Cancer quotes and sayings of encouragement and hope for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. Cancer affects us all. When someone we know hears a diagnosis of cancer the world stops for a moment.
The future you see is the future you get.
Robert G. Allen
True hope dwells on the possible, even when life seems to be a plot written by someone who wants to see how much adversity we can overcome.
I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days, or great days.
If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.
Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
During chemo, you're more tired than you've ever been. It's like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you're out. But you also find that you're stronger than you've ever been. You're clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it's instantaneous.
Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.
Charlotte Joko Beck
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
William S. Burroughs
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
…cancer has changed, and so have I. Life goes on, even becomes normal again. I refused to let cancer wreck my party. There are just too many cool things to do and plan and live for.
If you're going through hell, keep going.
Never, never, never, never give up.
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.
Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure.
Being diagnosed with cancer really opened my eyes to the fact anyone can have it and that even though we think we have control over everything in our lives, we don't.
Let's face it, life is a constant challenge. It's full of unexpected detours that no one but you can navigate.
Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway.
Mary C. Crowley
Anger is the real destroyer of our good human qualities; an enemy with a weapon cannot destroy these qualities, but anger can. Anger is our real enemy.
Cancer is a word, not a sentence.
The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around…Throughout history, "tender loving care: has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing.
It is a fact of life that we find ourselves in unpleasant demoralizing situations which we can neither escape nor control. We can keep our morale and spirits high by using both coping and hoping humor. Coping humor laughs at the hopelessness in our situation. It gives us the courage to hang in there, but it does not bring hope. The uniqueness of hoping humor lies in its acceptance of life with all its dichotomies, contradictions, and incongruities. It celebrates the hope in human life. From one comes courage, from the other comes inspiration.
Pessimism never won any battle.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Obstacles are those frightful things we see when we take our eyes off our goal.
I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
One of life's best coping mechanisms is to know the difference between an inconvenience and a problem. If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you've got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference.
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
Robert H. Goddard
May we be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not mean that we shall always be spared all the disappointments and difficulties of life.
Heber J. Grant
A belief is only a thought that you keep thinking. So as you keep thinking this thought, you keep vibrationally attracting relative to that thought. So you confirm your own beliefs again and again and again and again and again. That’s why someone who believes in cancer can confirm that belief, or someone who believes in robbery can confirm that belief. So everything is a sort of confirmation of belief.
Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment – you just have to be willing to take it.
Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts - it's what you do with what you have left.
The struggle of life is one of our greatest blessings. It makes us patient, sensitive, and Godlike. It teaches us that although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Getting cancer can become the beginning of living. The search for one's own being, the discovery of the life one needs to live, can be one of the strongest weapons against disease.
There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.
Clare Boothe Luce
Every crisis offers you extra desired power.
William Moulton Marston
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.
You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there.
Norman Vincent Peale
Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.
Norman Vincent Peale
No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there.
Norman Vincent Peale
You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset.
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII
Change always comes bearing gifts.
Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
Consider calling it a challenge rather than calling it a crisis.
Mary Anne Radmacher
While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.
Be realistic. Plan for a miracle.
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
Once you choose hope, anything's possible.
Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling though the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
Arthur Somers Roche
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.
Ruth Ann Schabacker
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.
What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what's important. I mean, I don't sweat the small stuff. I used to get angry at cab drivers. It's not worth it.... And when somebody says you have cancer, you realize it's all small stuff.
Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.
Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.
There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.
Hope is medicine for a soul that's sick and tired.
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well…and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.
James H. West
What seems to us bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.
If children with terminal cancer can find love, joy, beauty and peace in their day – and they do – why don’t we?
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