“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Quotes & Memes
“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Self-care is not a waste of time; self-care makes your use of time more sustainable.”
“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.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
“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.”
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
“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.”
Surround yourself with positive people.
Trust the timing of how things are unfolding for you.
I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.
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.
poet, writer, Pulitzer Prize winner, US poet laureate
Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
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.
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.
singer, entertainer, actress
Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.
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.
If you’re really looking for something in particular, it helps to take your time.
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.
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,
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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.”
“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.”
“‘Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners.”
“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.”
“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
“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.”
“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.”
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”
“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.”
“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.”
“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.”
“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.”
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
“Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.”
“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.”
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.”
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”
“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.”
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”
“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.”
“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.”
“To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.”
“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.”
“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.”
”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.”
“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”
Begin every day with gratitude.