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74 Inspirational Quotes on Recovery

In the face of adversity, finding the strength to recover and rebuild is a monument to the human spirit's tenacity. The road to recovery is lit up by  inspirational quotations from a variety of writers. Those on the road to recovery might find hope and inspiration in these lines, which capture the spirit of persistence.

7 Minute Read | Published Aug 13 2023 | Updated Feb 15 2024 Expert Verified
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These quotations encourage us to welcome change, face adversity head-on, and come out stronger than before, with lessons ranging from the profound to the simple yet profound. Come with us as we delve into a treasure trove of recovery quotations that speak to the path of self-discovery.

Resilience and Strength

1. "Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." - J.K. Rowling

2. "The only way out is through." - Robert Frost

3. "Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t." - Rikki Rogers

4. "You are stronger than you think." - Unknown

5. "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." - C.S. Lewis

6. "Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" - Mary Anne Radmacher

7. "You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there." - Edwin Louis Cole

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

9. "You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." - C.S. Lewis

10. "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

11. "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott

12. "Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." - Victor Hugo

13. "Don't be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others." - Unknown

14. "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." - C.S. Lewis

15. "You have within you right now everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you." - Brian Tracy

16. "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou

17. "The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it." - C.C. Scott

18. "Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye." - Helen Keller

19. "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela

20. "Out of difficulties grow miracles." - Jean de La Bruyère 

Persistence and Perseverance

21. "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." - Babe Ruth

22. "Fall seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese Proverb

23. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius

24. "The comeback is always stronger than the setback." - Unknown

25. "Sometimes we need to lose the small battles to win the war." - Unknown

26. "One step at a time." - Unknown

27. "One day at a time." - Alcoholics Anonymous

28. "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." - John F. Kennedy

29. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." - Margaret Thatcher

30. "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other." - Walter Elliot

31. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

32. "Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent van Gogh

33. "Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." - Matt Biondi

34. "The only way to finish is to start." - Unknown

35. "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill

Hope and Optimism

36. "Believe you can, and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

37. "Happiness is not the absence of problems; it's the ability to deal with them." - Steve Maraboli

38. "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

39. "Recovery is about progression, not perfection." - Unknown

40. "You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed, or unworthy. You were created to be victorious." - Joel Osteen

41. "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

42. "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Donald Walsch

43. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein

44. "The sun himself is weak when he first rises and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on." - Charles Dickens

45. "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." - Desmond Tutu

46. "Once you choose hope, anything's possible." - Christopher Reeve

47. "The road to recovery is not easy. You will stumble and fall, but you can rise again." - Unknown

48. "Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." - Nido Qubein

49. "Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations." - Unknown

50. "Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day." - Unknown

Acceptance and Change

51. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new." - Dan Millman

52. "Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change." - Jamie Lee Curtis

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

54. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” -J.R.R. Tolkien

55. "You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step." - Martin Luther King Jr.

56. "It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it." - Lou Holtz

57. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." - Lao Tzu

58. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

59. "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts

60. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do." - Amelia Earhart

Wisdom and Reflection

61. "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

62. "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Charles R. Swindoll

63. ”Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” - James Baldwin

64. “What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” - Buddha

65. "Our only security is our ability to change." - John Lilly

66. “The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” - Thomas Paine

67. "One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart." - Linda Poindexter

68. “The choices you make reflect the memories you create.” - Tesa Jones

69. "Success is not the absence of failure; it's persistence through failure." - Aisha Tyler

70. "Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change." - Jim Rohn

71. "The only impossible journey is the one you never begin." - Tony Robbins

72. “There is no greater journey than the one that you must take to discover all of the mysteries that lie within you.” – Michelle Sandlin

73. "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean

74. "We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." - Kenji Miyazawa

Recovery is more than just conquering obstacles; it is about embracing the process of growth and transformation. May these words act as beacons of light on your journey to healing and regeneration, reminding you that every setback presents an opportunity for a magnificent comeback. Embrace the road, cherish the moments of tenacity, and allow the spirit of recovery to guide you.


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