Anyone who's ever been in therapy with me will tell you (perhaps with a groan!) that I love quotes and use them often in session. So here are some of my favorites from a HUGE collection I have. See below for the quote that I think so much of that I've carried it around for many years

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.-Marlene Dietrich

You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.-Albert Schweitzer

When you can't have what you choose, you just choose what you have.-Owen Wister

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.-Winston Churchill 

Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.- Audre Lorde

A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.- Bertrand Russell

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.-Albert Einstein

Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.- William Bridges



Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content- Helen Keller

Let tears flow of their own accord: their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony. -Seneca

As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.-Mahatma Gandhi

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
- Henry Ford

Go back a little to leap further.-John Clarke

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.-Theodore Roosevelt

I failed my way to success.-Thomas Edison

Half of the failures in life come from pulling one's horse when he is leaping.-Thomas Hood

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

When you can't have what you want, just choose what you have.-Owen Wister

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.- Mark Twain


The weakest places in me as a child are some of the strongest places in me as an adult. They are strong now in spite of being weak then. It's not the wound that determines the quality of your life; it's what you do with the wound--how you hold it, carry it, dance with it, or bury it. Life is what happens as you live with the wounds. Life is not a matter of getting the wounds out of the way so that you can finally live. Wounds are never permanently erased. We are fragile beings, and some days we break all over again.

To heal, you have to believe that healing is possible. We must want to heal more than we are afraid to feel--rage, grief, sorrow. We must want to heal more than we want anything or anyone else.-Geneen Roth


"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day... "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" "Real isn't how you are made,"  said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."  "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."  "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"  "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."  "I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled. "The Boy's Uncle made me Real"  he said.  "That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."

-Excerpt from 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by Margery Williams