Quoting the Quotable

let go

My current mantra.

I collect quotes. All kinds of statements that catch my eye. We all like to remember words that encourage and inspire us,. But, I also like the ones that give me pause for thought, or raise questions in my mind to be pondered over. Words hold so much power. They can be hurtful, dismissive, disparaging. They can also be uplifting, enlightening, and soothing. Some words are worth remembering and reviewing. even when we don’t have a name to attribute them to. So, I collect these quotes to make me smile, to think, to question, to gather the strength and courage to continue on through this path of life. I want to share some of these worthwhile words with you:


“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” ~Gail Devers

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” ~Thoreau

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” ~Orison S. Marden

3 things
“Unhealthy guilt is an autoimmune disease of the soul that causes us to literally reject our own worth as human beings.” – Joan Borysenko

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” ~Herm Albright, painter

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” ~Helen Keller

“To be born Welsh is to be born privileged. Not with a silver spoon in your mouth, But with music in your blood and poetry in your soul.” (*Linda’s Note: My family background is a Welsh grandpa, a Scottish grandmother, and an Irish grandmother….so Celtic all the way!)

“The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” -Vladimir Nabokov

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas A. Edison

girl used to be
Thomas Jefferson got it right when in 1802 he wrote, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property—until their children wake up homeless in the continent their fathers conquered.”

“Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. It’s about understanding that he is exactly the person he is supposed to be. And that, if you’re lucky, he just might be the teacher who turns you into the person you are supposed to be.”  – Joan Ryan

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” ~ Earl Nightingale

caring people
“There are dreamers who don’t work and workers who don’t dream.” ~Joyce Meyers

“You smiled at the stars like they knew all your secrets.”

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ~ Langston Hughes

“”Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

quiet people
“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” ~ Henry D. Thoreau

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

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~ Maria Robinson

never to old
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”. ~ Mother Teresa

“The Journey of life is exciting when you challenge your own weaknesses. Some times your enemy teaches you better than your friend.”

“I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.”  ~Jack Benny

“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” ~ Jodi Picoult

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest.”

“Positive thoughts are not enough. There have to be positive feelings and positive actions.”

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Gandhi

think time
“It is my hope that others will hear my story and take comfort in the knowledge that there is no “weakness” in admitting that war or any event causes PTSD. There is sometimes, especially in the military, a stigma attached to PTSD. I would hope people, especially veterans, would understand that there is no shame in PTSD. True warriors know real strength is found in admitting your problems. In doing so we help to free others held by similar chains. “

“The power of reading a great book is that you start thinking like the author. You start to think like they think, feel like they feel, and use imagination as they would. Their references become your own, and you carry these with you long after you’ve turned the last page.” ~Tony Robbins

Grow Older
Finally, here is a simple quote that was basically my mantra for a long time. “All the choices really do belong to us.” It helped me to realize I had power when I was in situations stronger than you thinkwhere I felt powerless. I discovered I had the power to choose what I would or wouldn’t do, whether I would stay or leave, how I would react. When you can take your power back, if only through your choices, it can make all the difference in the world.

I hope you’ve found a few thoughts to take with you.

Take care,

Linda Williams Stirling

4 thoughts on “Quoting the Quotable

  1. “Quiet people have the loudest minds” – I love this one!

    I also love quotes, Linda. They are a gentle reminder that other’s have succeeded, to keep going no matter what, to listen to our hearts, to trust our instincts, and to embrace this life no matter what comes. Thank for sharing these with us. 🙂

    • Thanks, Bianca. There are good snippets of wisdom everywhere. I like collecting them and reading through them every so often. I even print some out and post them around my writing area or near my bed. They help ground me and keep me focused on what’s important. When things get tough or I’m feeling overwhelmed and down, a good quote can keep me going!

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