This growing quotes page was created in July 2013 to accumulate relevant quotations about recovery, addiction, alcoholism, Alcoholics Anonymous, the recovery principles behind the Twelve Steps, and spirituality in general. This page is being gradually compiled by Jim L. (Discovery Place alumnus living in Florida) & Stephen F. Please visit again soon to see new quotes. Thanks for visiting & reading!
I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
…there are only two sins; first is to interfere with the growth of another human being, and the second is to interfere with one’s own growth.
— Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, p.542
Have patience with all things, but first of all yourself.
–Saint Francis de Sales
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
–William Arthur Ward
The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.
–Oliver Wendel Holmes
There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tommorrow.
Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing – peace is the measure.
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
— Andy Warhol
Be Joyful because you have Hope, be Patient when trouble comes, Pray at all times.
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
Ignorance is a lot like alcohol: the more you have of it, the less you are able to see its effect on you.
–Jay M. Bylsma
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Ultimately, contentment is more a shift in attitude than a change in circumstances.
–Linda Dillow, author
Who scream? Who shriek? Who have strife? Who have wounds for nothing? Who have black eyes? Those who linger long over wine, those who engage in trials of blended wine.
–Proverbs 23: 29-30
Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
–Francois de la Rochefoucauld, French author, moralist (1613-1680)
Humility is a strange thing. The minute you think you’ve got it you’ve lost it.
— E.D. Hulse
Happiness is not a reward- it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment- it is a result.
–Robert Green Ingersoll, US agnostic apologist
As is often the case with faith, I thought I was being asked a favor, when in fact I was being given one.
— Mitch Albom, author (1958)
An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.
— Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (1914-1953)
Quotes about acceptance
When difficulties arise, we project our frustration onto them as if it were the rain, the children, the world outside that was the source of our discomfort. We imagine that we can change the world and then be happy. But it is not by moving the rocks that we find happiness and awakening, but by transforming our relationship to them.
— Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart)
Acceptance is the universal currency of real friendship… it does not warp or shape or wrench a person to be anything other than what they are.
— Joan Chrittister
Acceptance means: For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly.
— Eckhart Tolle, A New Life: Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, p.156
Whatever is arising in this moment, whatever condition, is part of the is-ness of life and therefore accepting it fully makes you an expression of the enormous power of life itself – true intelligence, which only comes when you stop obstructing the power of the present moment.
— Eckhart Tolle
You have to take it as it happens, but you should try to make it happen the way you want to take it.
— Old German proverb
Quotes about action
What we DO, compared with what we CAN do, is like comparing the waves on top of the ocean with the ocean’s mighty depths.
— William James
Talk doesn’t cook rice.
— Chinese proverb
Come, come, whoever you are.
Lover of leaving – it doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vows
A hundred times, a thousand times.
Come, come again, come.
— Rumi, Sufi poet
If you are facing the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.
— Buddhist proverb
Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
— Indian proverb
Praise Allah, but tie your camel to the post.
— Sufi proverb
Quotes about agnosticism
Agnosticism is a perfectly respectable and tenable philosophical position; it is not dogmatic and makes no pronouncements about the ultimate truths of the universe. It remains open to evidence and persuasion; lacking [religious] faith, it nevertheless does not deride [religious] faith. Atheism, on the other hand, is as unyielding and dogmatic about religious belief as true believers are about heathens.
— Sidney J. Harris
It’s not been uncommon in history for agnosticism and agnostics to be denigrated for their position. Both theists and atheists have alleged that agnostics are just “sitting on the fence” and refuse to commit themselves on an issue of vital importance. Such attacks have, by and large, been the product of ignorance as to what agnosticism really is.
— Clarence Darrow
Quotes about alcoholism
An alcoholic does not simply return to his drinking; he goes back to his old behavior, which takes him back to his drinking.
— Mark, 8111 A.A. group
The wine we really drink is our own blood.
Our bodies ferment in these barrels.
We give everything for a glass of this.
We give our minds for a sip.
— Rumi, Sufi poet
Quotes about belief
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
–The Buddha, Dhammapada
Neither believe nor reject any thing because any other person, or description of persons have rejected or believed it. Your own reason is the only oracle given to you by heaven… (Thomas Jefferson)
A man’s moral worth is not measured by what his religious beliefs are but rather by what emotional impulses he has received from Nature during his lifetime. (Albert Einstein)
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