Tag Archives: Eleanor Roosevelt

Healing Quotes: Looking Fear in the Face

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

We are often afraid of what the future might hold. At least I am. Today, I don’t feel like taking the leap and preparing for living with my husband at all. I’d rather choose stability, even though ultimately, standing still means going backwards in life.

When I look back at my life, I often tend to look at my life experiences with a level of sadness or anger. How much more will life hand me, if I’ve already been through this?

Another way of looking at it is, I’ve been through it and survived. This means I am strong. If I’ve been able to handle what I have, why won’t I be able to handle the next hurdle in life?

Another thing is, of course, that uncertainty is scary, but without taking risks, we won’t go forward, and without going forward, we slide backward. I believe I read it in this book I mentioned of poems by a rape survivor, but not sure. Wherever I read it, I read that there are generally two kinds of people in life: those who warn you about all the risks of following your dreams, and those who encourage you to take the chances that following your dreams will present you with.

I have generally been trying to stay on the safe side, not taking risks but thereby not taking chances either. A few of the chances and risks I took, have not turned out well. For example, I went to university in 2007 and fell flat on my face. Then again, does that mean that taking chances and risks is altogether bad?

I took the chance and the risk of transferring from the city institution to my current small town institution. It hasn’t been an altogether good choice, but opportunities have arosen from my taking this chance/risk too. For example, day activities are generally better here than in the city institution.

I tend to choose stability over opportunity, but maybe that needs to change a bit. I’ve gone through a lot already and survived, so doesn’t this indicate that I am strong enough to handle the future?

Favorite Quotes #TuesdayTen

Today, Tuesday Ten is all about quotes. I love quotes. In this sense, I’m not lucky that most quotes today are shared as pictures on social media, although maybe I’m lucky not to get enough of them this way. I use quotes for jumpstarting my writing process sometimes. I also use quotes as part of my art journal pages, although I’ve not done one in a long while because I find it a nuisance to have to ask someone to print and cut out a quote for me.

art Joural Page

Today, I share ten of my favorite quotes, or more accurately, ten randomly assembled quotes I happened to come across and happen to like. I have attempted to make a good mixture between the inspirational and the funny.


  1. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
  2. “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  3. “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.” – Winston Churchill

  4. “I love deadlines I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” – Douglas Adams

  5. “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

  6. “Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf

  7. “I decided early in graduate school that I needed to do something about my moods. It quickly came down to a choice between seeing a psychiatrist or buying a horse. Since almost everyone I knew was seeing a psychiatrist, and since I had an absolute belief that I should be able to handle my own problems, I naturally bought a horse.” – Kay Redfield Jamison

  8. “There is within each one of us a potential for goodness beyond our imagining; for giving which seeks no reward; for listening without judgment; for loving unconditionally.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

  9. “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

  10. “The greatest need that any child has is the need for unconditional love” – Brenda Boyd


That last one isn’t famous (although I bet the Redfield Jamison one isn’t famous to anyone not involved in mental health either), but I got it out of Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome (Autistic Spectrum Disorder by Brenda Boyd. The quote, she says, came from her original publication in 2003.

The Golden Spoons