24 Inspirations to Get You Through the Day

Sometimes it’s really hard to do (write) things (blog posts) by yourself. And that’s when you ask for help. Here are some inspirational and/or funny quotes that make me happy. I hope they make you happy too.

Because sometimes you just need a little oomph to help get you through.

Also, I picked 24 because that’s the birthday I recently had, and—excuse the dramatics—I’m still trying to wrap my mind around that number….

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1. It always seems impossible until it’s done. —Nelson Mandela

2. There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. —Rumi

3. Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. —A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)

4. I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race—that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant. —The Book Thief

5. I am a goddess, a glorious female warrior. Enemies of equality and fairness hear my womanly roar. —Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec (Pawnee Goddess pledge)

6. Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. —Prince, “Let’s Go Crazy”

7. You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight. —Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

8. The point is, you have to be able to look yourself in the mirror and say, “By golly, I did it the best I can, and tomorrow I’ll try to do better.” —Gary Eichten

9. Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles. —some rando pic on Pinterest

10. I believe that when you find love, you cherish it because there is nothing finer, and it may never come again. —Mr. Feeny, Boy Meets World

11. Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than anything that can happen to you. —Dan Zadra

12. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery. —The Road

13. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. —Mother Teresa

14. Get over your hill and see what you find there with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair. —Mumford and Sons, “After the Storm”

15. We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third. —Leslie Knope (yes, I’ve been on a Parks binge lately)

16. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. —Dumbledore

17. Your intuition is your best friend. —Yogi Tea bag

18. Gone / to the fields to be lovely. Be back / when I’m through blooming. —Lynn Ungar, “Camas Lilies”

19. Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Chocolate is salad. —random Instagram quote

20. It did not occur to him, because he was still in some ways inexperienced, that there are some things—the contents of a dovecote, for instance—which cannot be sold. For as the soul to the body, the birds will find their way to their master. —To Lie with Lions

21. Compassion, forgiveness, these are the real, ultimate sources of power for peace and success in life. —the Dalai Lama

22. Ugh. I need a taco. —Rory Gilmore

23. Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen. Repent just means to change direction—and NOT to be said by someone who is waggling their forefinger at you. Repentance is a blessing. Pick a new direction, one you wouldn’t mind ending up at, and aim for that. Shoot the moon. —Anne Lamott

24. Damn!—It’s not swearing if you don’t put “God” in front of it. —my grandma, the incomparable Delores B.

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Lots of love,

T

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