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#MicroblogMondays 31: Inspirational Quotes

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I’ll admit that I usually don’t read reviews of my books.  I’m afraid that doing so will change me.  And change is bad.  So… I avoid it like an ostrich*.

But I was scrolling past a review the other day and this line caught my eye: “You’ll do well in the future so keep going.”  This stranger managed to say the exact words I needed to hear at the exact time.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I wrote out the words on a post-it note and stuck it over my desk.  If that person is reading this post, thank you.

Maya Angelou was correct when she said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  That reviewer’s words made me feel grounded.

Two inspirational quotes for the price of one… post.

I do love to surround myself with well-written reminders, the sorts of words that get under your skin exactly when you need them to.  So leave your favourite inspirational quote in the comment section.

*I’m aware that ostriches don’t actually bury their heads in sand.


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1. Lori Lavender Luz 17. Mina 33. Savannah (Because I Can’t Have Babies))
2. Mary Francis 18. Isabelle 34. I Try: TAPH — Looking for Infertility Guest Posts
3. Jen (Days of Grace) 19. Accio Baby! 35. Junebug
4. Uma S 20. Cristy 36. Delenn
5. Karen (River Run Dry) 21. Solo Mama 37. LAM
6. Cathy @ Still Waters 22. Justine (A Half Baked Life) 38. deathstar
7. Shilpa 23. Laurel Regan @ Alphabet Salad 39. Good Families Do
8. The bespectacled mother 24. Non Sequitur Chica 40. Trisha
9. Just Heather 25. Parul Thakur 41. knottedfingers
10. Vinitha 26. Turia 42. Journeywoman
11. No Baby Ruth 27. Geochick 43. Conceptually Challenged
12. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled) 28. Infertile Girl 44. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal)
13. Unpregnant Chicken 29. Savannah (Countless Tomorrows) 45. Kasey
14. Jessica 30. Cynthia Samuels
15. One and Done? 31. Mali (No Kidding in NZ)
16. My Path To Mommyhood (Jess) 32. Mali (A Separate Life)


1 Jen { 03.30.15 at 6:08 am }

Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
“I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

2 UmaS { 03.30.15 at 6:37 am }

Love thyself and all you do <3

3 Cathy { 03.30.15 at 7:10 am }

When our mind is calm, we’re better able to find peace of mind and live a joyful life
Dalai Lama

4 Shilpa { 03.30.15 at 7:17 am }

“A Father was reading a magazine and his little daughter every now and then distracted him.
To keep her busy, he tore one page on which was printed the map of the world.
He tore it into pieces and asked her to go to her room and put them together to make the map again.
He was sure she would take the whole day to get it done. But the little one came back within minutes with perfect map.
When he asked how she could do it so quickly, she said, ‘Oh Dad, there is a man’s face on the other side of the paper. I made the face perfect to get the map right.” “She ran outside to play leaving the father surprised…”

Moral: There is always the other side to whatever we experience in this world.
This story indirectly teaches a lesson. whenever we come across a challenge or a puzzling situation, look at the other side…
You will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem.
Always have a positive attitude in life.
Even a stopped watch shows right time twice in a day..

5 No Baby Ruth { 03.30.15 at 7:42 am }

My favorite quote, by far, is “Seven days without laughter makes one weak.” Remember to laugh, to smile, to find lightness whenever we can.

I also love that Maya Angelou quote. She is so right!

6 JustHeather { 03.30.15 at 7:47 am }

I’ve loved these both for quite some time, esp the first:
Leave others to their otherness.

It’s hard to wait for something you know might never happen;
but it’s even harder to give up when you know it’s everything you want.

7 loribeth { 03.30.15 at 8:33 am }

These three quotes are in the sidebar of my blog… I have two of them on refrigerator magnets. 😉 They have been a reminder to me all through our ttc/infertility journey that sometimes you just have to let go of what you had planned and take a less-travelled road: 😉

“Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.” — John Lennon

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” — Gilda Radner

8 The bespectacled mother (Anamika) { 03.30.15 at 8:36 am }

My favourite quote over the years has been “Control what is in your control”. I read this in Andre Agassi’s autobiography.

9 Kaeleigh { 03.30.15 at 8:49 am }

“Goodness is the result of conscious activity.”

10 Jennifer { 03.30.15 at 9:30 am }

“Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your inner voice.” Steve Jobs

11 Jess { 03.30.15 at 10:03 am }

“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Dolly Parton

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” Dolly Parton.

That Dolly Parton is a wise lady.

12 Davidah { 03.30.15 at 10:07 am }

“The only way out is through”


“Teeth aren’t tools.”

13 Petunia { 03.30.15 at 10:56 am }

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

14 SRB { 03.30.15 at 11:20 am }

“When there’s nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.”

15 Cristy { 03.30.15 at 11:29 am }

This is the one I’m currently working with.

“Remember that nothing would get done at all if a person waited until he/she could do it so well that no one could find fault with it”
~ Sheila Waters

16 Erica { 03.30.15 at 11:49 am }

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. — Henry David Thoreau

17 Erica { 03.30.15 at 11:50 am }

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

18 Justine { 03.30.15 at 12:07 pm }

My favorite is the question from Mary Oliver: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” It’s a challenge that reminds me what a gift I have, over and over.

19 Laurel Regan { 03.30.15 at 12:19 pm }

I couldn’t choose between my favourites, so decided to share a bunch on my blog today! But one I love is, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” (George Eliot/Mary Anne Evans) I need to remind myself of that a LOT. 🙂

20 nonsequiturchica { 03.30.15 at 12:32 pm }

My favorite quote that I have up at my desk at work is “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” from Emerson.

21 Catwoman73 { 03.30.15 at 12:39 pm }

‘The most dangerous risk of all- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.’

No idea who said it, but I’ve been thinking a lot about it lately.

22 Liana { 03.30.15 at 12:51 pm }

“Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Mrs. Burgess, my 10th grade algebra 2 w/trig teacher. She also said, “zippy zappy now we’re happy” a lot. I use both phrases frequently, 20-something years later.

23 deathstar { 03.30.15 at 1:06 pm }

Currently on my bathroom mirror:

“If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth and death you have endured since time without beginning and to attain without fail unsurpassed enlightenment in this lifetime, you must perceive the mystic truth that is originally inherent in all living beings. This truth is Myoho-renge-kyo. Chanting Myoho-renge-kyo will therefore enable you to grasp the mystic truth innate in all life.”

On my fridge: ” Winning is important. Being right does not mean that you are winning. Being right is almost useles. Victorious means everyone is winning.”

24 Turia { 03.30.15 at 1:23 pm }

My husband won’t read the reviews of his book either. I think I would be the same.

I’m drawing a blank on a good quote today.

25 apluseffort { 03.30.15 at 1:34 pm }

I have a draft post that needs finishing about how I hate inspirational quotes… but I still have favorites 😉 Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase -MLK

26 Elizabeth { 03.30.15 at 1:44 pm }

By my desk: “We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day in and day out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs.” For dissertation days.

27 Cynthia Samuels { 03.30.15 at 3:33 pm }

I once wrote about this quote on #MicroblogMonday (http://wp.me/p4gBq8-In) Love another chance to share it: From JD Salinger: Since [writing] is your religion, do you know what you will be asked when you die? … I’m so sure you’ll get asked only two questions.’ Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out? If only you knew how easy it would be for you to say yes to both questions. If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world Buddy Glass would most want to read if he had his heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself. I won’t even underline that. It’s too important to be underlined.” (Seymour, an Introduction)

28 Mali { 03.30.15 at 3:40 pm }

I really like Gertrude Stein’s “The answer is there is no answer” to that perennial question, “why?”

29 Meena { 03.30.15 at 3:49 pm }

I have always liked what Atticus Finch said in “To kill a mockingbird”: It’s not yet time to worry.

30 Valery Valentina { 03.30.15 at 3:57 pm }

“Feel the fear and do it anyway”

31 Savannah { 03.30.15 at 4:12 pm }

I have several on my wall at work. But I think my favorite is, “Its hard to wait around for something you know may never happen, but its even harder when you know its everything you want.”

32 JoAnne Applebaugh { 03.30.15 at 5:37 pm }

I’ve, once again, gone over the ideal Microblog limit. I’m still working on keeping things short. It’s a process. Microblog Mondays have helped a lot with that.

Anyway — I prefer the quote:
“The sun will still rise tomorrow.”

I like it because it keeps things in perspective. Whatever happens, the sun will still rise tomorrow. The world will go on. When pressed about it I get to say: “If that ever proves untrue, then the world has ended and whatever was upsetting won’t seem like a big deal.” Even in the case it proves untrue the point about it granting perspective remains. 🙂

33 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.30.15 at 5:40 pm }

“Lori Lavender Luz thinks you’re the bee’s knees.”

34 Junebug { 03.30.15 at 5:42 pm }

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou

35 Lauren { 03.30.15 at 6:35 pm }

I’m an “inspirational quotes enthusiast,” and am always turning to old favorites and looking for new ones. This is one I’ve been reminding myself of lately:

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

36 Working mom of two { 03.30.15 at 7:41 pm }

When the going gets tough just keep going.

37 Working mom of two { 03.30.15 at 7:43 pm }


Don’t know the origin, one of my law professors said it.

38 torthuil { 03.30.15 at 10:21 pm }

I love the Anyway mantras attributed to Mother Teresa. They really keep me grounded especially when dealing with people who might annoy me. 😀

39 Jenn { 03.30.15 at 10:30 pm }

“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”
Dalai Lama

40 knottedfingers { 03.30.15 at 11:34 pm }

“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”
Isaac Asimov

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

41 Deboshree { 03.31.15 at 12:27 am }

What a lovely post!
I personally love this one: “Somewhere over the Rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dream come true.” — E.Y. Harburg

42 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 03.31.15 at 1:32 am }

Hmmm…totally blanking out. I got my post up (with workshop photos as requested!) just under the wire, but I’m gonna have to sleep on this quote thing. 😉

43 Marieke { 03.31.15 at 3:06 am }

I’ve got “done is better then perfect on my administrationfile 😉

44 Kasey { 03.31.15 at 1:39 pm }

Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.
I think was originally said in some form by Voltaire.

45 Candace { 03.31.15 at 2:04 pm }

“My thoughts are my reality, and I’m thinking of a bright, new day.”

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