Motivational Quotes of the Week

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

April 23rd, 2008 • Chronic Pain LiteraturePrint Print

Which of these motivational quotes speak to you? Print them out, and post them where you will see them!

For me, pain is like a suction cup that demands all my energy and attention. I need these kinds of reminders to bring me back to the core essence of who I am and the highest potential of what I can achieve.

  1. “All my work is meant to say, ‘You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated.’” — Maya Angelou, American writer, poet, and actress
  2. “If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room.” — Lorraine Teel
  3. “You have to know you can win. You have to think you can win. You have to feel you can win.” — Ray Leonard, American boxer
  4. “Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you do best.” — Marva Collins, American educator
  5. “Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned.” — Charles W. Chestnutt, American writer
  6. “If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there is no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.” — Marian Anderson, American opera singer
  7. “The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.” — Gordon Parks, Sr., American photographer, writer, and filmmaker
  8. “Surviving meant being born over and over.” — Erica Jong
  9. “Once I decide to do something, I can’t have people telling me I can’t. If there is a roadblock, you jump over it, walk around it, crawl under it.” — Kitty Kelly
  10. “The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.” — Florynce Kennedy

Thanks to the books The Goddess Within and African-American Wisdom, from which I got these quotes.

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