”

  39. Snaggletooth 2 years ago

    My worst day sober is better than my best day drinking.

  40. Colin 2 years ago

    Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one

    • Mr.Collins 2 years ago


  41. Flybynight 2 years ago

    Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve

  42. Anonymous 2 years ago

    A journey of 1000 miles starst with a single step.
    Not sure who first said it, but its resonating with me at the present!

  43. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Definitely a bitter pill to swallow. Thanks for sharing.

  44. macy 2 years ago

    I would rather go through life sober wishing I was drunk then go through life drunk wishing I was sober

  45. DaveH 2 years ago

    “I still have a long way to go, but I’m already so far from where I used to be, and I’m proud of that.”

  46. Emptynest 2 years ago

    Well I made it through day one , didn’t realise how long an evening was without wine . Feels really good to wake up rested & ready for another wine free day , well done me , feeling proud of myself !!!!

  47. Anonymous 2 years ago

    “If we always do what we always did! We will always get what we always got!”

  48. CynthiaCB 2 years ago

    God didn’t bring me this far to drop me off here.

  49. Emj0101 2 years ago

    I didn’t come this far only to come this far.

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