Ultimate List of Sober Quotes for Recovery Motivation

A recent study found that participants who received inspirational quotes reported higher well-being, life satisfaction, and happiness scores than those who did not. These findings are consistent with previous research that showed the power of the right words to motivate and inspire people to a better life. Those in recovery have many quotes to inspire them to successfully achieve a sober and happy life. Check below to find our ultimate list of sober quotes.

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Staying Sober Quotes

Sometimes we need motivation to stay sober. Other times we need to connect with those who have had similar thoughts in their darkest moments to us. See these quotes for thoughts and ideas on staying sober.

“People still question my sobriety, my commitment to the program, and that hurts. I take things day by day, and sometimes I take them minute by minute, but I honor my commitment to stay sober.”

― Tom Arnold, who is best known for playing Arnie Thomas on Roseanne.

“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics are wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”

— Russell Brand, who is a famous British activist, actor and comedian

“Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn’t end there.”

― Bucky Sinister, author of Black Hole a novel on addiction

“It does not matter how slowly you go, only that you do not stop.”  

— Confucius, a Chinese philosopher

“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”

— Zen proverb

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

— C.S. Lewis, best known for his Narnia novels

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

—  Abraham Lincoln, American President

“Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

—  Henry Ford, founder of the Ford motar company

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” 

— Tom Landry, a professional football player and coach

Sober Inspirational Quotes

Sometimes we need to find inspiration any where we can, in order to stay sober. See these sober inspirational quotes.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

— JK Rowling, most known for the Harry Potter series

“When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day. When I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on the problem, the problem increases. If I focus on the answer, the answer increases.”

— Big book of Alcoholics Anonymous

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you have no strength.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte, famous French military leader and politician 

“Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been. I feel very positive where I never did before, and I think that’s all a direct result of getting sober.”

— Jamie Lee Curtis, an American actress and activist 

“I couldn’t have gotten sober without rehab because I needed the science.” 

— Rob Lowe, an American actor

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was an American essayist, philosopher, abolitionist, lecturer, and poet 

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.”

— Zig Ziglar, an American salesman and motivational speaker

“When you rise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” 

― Marcus Aurelius, who was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180 and a stoic philosopher

Positive Sober Quotes

It’s not always easy to stay positive when under so much pressure, pain, and stress. See our positive sober quotes to keep in your back pocket. 

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you.”

— Walt Whitman, who was an American poet, essayist and journalist

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”

— Earl Nightingale, who was a radio speaker on the topic of motivation and human character

“Just for the record darling, not all positive change feels positive in the beginning.”

— S. C. Lourie, English writer

‘It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been.”

— George Eliot, a female English novelist and writer

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

— C.S. Lewis, best known for his Narnia series 

“You can do anything you set your mind to.”

— Benjamin Franklin, who is of course one of the founding fathers of America

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.”

— The Lion King, a Disney movie

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

— William James, who was a famous historian, philosopher and psychologist

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

— Joseph Campbell, who was an American writer

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

— Michael Jordan, a professional basketball player

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

— Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States

Be Proud of Your Sobriety Quotes

Sometimes we need to look through what we have done, rather than dwell on what we cannot do. See these quotes to help you be proud of your sobriety. 

“My identity 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, because it keeps me in a manageable size . . . It gives me a spiritual anchor.”

— Eric Clapton, an English rock and blues guitarist

“There is a place in this movement for everybody, whether you just want to share your story at a school, share your story with your neighbor or you want to speak to your legislator about how important supporting addiction recovery is for our communities.”

— Greg Williams, an English photographer 

“It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.”

— Maggie Swann, an English novelist who writes a lot on the topic of addiction

“If you do something awesome, you should be proud of yourself.”

— Damon Lindelof, an American screenwriter and comic

“Be proud of your scars. They have everything to do with your strength, and what you’ve endured. They’re a treasure map to the deep self.”

— Clarissa Pinkola Estes, who is an American writer and Jungian psychoanalyst

Sober Motivational Quotes

“I realized that I only had two choices: I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or, ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around. Ridiculous for a human being to take 16 years to say, ‘I need help.’”

— Sir Elton John, a famous singer/songwriter

“My recovery from drug addiction is the single greatest accomplishment of my life… but it takes work — hard, painful work — but the help is there, in every town and career, drug/drink freed members of society, from every single walk and talk of life to help and guide.”

— Jamie Lee Curtis, an American actress and activist

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

— Anne Frank, a German-Dutch jew, who wrote her diary during the Holocaust which was later published

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