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Quotations for Cancer Patients,
Survivors, and Loved Ones

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Welcome to the internet’s first page of quotes dedicated to those who are fighting cancer or who have survived it, and for loved ones of those dealing with cancer. No matter which category describes you, whether the difficulties lie ahead or behind, I hope you find comfort, inspiration, and strength — and maybe even a few healing laughs — from this lovingly compiled collection. Be well in this world of love, hope, and supporting togetherness. —tεᖇᖇ¡ღg

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. ~Lance Armstrong

Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~Author Unknown

My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life. ~Olivia Newton-John

Bill Hemmer: "You said cancer changes your life, and oftentimes for the better."
Joel Siegel: "Yes.... Gilda Radner... said this in her book. 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. And what Gilda said is, if it weren’t for the downside, everyone would want to have it. But there is a downside."
~American Morning, CNN, 13 June 2003

My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats. ~John Cheever, letter to Philip Roth, 10 May 1982, published in The Letters of John Cheever, 1989, concerning his cancer and its treatment

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. You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. 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. ~Melissa Bank

We "need" cancer because, by the very fact of its incurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer. ~Gilbert Adair, "Under the Sign of Cancer," Myths and Memories, 1986

Women agonize... over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast. ~Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart. ~Nikolai Lenin

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown

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. ~Emily Hollenberg

Cancer don't respect nothing. ~David Chase, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, and Terence Winter, The Sopranos, spoken by the character Furio Giunta

During National Cancer Control Month, let us remember those who lost their battle with cancer, and let us renew our efforts to save lives and spare heartbreak by reaching a future without this devastating disease. ~Barack Obama, 2016 March 31st

Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too.
~John Armstrong

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill

As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. ~Emmanuel

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~C.C. Scott

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. ~Anne Frank

Never, never, never give up. ~Winston Churchill

Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there. ~Author Unknown

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated. ~Plato

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~Winston Churchill

Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything. ~William Faulkner

We acquire the strength we have overcome. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. ~Mignon McLaughlin

One must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself. He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps. ~Georg Groddeck, The Book of the It, 1923

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. ~Edward J. Stieglitz

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~Christopher Reeve

Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts — it’s what you do with what you have left. ~Hubert Humphrey

"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops — at all....
~Emily Dickinson, c.1861

If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so. ~Eric Bentley

Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb

Hope is grief’s best music. ~Author Unknown

There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. ~Baruch Spinoza

Hope never abandons you, you abandon it. ~George Weinberg

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. ~Author Unknown

Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. ~Victor Hugo

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~Scott Hamilton

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. ~William James

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault,

Anywhere is paradise; it’s up to you. ~Author Unknown

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution. ~Wernher von Braun

I’ve got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I’m blue. ~Author Unknown

I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope. ~Voltaire

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. ~Author Unknown

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. ~Thomas Carlyle

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~Hugh Downs

The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. ~John Burroughs

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

Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear. ~Author Unknown

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads. ~Henry David Thoreau

Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. ~Alex Karras

It isn’t our position but our disposition which makes us happy. ~Author Unknown

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori Proverb

Mind is everything. Muscle — pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. ~Paavo Nurmi

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. ~William Arthur Ward

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. ~Author Unknown

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. ~Victor Hugo

Life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live. ~George Lancaster Spalding

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. ~Larry Dossey

Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic. ~Martin H. Fischer

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

Confidence and hope do more good than physic. ~Galen

How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man’s self to himself! ~Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia

It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body. ~Marcel Proust

There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. ~Frederick W. Cropp

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson

He who fears something gives it power over him. ~Moorish Proverb

The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon (James Neil Hollingworth) (1933–1996), "No Peaceful Warriors!," 1991

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. ~Dan Rather

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~Raymond Lindquist

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. ~Dorothy Bernard

Optimism is the foundation of courage. ~Nicholas Murray Butler

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. ~Arthur Koestler

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard

In time of test, family is best. ~Burmese Proverb

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. ~Emily Kimbrough

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on! ~Author Unknown

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa

Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. ~James K. Feibleman

I know I'll have troubles.
I'll, maybe, get stung.
I'll always have troubles.
I'll, maybe, get bit...
But I've bought a big bat.
I'm all ready, you see.
Now my troubles are going
To have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for. ~James H. Boren

A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office. ~Francis O’Walsh

Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell. ~Lewis G. Janes

When you treat a disease, first treat the mind. ~Chen Jen

’Tis not always in a physician’s power to cure the sick; at times the disease is stronger than trained art. ~Ovid

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

[D]rag your thoughts away from your troubles—by the ears, by the heels, or any other way, so you manage it; it's the healthiest thing a body can do... ~Mark Twain, The American Claimant, 1891

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. ~Arthur Somers Roche

Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow. ~Philip Gulley

Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. ~Mary C. Crowley

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