30 Quotes to Start Your Day Off Right

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Morning routines set the tone for your day. Common ways to begin your day include meditation, exercise, or a gratitude practice, like taking a few minutes to read and reflect on a quote. This has been a stimulating practice that I have added to my morning.

I love quotes that get my mind working and challenge my beliefs. I have played with quotes following a monthly theme or ones that come from a single author. I also enjoy choosing a period of time or quotes from musicians or artists. The daily habit of reflecting on someone’s words, examining how they fit or don’t fit with your own belief system, and sitting with them is a fabulous way to begin a day.

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Here are 30 days of quotes to get you started off right.

  1. “Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
  2. “If I want to be accepted as I am then I need to be willing to accept others as they are. – Louise Hay
  3. “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” – Seneca
  4. “Greatness is hearing your truth and speaking it no matter how your voice shakes.” – Mel Robbins
  5. “What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.” – Brene Brown
  6. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama
  7. “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Virginia Woolf
  8. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “The words you speak become the house you live in.” – Hafiz
  10. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
  11. “There was nothing better than purpose to make time pass quickly and give one a sense of worth.” – Iris Johansen
  12. “Instead of asking, ‘What do I want from life?’ a more powerful question is ‘What does life want from me?’” – Eckhart Tolle
  13. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller
  14. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thick Nhat Than
  15. “Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey
  16. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou
  17. “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton
  18. “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” – Wayne Dyer
  19. “A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper.” – Barry Neil Kaufman
  20. “Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes a part of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined. Out goes naivete, in comes wisdom; out goes anger, in comes discernment; out goes despair, in comes kindness. No one would call it easy, but the rhythm of emotional pain that we learn to tolerate is natural, constructive and expansive... The pain leaves you healthier than it found you.” – Martha Beck
  21. “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” – Danielle LaPorte
  22. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – William James 
  23. While you'll feel compelled to charge forward it's often a gentle step back that will reveal to you where you and what you truly seek.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru
  24. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
  25. “Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.” – Alan Cohen
  26. “A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.” – Roald Dahl
  27. “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” – William James
  28. “She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons why they did.” – Zelda Fitzgerald
  29. “Basically, your fear is like a mall cop who thinks he’s a Navy SEAL: He hasn’t slept in days, he’s all hopped up on Red Bull, and he’s liable to shoot at his own shadow in an absurd effort to keep everyone ‘safe.’” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  30. “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Tamara Lechner

Certified Instructor: Meditation
Tamara Lechner is a happiness expert and Chopra-Certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor. Her mission is to be so happy that those around her cannot help but step into her light. She enjoys writing, speaking, and teaching about proactive science-based wellness including positive psychology, mindfulness, and resilience. In 2018, she launched Positive Minds International with a goal of changing the way business, schools, and individuals create life satisfaction. Her deep belief is that...Read more