Sometimes We Can’t Tell Ourselves, But Someone Else Can. And You Can Quote Me On That.

I’m a sucker for a good affirmation.

For any given situation in my life, I can find the perfect quote or words of advice from someone wiser than me to compliment how I’m feeling and tell me what I need to hear.

A while back I learned that seeing positive affirmations and quotes around you throughout the day can actually help your self-confidence and mood. So, I took it upon myself to continuously archive words that helped me, inspired me, or made me think, and keep record of them to look back on them when I needed them most. I wrote them on sticky notes and displayed them on my mirror, walls, desk drawers, and anywhere else I knew I’d see them.

Because I truly believe we are not alone in this world and we all are always going through the same things as someone else, I thought I’d share my list of quotes and affirmations so that they might help someone else who might be in need of hearing exactly what they say.

Some are dark, some are light. Some a lonely and some are loving. Take each and every one with a grain of salt and decipher them however you’d like to or you need to to make the best use of them for yourself. Whether you can relate to any of the sentiments I mention or not, I hope you take some time to identify a few that are just yours. Trust me, no one knows what you need to hear quite as well as you do - and sometimes we can’t tell ourselves, but someone else can. And you can quote me on that.

The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
— Andre Gide
The secret to having it all is knowing you already do.
— Unknown
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
— Roald Dahl
I have traveled through madness to find me.
— Danny Alexander
My primary coping mechanisms for today will be coffee and sarcasm.
— Nanea Hoffman
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
— C.S. Lewis
Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.
— Unknown
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart’s desire. The other is to gain it.
— George Bernard Shaw
Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.
— Maya Angelou
Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one simply remembers to turn on the light.
— Albus Dumbledore
Do you fall in love often? Yes often. With a view, with a book, with a dog, a cat, with numbers, with friends, with complete strangers, with nothing at all.
— Jeanette Winterson
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, five hundred twenty-five thousand journeys to plan, five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, how do you measure the life of a woman or a man? In truths that she learned, or in times that he cried, in bridges he burned, or the way that she died? It’s time now to sing out, tho’ the story never ends - let’s celebrate, remember a year in the life of friends.
— Donny Osmond
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
— Plato
Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?
— Danielle LaPorte
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.
— Dr. Seuss
Your life is an occasion, rise to it.
— Mr. Magorium
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
— Eden Ahbez
The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.
— John Muir
It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life.
— One Tree Hill
At this moment there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world. Six billion souls. And sometimes — all you need is one.
— One Tree Hill
But first, coffee.
— Unknown
You’re always one direction away from a totally different life.
— Unknown
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
— Steve Jobs
Don’t believe everything you think.
— Unknown
The best way to make it through with hearts and wrists intact is to realize two out of three ain’t bad.
— Pete Wentz
Stay hungry, stay foolish.
— Steve Jobs
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.
— Lewis Carrol
She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten.
— Unknown
I now release the drama of my past. I consciously create my future.
— Unknown
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
— Unknown
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that fairy tales aren’t real. I drink a potion made from magic beans every day, and it brings me back to life.
— Nanea Hoffman
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
— J.K. Rowling
It’s a pivotal moment when you finally get tired of your own shit.
— The Goddess Rebellion
To find yourself, think for yourself.
— Socrates
Be bolder than darkness.
— Unknown
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
— Nelson Mandela
One thing I’ve learned is that you should never look back. The past is dead and buried, you get nothing from living there.
— Skins
You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want.
— Unknown
You weren’t born to just pay bills and die.
— Unknown
The world is a fantastic place full of people you want to meet and things you would like to put in your mouth. There are places to go and things to do and stuff you would like to try. But your time here is extremely short so you must rush and never say no to anything. Except butter beans. If you do, you are depriving yourself of a memory. You are wasting an opportunity. You are making a life that could bright and vivid beige and dreary.
— Jeremy Clarkson
Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap and handle it.
— Unknown
When life gives you a rainy day, play in the puddles.
— Pooh Bear
Get out of your own way.
— Unknown
Be patient. Better things are coming.
— Unknown
The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.
— Maya Angelou
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
— Socrates
Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
— Robin Sharma
Remember when you wanted what you currently have?
— Unknown
You will be lost and unlost, over and over again, relax love, you were meant to be this glorious. epic. story.
— Nayyriah Waheed