32 Motivational Quotes About Addiction From Famous People

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

- Attributed to Carl Bard, multinational manufacturer, developer and marketer of medical technologies

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

- Nelson Mandela, South African political leader, philanthropist and revolutionary

“Happiness is not to be found at the bottom of a bottle or from the tip of a needle; it is not to be found admist a cloud of smoke or within a sugar-coated pill. If you look for it in these places, you will find naught but despair.”

- Wayne Gerard Trotman, British filmmaker and composer

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

- Albert Einstein, German-born physicist

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”

- Joseph Campbell, American professor of literature

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

- Henry Ford, founder, Ford motor company

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”

- Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur and motivational speaker

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”

- Michael Jordan, American basketball player

“All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for. “

- Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

“I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute – if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?’ And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.”

- Craig Ferguson, Scottish-American actor, author and television host

“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions.”

- Patrick J. Kennedy, American politician and mental health activist

“Ya think whiskey tastes good? Try a big cup of sobriety -- now that’s the good stuff!”

- Steven Tyler, American singer and entertainer

“Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease, and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it.”

- Kate Middleton, member of the British royal family

“Recovery is something you have to work on every single day and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.”

- Demi Lovato, American pop singer and actress

“Recovery is an acceptance that your life is in shambles and you have to change it.”

- Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress

“I was in my mid-40s. I was a bulimic, and I realized if I continue with this addiction of mine, I will not be able to continue doing my life. The older you get the more damage it does; it takes longer to recover from a binge. And it was very hard.”

- Jane Fonda, American actress and activist

“She goes from one addiction to another. All are ways for her to not feel her feelings.”

- Ellen Burstyn, American actress

“As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.”

- Katharine Hepburn, American actress

“I didn’t work or do anything. I wouldn’t go out because I’d have to be in the car for 40 minutes without a drink. That’s all drugs and alcohol do; they cut off your emotions.”

- Ringo Starr, English drummer and vocalist

“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have.”

- Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States

“My identify shifted when I got into recovery. That’s who I am now, and it actually gives me greater pleasure to have that identity than to be a musician or anything else. It gives me a spiritual anchor.”

- Eric Clapton, English guitarist, singer and songwriter

“When the past calls, let it go to voicemail. Believe me, it has nothing new to say.”

- Unknown

“If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.”

– Benjamin Alire Sáenz, American poet and novelist

“Alcohol gives you endless patience for stupidity.”

– Sammy Davis Jr., American dancer, singer and actor

“Drugs, alcohol and ego. They are a bad mix.”

– Don Dokken, American musician and vocalist

“I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.”

– Stonewall Jackson, Confederate general, American Civil War

“It’s like I have loaded gun in my mouth and I like the taste of metal. The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.”

– Robert Downey Jr., American Actor

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

– Japanese proverb

“Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again.”

– Shane Niemeyer, author, motivational speaker and athlete

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer, poet, journalist and aviator

“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”

– Bernard Williams, English philosopher

“What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.”

– Alice Miller, Swiss psychologist and philosopher

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