Time. Fear. Hope. These simple thoughts/concepts dominate so much of our cancer experience. I would doubt that there is a single person facing a cancer diagnosis, who hasn’t contemplated all of these things, in one way or another. Every one of these ideas will be the focus of or touched upon in posts throughout the blog.
During my “Healing With Words” group (for more details about this fantastic program, see my post Helpful Resources and Information I Wish I Had When First Diagnosed), we were provided with various inspirational, reflective quotes on time, fear and hope. Many of these struck a chord in relation to my diagnosis.
As I find more quotes, I will continue to update this post. For now, here are some of those quotes.
Quotes on Time
Time is a versatile performer. It flies, marches on, heals all wounds, runs out, and will tell. – Franklin P. Jones
You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now. – Joan Baez
Time has a wonderful way of weeding out the trivial. – Richard Ben Sapir, Quest
The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. – Dean Acheson
Quotes on Fear
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself. “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. – Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn By Living, 1960
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. – H. P. Lovecraft
Fear can be more dangerous than any disease. It swipes our joys and tramples our hopes. Days, weeks, even years can slip through yours fingers. If left unchecked, fear will strangle every breath from our lives. – Kris Carr
Quotes on Hope
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott
“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches on the soul” – Emily Dickinson
“In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.” – Bernie Siegel
“In every winter’s heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night waits a smiling dawn” – Kahlil Gibran