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. Anonymous 4 years ago

    Definitely a bitter pill to swallow. Thanks for sharing.

  2. macy 5 years ago

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

  3. DaveH 5 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.”

  4. Emptynest 5 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 !!!!

  5. Anonymous 5 years ago

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

  6. CynthiaCB 5 years ago

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

    • Time2BReal 2 years ago

      I like that sentiment. I agree. Amen!

  7. Emj0101 5 years ago

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

  8. SunshineStace 5 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

  9. freedom1025 5 years ago

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

    • Weeraca 4 years ago

      Love this !!

    • ajenks 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing

  10. Roostina 5 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 4 years ago

      This is my favourite quote!

  11. DaveH 5 years ago

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

    • CynthiaCB 5 years ago

      I really like that expression/quote — thanks, Cynthia

  12. Gaming club 5 years ago

    Nice one

  13. Gaming club 5 years ago

    Ahahha. Nice

  14. Nikkaz20 5 years ago

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

  15. hopefuldot 5 years ago

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

  16. Anonymous 5 years ago

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

  17. Anonymous 5 years ago

    Soo true! Thank you.

  18. roulette72 5 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 5 years ago

      so cool – thankyou.

  19. mindful mama 5 years ago

    I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself I’m not.

    • houghton2020 2 years ago

      Thanks SO much. Excellent quote

    • NinaR 4 years ago

      Rock on!! This one really resonates with me, because everyone in my life wants to see me as having quit drinking because it didn’t agree with me, or it was just a bad habit, or as though I finally lost those 5 pounds: I’ve kept the magnitude of my sobriety to myself for four years and I want to kind of scream: I HAVE TO BE SOBER. SOBER IS WHAT I AM. IT’S NOT LIKE GIVING UP SALT OR STOPPING BITING MY NAILS. MY SOBRIETY IS SO BIG THAT I ACTUALLY WANT TO CALL MYSELF AN ALCOHOLIC, TO GET ACROSS THE VASTNESS OF HOW IT FEELS TO GO TO SLEEP AND WAKE UP SOBER EVERY DAY!!!
      Ok, thanks, I needed to get that off my chest.

    • macy 5 years ago

      Love this quote

    • Jynx 5 years ago

      Love it!

    • CarolB 5 years ago

      Excellent quote

  20. Anonymous 5 years ago

    Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, “Oh Crap! She’s up.”

    • mareej 4 years ago

      I love it

    • IslandOne 4 years ago

      Love this one.

    • SummerCruise 5 years ago

      Love this! Thanks for posting

    • Iowadawn 5 years ago


  21. Slm169 5 years ago

    The devil once whispered in my ear, “your not strong enough to withstand this storm” today I whispered back in the devils ear I AM THE F@&KN STORM!

    Stay strong out there!

    • sainty 5 years ago

      I LOVE THIS!

  22. ireallywantto 5 years ago

    When no one else believed in me, I did.

    I’m feeling very alone but very positive. This will be my first sober weekend since Nov 2003, the month I quit breastfeeding my son.

  23. Anonymous 5 years ago

    NEVER give up

  24. Maryboo 5 years ago


    • Alysaght 5 years ago

      OBSERVE YOURSELF WITH CURIOSITY NOT JUDGEMENT; I just had to repeat this, it hit home

  25. morgan 5 years ago
  26. Shebe 5 years ago

    This is the first day of the rest of your .

  27. Laurel Herndon 5 years ago

    This is so very true, someone has walked in my shoes. Thank you

  28. morgan 6 years ago – Rest in these beautiful words.

  29. Kendal 6 years ago

    In early recovery I was told to….

    “Take the cotton wool out my ears and put it in my mouth.”

    “Don’t pick up the first drink, then I cant pick up the second”

    “One drink is too many and 1000 never enough”

    After I took action on the first suggestion I was able to listen to hundreds more sayings that would arm me with strength and hope. But the best thing I continue to hear is…..

    “Keep coming back, it works when you work at it!”.

  30. monica 6 years ago


  31. Tshoene 6 years ago

    Triying to quit alcohol

  32. Fanoel 6 years ago

    Good morning, all going well today, keep up the good work everyone. Thanks

  33. JanB 6 years ago

    “Sign on to a process and see where it takes you. You don’t have to invent the wheel every day. Today you’ll do what you did yesterday, tomorrrow you’ll do what you did today. Eventually you’ll get somewhere”

    Chuck Close, “Note to Self”

  34. booklover 6 years ago

    “I am stronger than my addiction” this quote really helps me cope with difficult times.

  35. Rangerdanger 6 years ago

    Aloha Switchedon
    Thank you for this! It allows me to see my slip need not be a total slide back down into the the daily numbing that turns into daily remorse which turns into…….

  36. Gary 6 years ago

    In the end it has always come down to one single thing. Choice. When we talk to ourselves with our inner voice, someone in that conversation has to be strong, honest and compassionate. We can be loved by many, provided so much support in so many ways. But it will always come down to yourself. You are the only one that can give you a victory over your addiction. It is hard. Hard emotionally, hard spiritually, and for me it was and is lonely. Each day was my fight, my honest conversation with myself. I had to be my best disciplinarian as well as my best friend. Part of what made my struggle so hard and twisted was how much I would browbeat myself when I relapsed. And I relapsed often. I would then begin again a slow but steady spiral into my darker self. In feeling bad, I would pour in more beer trying to feel better, only to feel worse. With time, and much older, my journeys with my drinking became progressively longer, darker, sadder, and it took so much more effort and mental gymnastics to climb out.

  37. Lillyby 6 years ago

    Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. – C.S. Lewis

    • sophia2 5 years ago

      Great quote !!

    • kew 6 years ago

      wow! thank you for sharing this

  38. Jellybaby 6 years ago

    Early days for me but this hit home…

    I am sorry for the
    person I became.
    I am sorry it took me
    so long for me to change.
    I am ready to be sure,
    that I never become
    that way again,
    ‘Cos who I am hates
    who I’ve been.

  39. MsM 6 years ago

    If you don’t like the road you’re on, start paving a new one

  40. Vann Dassing 6 years ago

    I don’t know Who, or What, put the question. I don’t know when it was put. I don’t even remember answering. But, at some moment, I did answer Yes to Someone, or Something, and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life, in self-surrender had a goal.

  41. morgan 6 years ago

    With That Moon Language
    Admit something:
    Everyone yo see, you say to them,
    “Love me.”
    Of course you do not do this out loud;
    Someone would call the cops.
    Still though, think about this,
    this great pull in us to connect.
    Why not become the one
    Who lives with a full moon in each eye
    that is always saying
    With that sweet moon
    What every other eye in this world
    Is dying to

  42. Catherine39 6 years ago

    I love my children more than I love my bottle

    • Lillyby 6 years ago

      Love that!

  43. bob.k 6 years ago

    Being happy does not mean every thing is perfect it means I have decided to see beyond the imperfections

  44. anna Bowman 6 years ago

    You were GIVEN this life, because you are strong enough to live it!

  45. Anonymous 6 years ago

    Love the story

  46. Awip 6 years ago

    I feel like an eagle flying in the sky
    Floating on the current soaring up on high

    The power within me rushes through my veins
    So I fly on even higher
    My feathers wet with rain

    My heart pumps louder
    I feel like a new me
    No more drinking
    I feel I am set free

  47. Prudence 6 years ago

    I prayed for change, so I changed my mind
    I prayed for guidance and learned to trust myself
    I prayed for happiness and realised I am not my ego
    I prayed for peace and learned to accept others unconditionally
    I prayed for abundance and realised my doubt kept it out
    I prayed for wealth and realised it is my health
    I prayed for a miracle and realised I am the miracle
    I prayed for a sole mate and realised I an the ONE
    I prayed for love and realised it’s always knocking, but I have to allow it in

  48. SeedsOfTitanium 6 years ago

    At a meeting the other night, I was 3 days out of rehab and afraid of a future where I might drink again. I was sat there, listening to the share, all feared up and drowning inside. Then, as if it was meant to be, the guy ended his share with this;

    “Your attitude to recovery really depends on your relationship with fear. How do you define FEAR? Is it ‘F*** Everything And Run’, or ‘Face Everything And Recover’? Because the attitude you choose is the game-changer.”

  49. Anonymous 6 years ago

    This is not my work. It’s just something I really liked so I want 2 share it with ya’ll.
    I drank for joy and became miserable.

    I drank to be outgoing and became self centered.

    I drank to be sociable and became lonely.

    I drank for friendship and made enemies.

    I drank to soften sorrow and wallowed in self-pity.

    I drank for sleep and awakened without rest.

    I drank for strength and felt weak.

    I drank for relaxation and got the shakes.

    I drank for confidence and felt unsure

    I drank for courage and became afraid

    I drank for assurance and became doubtful

    I drank to forget thoughts and had blackouts

    I drank for conversation and tied my tongue

    I drank to be in heaven and I came to know hell

    I drank to forget and became haunted

    I drank for freedom and became a slave (of alcohol)

    I drank to ease problems and saw them multiply

    I drank to cope with life and invited death.

    I drank because I had the ‘right’ to and everything turned out wrong.

    Said this fellow, ‘It must have taken a bunch of booze to get you in this shape?

    I said, ‘Just one. For me one is too many and a thousand isn’t enough.’

    by Ruby Mae Heard

  50. BackwoodsGal 6 years ago

    “To whom do I owe my greatest apology? No one has been crueler than I’ve been to me.”
    Alanis Morissette

    • soberorbust 6 years ago

      I like that one. So much truth to it.

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