Healing Quotes 1-100

Whatever is behind us and whatever is before us are tiny matters compared to what is within us.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

~ Roald Dahl

I celebrate myself and sing myself.

~ Walt Whitman

I found God in myself and I loved her, I loved her fiercely.

~ Ntozake Shange

It’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.

~ Hubert H. Humphrey

Everyone is always looking for their beloved. Well, why can’t you be your own beloved? Fall in love with yourself.

~ Iyanla VanZant

I did then what I knew how to do. When I knew better I did better.

~ Maya Angelou

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

~ Agnes Repplier

I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps. I came to see the damage that was done and the treasures that prevail.

~ Adrienne Rich

When one woman tells her truth, it makes a space for other women to tell their truths.

~ Adrienne Rich
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“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.”
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~ Albert Camus
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And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
~ Anais Nin

You know what I figured out? … You can’t go back, can’t fix what broke. But you can go forward. And every step matters. Every one makes a difference.

Eve Dallas from the book Witness in Death by J.D. Robb

Learning to tolerate feeling good is one of the nicest parts of healing.

From The Courage to Heal.

Frodo: I wish none of this had happened.

Gandalf: So do all who live in difficult times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that has been given to us. There are other forces at work in this world besides that of evil.

From “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings” by J. R. R.Tolkien, the great mythology trilogy about the triumph of good over evil.

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.

~ St. Francis

Addressing our individual and collective suffering, we will find ways to heal and recover that can be sustained, that can endure from generation to generation.

~ bell hooks

It is human longing that makes us holy.

~ John O’Donohue

I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.

~ Sahara

Let the beauty that you love be what you do.

~ Rumi

Self-nurturance, or learning to bask in bliss, is an acquired art form.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

I would like to be known

as an intelligent woman,

a courageous woman,

a loving woman,

one who teaches by being.

~ Maya Angelou

Let the beauty you love be what you do.

~ Rumi

Self-nurturance, or learning to bask in bliss, is an acquired art form.

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

For all these years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the flower.

~ Stephen C. Paul

A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today the way you are.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are a child of the universe, no less than the moon or the stars; you have a right to be here.

~ Max Ehrmann

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

~ Richard Bach

When you are going through hell, don’t stop.

~ Winston Churchill

We are nature. We are nature seeing nature. The red-winged blackbird flies in us.
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~ Susan Griffin
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I need to take an emotional breath, step back and remind myself who’s actually in charge of my life.
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~ Judith Knowlton
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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.~ Abraham Lincoln
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A point worth pondering. Upon completing the Universe, the Great Creator pronounced it, “very good.” Not “perfect.
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~  Sarah Ban Breathnach
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The way out is through the door you came in.
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R. D. Laing
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You are the expert on your life. Honor your own truth.
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From The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis.
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To find your own way is to follow your own bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where the real deep bliss is–  not the quick little excitement, but the real, deep, life-filling bliss.
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~ Joseph Campbell
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Ignorance is the parent of fear.
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~ Herman Mellville
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I am never afraid of what I know.
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~ Shakespeare
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And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance.
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~ Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers
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The shell must break before the bird can fly.
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~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
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The body is a sacred garment. It’s your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor.
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~ Martha Graham
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I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body.
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~ Sahara
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Our painful experiences strengthen us in becoming more empathetic, more caring, and deeper human beings. We grow in depth of understanding, with greater appreciation for the miracle of life.
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~ Alexandra Stoddard
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All of us know about learning life’s lessons through pain, struggle, and loss. But few of us realize that it is often the gentlest lessons that teach us most. Serendipity can instruct us as much as sorrow.
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~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
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In a time lacking in truth and certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shame filled in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of its lost heart.
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~ Louise Bogan
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One of the biggest gifts you can give the world is a healed life.
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~ Dr. Christianne Northrup
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A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today the way you are.
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~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
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~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
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~ Rumi
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Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
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~ Buddha
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Her work, I really think her work is finding what her real work is and doing it, her work, her own work, her being human, her being in the world.
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~ Ursula K. Le Guin
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That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do– not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do is increased.
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~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
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~ Abraham Lincoln
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The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
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~ Kahlil Gibran
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Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say that a noncomformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries, that being different means standing at the edge, that one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture.
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~ Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
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The most healing instrument of all is your own voice.
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~  C. W. Child
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Once she’d been a victim– helpless, used, and broken. Now, she was a warrior.
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~ J.D. Robb from Reunion in Death
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Woman commenting on how odd it was that a toy train changed her life.
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Man: Anything can change a life, in a life that’s ready to be changed.
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~ Holiday Affair, a movie.
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There is no greater gift than friendship.
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~ Santa in The Polar Express
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It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
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~ Unknown
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A recent study showed that people who submerged their hand up to the forearm in icy cold water were able to endure it longer when they were allowed to curse than when they could only repeat a neutral word. The findings suggest that swearing relieved pain.
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Light the candle and curse.
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~ Kate
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Roarke, speaking to his wife Eve, about her abusive parents:
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Whatever you remember, or feel, you need to know that whatever they were they did one worthwhile thing in their miserable lives. And that was you. Whatever they were, they couldn’t destroy that. They couldn’t stop you from becoming.
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J.D. Robb in Kindred in Death
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The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
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~ Ferdinand Foch
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When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. but when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.
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~ Audre Lorde
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However confused the scene of our life appears, however torn we may be who now do face that scene, it can be faced, and we can go on to be whole.”
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~ Muriel Rukeyser
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What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better.
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~ Wendell Phillips, abolitionist and orator.
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Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.
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~ Harvey Fierstein
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Any change, any loss, does not make us victims. Others can shake you, surprise you, disappoint you, but they can’t prevent you from acting, from taking the situation you’re presented with and moving on. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your situation, you can always do something. You always have a choice, and the choice can be power.
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~ Blaine Lee
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Sorrow comes in great waves.. but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.
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~ Henry James
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Sometimes life isn’t about who you were or are, but it’s about who you are becoming.
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~ Barbara Sher
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Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
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~ Anais Nin
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When you do things from your soul, you feel a river move in you, a joy.
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~ Rumi
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Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
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~ Helen Keller
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I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
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~ Martin Luther King Jr.
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Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
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~ Martin Luther King Jr.
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Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?
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~ Martin Luther King Jr.
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Revolution begins in the self and with the self.
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~ Toni Cade Bambara
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When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.
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~ Barbara Bloom
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If anything is sacred the human body is sacred.
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~ Walt Whitman
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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.
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~ Friedrich Nietzche
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Each body has its art.
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~ Gwendolyn Brooks
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I stand in awe of my body.
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~ Henry David Thoreau
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The body is a sacred garment.
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~ Martha Graham
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Freeing the body inevitably leads to freeing the heart.
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~ Gabrielle Roth
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If you don’t do your dance, who will?
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~ Gabrielle Roth
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One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
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~ Maya Angelou
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A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.
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~ Stephan Hoeller
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It ain’t where you came from, it’s where you are going that counts.
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~ Ella Fitzgerald
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It is a happy talent to know how to play.
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~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Every moment presents a new opportunity and a new decision.
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~ Shakti Gawain
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I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
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~ Alice Walker
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On of the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
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~ Virginia Woolf
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We are the hero of our own story.
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~ Mary McCarthy
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Our bodies are our gardens– our wills are our gardeners.
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~ William Shakespeare
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Some people are afraid of what they might find if they try to analyze themselves too much, but you have to crawl into your wounds to discover where your fears are. Once the bleeding starts, the cleansing can begin.
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~ Tori Amos

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