50 Quotes About Sobriety That Will Inspire You

“When you quit drinking you stop waiting.”
― Caroline Knapp, Drinking: A Love Story

“Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.”
― Henry Ward Beecher

“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“My mind may be sober, but my confidence is high!”
― Habeeb Akande

“Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.”
― Pythagoras

“There is no better high than discovery.”
― Edward O. Wilson

“Better to sleep with a sober cannibal than a drunk Christian.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

“I have other obligations now – the show, my family, my life… though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.”
― Rob Lowe

“I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday’s gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That’s why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift… for those who are willing to receive it.”
― Ace Frehley, No Regrets: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir

“I’ve always believed clear-eyed sobriety was for the harder hearted.”
― Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

“The thing is, if I don’t have sobriety, I don’t have anything.”
― Matthew Perry

“First, Resolve upon, and daily endeavour to practise, a life of seriousness and strict sobriety.”
― David Brainerd

“I think it’s important for me to show the world that sobriety hasn’t made me soft. I’m on a mission to prove I’m still a nutcase.”
― Steve-O

“There are women succeeding beyond their wildest dreams because of their sobriety.”
― Mary Karr

“There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.”
― John Ciardi

“I keep telling people: Don’t make me the poster boy for AA because I don’t know a lot about sobriety, but I do know a lot about drinking.”
― Billy Joel

“Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.”
― Gary Oldman

“People still question my sobriety, my commitment to the program, and that hurts. I take things day by day, and sometimes I take them minute by minute, but I honor my commitment to stay sober.”
― Tom Arnold

“Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.”
― Jean Kerr

“There’s not a drug on earth can make life meaningful.”
― Sarah Kane

“The initial journey towards sobriety is a delicate balance between insight into one’s desire for escape and abstinence from one’s addiction.”
― Debra L. Kaplan

“Waking up clean and sober is the first gift of every day.”
― Anonymous

“We want ecstasy as a way of life, not a liver-poisoning alcoholiday from it.”
― CrimethInc., Anarchy and Alcohol

“Hit the bottom and get back up; or hit the bottle and stay down.”
― Anthony Liccione

“Getting sober is a radically creative act.”
― Meredith Bell, A Sober Year: Daily Musings on an Alcohol-Free Life

“I wrote this book to show you that a cure is entirely possible because I’ve seen it happen over and over again.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure

“I lived to be forgotten because I’d forgotten how to live.”
― Joseph Meyering Sr.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

“The best way out is always through.”- Robert Frost

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn’t end there.” – Bucky Sinister, Get Up: A 12-Step Guide

“I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday’s gone and tomorrow is uncertain. That’s why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift… for those who are willing to receive it.” – Ace Frehley, No Regrets: A Rock’n Roll Memoir

“There is no better high than discovery.” – Edward O. Wilson

“Be grateful. These feelings, no matter how painful, are part of living. Today, we are alive—not anesthetized, not sedated, not passed out. Take control of your feelings and through action you can change. Today, as every day of sober living, we have a choice.” – Ann D. Clark, Women & Recovery: Sex, Sobriety & Stepping Up: Practical Suggestions for Quality Living in Recovery

“When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day. When I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on the problem, the problem increases. If I focus on the answer, the answer increases. “-Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

“Change your behaviors and your feelings will follow.” – Susan McManhon

“Obstacles are those frightening things that become visible when we take our eyes off our goals.” –Henry Ford

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
– Anonymous

If you do what you’ve always done,
you’ll get what you always got.
– Mark Twain

We cannot change anything until we accept it.
– Carl Jung

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
– Lao Tzu

You are responsible for your life.
You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction.
Life is really about moving on.
– Oprah Winfrey

Life is a sum of all your choices.
– Albert Camus

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.
– William James

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Drive Change, don’t wait for change to drive you.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie