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Words To Live By

Some of my favourite quotes…

On body image & acceptance:

“I support the radically simple idea that people should not be discriminated against, made fun of, restricted, or oppressed because of the size and shape of their bodies. Moreover, I believe that everyone has a right to dignity, respect, and self-love, and that jokes that denigrate fat people are just as offensive as those that denigrate women or ethnic groups.”
~ Marty Hale-Evans

“A patient’s best weight is…whatever weight they achieve while living the healthiest lifestyle they can truly enjoy. There comes a point when a person cannot eat less or exercise more and still like their life.”
~ Dr. Arya M. Sharma and Dr. Yoni Freedhoff.

“When we lose 20 pounds, we may be losing the 20 best pounds we have! We may be losing the pounds that contain our genius, our humanity, our love & honesty.”
~ Woody Allen

“You Don’t Have to Be Pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked “female”.”
~ Erin (from ‘A Dress A Day’)

“What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.”
~ Alanis Morissette

On nutrition & health:

“Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.”
~ Hippocrates

“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.”
~ Hippocrates

“When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.”
~ Ayurvedic Proverb

On everything else:

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
~ Buddha

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
~ Dr. Seuss

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
~ EE cummings

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.”
~ Thich Nhat Hahn

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
~ Buddha

“Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.”
~ Don Miguel Ruiz

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
~ Gloria Steinem

‎”Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

“It was not what i expected…but it was beautiful.”
~Tara (United States Of Tara)

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
~ Anais Nin

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a  sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“There is only love. Everything else is our resistance to it.”
~ Terces Englehart

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
~ Marianne Williamson

“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Whatever you put your attention on grows. Worrying is like praying for a disaster.”
~ Annonymous

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead

“You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.
An evil system never deserves such allegiance.
Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil.
A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“The standard we walk past is the standard we set…”
~ Danielle Miller

“A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance vaccinates her daughter from low self-esteem.”
~ Naomi Wolf

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
~ Alice Walker

“The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process.”
~ Barbara Colorose

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
~ William James

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

“One of the greatest joys in life is having one’s hair brushed.”
~ Claire (Letters To Juliet)

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
~ Unknown

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie

“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is done well.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh

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