Sometimes it’s important to understand that we’re not alone. Many literary heroes have been through a host of mental health issues and periods of time in which they felt badly about themselves. Some overcame their issues, others didn’t. What we know now is that those who wrote about their confidence and mental health had a lot to say on the matter.
For many, the words below are used as self-affirmations. For others, these quotes are tattooed on them forever as a permanent reminder to carry on. Take a quote you love and turn it over in your head. Whatever relates to your current situation, let the words stay with you. Write them on a post-it, save it to your notes, or use it as a self-affirmation. Words can heal, and some of the greats said it best…
I am made and remade continuously.
– Virginia Woolf, The Waves
You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.
– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
– Chris Brogan
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
– George Eliot
You evolve past certain people. Let Yourself.
– Mandy Hale, The Single Woman
Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.
– Fannie Flagg, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it.
– Ernest Hemingway, The Paris Wife
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am.
– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.
― Mark Twain
I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.
― Laurie Halse Anderson,
Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
― M. Scott Peck,
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hating our bodies is something that we learn, and it sure as hell is something that we can unlearn.
― Megan Jayne Crabbe,