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Quotes That Help You Make It Through Today: Addicted To Words
By Keith Needham

Hi, I am a recovering addict and alcoholic who has also suffered with depression, anxiety and OCD.  I enjoy reading self-help books and articles about recovery.  These writings give me hope and I wish to do the same for others.  I feel that one quote can touch your heart as much as a whole book.  I have compiled an article with quotes to inspire one to achieve greatness and maximize their potential.    


Once you begin to believe in yourself, others will begin to believe in you.
Once you place a high value on yourself, others will value you as well.
Your dreams and goals become a reality to the extent that you pour yourself into them.
Create your own belief system and feel the power of the words “I can” and “I will.”
Change your thoughts and you will literally transform your life and the world.
Everyone who has achieved greatness or fulfillment in life started out with a dream . . . an unlimited power to create lies within you.
There is always a way to make victory out of adversity, so long as you keep focused on answers and solutions.
To get to where you want to go, it’s important to understand where you’ve been.  But don’t let what happen yesterday affect your positive outlook today or your hopes for the future.
The means create the ends – and the ends will be great if the means is love.


~George Bernard Shaw

You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say, “Why not?”

~L.P. Hartley

“The past is a foreign country.  They do things differently there.”

~Wally Amos

“Commitment is the match that lights the fire.”

~Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

~Julius Caesar

“Veni, vidi, vici.” (I came, I saw, I conquered.)

~A phrase from A Course in Miracles

“To believe in your littleness is arrogant because it means you think your evaluation of yourself is truer than God’s.”

~General George Patton

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

~Dr. Karl Menninger

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”

~Hugh Downs

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”


“Do not consider painful what is good for you.”

~Muhammad Ali

“But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

~Tommy Lasorda

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.”

~Jim Rohn

“. . . escape is easier than change.”

 ~George Elliot

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

 ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”

~John Barrymore

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”

~Markus Zusac

“Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart.”

~Dr. Johnson

“God himself, sir, does not propose to judge man until the end of his days.  Why then should you and I?”

~The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda says,

“Do, or do not.  There is no try.”

~Shakespeare’s Polonius counseled Laertes in Hamlet

“This above all: to thine ownself be true.”

~Vince Lombardi

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.  Hard work is the price we must pay for success.  I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.”

~Edgar Allen Poe

“Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.”

 ~Benjamin R. Barber

“Injuries too well remembered cannot heal.”

~Edmund Burke

“Applaud us when we run, console us when we fall, cheer us when we recover.”

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”

~William Saroyan

“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.”

~Arthur Schopenhauer

“Books are humanity in print.”

~Todd Ruthman

“Sometimes you earn more by doing jobs that pay nothing.”


“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

~Boyd K. Packer

“Faith is the power, obedience the sacrifice, love the means, Christ the reason.”

~Native American Saying

“When the pupil is ready the teacher will appear.”

~Pierce Brosnan

“Education isn’t a result.  It’s a process.”

~Malcolm X

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”


“Character development is the great, if not the sole, aim of education.”


“It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.”

~Ted Koppel

“To face despair and not give in to it, that’s courage.”

~Robert Anthony

“Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.”

~John Churton Collins

“In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity, we know our friends.”

~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Our character is what we do when no one is looking.”

~Emily Dickerson

“That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

~Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Words that enlighten are more precious than jewels.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

~Greece King’s Guard

“All men have fears, but the brave put down there fears and go forward, sometimes to death, but always to victory.”

~Walt Disney

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

~Pat Riley

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

~Max Lucado

“You can change your life by changing your heart.”

~Gloria Steinem

“Clinging to the past is the problem.  Embracing change is the answer.”

~Bill Cosby

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

~David O. McKay

“Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that the power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.”

~Walter Hagan

“Don’t hurry.  Don’t worry.  You’re only here for a short visit.”

~Earl Nightingale

“The secret to happiness is keeping your mind on the things you want and off the things you don’t want.

~Tom Bradley

“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”

~Anais Nin

“Dreams are essential to life.”

~Colleen Grant

“If you can fix the thing that worries you, then fix it, otherwise don’t waste precious time or energy on it.”

~Soren Kierkegaard

“Most men pursue pleasure with such reckless haste that they hurry past it.”

 ~Charles Caleb Colton

“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”

~Helen Keller

“When one door closes, another one opens.  Often we look so long at the closed door, that we do not see the one that has been opened.”

 ~Cornel West

“Faith is stepping out on nothing and landing on something.”

~Guillaume Apollinaire

“Come to the edge,” He said.  They said, “We are afraid.”  “Come to the edge,” He said.  They came.  He pushed them . . . And they flew.

~African Proverb

“It is not what I call you, it’s what you answer to: But if you don’t know who you are, anyone can name you.  If anybody can name you, you will answer to anything.”

~Dr. Joseph F. Montague

“You do not get stomach ulcers from what you eat.  You get ulcers from what is eating you.”

~Dr. Alexis Carrel

“Those who do not know how to fight worry die young.”

~Ralph Marston

“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.  You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others, without being crippled by your own judgment.”

~Oprah Winfrey

“Energy is the essence of life.  Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”

~William Arthur Ward

“We are more than what we do . . . much more than what we accomplish . . . far more than what we possess.”

~Chris Needham

“Happiness in life is not measured by the things we achieve, the places we go, or the route we take to get there.  Happiness in life is measured by the people that we share all of our experiences with.”

~Reinhold Niebuhr

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

 ~Larry Stockstill, The Love of God

“Once you perceive, you pursue.  Once you pursue, you receive.”

~Andrea Boydston

“If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance.”

~Christian Furchtegoft Gellert

“Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.”

~Elbert Hubbard

“Happiness is a habit – Cultivate it.”

“Do not take life seriously – You will never get out of it alive.”

~Chinese Proverb

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.”

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”

~Robert Schuller

“You have to say what you are if you want to become what you wish to be.”

“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.”

~Henry Ford

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again . . . more intelligently.”

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.”

~Dr. Joyce Brothers

“The best proof of love is trust.”

“When you forgive, you gain strength and come out a winner.”

 ~Abraham Lincoln

“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.”

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”

~Albert Einstein

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“A clever person solves a problem.  A wise person avoids it.”

 ~Napoleon Hill

“A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.”

“Plan your work and work your plan.”


“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

“Never discourage anyone . . . who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

 ~Brian Tracey

“Develop your willpower so that you can make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

“Learn something new.  Try something different.  Convince yourself that you have no limits.”

 ~G. K. Chesterton

“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.”

“Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.”

~A Church Sign

“Be a fountain, not a drain.”

“What is missing from CH__CH?  U R”


“Failure is not the worst thing in the world.  The very worst thing is not to try.”

“Some people grin and bear it; others smile and do it.”


“The mind is everything; what you think, you become.”

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

~William Shakespeare

“We know what we are, but we know not what we may be.”

“Be great in act, as you have been in thought.”

  ~From Watermelon Magic

“Remember, success is a journey, not a destination.”

“Your goal should be to grow through life, not go through life.”

 ~Dale Carnegie

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying.  It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.”

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”


“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.”

“Success is dependent on effort.”

~Oscar Wilde

“Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.”

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

“A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”

~Marcus Aelius Aurelius

“It is not death a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”

“Very little is needed to make a happy life.”

“You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.”

~Mark Twain

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

“The best way to cheer yourself up, is to cheer someone else up.”

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

 ~Norman Vincent Peale

“The man who lives for himself is a failure; the man who lives for others has achieved true success.”

“And if the mind thinks with a believing attitude one can do amazing things.”

“The greatest measure of a human being isn’t how he handles himself when things are going well, but how he handles himself when things are going badly, when defeat comes.”

~Dalai Lama

“When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.”

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”

~William James

“Be not afraid of life.  Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create that fact.”

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

~Brian Keith Needham

“A smart man reads, a wise man applies what he reads.”

“Some of the most successful people are also some of the worst failures.”

“Our heart never changes, it’s our mind that does.”

~Zig Ziglar

“Other people and things can stop you temporarily.  You’re the only one who can do it permanently.”

Failure is an event, not a person.  Yesterday ended last night.”

“Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.”

 ~Rudyard Kipling

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”

“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.”

~Martin Luther King

“A lie cannot live.”

“The time is always right to do the right thing.”

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

 ~Thomas Paine

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”

“It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself.”

 ~Henry David Thoreau

“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.”

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”

“Goodness is the only investment which never fails.”

“My friend is one . . . who takes me for what I am.”

 ~James Allen

“Right thinking begins with the words we say to ourselves.”

“If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”

“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.”

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you.  You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”


“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – – that is the myth of the atomic age – – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

“To lose patience is to lose the battle.”

“There would be no one to frighten you if you refused to be afraid.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

 ~Nelson Mandela

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

 ~Benjamin Franklin

“Whatever you become be good at it.”

“Well done is better than well said.”

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

“A good example is the best sermon.”


“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”

“A thousand mile journey begins with the first step.”


“We are always in our own company.”

“I was in darkness, but I took three steps and found myself in Paradise.  The first step was a good thought, the second, a good word; and the third, a good deed.”

“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions – – as attempts to find out something.  Success and failure are for him answers above all.”

Out of life’s school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.”

~Gordon B. Hinckley

“It is never too late to learn.”

“Things will work out.  Keep trying.  Be believing.  Don’t get discouraged.  Things will work out.”

“Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.”

“The cause of most of man’s unhappiness is sacrificing what he wants most for what he wants now.”

“If life gets too hard to stand, kneel.”

“You have not failed until you quit trying.”

“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured.”

 ~Winston Churchill

“If you are going through hell, keep going.”

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A hero is a man who is afraid to run away.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

“Every man I meet is my superior in some way.  In that, I learn of him.”

“Give all to love; obey thy heart.”

“The ancestor of every action is a thought.”

“The sun shines after every storm; there is a solution to every problem, and the soul’s highest duty is to be of good cheer.”

“A friend may well be reckoned as the Masterpiece of Nature.”


“Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free.”

“Never judge a day by its weather.”

“I can alter my life by altering the attitude of my mind.”

“The control center of your life is your attitude.”

“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.”

“Achieving starts with believing.”

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.  But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

“Tis better to buy a small bouquet and give it to your friend this very day, than a bushel of roses white and red to lay on his coffin after he’s dead.”

“If you can find at least one positive outcome in each instance of adversity and focus on the positive, before long, from the bitterness will come sweetness.”

“Your future is determined by the seed you are planting today.”

“In the darkest hour the soul is replenished and given strength to continue and endure.”

“Never be afraid to do something new.  Remember, amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic.”


 The White Chariot

During your journey on your final flight home.
White wings will carry you and you will be flown.
To the pearly gates of Heaven, where they will usher you in.
To the feet of your Lord, your Saviour, and your friend.
He will hold you in his arms and the angels will sing.
As another one of His children is delivered by white wings.

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COMMENTS (2) | addiction, enlightenment, healing, renewal


2 Responses to “Quotes That Help You Make It Through Today: Addicted To Words”

  1. Rose Winnipeg Manitoba
    May 2nd, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Hi Keith,
    Your article reminded me how inspiring and succinct quotes can be and how they can aid us in our healing. I just may start my own “quote book.” Thank you for sharing

  2. Kelly
    September 26th, 2016 @ 8:15 pm

    Dear Keith, I hope you are at peace now. You are missed by many.

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