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The quotes that inspire me

By March 14, 2018May 12th, 201836 Comments

Hey champ,

Fun fact about me – I love a good system. I like to document things.

So, it’s probably no surprise that I keep a rolling document full of my favourite quotes.

I use it sort of like an Inspiration Bank – whenever I’m low on motivation or perspective, I open up my favorite quotes spreadsheet and scroll until I find something that resonates.

I thought you might be interested in the quotes that I’ve been loving lately.

These are the ten quotes I keep coming back to. Tweet out any that strike a chord with you!

  1. If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito – Dalai Lama. Tweet it!
  2. What seems impossible today will one day be your warm up. Tweet it!
  3. A bad attitude is like a flat tyre. You can’t go anywhere until you change it. Tweet it!
  4. You get what you work for not what you wish for – Howard A. Tullman. Tweet it!
  5. Be with people who bring out the best in you not the stress in you. Tweet it!
  6. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou. Tweet it!
  7. If beating yourself up worked, you’d be rich, thin and happy. Try loving yourself instead – Cheryl Richardson. Tweet it!
  8. Change your thoughts and you’ll change the world – Norman Vincent Peale. Tweet it!
  9. A river cuts through rock – not because of its power but its persistence – Jim Watkins. Tweet it!
  10. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself – Andrew Murphy. Tweet it!

What are your favourite quotes? Let me know in the comments below.

Turia x


  • Sandra Wright says:

    One of my favourites is ‘A year ago you will have wished you started today’. It’s a good reminder for me to keep going :)

    That, and ‘Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring’.

  • Mafalda says:

    Heard this one yesterday: “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
    Greetings from Portugal!

  • Louise says:

    Hi Turia, I’ve been following you for a while and find your strength, honesty, humour and confidence inspiring. I’m just reading your blog for ths first time and it all resonates with me! I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in November 2017 & I’m now recovering from my final treatment (yay). I’m also in remission (yay again). I also have an ‘inspirational bank’ that I turn to when I need to.

    My favourite quotes at the moment are:
    “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice”
    – Bob Marley (well that’s who goofle said originally said it)

  • Jacqui says:

    One of my favourites is:

    It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

  • Carolyn says:

    Be fearless of the pursuit,
    Of what sets you soul on fire

  • Sarah says:

    Your comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing grows there.

  • Karen says:

    Recently survived cancer for the 2nd time and this is the quote I reflected on frequently, it helped me through it!!!
    “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day!”

  • Yolanda says:

    What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!

  • Fiona says:

    “Just remember, you’re unique – just like everyone else” – Anon

    Xxxx fj

  • Shayne says:

    Hey there Turia, believe it or not my family was actually driving through that area when you’re life changed that day. Since then we have followed your progress with many prayers tears and joy. I cant imagine your pain and that cost is now the hope and inspiration for so many. Ive always loved “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”. Bless on you.

  • Trish says:

    A couple I like are-

    If you can’t be kind… be quiet

    And this one

    The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea… Isaiah Dinesen

  • Ess says:

    Life and death are in the power of the tongue – Proverbs 18:21

  • Jess says:

    One of my favorites is by Winston Churchill “if your going through hell keep going” and when it rains look for rainbows and when it’s dark look for stars ⭐️

  • Stacey says:

    A quote from you. ” try changing I have to, with I get to” makes me grateful for the little things.

  • Sonia says:

    I need your umphhhh.
    U r f amazing!!!

  • Sonia Timbs says:

    U 4 awesomess besonified!!

  • Claire says:

    Change your thoughts and you’ll change the world. I love this!

  • Tess says:

    “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally
    It comes from what you do constantly..”

    Huge love to you Turia!

  • Mary Laverde says:

    A bad attitude is like a flat tyre. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.

  • Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

    Ziad K. Abdelnour, Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics

  • Tracy says:

    -Jump and the net shall appear.
    -This too shall pass.
    -Insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results.
    – Be here now.

  • Linnea says:

    Love is the greatest beautifier in the universe

  • Mary says:

    My school teacher, an old nun, in her 70’s. Always said, if you had a problem, or an excuse for not doing homework, or studying. She’d say,

    “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger people, my dear!!

    It wasn’t until I have been diagnosed with so many autoimmune diseases, and had 3 major spinal surgeries, so that I cannot bend at all, that Sr Terrance comes back to me constantly. How right she is! I don’t know who originally wrote it, but it inspires me always.

  • Lindsay says:

    “When fishermen cannot go to sea, they mend their nets.”

  • Hi Turia!

    One of my favorite are:

    – Be a voice, not an echo.

    – Changing your self is a full time job.

  • Cristy says:

    I love this one ….

    “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
    — Audrey Hepburn

    I also dig this one…

    “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” :)

  • Suzanne says:

    “You never know how far reaching something you think, say or do today, will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” B.J. Palmer

  • Turia Pitt says:

    Love reading all your fave quotes guys. Thanks for sharing! T x

  • “Don’t see the obstacle… see the possibility.”

  • Andy says:

    “Don’t see the obstacle… see the possibility.”

  • “you attract more bee’s with honey than vinegar” :)

  • Jason Bouwhuis says:

    Overcast and windy days, sometimes teeming with rain, still have the sun shining as brightly as clear days.