92 Inspiring Quotes to Help You in Addiction Recovery

best sobriety addiction recovery quotes

  1. “Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”― Henry Ward Beecher
  2. “My main focus in sobriety has been to replace fear with faith or love.”― Steve-O
  3. “My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!”― Habeeb Akande
  4. “Perfect reason flees all extremity, and leads one to be wise with sobriety.”― Moliere
  5. “Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.”― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
  6. “Everything must be carried out in extreme sobriety.”― Gabriele Nanni
  7. “First, Resolve upon, and daily endeavour to practise, a life of seriousness and strict sobriety.”― David Brainerd
  8. “I have other obligations now – the show, my family, my life… though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.”― Rob Lowe
  9. “I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday’s gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That’s why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift… for those who are willing to receive it.”― Ace Frehley, No Regrets: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir
  10. “I think it’s important for me to show the world that sobriety hasn’t made me soft. I’m on a mission to prove I’m still a nutcase.”― Steve-O
  11. “I’ve always believed clear-eyed sobriety was for the harder hearted.”― Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects
  12. “I’ve been sober now for a couple of years and I’m taking my sobriety very seriously – one day at a time and I am moving forward in my career.”― Daniel Baldwin
  13. “It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.”― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  14. “Sobriety and health is the greatest thing.”― Jeff Bridges
  15. “Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.”― Pythagoras
  16. “The thing is, if I don’t have sobriety, I don’t have anything.”― Matthew Perry
  17. “There are women succeeding beyond their wildest dreams because of their sobriety.”― Mary Karr
  18. “There is no better high than discovery.”― Edward O. Wilson
  19. “There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.”― John Ciardi
  20. “When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story
  21. “You can’t legislate sobriety.”― Robert Zemeckis
  22. “Amazing how we can light tomorrow with today.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  23. “As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.” – Katharine Hepburn
  24. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
  25. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  26. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
  27. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  29. “Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” – Brian Tracy
  30. “Every noble work is at first impossible.” – Thomas Carlyle
  31. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
  32. “Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  33. “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank
  34. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb
  35. “Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.” – J. Petit Senn
  36. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Brontë
  37. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
  38. “I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson
  39. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali
  40. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks
  41. “I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.” – Robert Downey Jr.
  42. “I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.” – Samuel L. Jackson
  43. “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  44. “If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Roger Babson
  45. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Zen proverb
  46. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan
  47. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  48. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra
  49. “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  50. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.” – Albert Camus
  51. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  52. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell
  53. “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” – Agnes Repplier
  54. “It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you.” – Russell Brand
  55. “Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.” – Theodore T. Hunger
  56. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  57. “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” – Bernard Williams
  58. “Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.” – Brian Tracy
  59. “Not feeling is no replacement for reality. Your problems today are still your problems tomorrow.” – Larry Michael Dredla
  60. “Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn
  61. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  62. “Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.” – Chinese proverb
  63. “People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.” – Bill Cosby
  64. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
  65. “Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again.” – Shane Niemeyer
  66. “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Carrie Fisher
  67. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  68. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb
  69. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  70. “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  71. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard
  72. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
  73. “The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
  74. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  75. “The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now.” – Bill Cosby
  76. “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin
  77. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
  78. “To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life.” – Samuel Johnson
  79. “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
  80. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Charlotte Whitton
  81. “We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely … change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.” – George Sheehan
  82. “What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.” – Alice Miller
  83. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  84. “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  85. “What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” – Hecato
  86. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  87. “When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. Believe me, it has nothing new to say.” – Unknown
  88. “When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.” – Meredith Bell
  89. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  90. “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
  91. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  92. “When we think of addicts, we seldom associate the word discrimination.” ― Asa Don Brown

Patrick Cooper

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