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Recovery Quotes – Letting Go of the Past

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

— Oscar Wilde

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.

— The Eagles

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.

— William Durant

You don’t have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.

— Dan Millman

Holding anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

— Gautam Buddha

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

— Henry Ford?

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

— Abraham Lincoln

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.

— Nido Qubein?

True humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking less about yourself.

— Anonymous

Recovery Quotes – The Time is Now

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.

— Alan Cohen

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever you do or dream you can do … begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

— J.W. von Goethe?

You will never win if you never begin.

— Helen Rowland

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.

— John Heywood

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

— Lao Tzu

It is never too late to live happily ever after.

— Anonymous

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

— Henry S. Hoskins

What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly.

— Lao Tzu

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.

— Rumi?

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

— St. Francis of Assisi

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

— Napoleon Hill

More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.

— Unkown

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recovery Quotes – Don’t Give Up

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

— Thomas Edison

Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.

— Og Mandino

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

— Ambrose Redmoon

Determination, patience and courage are the only things needed to improve any situation.

— Peter Sinclair

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

— Martin Luther King

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.

— Rabindranath Tagore

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

— Vincent van Gogh

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.

— Elie Weisel

He who has hope has everything.

— Arabian Proverb

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

— Richard M. DeVos

“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders.

— George P. Burnham

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.

— Helen Keller

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible, it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.

— Barbara DeAngelis