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Quotes April 09, 2020

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
Bertrand Russell
 
 
 
 
“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”
Christopher Germer
 
 
 
 
“Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you.”
Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy
 
 
 
 
“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.”
Steve Maraboli
 
 
 
 
“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”
Bob Moawad
 
 
 
 
“It is so important to take time for yourself and find clarity. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.”
Diane Von Furstenberg
 
 
 
 
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”
Jean Shinoda Bolen
 
 
 
 
“If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.”
Dalai Lama
 
 
 
 
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock

Quotes April 08, 2020

Quotes April 07, 2020

“Love yourself enough to set boundaries. Your time and energy are precious. You get to choose how you use it. You teach people how to treat you by deciding what you will and won’t accept.”
Anna Taylor
 
 
 
 
“If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do.”
Vironika Tugaleva
 
 
 
 
“Self-care is not a waste of time; self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.”
Jackie Viramontez
 
 
 
 
“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.”
Jill Bolte Taylor
 
 
 
 
Be happy. Just because things are not good, doesn’t mean you can’t see the good side of things.
Unknown

Quotes April 06, 2020

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
Buddha
 
 
 
 
“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it.”
Edith Schaeffer
 
 
 
 
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius
 
 
 
 
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
 
 
 
 
“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
Surround yourself with positive people.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Trust the timing of how things are unfolding for you.
Unknown

Quotes April 05, 2020

I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.
Mia Hamm,
professional soccer player, Olympic gold medalist
 
 
 
 
Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.
Rita Dove,
poet, writer, Pulitzer Prize winner, US poet laureate
 
 
 
 
Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
Althea Gibson,
professional tennis player, first African American to win a Grand Slam title
 
 
 
 
I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
Harriet Tubman,
abolitionist, political activist, Underground Railroad conductor
 
 
 
 
Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
poet, playwright, writer, scientist, statesman, theater director, philosopher
 
 
 
 
If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
Cher,
singer, entertainer, actress
 
 
 
 
Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.
Morgan Freeman,
actor, narrator
 
 
 
 
Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson),
writer, mathematician, clergyman
 
 
 
 
If you can stand in space just for a little while, a new door will open, or you’ll be able to see in the dark after a while. You’ll adjust.
Jane Campion,
filmmaker, screenwriter
 
 
 
 
If you’re really looking for something in particular, it helps to take your time.
Billy Gibbons,
musician, singer-songwriter, producer
 
 
 
 
Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done.
I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.
W.E.B. Du Bois,
sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, writer, editor
 
 
 
 
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.
Mikhail Baryshnikov,
dancer, choreographer, actor
 
 
 
 
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi,
patron saint of Italy, animals, ecology
 
 
 
 
It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.
Seneca the Elder,
orator

Quotes April 04, 2020

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin Moment of Happiness

 
 
“Endure, and keep yourselves for days of happiness.”
Virgil, The Aeneid
 
 
 
 
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea
 
 
 
 
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books
 
 
 
 
“We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.”
Winston Churchill, Broadcast to the United States, 1941
 
 
 
 
“I don’t know who I am or who I was. I know it less than ever. I do and I don’t identify myself with myself. Everything is totally contradictory, but maybe I have remained exactly as I was as a small boy of twelve.”
Alberto Giacometti, Giacometti: A Biography by James Lord
 
 
 
 

Quotes April 03, 2020

“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
 
 
 
 
“What you don’t know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year—even if you come home without a scratch—you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you’re going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don’t see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It’s like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war—words can’t begin to describe it.”
William Guarnere
 
 
 
 
“In each succeeding war there is a tendency to proclaim as something new the principles under which it is conducted. Not only those who have never studied or experienced the realities of war, but also professional soldiers frequently fall into the error. But the principles of warfare as I learned them at West Point remain unchanged.”
John J. Pershing, My Experiences in the World War
 
 
 
 
“The only detail I knew about my dad’s experience in World War II was that he liked when they served chicken-fried steak.

I was probably 13 when he told that story, and with the unblinking sanctimony that only a teenager can wield, I remember saying, “Wasn’t that really unhealthy?” In a look that I can only describe as for-a-smart-kid-you’re-remarkably-stupid, my father replied, “We were in planes carrying bombs, and enemy planes were shooting at us. Fried food was not a problem.”
Gina Barreca
 
 
 
 
“Wars may be started by the failings of humanity
But they are won
By the craft
Of the keen and intelligent minds that fight them”
Brendan Bigney, War What Comes After

Quotes April 02, 2020

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
Anne Lamott
 
 
 
 
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Sydney J. Harris
 
 
 
 
“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.”
Louise L. Hay
 
 
 
 
“Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can.”
Louisa May Alcott
 
 
 
 
“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
George Burns
 
 
 
 
“‘Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners.”
William Shakespeare
 
 
 
 
“I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy.”
Queen Latifah
 
 
 
 
“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
Edward Stanley
 
 
 
 
“There are thousands of causes for stress, and one antidote to stress is self-expression. That’s what happens to me every day. My thoughts get off my chest, down my sleeves and onto my pad.”
Garson Kanin
 
 
 
 
“Self-care is so much more than a beauty regimen or an external thing you do. It has to start within your heart to know what you need to navigate your life. A pedicure doesn’t last, but meditating every day does.”
Carrie-Anne Moss
 
 
 
 
“Don’t take your health for granted. Don’t take your body for granted. Do something today that communicates to your body that you desire to care for it. Tomorrow is not promised.”
Jada Pinkett Smith
 
 
 
 
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”
Ovid

Quotes April 01, 2020

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
Confucius
 
 
 
 
“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give, and nobody will care for you.”
Karl Lagerfeld
 
 
 
 
“To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.”
Michelle Obama
 
 
 
 
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
Eleanor Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“Self-love is an ocean and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.”
Beau Taplin
 
 
 
 
“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”
André Gide
 
 
 
 
“Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
 
 
 
 
“The perfect man of old looked after himself first before looking to help others.”
Chuang Tzu
 
 
 
 
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
Stacey Charter
 
 
 
 
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
Jack Kornfield
 
 
 
 
“Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.”
Rob Liano
 
 
 
 
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
Eleanor Brownn
 
 
 
 
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
Lucille Ball
 
 
 
 
“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
Maxwell Maltz
 
 
 
 
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”
Brené Brown
 
 
 
 
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
Lao-Tzu

Quotes March 31, 2020

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
Winston Churchill
 
 
 
 
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
Charles Bukowski
 
 
 
 
“Our self-respect tracks our choices. Every time we act in harmony with our authentic self and our heart, we earn our respect. It is that simple. Every choice matters.”
Dan Coppersmith
 
 
 
 
“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”
Bell Hooks
 
 
 
 
“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”
Denis Waitley
 
 
 
 
“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.”
Barbara De Angelis
 
 
 
 
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”
Mark Twain
 
 
 
 
“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.”
Dan Pearce
 
 
 
 
”If you don’t love yourself, nobody will. Not only that, you won’t be good at loving anyone else. Loving starts with the self.”
Wayne Dyer
 
 
 
 

“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”
Robert Morley
 
 
 
 
Reminder:
Begin every day with gratitude.
Unknown