The Power of Words


Most of my suffering and turmoil is self-generated. Apparently insight is 90% of the problem but how do I change ingrained patterns of behaviour that seem automatic? All that happens when I tackle myself is that anxiety increases and I become even more inflexible and unchanged. Usually a sense of humour snaps me out of this conundrum. Inspirational quotes act like quick shots of cognitive therapy by changing my thoughts.As cognitive therapy says thoughts precede emotions; change your thoughts and your emotions change.

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh — at yourself. Ethel Barrymore
Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. 
Christopher Reeve

aea (1)We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless. – Thomas Edison

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. – Aristotle

If not us, who? If not now, when? – John F. Kennedy
Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Jack Canfield

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. – Farrah Gray


Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. – Mohandas Gandhi

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill923314_590298837667025_30685161_n

We’re never gonna survive unless we go a little crazy. – Seal

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. – Mark Twain

Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. – Tom Peters

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. – Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. – Thomas Carlyle

21 thoughts on “The Power of Words

  1. It’s hard not to take situations too seriously! I like to think of setbacks as adventures (childish?) but my husband doesn’t always get excited about the random things that happen when you travel for a living with two children. Lol, he has a good attitude but has to have one on purpose you can tell 😉


    1. it is hard- but it gets easier to step back and laugh at ourselves. I imaginne God does because He can see the big picture and knows that it will all work out.

      the divine set-up is that we marry our opposite


      1. Seeing how seriously my children take the issues that come up in their life makes me wonder how Jesus views us as we handle ours! A parent can realize that an insult, minor injury, lost toy or rainy day are very temporary issues, but how much more minute our circumstances to an eternal God? Lol!


  2. A great selection of quotes, normally I skim over such things thinking they are silly and can’t change me, but after reading all of these in a row, I must admit I am feeling a bit larger spring in my step than what I normally have.


  3. Then again, unless I missed a living one, I think all of the people you quoted are dead, so a fat lot of good those quotes did them!

    Don’t mind me, I’m trying to perfect my curmudgeon persona. I think I’m almost there. But, never mind that. Consider this quote:

    “Smile, it could be worse, they said. So I smiled and sure enough it got worse.”

    Sorry, I can’t help myself.


  4. I once also was into cognitive psycho therapy. It helped!
    Wonderful quotes. My favorites are Farrah Gray, Ancient Indian proverb, Mark Twine and Thomas Carlyle.


  5. Great and timely quotes. I’m a germinated seed on the verge of sprouting. I can’t wait to see what springs forth. This will only happen if I let doubt keep tucking the sprout back into the seed’s covering, though. You’ve provided plenty of reasons why to “let ‘er rip!” Thanks!

    (I see you got a cooler “Award Free” badge. May I?)

    Have a delightful day!


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