Inspirational Quotes

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  1. MsMary 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

  2. Jaxisdry 1 year ago

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

  3. palphi 1 year 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 1 year ago


    • Stopthatsnotme 1 year ago

      Totally feel you!

  4. Alliebean 1 year 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 =)

  5. MsCarly 1 year ago

    I heard this at my first group session

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 1 year 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 1 year 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

  8. Daphnie Brown 2 years ago

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

  9. 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 1 year ago

      I love this quote. So true

  10. Anonymous 2 years ago

    “When you quit drinking, you stop waiting.”

  11. sober@sixty 2 years ago

    Strive for progress, not perfection.

  12. DebECO 2 years ago

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

    • floss 1 year ago

      This is so true

    • gilligan5323 1 year ago

      I love this one and it is so true

    • Chii 1 year ago


      • Pollyonthewagon 1 year ago

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

  13. 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.

  14. Blackbird72 2 years ago

    Sobriety gives you what alcohol promised.

    • bikramrunner45 1 year ago

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

  15. 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.

  16. Potown 2 years ago

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

  17. Todd 2 years ago

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

  18. morgan 2 years ago – Desiderata sung

    • wendyshaw 1 year ago

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. Anonymous 2 years ago

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

  22. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Been a rough ride. Need to stop.

  23. 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 10 months ago

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

  24. 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

  25. 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?

  26. Tommy 2 years ago

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

  27. MollyB 2 years ago

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

  28. Snaggletooth 2 years ago

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

  29. Colin 2 years ago

    Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one

    • Mr.Collins 2 years ago


  30. Flybynight 2 years ago

    Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve

  31. 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!

  32. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Definitely a bitter pill to swallow. Thanks for sharing.

  33. macy 2 years ago

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

  34. 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.”

  35. 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 !!!!

  36. Anonymous 2 years ago

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

  37. CynthiaCB 2 years ago

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

  38. Emj0101 2 years ago

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

  39. SunshineStace 2 years ago

    Saw this in the community area (courtesy of @amy), and reposting here because its brilliant:

    It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives. ~Marianne Williamson

  40. freedom1025 2 years ago

    Addiction is not your fault, but recovery is your responsibility.

    • Weeraca 2 years ago

      Love this !!

    • ajenks 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing

  41. Roostina 2 years ago

    This from John Lennon (or possibly a Brazilian writer):

    “Everything will be OK in the end. And if it’s not OK, it’s not the end”.

    • petaswan 1 year ago

      This is my favourite quote!

  42. DaveH 2 years ago

    “If you do not change direction you will probably end up where you are headed”

    • CynthiaCB 2 years ago

      I really like that expression/quote — thanks, Cynthia

  43. Gaming club 2 years ago

    Nice one

  44. Gaming club 2 years ago

    Ahahha. Nice

  45. Nikkaz20 2 years ago

    Dont compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 50 …we’re all at different stages on our own journeys

  46. hopefuldot 2 years ago

    To myself NEVER AGAIN. I too am stronger than my addiction.

  47. Anonymous 3 years ago

    Thank you soo much for your words, that what I needed to hear!

  48. Anonymous 3 years ago

    Soo true! Thank you.

  49. roulette72 3 years ago

    My Graduation Spiritlifter from Rehab
    “The Past is the Past learn the Tools to Deal with the Past, The Future is the Future Gain the Knowledge to Make it a good Future, Today is Today Just For Today Make the Most of Today”

    • PeteJ 2 years ago

      so cool – thankyou.

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