General Quotes

The following are quotes from some well-known people (in alphabetical order) that I found to be very inspirational when I was tutoring high school students and during my recovery. 

Some of these quotes were given to me by my mother, my daughter Cynthia, my brother Greg, and from various people in the community.

Hopefully, one or more of these quotes hits a special chord within you and will help you on your journey to wellness and reversing your diabetes.

“To be a great champion, you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.” Muhammad Ali

“Courage may be the most important of all virtues, because without it one cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.” Maya Angelou

“Someone once told me that God figured that I was a pretty good juggler. I could keep a lot of balls in the air at one time. So He said, Let’s see if you can juggle another one.” Arthur Ashe

"You don't have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going. Babies don't walk the first time they try, but eventually they get it right." Jack Canfield

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not -- nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not -- unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not -- the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race." Calvin Coolidge

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." Frederick Douglass

“You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created the problem. You must change the way you think.” Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of The Power of Intentions

"Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein

“He’s the best physician who knows the worthlessness of most medicines.” Benjamin Franklin

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." Benjamin Franklin

“I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.” Morgan Freeman

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ghandi

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” Billy Graham

"My people perish for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6

“Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

“No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper.” Isaiah 54:17

“When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.” Earvin (Magic) Johnson

"Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world." Malcolm X

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the staircase." Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr.

These quotes from Nelson Mandela are indicative of the struggle that diabetics face on their journey from illness to wellness:

"It always seems impossible until its done."

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."

“My father and mother had two simple rules about truth and living a long life: Rule Number 1: Don’t ever lie to me. Rule Number 2: Don’t ever forget Rule Number 1.” DeWayne McCulley

“You have to be twice as good to be good – don’t fight it, figure out how to be that good and do it.” Melcan McCulley (my father)

“Boy, you tell them doctors that there is a science (listen to me now), tell them there is a science that is bigger than medical science – that science, it’s called God’s science, and God’s science can fix any disease.” Minnie McCulley (my mother)

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. President Barack Obama

“The inferior physician treats the disease once it occurs. The mediocre physician prevents the disease from coming back. The superior physician prevents the disease from ever occurring.” Old Chinese Proverb

“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost . . . therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Colin Powell

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death …” Psalms 23:4

“He causeth the grass to grow for cattle, and herbs for the use of man.” Psalms 104:14

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds.” Albert Schweitzer

“The road to success is through commitment.” Will Smith 

"Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it." Gloria Steinem

“Cancer can take away all my physical abilities, it cannot touch my mind; it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things will carry on forever.” Jim Valvano

“A sure way for one to lift himself up is by helping to lift someone else.” Booker T. Washington

“What I’ve learned from God personally is that as soon as you get the lesson, it’s over . . . that’s what Grace is.” Oprah Winfrey

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not a failure if you learned during the process.” Oprah Winfrey

“Ya gots to work with what you gots to work with.” Stevie Wonder

"Fear is a self imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against it with the weapons of faith and love." Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

“Life's not the breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away.” Anonymous

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.” Anonymous

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Muhammad Ali

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." Muhammad Ali

"The true hero doesn't seek adulation, he fights for right and justice simply because it's his nature." Sheldon (Jim Parsons) from The Big Bang Theory

"There is a fine line between denial and faith: Denial is believing you can’t win the battle against the disease because of all the facts. Faith is believing that you can win the battle despite all of the facts." Anonymous

Although these quotes from Abraham Lincoln are not related to disease and diabetes, you may still find one or more of them inspirational or insightful.

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing."

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

"Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it the tree is the real thing."

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."

"I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come."

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe."

"Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."

"If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion."

Additional Quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." 

"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend." 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." 

"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." 

"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." 

"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

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Quotes about Change

One of the key things that you have to deal with when you're diabetic is change. Here are some quotes about change -- maybe one of these quotes rings true for you.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" Gandhi

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." Socrates

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." Confucius

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." Albert Einstein

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Chinese Proverb

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." Albert Einstein

"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." Steve Jobs

Bible Quotes

The Bible is a great place to look for inspiration. If you are reading this today and in need of inspiration or are looking for some inspiring scriptures to send to someone in need, I pray that you find what you are looking for.

If you need even more Bible verses you can find them simply by googling "Bible verses and inspiration" or "Bible verses and hope" or "Bible verses and some other word."

The Holy Bible has many passages that can encourage you and give you the strength you need to get through each day, especially when you're fighting a disease like diabetes.

Here are just a few inspirational quotes that can help inspire you in times of doubt, loss, mourning, sadness, or hopelessness.

“No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper.” Isaiah 54:17

“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost . . . therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death …” Psalms 23:4

“He causeth the grass to grow for cattle, and herbs for the use of man.” Psalms 104:14

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. Psalm 119:71

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 

Inspiration Through Hope
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Inspiration and Strength
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Romans 8:31 If God be for us, who can be against us? 

Psalm 18:32-34 The God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Inspiration Through God’s Promises
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

John 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.

Inspiration Because of Our Future In Heaven
1 Corinthians 2:7-9 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,”What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Inspirational Because of God’s Love
Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Inspiring Bible Verses About Courage
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 1:7-9 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?

Bible | Serving Others

Here are a few passages from the Bible that talk about helping others or being a servant:

“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” | Thessalonians 3:13

“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” | Acts 20:35

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” | Galatians 6:9

“As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” | 1 Peter 4:10

“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” | 2 Corinthians 6:1

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” | Galatians 6:10

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” | 1 Peter 4:10

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” | 2 Corinthians 9:7-9

“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” | Isaiah 58:10

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” | Mark 10:45

“For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” | 1 Corinthians 3:9

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” | Ephesians 2:10

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” | Luke 6:38

“I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” | Acts 20:35

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” | Matthew 5:16

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” | Romans 12:9-13

“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.” | Titus 3:14

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” | Galatians 6:10

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” | 1 Corinthians 3:9

“The greatest among you will be your servant.” | Matthew 23:11

“We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.” | Romans 15:2

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” | Colossians 3:23-24

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” | Galatians 5:13

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