Favorite Things – Quotes

Welcome to Day 1 of  Nicole’s Virtual Favorite Things Party! If you’re curious what’s happening, head on back to the introduction post about Favorite Things.

This past year, we might have all found ourselves in need of inspiration or motivation when things got rough. Motivational quotes help give a quick burst of wisdom. Words have power. A well placed phrase can brighten your day, take the edge off, and offer encouragement. Here are some of the favorite quotes that helped get us through. 

Amy L.:

“It’s a temporary situation, we will get through this. (This is what I have told every patient since march 2020 started. Amy L. is a Licensed family marriage therapist and professional clinical counselor.)

“Lighthouses do not go running over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Anne Lamont

“Learn to distinguish who deserves an explanation, whom deserves one answer, and whom deserves absolutely nothing from you.”

“I am neither an anchor to hold you down nor a sail to take you there but a guiding light whose love show you the way.”

“Greatness never goes on sale; it cost what it cost. Mediocrity has many blue light specials and discounts; that is why It is appealing. Stupidity is at the dollar store and free with coupon.”

“I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.” Shonda Rhimes.


This has been on my refrigerator since 2006 but it really was the quote, I needed in 2020.  It’s from St Francis of Assisi.


“Barns burnt down – now I can see the moon.”


“Hope for the best…plan for the worst.”

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Jack Reacher

“Hit them fast, hit them hard hit them a lot.” Jack Reacher


Every year I pick a word to use and make the focus for that year! 2020 was PEACE, I have to say it has given me a lot of PEACE in these uncertain times. Who doesn’t want more PEACE in life?!


I read this last April and it definitely sums up everything about this year for me.

“it is a serious thing// just to be alive/ on this fresh morning/ in this broken world.” –Mary Oliver*


Every morning I say, Lord, this is a day you have made and I will rejoice in it. It’s going to be a good day.


I have been reminding my kid, and myself, and my family of this fact on a daily basis. So much so, that it’s become our quote to get through this year.

“This isn’t our ‘forever’ life. We’ll get through this.”

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The creative act is the opposite of the destructive act, and that in itself is a powerful choice, every time you make it. Choosing to engage in creative play and not in fear, hate, worry, and other destructive activities makes a difference in our world.” – Maxima Kahn

Do you have a quote that has gotten you through the year? Share it with us in the comments. 

*Ariane’s quote came from the poem Invitation by Mary Oliver. It’s too good not to share the whole thing.


Oh do you have time
to linger
for just a little while
out of your busy

and very important day
for the goldfinches
that have gathered
in a field of thistles

for a musical battle,
to see who can sing
the highest note,
or the lowest,

or the most expressive of mirth,
or the most tender?
Their strong, blunt beaks
drink the air

as they strive
not for your sake
and not for mine

and not for the sake of winning
but for sheer delight and gratitude –
believe us, they say,
it is a serious thing

just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in the broken world.
I beg of you,

do not walk by
without pausing
to attend to this
rather ridiculous performance.

It could mean something.
It could mean everything.
It could be what Rilke meant, when he wrote:
You must change your life.


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