The Top 95 Recovery Quotes

Best recovery quote list

This is a collection of the best quotes by some of the most influential people in the world. Many of them struggling or providing advice getting them through to the next day. The wisdom that is given is invaluable and something everyone can learn from, even the people who spoke these famous sayings.

The Top Famous Recovery Quotes:

1. “Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.”
– Gary Oldman

2. “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”
– Santosh Kalwar

3. “Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine or idealism.”
– C.G. Jung

4. “Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] – ‘I shall have heroin, but I shan’t have a hamburger.’ What a sexy little paradox.”
– Russell Brand

5. “Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I don’t put it on a platform. I don’t campaign about it. It’s just something that works for me. It enabled me to really connect with another human being-my wife, Sheryl-which I was never able to do before.”
– Rob Lowe

6. “Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your butt the result is the same: addiction.”
– William S. Burroughs

7. “An intelligent person can rationalize anything, a wise person doesn’t try.”
– Jen Knox

8. “I think recovery organizations are essential. I still participate in that because I enjoy the sharing that takes place and the friendship.”
– Buzz Aldrin, on Being Sober

9. “Wait for me.” The words come out choked and pained. “I need you to wait for me.”
– Krista Ritchie

10. “Karl Marx: “Religion is the opiate of the masses.”
Carrie Fisher: “I did masses of opiates religiously.”
– Carrie Fisher

11. “It’s like I have a loaded gun in my mouth, and I like the taste of metal. The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.”
– Robert Downey Jr.

“An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.”
– Criss Jami

“There are two questions a man must ask himself: The first is ‘Where am I going?’ and the second is ‘Who will go with me?’
If you ever get these questions in the wrong order you are in trouble.”
– Sam Keen

12. “No one told me you can love someone and still be miserable. How is that possible?”
– Krista Ritchie

13. “I felt that if he touched me, I’d die and then the thought crawled into my brain that if he didn’t touch me, I’d die.”
– Kitty Thomas

14. “I wrote this book to show you that a cure is entirely possible because I’ve seen it happen over and over again.”
– Chris Prentiss

15. “I didn’t work or do anything, I wouldn’t go out, because you’d have to be in the car for 40 minutes without a drink. That’s all drugs and alcohol do; they cut off your emotions in the end.”
– Ringo Starr

16. “How about a drop of something to cut the phlegm?
Why don’t you stay sober today?
We didn’t come to New York to stay sober.”
– Dashiell Hammett

17. “Do not wait and hope to be discovered…make yourself so you cannot be denied!”
– Jamie McCall

18. “It seemed that I performed better sober than drunk. Who knew?”
– Craig Ferguson

19. “And you know what the worst thing was?
The worst thing was that nobody ever believed how hard we tried.”
– Jack McCarthy

20. “My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!”
– Habeeb Akande

21. “I felt utterly stripped of safety and love. And so, what tormented me most as I shook through August of 1988 wasn’t the nausea and chills but the recurring fear that I’d never have lasting comfort or joy again.”
– Maia Szalavitz
22. “When we observe the flow of our breathing, we transcend our thoughts and are able to bring mind and body into harmony with each other. Thus, we create calm.”
– Christopher Dines

23. “I couldn’t stop so I quit.”
– Brian Spellman

24. “Today I share about my addiction and recovery journey as often as possible because I don’t want to die all alone in a dark closet, shrouded in shame beside the decomposing skeletons I tried so desperately to hide. I want to live.”
– Shannon Egan

25. “Altitude sickness, unregulated drugs and medical gas enabled workers to become drug abusers/addicts”
– Steven Magee

26. “What the inventors of Alcoholics Anonymous got right was the idea of total change, reinforced constantly by ritual and companionship, plus practical advice. People who use heroin need these same things, and more. Emphasis on more.”
– Paul Komarek

27. “Not in My Backyard (NIMBY) does not work. Opiate addicts live in our communities and in our families & they work in our businesses.”
– Steven Kassels

28. “When we think we can manage our time, our circumstances, and our relationships without His help and inspiration, we know what unmanageability is.”
– Toni Sorenson

29. “Did she answer my email yet?’ That’s the new obesity.”
– Tom Rachman

30. “I recovered from recovering so no longer celebrate not doing bad things to defend myself as good. I added new bad for good measure.”
– Brian Spellman

31. “If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.”
– Benjamin Alire Sáenz

32. “A nation forgetting its own laughter is in a sad state of affairs”
– Sherry Marie Gallagher

33. “There’s talk he’s become emotionally unhinged.”
– Dianne Harman

34. “The world teaches us to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, self-motivating. But anytime we put self before Savior, we’re in trouble”
– Toni Sorenson

35. “Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”
– Drew Barrymore

36. “I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It’s a mean thing, life.”
– George Clooney

37. “It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.”
– Jane Fonda

38. “Be nice to people on the way up, because you may meet them on the way down.”
– Jimmy Durante

39. “I think if you live in a black and white world, you’re going to suffer a lot. I used to be like that. But I don’t believe that anymore.”
– Bradley Cooper

40. “Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.”
– Neil Patrick Harris

41. “You’re only human. You live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damned red velvet cupcake.”
– Emma Stone

42. “I’ve given way too much. It becomes painful to watch your personal issues that you’ve tried to be sincere about get turned into fodder for TV gossip shows. I can say lots of well-meaning stuff, why it happened and how I stopped, and the headline would still be ‘drunk of the set of Harry Potter.’”
– Daniel Radcliffe, on quitting alcohol

43. “Eventually stardom is going to go away from me. It goes away from everybody and all you have in the end is to be able to look back and like the choices you made.”
– Matt Damon

44. “I was made to be a perfectionist at everything I did. Everything was more important than what I wanted.”
– Dennis Quaid

45. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”
– Clint Eastwood

46. “You pray for rain, you’ve got to deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it. I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”
– Denzel Washington

49. “Whatever art form you’re working in, it’s crucial to see it clearly, to feel it clearly, and not to worry about the results, or how someone else will see it.”
– Omar Epps

48. “A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it. You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.”
– Chuck Norris

50. “I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.”
– Sylvester Stallone

51. “I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it’s up to me.”
– Brad Pitt

52. “I care about the connection with the audience. Film is such a powerful medium. Movies can change the way people think.”
– Nicolas Cage

53. “There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”
– Jennifer Aniston

54. “Life’s tough, but it’s tougher when you’re stupid.”
– John Wayne

55. “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
– Samuel Johnson

56. “Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.”
– St. Augustine

57. “The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones.”
– Somerset Maugham

58. “We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

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

60. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

61. “If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”
– Thomas Edison

62. “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”
– Malcolm X

63. “It is hard to understand addiction unless you have experienced it.”
– Ken Hensley

64. “It’s an addiction… and addiction is something I should know something about.”
– Keith Richards

65. “Checking your ego, abandoning it, letting it go, is a huge part of recovery.”
– Susannah Grant

66. “People who have never had an addiction don’t understand how hard it can be.”
– Payne Stewart

67. “Anything that you can become obsessed with, and you do so much that you don’t do the things you need to do with family, friends, school, job – that can be an addiction. And texting absolutely can qualify.”
– Dale Archer

68. “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction.”
– Gene Tierney

69. “I was in my mid-40s. I was a bulimic, and I realized if I continue with this addiction of mine, I will not be able to continue doing my life. The older you get the more damage it does; it takes longer to recover from a binge. And it was very hard.”
– Jane Fonda

70. “For a while, I had this uncontrollable urge – this addiction to danger. Now I look back and I think, ‘Gee, what an idiot. I was risking my life just for the sensation of it.”
– Steven Seagal

71. “What I’ve learned to do is arrest my addiction – arrest it myself, so I don’t get arrested.”
– Rodney King

72. “In the summer of 1991, I was on the first Lollapalooza tour. Nightly, I would watch Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell go out in front of a sea of people and within minutes have all of them in the palm of his hand. I have never seen anything like it since.”
– Henry Rollins

73. “Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”
– Arnold H. Glasow

74. “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
– Stephen Hawking

75. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
– Bruce Lee

76. “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
– David Frost

77. “Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.”
– Walter Scott

78. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
– David Brinkley

79. “Action is the foundational key to all success.”
– Pablo Picasso

80. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”
– Mark Twain

81. “One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

82. “The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”
– Hubert H. Humphrey

83. “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
– Helen Keller

84. “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

85. “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”
– Euripides

86. “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
– Henry Ford

87. “Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

88. “A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.”
– Saint Francis de Sales

89. “A friend in power is a friend lost.”
– Henry Adams

90. “I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”
– Muhammad Ali

91. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
– Charles R. Swindoll

92. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius

93. “We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
– Cesare Pavese

94. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
– Dalai Lama

95. “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”
– Nikos Kazantzakis