97+ Best Do It Yourself Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Do it yourself is the activity of decorating or repairing your home, or making things for your home yourself, rather than paying someone else to do it for you. Profoundly inspirational do it yourself quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Do It Yourself Quotes

A great maxim of personal responsibility and mature achievement: Do it yourself is now the enthroned cliche for being occupied with nonessentials. — Louis Kronenberger

Why did you do it? I say. You want me dead. You were willing to do it yourself! What changed? He presses his lips together and doesn’t look away, not for a long time. Then he opens his mouth, hesitates, and finally says, I can’t be in anyone’s debt. Okay? The idea that I owed you something made me sick. I would wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I was going to vomit. Indebted to a stiff? It’s ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. And I couldn’t have it. — Veronica Roth

Here I sit, sober and perhaps even lucid, on the sort of winter’s day that makes you realize a New Year is just around the corner and you’ve got very little to show for it, but if you are going to get anything done on this planet, you better pick it up with both hands and DO IT YOURSELF. — Peter Laughner

I have to create opportunities for myself. But the thing I really have learned is that you gain nothing from sitting around waiting for the phone to ring – you have to do it for yourself. — Laura Benanti

One of my rules is: Never TRY to do anything. Just do it. — Ani DiFranco

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen. — Joe DiMaggio

Run with your heart instead of your mind. When you think with your mind, you think of the things you can and can’t do. But when you run with your heart you forget about what you can’t do, and you just go out and do it. — Gerry Lindgren

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This especially includes your health care. — Andrew Saul

Before I was married, I didn’t consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn’t do ‘do-it-yourself.’ When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers. — Ayelet Waldman

It doesn’t take much to produce a good merchant of cash-and-carry love: just courage, an infinite capacity for perpetual suspicion, stamina on a 24-hour-a-day basis, the deathless conviction that the customer is always wrong, a fair knowledge of first and second aid, do-it-yourself gynecology, judo – and a tremendous sense of humor. — Sally Stanford

It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project. — Napoleon Hill

Work hard and figure out how to be useful and don’t try to imitate anybody else’s success. Figure out how to do it for yourself with yourself. — Harrison Ford

Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things befall you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out. — Cheryl Strayed

All studio movies are the middle of the Bell curve. The only way to do something is to do it yourself. And the only way to do that is to not take any money from anyone or take as little money as possible from anyone and that’s it. — Thomas Lennon

Over the past five years, I’ve met several presidents, several secretaries of education … and there is no plan. If you want to save your children, you’re going to have to do it yourself. It’s just us. — Geoffrey Canada

The punk-rock ethos was Do it yourself. Anyone can do this. We’re not sent from the heavens. — Michael Stipe

If no ones doing the creative work that you want to do, do it yourself. — Kate Baldwin

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. — Napoleon Bonaparte

There’s no room for him in your head, Elle. I’m there. I’ll always be there and if he tries to come in I’ll drive him out until you’re strong enough to do it yourself. And there was never room for him in your heart because I was already there. He couldn’t touch your soul. It belongs to you and no one else unless you decide to share. — Christine Feehan

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. — Orison Swett Marden

The decline of institutional Christianity over the last 40 or 50 years has empowered a side of American religion that has always been there. The sort of do-it-yourself, create your own Jesus kind of faith. But, the forms that faith takes do have a real reason they are so appealing. — Ross Douthat

It’s funny, everything is so much easier when you do it yourself. — Carine Roitfeld

The more we sense…our ultimate potential, the more determined we become to achieve it. It’s the difference between your mother hounding you to practice the piano and reaching the point where you want to do it yourself. You simply will not be denied the ultimate reward and the joy of the Big Finish. — Sheri L. Dew

If you want to be productive, follow leads and dig. Whether it is for oil, gold or information, it requires action – your action. Question authority. Do it yourself. — Andrew Saul

Do your own thing on your own terms and get what you came here for. — Oliver James

The only way you can have it all is by delegating all the running of the home to other people – which I don’t ever want to do… So you do it yourself, and it takes time and energy and effort. And if you give it the time, it’s profoundly enjoyable. — Emma Thompson

You can’t trust other people. If it’s important, you have to do it yourself. — Neil Gaiman

Do it yourself. Keep going. Many people have said these things to me many times and both are good pieces of advice. I like getting on with things. — Richard Norris

You can always get someone to love you – even if you have to do it yourself. — Thomas Lansing Masson

Instead of telling the world What it is supposed to do, Why don’t you immediately do it yourself? In this way, I assure you, Your happiness will be surprisingly multiplied. — Sri Chinmoy

My life has always been chaotic. From the time I got dressed in the back of a deflated, flat-tired, fish-smelling station wagon for Rocky. It’s always been do it yourself, kind of like paper-clip it together. — Sylvester Stallone

If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney

Letter from Mr. B: Why does a back scratch feel better coming from somebody else than if you do it yourself? — Jerry Spinelli

Racing is not football or baseball or basketball where you can do it yourself. If you’re good in high school, you just shine. (But in racing) you have to have a family behind you. — Trevor Bayne

I should practice what I preach. It’s a lot easier to show and teach people how to love themselves than it is to do it yourself. I still struggle with it sometimes. I wish sometimes I could always feel that I’m good enough, smart enough and gosh darn it, people like me! — Pandora Boxx

People ask, ‘Why would you cast yourself in your movie?’ And, for me, it’s more like an achievement that I am now not playing all the parts, you know? Like I was for so long, in all my performances and a lot of my short movies. So, that’s where I’m coming from, not out of a kind of actress-y sense of myself. I mean, I don’t really see myself as an actress, but more from performance: this is how you make something. You do it yourself. You’re in it and you write it. I think I keep doing it that way, ’cause it’s my way. It’s what makes me feel like I know how to do it. — Miranda July

A movement happens when people are inspired by somebody, but they do it themselves. You don’t wait for someone else. You do it yourself. — Gloria Steinem

Collage – SS13 offers a very controlled and pure do-it-yourself attitude. The collection shows a juxtaposition of very different materials, prints and colours, therefore giving the wearer a possibility to combine the garments in different ways. — Raf Simons

Begin where you are. Don’t wait for someone else to change things for you. Do it yourself — Norman Vincent Peale

I’ve rarely kept my distance from kind of – I don’t know if we can call it politics, but kind of, civic engagement and that kind of thing, except I tended to think, ‘Well, do it yourself before you start telling other people what they should be doing.’ — David Byrne

If you drain others energy a lot, you don’t want to see this because you do it yourself; but remember, it’s real easy to manipulate a manipulator. — Frederick Lenz

although the typist has disappeared, her work has not: now you do it yourself. … Since most companies have reduced the managerial ranks, there are fewer and fewer bosses, so you become a manger, his boss, and his secretary all rolled into one. — Corinne Maier

Enduring to the end is definitely not a do-it-yourself project. — L. Tom Perry

Forget impressing the girl, just do it for yourself! — John Badham

Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself. — Amy Poehler

It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The stunt guys are absolutely brilliant, but all this stuff [a scene] always looks better when you do it yourself. — Dominic Cooper

Do it for yourself. The universe will be around to collect its cut later. — Lois McMaster Bujold

I’ve been writing on my own. It’s like Roger Miller used to say, every now and then, like a dog having puppies, you have to crawl under the house and do it yourself. — Travis Tritt

Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself. — John Lennon

So, you could call me optimistic and hopeful and probably just a little bit naïve, but I’m coming from the space that the best way to predict the future is to get out there and just do it yourself. — John Elkington

Do what you can, with what you have and do it now! — George Washington Carver

The first thing Julian wanted to do in life, well, before he wanted to be an artist and then a musician, was to be a chef. He’d come home and say ‘Why don’t you bake cakes like my friends’ mothers?’ I’d say, ‘Oh, Julian, go out and buy a Mary Baker cake mix and do it yourself!’ That started him off! By the time he was 13, he’d disappear into the kitchen whenever we had visitors and emerge with beautiful canapes. Now he thinks nothing of cooking for ten or 15 people, and he does it so calmly. — Cynthia Lennon

The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics. That tenet is the foundation of the do-it-yourself, Socratic, or Texas method. — Paul Halmos

I come from the school of do it yourself mate. Unfortunately over the years there’s been quite a few of, Can you do it for us Johnny, so we can grab all your glory?. — John Lydon

One characteristic of winners is they always look upon themselves as a do it yourself project. — Denis Waitley

Those writers that have zero say in their movie adaptations have zero say because they sell it. If you don’t sell it, and you do it yourself, and you wait until the screenplay is ready, you don’t have to worry about that. — Stephen Chbosky

The aging process is fascinating because it doesn’t disturb me, because this is what it is supposed to be like. But I’ll tell you what does – it’s the lack of strength – you can’t hold up suitcases and do it yourself. Loss of physical strength. — Anita Roddick

Modern novels have become part of the do-it-yourself business, and they come in a very small number of standard kits. (…) In this wilderness cries the voice of Patrick White, Australian extraordinary, who has quite other, more austere and indeed prophetic ambitions. (…) (H)is failures are certainly the equivalent, and perhaps the measure, of other men’s success. — David Pryce-Jones

There are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over, or it’s appropriate to do things differently. But I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me. — Prince William

The age of automation is going to be the age of do it yourself. — Marshall McLuhan

Don’t wait to be led…do it yourself, person to person. — Mother Teresa

‘Untitled’ is a time machine that can transport you to 1992, an edgy moment when the art world was crumbling, money was scarce, and artists like Tiravanija were in the nascent stages of combining Happenings, performance art, John Cage, Joseph Beuys, and the do-it-yourself ethos of punk. Meanwhile, a new art world was coming into being. — Jerry Saltz

If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. — C. S. Lewis

You know, I began my life as a creative person writing true things for magazines and telling some very honest, straightforward personal essaying for This American Life, but until someone forces you, with a deadline, to really observe your life – unless you’re motivated to do it yourself – there’s so many stories that you miss. — John Hodgman

You just have to have the guidance to lead you in the direction until you can do it yourself. — Tina Yothers

My best film is always my next film. I couldn’t make Chungking Express now, because of the way I live and drink I’ve forgotten how I did it. I don’t believe in film school or film theory. Just try and get in there and make the bloody film, do good work and be with people you love. — Christopher Doyle

The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop, as many Americans have painfully learned. — William Greider

We could be the biggest pantyhose seller in America, but we don’t want to weaken the link in shoppers’ minds between Home Depot and do-it-yourself projects. — Bernard Marcus

I have always enjoyed do-it-yourself projects, .. Being in a position to actually help design and bring tools to market is an incredible opportunity. Being able to fund charities as a result is phenomenal. — Tim Allen

If you’re doing something outside of dominant culture there’s not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself. — Ava DuVernay

The whole punk ethic was do-it-yourself, and I’ve always been very literal, especially as a kid. When they said that anybody can do this, I was like, ‘OK, that’s me.’ — Michael Stipe

The Linux philosophy is laugh in the face of danger. Oops. Wrong one. Do it yourself. That’s it. — Linus Torvalds

My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist. — Johnny Depp

Life is a do-it-for-others, do-it-yourself project. — Denis Waitley

You can’t do anything unless you do it yourself. And usually you can’t do it yourself very well. — E. W. Howe

No one else is going to do it for you, if you want it bad enough then go out and do it yourself. — Ed Sheeran

When you sit with an enlightened teacher physically, the teacher moves in and out of different states of mind. That is how you learn to do it yourself. — Frederick Lenz

If you talk to anyone involved in business – forget banks and big business – talk to small businesses – do it yourself, don’t ask me – they’ll tell you it’s crippling. Small-business formation is the lowest it has ever been in a recovery, and it’s really for two reasons. One is regulations and the second is access to capital for people starting new businesses. — Jamie Dimon

When you want a thing done, ‘Don’t do it yourself’ is a good motto for Scoutmasters. — Robert Baden-Powell

Wear a towel instead of a coat, it’s very chic. Or your husband’s boxer shorts with a belt, or something from your grandmother. It’s all about do-it-yourself at the moment. — Vivienne Westwood

As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of ‘do it yourself.’ — Marshall McLuhan

If you want to be the best, find out what the top people do & do it yourself. — Brian Tracy

I think every writer has got to direct. If you don’t direct, you can’t protect your work. The only way to ensure that it’s going to be as close as possible to what you put down on paper – and what you see and hear in your head – is to do it yourself. — Amy Sherman-Palladino

Education can not be conferred. Whether in school or out, learning is a do-it-yourself proposition. — Wheeler McMillen

Buy less, choose well & do it yourself! — Vivienne Westwood

Never blame a man for misfortune, do it yourself. — Rapsody

I’ll never understand why people go to movie theaters to have conversations. Going to the movies to talk is like going to a restaurant to cook. The idea is that you have paid your money to have someone do something better than you can do it yourself. — Rita Rudner

I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you. So, the best way to get them to read, is to read. The best way to get them to do anything is to do it yourself, and they will absolutely copy you. That way, you don’t have to worry about what’s supposedly age appropriate, a child will pick something up when the child is ready. — Alice Walker

My dad once told me: no matter what anyone says or writes, really, none of those people have to hit your four- foot putt.You have to go do it yourself. — Tiger Woods

Whatever may be the position in life of a parent, it is his duty to share his crust with his children. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself. — Napoleon Bonaparte

This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you’ve got it when you can’t think of anything that’s your fault. — Robert M. Hutchins

You can find a lot of reasonable buys at Wal-Mart. But one key to making it on a budget is by donating your time and labor to the project. Do-it-yourself projects will always help you save. — Nate Berkus

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit. — Seamus Heaney

You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself. — Diana Ross

In games against humans, you often win because the opponent blunders a piece, and you can often survive when you do it yourself. Against the computer, you make only one mistake – the last one. — Vladimir Kramnik

Don’t wait around for someone else to tell your story. Do it yourself by whatever means necessary. — Lena Dunham

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