Recovery Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old recovery quotes, recovery sayings, and recovery proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.     


You have to break down before you can break through.     

Marilyn Ferguson

We are all broken. That's how the light gets in.     

Ernest Hemingway

Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.     

Herman Hesse

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection     

Mark Twain

Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.     

William James

Recovery begins from the darkest moment.     

John Major

When you adopt a positive mindset, you are harnessing the power of choice.     

Victor Schueller

Recovery is all about using our power to change our beliefs that are based on faulty data.     

Kevin McCormack

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.     

Robert H. Schuller

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.     

Marianne Williamson

Turn your wounds into wisdom.     

Oprah Winfrey

Life is very interesting... in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.     

Drew Barrymore

Recovery can take place only within then context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation.     

Judith Lewis Herman

The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.     

Robert Downey, Jr.

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you're going to do now – and do it.     

William Durant

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.     


Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.     

Arthur Rimbaud

Recovery is the urge, the wrestle, and the resurrection.     

Patricia E. Deegan

It's easier to maintain a good character than to recover it when it's gone bad!     

Israelmore Ayivor

We're all looking at the people around us, the people who have gone before us who have succeeded in recovery and have long-term sobriety and they are an illustration for us of how good it can be.     

Scott Stevens

Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.     

J. K. Rowling

A small step toward recovery is giant progress.     

Mark Cortes

You need to be bold enough and strong enough to let your loved one's recovery unfold or not unfold as it is meant to, not as you want it to.     

Carole Bennett

The only way to get over the pain is to face it, embrace it, hug it and learn the lessons embedded within it.     

Adele Theron

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall.     


Although the world is full of suffering it is also full of overcoming it.     

Helen Keller

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.     

Charles Dickens

Recovery itself is a very un-glamorous daily process of being willing to fall down again, to break again, to cry again, to get up and try yet again until 'success' manifests as ever-greater sustained healing.     

Shannon Cutts

Let your hopes, not your hurts shape your future.     

Robert Schuller