The recovery process is hard work, no matter what it is we’re recovering from. If you or someone you know needs some cheering up during their journey, take a look at these recovery quotes and share it with them or write it down in a place where you can see it. 

We hope you enjoy them and wish you luck in your life!

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  1. “You have to break down before you can break through.” ~Marilyn Ferguson
  2. “We honor ourselves when we speak out for recovery. We show the world that recovery matters because it brings hope and peace into the lives of individuals and their loved ones.” – Beth Wilson
  3. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~Zen proverb
  4. “The fact that you woke up this morning is proof that this day has already been predetermined in your favor.” — Russ Kyle
  5. “Nobody stays recovered unless the life they have created is more rewarding and satisfying than the one they left behind.” – Anne Fletcher
  6. “I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.” ― Frida Kahlo
  7. “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world… as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  8. “A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” ― Paul Klee
  9. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” – Charlotte Brontë
  10. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis
  11. “The road to Recovery will not always be easy, but I will take it one day at a time, focusing on the moments I’ve dreamed about for so long.” — Amanda Lindhout
  12. “My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.” – Anonymous
  13. “Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.” ― Criss Jami
  14. “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. “Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  16. “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power.” ~Jim Morrison
  17. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott
  18. “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” – Albert Einstein
  19. “I think that the power is in the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.” – Robert Downey Jr.
  20. “Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning, anyone can start over and make a new ending.” ~Chico Xavier
  21. “I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.” — Sade Andria Zabala
  22. “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” – Anonymous
  23. “Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.” ― China Miéville, The Scar
  24. “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” – Joseph Campbell
  25. “No matter how dark the night may get, your light will never burn out.” – Jeanette LeBlanc
  26. “The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the person perfected without trials.” ~Chinese proverb
  27. “Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day, and it’s something that it doesn’t get a day off.” — Demi Lovato
  28. “I am not defined by my relapses, but by my decision to remain in recovery despite them.” – Anonymous
  29. “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  30. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  31. “Blame is such a self-defeating choice. It renders one helpless, putting any solution well out of reach, for we rarely can change others. Consider this, a solution well within your reach, someone you can surely change: yourself.” — Russ Kyle
  32. “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
  33. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan
  34. “Rising from the ashes, I am born again, powerful, exultant, majestic through all the pain.” – Shannon Perry
  35. “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” ~J.K. Rowling
  36. “My Recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last.” — Unknown
  37. “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life; it comes to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives, and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne
  38. “Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.” – Dr. Phil McGraw
  39. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” ~The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  40. “You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.” — Joel Osteen
  41. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  42. “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” – Albert Camus
  43. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  44. “My favorite six words in Recovery are: trust God, clean house and help others.” — Matthew Perry
  45. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb
  46. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius
  47. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
  48. “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” — George Chakiris
  49. “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” – Jim Rohn
  50. “Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life.” –Brené Brown
  51. “You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” ~Shannon L. Adler
  52. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth
  53. “Relax. Breathe. It takes time, but there is a great joy to be had in moments of every day. Just remember, you’re learning new steps, a new dance.” — Lisa Frederiksen
  54. “Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” – Carrie Fisher
  55. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  56. “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford
  57. “Change your thoughts, change your life.” ~Lao Tzu
  58. “When you rise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” ―Marcus Aurelius
  59. “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
  60. “Once I was clear-headed, and I hadn’t been clear-headed in so long, I was like, I can never go back. And I’m still thankful.” – Travis Barker
  61. “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.” – Buddhist Proverb
  62. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~Dr. Seuss
  63. “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!” – Anne Frank
  64. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
  65. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE’!” ~Audrey Hepburn
  66. “Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.” – Shigenori Kameoka
  67. “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  68. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” ~Kathryn Stockett, The Help
  69. “People spend a lifetime searching for happiness, looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, and even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.” – Ramona L. Anderson
  70. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wild
  71. “You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let it consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star.”– Jean Church
  72. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks
  73. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”– C.S. Lewis
  74. “Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again.”– Shane Niemeyer
  75. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.” – Dalai Lama
  76. “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” – Marie Curie
  77. “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho
  78. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
  79. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
  80. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  81. “Even in the midst of devastation, something within us always points the way to freedom.” – Sharon Salzberg
  82. “Not until we are lost we begin to find ourselves.” ~Henry David Thoreau
  83. “Recovery is an ongoing process, for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery, there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing.” – Dean Dauphinais
  84. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
  85. “Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn’t end there.” – Bucky Sinister
  86. “One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery.” – Demi Lovato
  87. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
  88. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  89. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

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