137+ Best Recovery Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Recovery is the process of becoming successful or normal again after problems. Inspirational recovery quotes will uplift your spirit and give you motivation you need in your journey.

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Most Famous Recovery Quotes

A small step toward recovery is giant progress. ― Mark Cortes

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. ― Zen proverb

Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of overcoming it. ― Helen Keller

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection. ― Mark Twain

The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the person perfected without trials. ― Chinese proverb

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you’re going to do now ― and do it. ―William Durant

Genius is the recovery of childhood at will. ―Arthur Rimbaud

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. ―Confucius

It’s easier to maintain a good character than to recover it when it’s gone bad! ―Israelmore Ayivor

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. ― Robert H. Schuller

Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ―William James

Recovery begins from the darkest moment. ―John Major

Recovery can take place only within then context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation. ―Judith Lewis Herman

Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data. ― Kevin McCormack

Recovery is the urge, the wrestle, and the resurrection. ―Patricia E. Deegan

Recovery itself is a very un-glamorous daily process of being willing to fall down again, to break again, to cry again, to get up and try yet again until ‘success’ manifests as ever-greater sustained healing. ― Shannon Cutts

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go. ―Herman Hesse

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but ― I hope ― into a better shape. ― Charles Dickens

empowering recovery quotes

The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven. ―Robert Downey, Jr.

The only way to get over the pain is to face it, embrace it, hug it and learn the lessons embedded within it. ― Adele Theron

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. ―Marianne Williamson

Turn your wounds into wisdom. ―Oprah Winfrey

Stay open-minded; stay focused. Train hard and train smart. The older I get, the smarter I have to train also, because the recovery time is longer.

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery. ― J. K. Rowling

We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in. ―Ernest Hemingway

We’re all looking at the people around us, the people who have gone before us who have succeeded in recovery and have long-term sobriety and they are an illustration for us of how good it can be. ―Scott Stevens

You have to break down before you can break through. ―Marilyn Ferguson

You need to be bold enough and strong enough to let your loved one’s recovery unfold or not unfold as it is meant to, not as you want it to. ― Carole Bennett

Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the light, even though for the moment you do not see. ― Bill Wilson

Either you run the day, or the day runs you. ― Jim Rohn

I avoid looking forward or backward and try to keep looking upward. ― Charlotte Brontë

I think that the power is 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.

Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths. ―Drew Barrymore

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. ― Chinese proverb

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

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself. ― Hecato

When you adopt a positive mindset, you are harnessing the power of choice. ― Victor Schueller

A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew. ― Aberjhani

A fine glass vase goes from treasure to trash, the moment it is broken. Fortunately, something else happens to you and me. Pick up your pieces. Then, help me gather mine. ― Vera Nazarian

A lot of things are inherent in life -change, birth, death, aging, illness, accidents, calamities, and losses of all kinds- but these events don’t have to be the cause of ongoing suffering. Yes, these events cause grief and sadness, but grief and sadness pass, like everything else, and are replaced with other experiences. The ego, however, clings to negative thoughts and feelings and, as a result, magnifies, intensifies, and sustains those emotions while the ego overlooks the subtle feelings of joy, gratitude, excitement, adventure, love, and peace that come from Essence. If we dwelt on these positive states as much as we generally dwell on our negative thoughts and painful emotions, our lives would be transformed. ― Gina Lake

A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller. ― Paul Klee

All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. ― Jon Kabat-Zinn

Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength. ― Chris Bradford

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

At last she looks at me. Her irises are polished obsidian in the moonlight. Because I want you to know, she says, that there is life after survival. ― Mackenzi Lee

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Change must start from the individual. And the individual must want and feel ready to make such change. ― Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Change your behaviors and your feelings will follow. ― Susan McManhon

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear ― not absence of fear. ― Mark Twain

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on ― it is going on when you don’t have strength. ― Napoléon Bonaparte

popular recovery quotes

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ― Robert Louis Stevenson

Don’t let the past steal your present. ― Terri Guillemets

Every worthy act is difficult. Ascent is always difficult. Descent is easy and often slippery. ― Mahatma Gandhi

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

Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you. ― Aldous Huxley

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ― Japanese proverb

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. ― Oprah Winfrey

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. ― C.S. Lewis

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them ― every day, begin the task anew. ― Saint Francis de Sales

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. ―Hippocrates

Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mold yourself through the gaps ― Paula Hawkins

I am a work in progress. ― Violet Yates

I am angry that I starved my brain and that I sat shivering in my bed at night instead of dancing or reading poetry or eating ice cream or kissing a boy… ― Laurie Halse Anderson

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

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. ― Rosa Parks

I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive. ― Frida Kahlo

I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger. ― Samuel L. Jackson

If things go wrong, don’t go with them. ― Roger Babson

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ― Zen proverb

If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime. ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else. ― Yogi Berra

I’m learning how to taste everything. ― Laurie Halse Anderson

In the east, she says after a time, her gaze still downcast, there is a tradition known as kintsukuroi. It is the practice of mending broken ceramic pottery using lacquer dusted with gold and silver and other precious metals. It is meant to symbolize that things can be more beautiful for having been broken.

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

It always seems impossible until it’s done. ― Nelson Mandela

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. ― Joseph Campbell

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. ― Agnes Repplier

It is not true that everyone is special. It is true that everyone was once special and still possesses the ability to recover it. ― Criss Jami

It’s difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you. ― Russell Brand

significant recovery quotes

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. ― Lou Holtz

it’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts. ― Zig Ziglar

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four-hour days. ― Zig Ziglar

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. ― Steve Maraboli

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ― Albert Einstein

I don’t need anyone else to distract me from myself anymore, like I always thought I would. ― Charlotte Eriksson

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

No matter how dark the night may get, your light will never burn out. ― Jeanette LeBlanc

No other road, no other way, no day but today. ― Jonathan Larson

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’ ― Audrey Hepburn

Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals. ― Henry Ford

Oh, what a wonderful soul so bright inside you. Got power to heal the sun’s broken heart, power to restore the moon’s vision too. ― Aberjhani

One of the hardest things was learning that I was worth recovery. ― Demi Lovato

People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on. ― Bill Cosby

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. ― Zig Ziglar

Recovery feels like shit. It didn’t feel like I was doing something good; it felt like I was giving up. It feels like having to learn how to walk all over again. ― Portia de Rossi

Recovery is hard. Regret is harder. ― Brittany Burgunder

Rising from the ashes, I am born again, powerful, exultant, majestic through all the pain. ― Shannon Perry

Scars are not injuries, Tanner Sack. A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole. ― China Miéville

So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say: This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault & responsibility of the adult. I was—and am—innocent. ― Ellen Bass

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

Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell. ― Carrie Fisher

Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. ― Dr. Phill

Stars are the scars of the universe. ― Ricky Maye

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. ― Mahatma Gandhi

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ― Robert Collier

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. ― Friedrich Nietzsch

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now. ― Chinese proverb

The best way out is always through. ― Robert Frost

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot. ― Mark Twain

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one. ― Elbert Hubbard

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. ― Bishop W.C. Magee

The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope. ― Russell Brand

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. ― Alice Walker

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. ― Jordan Belfort

The question is not how to get cured, but how to live. ― Joseph Conrad

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.

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. ― Ernest Hemingway

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into 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

Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace. ― Aberjhani

When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top. ― Unknown

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ― Henry Ford

When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. Believe me, it has nothing new to say. ― Unknown

When you come out of the grips of a depression there is an incredible relief, but not one you feel allowed to celebrate. Instead, the feeling of victory is replaced with anxiety that it will happen again, and with shame and vulnerability when you see how your illness affected your family, your work, everything left untouched while you struggled to survive. We come back to life thinner, paler, weaker … but as survivors. Survivors who don’t get pats on the back from coworkers who congratulate them on making it. Survivors who wake to more work than before because their friends and family are exhausted from helping them fight a battle they may not even understand. I hope to one day see a sea of people all wearing silver ribbons as a sign that they understand the secret battle, and as a celebration of the victories made each day as we individually pull ourselves up out of our foxholes to see our scars heal, and to remember what the sun looks like. ― Jenny Lawson

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. ― Henry Ford

Why are you telling me this? I ask.

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

You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town ― Anne Lamott

You can’t defeat the darkness by keeping it caged inside of you. ― Seth Adam Smith

You feel your strength in the experience of pain. ― Jim Morrison

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been. ― Aberjhani

You were sick, but now you’re well again, and there’s work to do. ― Kurt Vonnegut

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. ― Anne Lamott

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

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