I've been battling capital-d Depression long enough that I'm at a point where I can at least tell when I'm sinking back into it. Wrote this list last winter, spring, and summertime, and am hoping it will help me—and anyone else who needs a lift.💞
  1. 1.
    Walt Disney
    "Around here we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
  2. 2.
    Matt Murdoch, Daredevil 2.13: 'A Cold Day in Hell's Kitchen'
    "Ya know, whatever it is that you're feeling, it's gonna pass."
  3. 3.
    John Mayer, 'Split Screen Sadness'
    "And I can't wait to figure out what's wrong with me, so I can say this is the way that I used to be. There's no substitute for time."
  4. 4.
    Pumba, The Lion King
    "You've gotta put your behind in your past." "No no no, sit down before you hurt yourself.....You've gotta put your past behind you."
  5. 5.
    "You are somebody's reason to smile."
  6. 6.
    Robert Frost
    "The best way out is always through."
  7. 7.
    JK Rowling, 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'
    "But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times—if we only remember the turn on the light."
  8. 8.
    Saying on a plaque at my mentor's house
    "Today is a god day for a good day."
  9. 9.
    "Just take it one day at a time."
  10. 10.
    Jack Dawson, Titanic
    "I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you...to make each day count."
  11. 11.
    "We need to take better care of ourselves and love more." | (This is from the lovely list she made immediately following Prince's passing, and it just really hit me hard.)
  12. 12.
    Someone once said this
    "Live in the present like you would like to see it in the future."
  13. 13.
    Helen Keller
    "Defeat is simply a signal to press onward."
  14. 14.
    Jack Canfield
    "Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try."
  15. 15.
    Frank A. Clark
    "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
  16. 16.
    Drew Barrymore
    "Let your freak flag fly, and if someone doesn't get you, move on."
  17. 17.
    Mark Victor Hansen
    "Don't wait until everything is just right. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful."
  18. 18.
    Muhammad Ali
    “Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong"
  19. 19.
    Nido Quibein
    "Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go, merely where you start."
  20. 20.
    Gerard Way
    "Being happy doesn't mean being perfect. It just means you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."
  21. 21.
    Karen Lamb
    "A year from now you may wish you had started today."
  22. 22.
    Libba Bray
    "But we can't live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you."
  23. 23.
    John Wanamaker
    "One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time."
  24. 24.
    Common knowledge
    "Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing."
  25. 25.
    Rafiki, The Lion King
    "Ah, yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it: you can either run from it—or learn from it."
  26. 26.
    Woody Allen
    "Eighty percent of success is showing up."
  27. 27.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "Finish each day and be done with it, you have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely, and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
  28. 28.
    Edna Mode, The Incredibles
    "I never look back, darling; it distracts from the now."
  29. 29.
    Peter Nivio Zarlenga
    "Action conquers fear."
  30. 30.
    Albert Einstein
    "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
  31. 31.
    Anatole France
    "To accomplish great things, we must now only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."
  32. 32.
    Winston Churchill
    "There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction."
  33. 33.
    Amelia Earhart
    "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is just tenacity."
  34. 34.
    Booker T. Washington
    "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
  35. 35.
    "Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged people who kept on working."
  36. 36.
    Latin proverb
    "If the wind will not serve, take to the oars."
  37. 37.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes
    "The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
  38. 38.
    "The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is an opportunity for growth."
  39. 39.
    Babe Ruth
    "Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
  40. 40.
    "You can't fall if you don't climb. But there's no joy in living your whole life on the ground."
  41. 41.
    Napoleon Hill
    "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."
  42. 42.
    George R.R. Martin
    "Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."
  43. 43.
    "When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from working to make things better."
  44. 44.
    "Oh my darling, it's true. Beautiful things have dents and scratches too."
  45. 45.
    Leonardo da Vinci
    "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."
  46. 46.
    St. Francis de Sales
    "Have patience with all things; but first of all, with yourself."
  47. 47.
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
    "You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution to their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic."
  48. 48.
    Ivy Baker Priest
    "The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning."
  49. 49.
    "Patience is key; there is no time wasted if it's in the pursuit of happiness."
  50. 50.
    George Bernard Shaw
    "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
  51. 51.
    Douglas Adams
    "Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul."
  52. 52.
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
  53. 53.
    "You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."
  54. 54.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger
    "Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
  55. 55.
    Taylor Dosey, Gilmore Girls 2.20: 'Help Wanted'
    "Pain is your body’s way of saying ‘I’m not okay now, but I will be soon.’ You don’t wanna shut your body up too soon. That’s called death."
  56. 56.
    Lin Yutang
    "Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road, but when many people walk on it the road comes into existence."
  57. 57.
    Carl Jung
    "I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become."
  58. 58.
    Otto Dix
    "I have to experience all the ghastly, bottomless depths of life for myself."
  59. 59.
    Earl Nightingale
    "Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in your way of doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
  60. 60.
    "Life is like riding a bicycle; in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving."
  61. 61.
    Mahatma Gandhi
    "Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle, and a victory."
  62. 62.
    C.S. Lewis
    "You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream."
  63. 63.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    "You don't have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step."
  64. 64.
    Benjamin Franklin
    "Energy and persistence conquer all things."
  65. 65.
    Chuck Norris
    "A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they can't do. I always look at the positive side of what I can do."
  66. 66.
    Islam Dinesen
    "When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."
  67. 67.
    Peter Sinclair
    "Determination, patience, and courage are the only things needed to improve any situation."
  68. 68.
    Tom Hiddleston
    "You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain."
  69. 69.
    Roger Crawford
    "Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional."
  70. 70.
    "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
  71. 71.
    Anne Frank
    "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
  72. 72.
    Someone once said this.
    "Life has no remote control. You have to get up and change it yourself!"
  73. 73.
    Mary Ann Radmacher
    "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the small voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'
  74. 74.
    Jesse Owens
    "The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at."
  75. 75.
    Tom Krause
    "When life knocks you down you have two choices: stay down or get up."
  76. 76.
    Herman Melville
    "It is far better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation."
  77. 77.
    Carl Bard
    "Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end."
  78. 78.
    Dale Carnegie
    "First ask yourself: what is the worse that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst."
  79. 79.
    Stephen Kaggwa
    "Try and fail, but don't fail to try."
  80. 80.
    JK Rowling, 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'
    "It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities."
  81. 81.
    Samuel Goldwyn
    "When someone does something good—applaud! You will make two people happy."
  82. 82.
    H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
    "Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best."
  83. 83.
    Henry Ford
    "Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."
  84. 84.
    Peruvian proverb
    "Little by little, one walks far."
  85. 85.
    Randy Pausch
    "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
  86. 86.
    Tobias Wolffe
    "We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are."
  87. 87.
    Elbert Hubbard
    "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."
  88. 88.
    Aristotle Onassis
    "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."
  89. 89.
    Joseph Campbell
    "It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble there lies your treasure."
  90. 90.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."
  91. 91.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
  92. 92.
    Mahatma Gandhi
    "Where there is love there is life."
  93. 93.
    Nelson Mandela
    "It always seems impossible until it is done."
  94. 94.
    Winston Churchill
    "Your greatest fears are created by your imagination. Don't give in to them."
  95. 95.
    Diana Krall
    "Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and know that you can start all over again."
  96. 96.
    Alfred A. Montapert
    "Expect problems and eat them for breakfast."
  97. 97.
    Lao Tzu
    "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you're heading."
  98. 98.
    Henry Ford
    "Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
  99. 99.
    Ava Dellaira, 'Love Letters to the Dead'
    "And maybe what growing up really means is knowing that you don't have to be just a character, going whichever way the story says. It's knowing you could be the author instead."