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Encouraging Quotes to live by...a curated collection of my favourite encouraging quotes for family and friends of someone facing cancer:


There are a lot of people who go straight from denial to despair without pausing on the intermediate step of actually doing something about the problem. - Al Gore

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. - John Burroughs

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. - Helen Keller

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. - Author Unknown

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.  - Juma Ikangaa, Tanzanian marathon runner


I believe each of us is doing the very best right now with the skills, education and life experience we each have. (My belief)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection. -Bhagavad Gita

Those who can - do. Those who can't - criticize.  -Unknown

I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. - Ken Venturi

If what you did yesterday still looks big to you today, then you must not have done anything today. -Unknown

Don't be content with average because average is just as close to the bottom as it is to the top. -Danielle Ballentine

Life is what you get when you're born.  Living is what you do with it."  - Jim Allen


I have spent most of my life worrying about things that have never happened. - Mark Twain

The secret for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. - Buddha

Fear is a liar - Jenn


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. – Mark Twain 


"Aimer, ce n'est pas se regarder l'un l'autre, c'est regarder ensemble dans la même direction." - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on denial and ignorance. - Henry David Thoreau

A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else. - Len Wein

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. ~Gail Lumet Buckley

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~ Jim Valvano


It is often faith that makes hope possible and when hope is present, new things happen.

- Anonymous, shared by Dr. Jilan Koch, Naturopathic Doctor

Hope is believing in spite of evidence, then watching the evidence change.

- Jim Wallis (via Jilan Koch)

There is ALWAYS room for hope. - Rene Martin

Never hesitate to ask for more from the Universe. - Rene Martin

The important thing is not that we can live on hope alone, but that life is not worth living without it. - Harvey Milk