When I Don’t Have The Words

I love quotes! I have a 483 page Word document on my computer full of quotes that I have collected over the years. Sometimes my words are not enough and that’s when I turn to what others can say better, often more articulately and definitely more concisely.

To select only 10 to share with you is a difficult task, but here they are:

Always be a first rate version of yourself, and not a second rate version of someone else. – Judy Garland

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With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? – Oscar Wilde

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Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment – the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is. – Jorge Luis Borges

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Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. – Elizabeth Stone

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How people treat you is their karma, how you react to it is yours. – Wayne Dyer

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The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.  – Anna Quindlen

This post was inspired by Stasha’s Monday Listicles, a linky right up my alley! This week’s topic: 10 Things Quotable was chosen by Bits of Bee.

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  1. says

    I love all of them!! I collect quotes too, when I was a kid, I used to write them down in a notebook (I’d find them in Reader’s Digest). The first one here? It was a Facebook status update for me once :)

    • Tonya says

      I have tons of notebooks full of quotes too. In my spare time (yeah, right!) I type them into my Word doc.

      That first quote is probably my all time favorite.

  2. says

    I think I should have all these quotes printed out and have them pinned on a board in front of me. Great ones. I was surprised at Marilyn Monroe’s – that’s a good one from her. Thanks for sharing your 10 favourites.

  3. says

    A great list of quotes, and I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one obsessed with inspirational quotables. I especially love “people will never forget how you made them feel” – so true!

  4. says

    I had heard/read Elizabeth Stone’s quote before becoming a mother, but I didn’t get it fully until I truly became a mother and it is a quote I think about daily and feel every second of every moment. This is a great list!! 483 pages… Wow! You are The Quote Lady :)

    • Tonya says

      Don’t laugh, but I subscribe to The Quote Lady’s daily e-mail. :)

      That’s the cool thing about quotes… depending on what you’re going through, they speak to you differently.

  5. says

    How people treat you is their karma, how you react to it is yours. – Wayne Dyer…I used this one too!!! I love this one soooo much!!! A great reminder in life!!

  6. says

    I love that quote by Elizabeth Stone because it is so true! Each of our kids is a part of our heart – and someday they will go everywhere without us and we will feel somewhat empty inside. Don’t you think so?

  7. says

    Maya Angelou. Emily Dickinson, Marilyn….I have found a new thing to adore about you….since my house, my desk, my phone (I have apps on my phone of “inspiring quotes” “motivational quotes” ) have quotes all around me. I loved every one of your favorites too.

    Thanks for new ones to love today. Xo

    • Tonya says

      They said it best, didn’t they? I need to blow these up, print them and place them all over my house. Such wonderful words…

  8. says

    Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. – Elizabeth Stone

    I really love this quote. My little heart is always going to be one of the best things in my life.

  9. says

    I love that Elizabeth Stone quote. Also? I love how organized you are!! I’m going to start me my own file of quotes so they’re not just swirling around my head… and cluttering my desk on stickies… and stuffed inside random book covers… and….

    • Tonya says

      Thanks, but trust me, I have Post-It Notes, notebooks and little random scraps of paper floating around my house too.

  10. says

    I just love your list and have put it in my favorite places. So many of your quotes hit home…I too have a bunch of quotes saved on my laptop, isn’t it funny how many of us turn to quotes! Love the idea of your site!

  11. says

    Love those. Some of my faves are on your list.

    Somewhere I have a notebook I used to keep when I was in high school & university full of quotes. My goal was to completely fill it up. It seemed like a lofty goal at the time. Ha! That was before the wonder that is the Internet (and Pinterest!).

    483 pages is AWESOME!

    • Tonya says

      It is pretty impressive, I just wish it was organized by subject.

      Love Pinterest!! Especially all the quotes.

  12. says

    This is a great collection…I’m sure it was hard to choose, which is why I went with Dumb and Dumber/3 Amigos quotes :) One quote in particular stands out to me and that is, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I’m going to take that one to heart. Thank you!

  13. says

    Lots of wisdom there – who would’ve thought that poor Marilyn would be so smart? And Anna Quindlen – she always, always has the right thing to say, doesn’t she? Thanks for these!

  14. Leah says

    Those are definitely all some of my favorite quotes too. I love quotes like you do too. Sadly, I had a super long word document like yours full of quotes and I lost it several months ago so i haven’t re-started collecting them again cause I’m still annoyed by it.

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