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Quotes to Get Us Focused on the Positive

May 22, 2020 11:50AM ● By Kimberly Boney

An Encouraging Word

May/June 2020
By Kimberly Bonéy
Photo: Richard DuPertuis

IN THE MIDST of a global health pandemic, each and every one of us is struggling to find a new normal — a way to get up in the morning and find purpose when we are scared of the unknown, worried for our loved ones and concerned about our ability to maintain life as we know it amidst the circumstances. This struggle isn’t limited to our community or our state. The world at large is fighting this battle and none of us is immune to stress or worry. 

In times of struggle and strife, sometimes it’s hard to find the words to inspire and encourage ourselves and others. Thankfully there are those that have come up against the toughest of circumstances and lived to tell the tale. Their words, some of which were written amidst their hardest days, help to light the path to hope and better days. We’ve gathered some of the most profound and timely messages on resilience, triumph, strength, compassion and love here. Take heart, friends, and know that there is still so much for us all to look forward to. 

“… History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” Michelle Obama, Lawyer, Author and Former First Lady of the United States (b. 1964)

“I have never had to face anything that could overwhelm the native optimism
and stubborn perseverance I was blessed with.” 
Sonia Sotomayor, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America (b. 1954)

“Comedy is acting out optimism.” Robin Williams, Actor and Stand-Up Comedian            (1951 – 2014)

 “When you read about the lives of other people, people of different circumstances or similar circumstances, you are part of their lives for that moment. You inhabit their lives, and you feel what they’re feeling, and that is compassion.”  Amy Tan, Author (b. 1952)

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe, Tennis Player        (1943 – 1993)

“There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.” Lorraine Hansberry, Playwright and Writer  (1930 - 1965)

“Children’s talents to endure stem from their ignorance of alternatives.”   Maya Angelou, Poet, Memoirist and Civil Rights Activist (1928 – 2014)

“I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.” Kobe Bryant, Professional Basketball Player  (1978 -2020)

“I like being straightforward. We can deal with anything as long as it’s on the table.”    Tory Burch, Fashion Designer, Businesswoman and Philanthropist  (b. 1966)

“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”  Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian, Television Host, Actress, Writer and Producer (b. 1958)

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”                       Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister and Civil Rights Activist  (1929 – 1968)

“We are, all of us, stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” Marilyn Monroe, Actress, Model and Singer (1926 – 1962)

“I am ok. I have more happy than I do sad.”  An anonymous six-year-old 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”  Mr. Fred Rogers, Children’s Television Personality, Puppeteer and Author (1928 – 2003)

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” Andy Rooney, Radio and Television Writer  (1919 - 2011)

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey Hepburn, Actress and Humanitarian, (1929 – 1993)

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”  Nelson Mandela, Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary, Political Leader and Philanthropist (1918 – 2013)

“My dear. In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, invincible calm. I realized through it all, that in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” Albert Camus, Philosopher, Author and Journalist (1913 - 1960)