15 encouraging quotes for your chronic illness journey


“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.”
–Rumi, The Essential Rumi


“Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.”
–Linda Hogan, Woman Who Watches Over the World


“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” Quote by George Gordon Byron

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”
–Michael J. Fox


“We cannot change anything until we accept it.”
–Carl Jung


“Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.”
–Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things


“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” Quote by Maya Angelou

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
–Saint Francis of Assisi


“The only thing a person can ever really do is keep moving forward. … Take that big leap forward without hesitation, without once looking back. Simply forget the past and forge toward the future.”
–Alyson Noel, Blue Moon


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Quote by Confucius

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
–Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark


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


“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”
–Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” Quote by Mary Anne Radmacher

“… hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.”
–C.J. Redwine, Defiance


“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
–Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words


“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
–Harriet Beecher Stowe


“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
–Victor Hugo, Les Misérables


“If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.” Quote by Santosh Kalwar

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