Inspirational Recovery Quotes: Define Yourself

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.
Harvey Fierstein

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Inspirational Recovery Quotes: Seize The Day!

All the windows of my heart I open to the day.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Today is the only day in which we have any power.
Steve Maraboli

Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons. 
Ruth Ann Schabacker

Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. 

Don't put off your happy life.

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop to look around once in a while you could miss it. 
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one. 
Wayne Dyer

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. 
Bernard Berenson

It doesn't matter what you did or where you matters where you are and what you're doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!
Steve Maraboli

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver

You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough.
Adam Marshall

I say if it's going to be done, let's do it. Let's not put it in the hands of fate. Let's not put it in the hands of someone who doesn't know me. I know me best. Then take a breath and go ahead.
Anita Baker

I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung. 

Contemplation often makes life miserable.  We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. 
Nicolas de Chamfort

The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has. Hamilton

Your life isn't behind you; your memories are behind you. Your life is ALWAYS ahead of you. Today is a new day - seize it!
Steve Maraboli

If you woke up breathing, congratulations!  You have another chance. 
Andrea Boydston

Then indecision brings its own delays,
And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days.
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life is always walking up to us and saying, "Come on in, the living's fine," and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
Russell Baker

No matter what your history has been, your destiny is what you create today.
Steve Maraboli

May you live all the days of your life. 
Jonathan Swift

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. 
Sydney J. Harris

You may delay, but time will not.
Benjamin Franklin

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love-then make that day count!
Steve Maraboli

Warning:  Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear. 

I'm less interested in why we're here.  I'm wholly devoted to while we're here.
Erika Harris

To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.
William James

You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever.
Wayne Dyer quotes

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. 
Milton Berle

There is great change to be experienced once you learn the power of letting go. Stop allowing anyone or anything control, limit, repress, or discourage you from being your true self! Today is YOURS to shape - own it - break free from people and things that poison or dilute your spirit.
Steve Maraboli

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Lost time is never found again.
Benjamin Franklin

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
Orison Swett Marden

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
Diane Ackerman

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
Ruth E. Renkl

How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
Dr. Seuss

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. 
Japanese Proverb

Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people...but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.
Steve Maraboli

One can make a day of any size. 
John Muir

Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. 
John Henry Cardinal Newman

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. 
John Burroughs

Don't be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. 
Charles Richards

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance.
Andrea Boydston

Begin doing what you want to do now.  We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.
Marie Ray

Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!
Steve Maraboli

Who knows whether the gods will add tomorrow to the present hour?

Enjoy yourself.  It's later than you think.
Chinese Proverb

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite.  Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance.  Everyone is just waiting. 
Dr. Seuss

Don't ever save anything for a special occasion.  Being alive is the special occasion. Unknown

Jumping at several small opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along. 
Hugh Allen

Today is a new day. Hiding from your history only shackles you to it. We can't undo a single thing we have ever done, but we can make decisions today that propel us to the life we want and towards the healing we need.
Steve Maraboli

Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards. 
William Arthur Ward

Every day you are alive is a special occasion.  Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. 
Mary Manin Morrissey

Spend the afternoon.  You can't take it with you. 
Annie Dillard

You will never find time for anything.  If you want time you must make it. 
Charles Buxton

Today is a new day. It's a day you have never seen before and will never see again. Stop telling yourself the 'same crap, different day' lie! How many days has that lie stolen from you? Seize the wonder and uniqueness of today! Recognize that throughout this beautiful day, you have an incredible amount of opportunities to move your life into the direction you want it to go.
Steve Maraboli

Minutes are worth more than money.  Spend them wisely. 
Thomas P. Murphy

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways. 
Stephen Vincent Benét

I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour.  I dripped it carelessly, Ah!  I didn't know, I held opportunity. 
Hazel Lee

Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank. 
Ben Irwin

This moment is yours and yours alone! Take charge, seize this moment and allow it to propel you to the high levels of an empowered life. Allow upon this fertile moment to be planted the seeds of your happiness and success.
Steve Maraboli

When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you've got plenty to watch.  Unknown

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life.  But there was always some obstacle in the way.  Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. 
Fr. Alfred D'Souza

When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break. 
William Hale White

Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity. 
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

You may feel powerless as a child, but the world will one day be yours. And you're responsible for it. So, seize the day and take charge of it.
Harvey Fierstein

Your life isn't behind you; your memories are behind you. Your life is ALWAYS ahead of you. Today is a new day - seize it!
Steve Maraboli

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