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Looking for a little wisdom and inspiration for your walk to recovery?

Where better to find it than from the words and wisdom of some of humankind’s greatest writers and thinkers?

Here’s a collection of 12 of the most notable, inspiring or amusing takes on addiction and recovery:


1. "The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."

Samuel Johnson

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2. "Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."

St. Augustine

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3. "The unfortunate thing about this world is that good habits are so much easier to give up than bad ones."

Somerset Maugham

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4. "It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

T.S. Eliot

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5. "We cannot, in a moment, get rid of habits of a lifetime."

Mahatma Gandhi

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6. "Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it."

Bill Cosby

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7. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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8. The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven."

John Milton

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9. "That which we persist in doing becomes easier - not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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10. "If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves."

Thomas Edison

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11. “You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

Malcolm X

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12. “Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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